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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 28, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2015 **  

3/28
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles;meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼50 miles to trail head. 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

3/28
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester. Combined Hikes about 3.5 miles. Easy to moderate. Blue Bell Island is a small island located in the Elk River known for its spectacular display of wildflowers, particularly Virginia bluebells. The Island was purchased by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust in order to preserve this botanical treasure. The land trust has a once a year hike to the Island during the spring bloom. We will join the hike led by naturalists with the Land Trust. The hike to the Island is an easy mile in and out, but to get on the Island requires traversing fallen logs over the Elk River. Ropes are put up to help with the crossing. After enjoying the beauty of Blue Bell Island we will stop at the Old Stone Fort State Park to have our lunch after which we will hike the 1.5 mile Little Duck River Trail. We will meet at 8:00 am CT in the Tollgate Village parking lot, which is on Columbia Ave just north of I-840 in front of the Tollgate medical center. We will leave promptly at 8:15 am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Please bring a lunch and drinks. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register contact Fred Warner.

Fred Warner
615-591-2304
fredhwarner@gmail.com

3/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Lake - River Bluff Trail.  We will begin our hike at the trail head on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris Lake.  The walk along the river is relatively flat and easy.  Then we will go up the bluff to make a loop.  The total distance will be approximately 4.5 miles.  For carpooling, we will meet at Ingles, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville at 9am ET.  This is a short, easy hike and we may stop on the way back for lunch or beverages.  Be sure to bring $$$$ for carpooling.  Pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
865-951-9317
rosemary_L@hotmail.com

3/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Horsepound Falls Hike, Collins West, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN.  5 miles out and back.  Difficult. Very Rocky.  Marietta Poteet will lead this beautiful hike along the Collins Gulf Trail to two awesome waterfalls:  Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Wildflowers should be plentiful along this trail in late March.  Although this hike is not long there is a difficult section of the trail where there is a steep descent to Suter Falls then some rock hopping descending down to the Collins River.  Please have good hiking boots, hiking poles, water, snacks and lunch.  We will eat lunch at Horsepound Falls.  Call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email her at nannietta@blomand.net to register.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

3/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Collins River Float.  Contact Dick McClure for information:  dickmcclure39@gmail.com  931-598-0063

Dick McClure
dickmcclure39@gmail.com
931-598-0063

3/28
Sat

Jackson

Big Hill Pond SP. We will hike a loop around the larger lake at Big Hill Pond State Park, a distance of about 8 miles.  We will carpool from Panera at 8 am and begin the hike from the boat dock shortly about 9:30 am. To register or obtain additional information, please contact Sara.

Sara Rognstadat
206-553-9334
hakim.sara@gmail.com

3/28
Sat

Memphis

Petite Jean State Park, Arkansas Weekend of March 28/29.
March 28, 9AM

Saturday at 9am, meet at Seven Hollows Trail head for a moderate 4.5 mile hike.  Other activities are planned.

Contact ttamemphis@gmail.com for details/questions.

 

Petite Jean State Park

3/28
Sat

Nashville

Long Hunter State Park, 6 miles, easy,  the 4-mile Day Loop Trail, with 2 additional miles added on Volunteer Trail.  These trails wind along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake and wander through hardwood forest, cedar glades, and interesting rock outcroppings.  Do terms like “karst topography “or “brachiopod fossils” get you wondering?  How about interesting lake views and perhaps some waterfowl and the arrival of springtime?  A biography of J. Percy Priest will be offered as a bonus feature. The hike location is very close to Nashville and easy to get to – about 6 miles south of I-40 via Mt. Juliet exit 226.  We will meet at the Baker’s Grove Parking lot at 9:20 rain or shine.  (Marked as “Volunteer Trail” on road sign)  The hike will follow the Day Loop Trail along the waterfront until the 2.5 mile mark where we will venture along the Volunteer Trail, following lake’s edge for almost another mile.  Then we’ll turn back to the Day Loop Trail and return via woodlands for the final couple of miles.  We will finish before lunch-time, so you may enjoy your own picnic at one of the state park spots, or journey on, knowing that while you may not be a long hunter, you sure are a 6-mile Saturday hiker!   

Tom Vickstrom:  tomzinger55@gmail.com

 

3/28
Sat

Plateau

Sgt Alvin C York Historic Park & Home in Fentress County and Cordull Hull Birthplace State Park Bunkham Cave Trail and Birthplace in Pickett County.  3.5 miles easy to moderate hike led by Willie Beaty

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

3/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lula Lake.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - George.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

3/28
Sat

Sumner Trails

March 28 - Narrows of the Harpeth - 2 miles -easy,  The Harpeth River in a 5 mile loop nearly curves back on itself.  Back in the early 1800's Montgomery Bell, using slave labor, dug a 290 foot tunnel through the bluff to bring water to power a mill to support his iron ore operation.  Although the mill is gone the tunnel is still there and a nice waterfall can be seen on the downstream side of the tunnel.  This historical hike will take us along the river to the site of the mill, then we will backtrack and proceed to the upstream side of the tunnel to see where the water enters - then ascend the bluff for some awesome views.  We usually see a good variety of wildflowers along the river this time of year so bring your wildflower book.  After the hike we'll have lunch at Carl's Perfect Pig in White Bluff.  Meet at the Presybertian Church in Hendersonville at 9:AM CT or at the trailhead at the Harris-Street Bridge at 10:AM CT.  For further info contact Tunnel Boy Al.

Al Ballenger tunnel boy  ballallenger@aol.com

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN. Part of this trail is not maintained, and includes rock scrambling near the top. The hike is 8 to 9 miles and is rated strenuous. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell. 

Gary Kimbrell
931-215-9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

3/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

Donna Pyers - pyers@yahoo.com - 423-344-9271

    ** April 2015 **  

4/3
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike, Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Trail.  8 miles total.  Moderate.  Edgar Evans State Park, Silver Point, TN.  This is a joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will enjoy great views of Center Hill Lake and abundant wildflowers.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

4/3
Fri

Murfreesboro

Good Friday Hike. Merritt Ridge Trail. Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point, TN. 8 miles. Moderate. Beautiful trail along the shoreline of Center Hill Lake.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

4/4
Sat

Clarksville

No Hike, Easter weekend.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/4
Sat

East Tennessee

Seven Island State Birding Park.  This park is Tennessee’s newest park.  It is a 416 acre park that was established in the 1990s by private donors and jointly managed as Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge by a local foundation and Knox County.  In the fall of 2013, it was designated as a state park effective September 2013 with the grand opening July 2014.  The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the French Broad River.  Habitats include wooded hills, an intermittent stream, and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses.  More than 180 species of birds have been sighted in the park.  We will hike the outside loop about 5 miles.  The views are great and you can see Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte.  The hike is mostly easy with rolling hills.  This is a hike that almost anyone can do, so join us as we hike this magnificent park.  We will meet at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains Exit off I-40 east and leave there at 9:00am ET. Be sure to bring $’s for carpooling, snacks, water, camera and appropriate clothing.  Please pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
865-951-8317
rosemary_L@hotmail.com

4/4
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat Hike, Beckwith’s Point Trail, Piney Point Overlook Trail, Shakerag Hollow Trail, 4 mile loop. Sewanee, TN.  Moderate with a short, steep ascent up to Green’s View. Meet our leader, Joan Hartvigsen at 9:00 a.m. CT at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee for breakfast or 9:30 a.m. if you just want to hike.  Green’s View offers a superb view of Roark’s Cove.  Shakerag Hollow is famous for Trilliums and other spring wildflowers.  Piney Point is a striking promontory that boasts a sweeping view out over Shakerag Hollow and Roark’s Cove.  Native shortleaf pine is dominant in this area.  Bring water and snacks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Hiking sticks are recommended.  Let Joan know you are coming:  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

4/4
Sat

Memphis

We will meet in Overton Park at 9 am for a short hike in the Old Growth Forest. Hike will begin at the entrance to the forest near the golf house. There is a parking lot and pavilion next to the the forest entrance.

Contact ttamemphis@gmail.com for details/questions.

V&E Greenline

4/4
Sat

Nashville

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN. 3 miles. Moderate. Join us for waterfalls and wildflowers as we travel to one of the best hiking destinations in Middle Tennessee. We will pass by clear streams that form Busby Falls and the 60 foot drop at Machine Falls. Our next stop is the Wildflower Loop, home of two rare state-listed flowers, nestronia and the broad-leaved bunchflower. It is always interesting to see what is in bloom! If there is time and interest, we will stop at nearby Rutledge Falls on the return trip home. Bring sturdy hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. A hiking stick is useful on the steep hill down to the falls.

Libby Francis:  libbyslibbys@comcast.net, 615-889-5718 

4/4
Sat

Plateau

Devils Race Track to Eagle Bluff section of the Cumberland Trail.  9.2 mile moderate hike. 

Curt Thomas
931-260-2140
curtethomas@frontiernet.net

4/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snow Falls.  Approximately 10 miles. Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Across the Gulf, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Beersheba Springs, TN. We will start at the Stone Door Ranger Station and cross the gulf to Hobb's Cabin. We will then hike the length of the North Rim Trail and end our hike at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. The hike is 17 miles and rated strenuous.  For those wanting a shorter hike, a shortcut can be taken for a total hike of around 14 to 15 miles. For hike and carpool information, and to register, contact Gary Kimbrell.

Gary Kimbrell
931-215-9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

4/6
Mon

Sumner Trails

April 6 - Chapter Meeting at Casa Vieja Mexican Grill located at 711 E Main St. #101, Hendersonville.  Come join us for dinner and a fun evening at 6:30PM.

Jane Hamm janetntrails@gmail.com or Gayle Livingston gayleerose@comcast.net

4/7
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. Our speaker will be Pat Cummins, an archaeologist of Cherokee descent.  In preparation for our April 25th hike to David Crockett State Park, Pat will share a presentation on The Trail Of Tears in Tennessee.  He is the President of the Native History Association. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

4/7
Tue

Jackson

6:45 pm CT. 1st Tue Program Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Vann Drive, Jackson. Socializing & dinner starts at 6:00 pm CT; meeting starts 6:45 pm.

Vicky Moeller
731-668-9336
jackson@tennesseetrails.org

4/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Blue Blazes.  Approximately 3 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting at 6 pm CT.  Program:  Permaculture and Worm Farms by Diane Morey.  First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at LaCosta's Restaurant, The Crossings, Crossville at 5 pm. 

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

4/10-
4/12

Highland Rim

Trails and Trilliums.  Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle, TN.  This major fund raiser for South Cumberland State Park is sponsored by the Friends of South Cumberland.  Trails and Trilliums is a three day festival of guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park, workshops, ART for the PARK, native plant sale and free children’s events including rope courses, hayrides and wildlife.  Hikes include Buggytop Trail, Shakerag Hollow, Fiery Gizzard Trail, Foster Falls, Collins Gulf, Greeter Falls, Ranger Creek Falls.  Consult the Trails and Trilliums 2015 Website for the event schedules or to register for the hikes.  Contact Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com for additional information.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

4/10-
4/12

Nashville

Trails and Trilliums. Monteagle TN.  A 3-day festival of guided hikes on trails in South Cumberland State Park, workshops, ART for the PARK, native plant sale, and free children's events including ropes course, hayrides, and wildlife. This unique event, held on the historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds is a fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland-one of the leading land preservation groups in the state.  Nancy Juodenas will be coordinating carpooling to this annual event on the plateau.  

 

Nancy Juodenas:  615-319-8811,  njlj1011@gmail.com 

4/11
Sat

Clarksville

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Green’s View along the Perimeter Trail to Piney Point Trail; hike out and back to Piney Point; return to Green’s View via Beckwith’s Point; 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼129 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/11
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Possum Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy -  This is a one-way 9.5 mile hike beginning at the Heiss Mountain trailhead and ending at the Retro-Hughes trailhead.   It is rated moderately strenuous. The trail descends into the gorge of Big Possum Creek, climbs out of the gorge to the top of Hughes Ridge, and descends into the gorge of Little Possum Creek, then climbs again to the top of the plateau at Retro-Hughes Road between Little Possum and Rock Creek gorges. The trail has about 1,000 feet of elevation gain and 1,000 feet of elevation loss.  Highlights include views from overlooks, deep river gorges, rock formations, and impressive waterfalls and rapids.  This would require a shuttle.  If this would not be feasible we could hike to Immodium Falls (5.1 miles) and then return to the Heiss Mountain trailhead.  Wear sturdy boots and take water, snacks and a lunch.  We will meet at McDonalds 4908 Main Street (Highway 31) on the north side of Spring Hill at 6:45 AM and leave promptly at 7:00 AM. 

Marvin Caine
mlcaine@aol.com
931-626-2754 (cell)

4/11
Sat

Jackson

Tishomingo SP. This will be a 7 to 8 mile hike in Tishomingo State Park. We will leave from Panera at 8 am, or at the park entrance station at 10:15am. To register or obtain additional information, please contact Sara.

Sara Rognstad
206-553-9334
hakim.sara@gmail.com

4/11
Sat

Memphis

Big Hill Pond State Park

April 11, 10AM

We will hike a loop around the larger lake at Big Hill Pond State Park, a distance of about 8 miles.

Meet at the trailhead near the boat ramp.

Bring lunch and water.

Map links, park info, direction are forthcoming in the weekly reminder email.

Contact ttamemphis@gmail.com for details/questions.



Big Hill Pond

4/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Celebration of Spring at Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point, TN. Full day of fun and entertainment that includes hikes, pontoon boat ride, kite flying and more. Tennesse State Naturalist Randy Hegepath will lead a 2 mile nature hike at 8:30 am (easy to moderate) on the Highland Rim Nature Trail. At 1:00 pm Jennifer Zahn of the Murfreesboro chapter will lead a 2.5 mile hike on the Millennium Trail Loop (easy to moderate).  She will also coordinate a carpool from Murfreesboro. There is a $2 fee per person to help with festival expenses. For more information on the Celebration of Spring visit the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park website at http://foeesp.alturl.com.


 

Jennifer Zahn
jenzahn@gmail.com
615-943-8853

4/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Signal Mountin High School to Edwards Point and back.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/11-
4/12

Sumner Trails

April 11 & 12 - Shiloh National Military Park.  2 miles Easy.  We will drive the Natchez trace Parkway, stopping at the Meriwether Lewis Park and Monument and other points of interest along the Parkway.  We will exit on US Hwy 64 and stop for a late lunch in Waynesboro.  We'll continue on to Savannah and cross the Tennessee River on Pickwick Dam, and proceed to Pickwick Landing State Park Inn where we will have dinner and stay overnight.  After breakfast Sunday morning we will check out and proaceed to Shiloh Visitors Center - see their excellent film - then drive the self-guided auto tour of the battlefield, stopping to read historical markers and taking advantage of trails leading to historic battle sites.  The 2 day Shiloh battle took place on April 6 & 7, 1862.  Then we'll have a late lunch at the famouss Hagy's Catfish Hotel overlooking the Tennessee river before driving back to Hendersonville via I-40,  We should be back by 6pm or so.  For reservations at Pickwick Landing State Park Inn call (731) 689-3135.  Meet at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church at 9 AM CT on April 11 to carpool.  For further info contact Catfish Al.

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf Natural Area, Altamont, TN. The hike includes six major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. Hike begins at the Greeter Falls parking lot. Hike is 13.5 miles and rated strenuous. For information and to register contact Richard Savage.

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com

4/12
Sun

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Wildflower Hikes, Tullahoma, TN.  10:00 a.m. CT and 2:00 p.m. CT.  Natural Areas Spring Celebration Week activity.  Brian Bowen, Administrator of the State Natural Areas, will lead the 10:00 a.m. wildflower hike.  Dennis Horn, an editor of “Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians”, will lead the 2:00 p.m. hike.  Bring water, snacks and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  The terrain is steep and rough.  For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 or Dennis Horn horndd@lighttube.net

Joan Hartvigsen
jartvigs@comcast.net

Dennis Horn
horndd@lighttube.net

4/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Special guests will be Dwayne Rice and former Senator Rosalind Kurita of the Middle Tennessee Bluebird Society. The organization develops public awareness, educational programs and workshops. Come for a fascinating presentation on this beautiful bird seen in our backyards.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

4/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stringer's Ridge.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Stringer's Ridge parking lot at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/18
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland City Rails to Trails, paved section; 3.7 mikes one way; easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; ∼29 miles to trail head. 

 

Bob Lyon 931.648.2354

4/18-
4/19

Highland Rim

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, Day Hike and Backpacking Trip.  South of Winchester, TN.  9 miles out and back, strenuous, steep, stream crossings.  Joint activity with the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  Meet at the Tennessee Trailhead at 9:30 a.m. CT.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Register with Cindy Watson at 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com  Cindy will hike back with the day hikers to the trailhead.  The “Walls” is an impressive geological feature that forms a large bowl shaped 200 ft. limestone amphitheater.  Embedded in the limestone are bowling ball size holes from which water from Turkey Creek spouts, creating a unique water feature.

Cindy Watson
cgrwatson@gmail.com
931-247-1459

4/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Hike and Cleanup, Tullahoma.  Join Stephanie Williams, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas, for a hike on all the trails at Short Springs State Natural Area.  We will meet at the parking lot at 11:00 a.m. CT where we will begin our stretches by picking up trash.  Then we will start a 3 mile hike on Busby Falls, Adams Falls and Machine Falls Loop Trails picking up trash as we go.  We will add on an optional 1.5 mile Laurel Bluff Loop Trail at the end for those interested.  These trails have many ups and downs, creek crossings and beautiful waterfalls so be prepared for slow going and gorgeous scenery and wildflowers.  Wear sturdy boots and bring plenty of water, gloves and lunch.  Stephanie will provide trash bags and a truck to haul out what we find that should not be left behind in this beautiful setting.  Please RSVP by April 17 to Stephanie Williams  at 615-532-4799 or stephanie.ann.williams@tn.gov .  For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

4/18
Sat

Memphis

On Saturday we plan to hike in Percy and Edwin Warner Parks in east Nashville.  There are many trails in these parks.  My favorite hike is about 7 miles long and hilly.  If a different hike would be interesting to some of our participants another hike can be planned. Meet at the trailhead at about 9:45am.  We plan to leave the trailhead at 10:15.  We ask that you e-mail Charlie Bright for registration at  charlie.bright2010@gmail.com.

On the 18th, Percy Warner State Park
On the 19th, Radnor Lake

4/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bird Mountain Trail. Frozen Head State Park. Wartburg, TN. 6.25 mile loop. Strenuous due to 1730 ft. elevation gain. Segment of the Cumberland Trail. Spectacular mountain views, interesting geologic formations including Castle Rock and a visit to Emory Gap Falls.




Mary Belle Ginanni
mginanni@comcast.net
615-895-6072

 

4/18
Sat

Plateau

Soak Creek section of the Cumberland Trail in Spring City.  5 mile easy hike led by Cumberland Trail Ranger, Josh Kuykendall.

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

4/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Soak Creek (wildflower hike with Plateau Chapter).  Approximately 4-5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/18
Sat

Sumner Trails

April 18 - Beaman Park Henry Hollow Loop/Sedge Hill Trail. 3 miles-Moderate.  Join us at this beautiful park on the Highland Rim in the northwest edge of Davidson County.  It;s terrain features steep forested slopes, with drier ridge tops and elevations just under 1000 feet.  We're hoping to see wildflowers and beautiful creekside views on the hilly terrain.  If conditions are wet, you'll want boots or protective shoes, hiking poles are also helpful because of the leaf - covering on the dirt trails and the hilly terrain.  Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 am CT for carpooling or at 9:45 am at the Beaman Park Nature Center (5911 Old Hickory Blvd, Ashland City).  Call Judy Jenkins or Lea Whitton

Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002 judy_jenkins@comcast.net  or Lea Whitton 615-289-4842 whittonm@realtracs.com

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Walls of Jericho Wilderness and Recreation Area, Winchester, TN-Jackson Co.,AL. The hike is 9 miles mostly downhill going into the gorge, so the return trip is mostly uphill. The hike is rated strenuous because of steepness and stream crossings. For more information and to register contact Cindy Watson. 

Cindy Watson
931.247.1459
cgrwatson@gmail.com

4/21
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Meeting, 6:00 P.M., Crow Center, Clarksville.

Sandy Janus 931.551.8523

4/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Soddy Gorge.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate (water crossing).  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/22-
4/24

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.  Wildflower Hikes are led by Botanists and include Deep Creek Trail, first two miles of Gregory Ridge Trail, School House Gap Trail, Middle Prong Trail, Cove Hardwood Nature Trail and Porters Creek Trail.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for more information.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

4/25
Sat

Clarksville

Hike with another chapter.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/25
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

David Crockett SP - Trail of Tears. This will be a special hike to become more familiar with the history of the Native Americans who were forced off of their lands, and relocated to Oklahoma in 1838-9. We will visit the newly opened Pulaski Interpretive Center.  The two different land routes, led by John Bell and John Benge, respectively, crossed in Pulaski.  The museum documents local Native American history, including a bronze statue of a Cherokee family. Our guide will take us to the overlook where the two routes intersected in 1838. We will then drive to David Crockett State Park ( about one hour) in Lawrenceburg. We will be joined there by Pat Cummins (see Chapter meeting guest speaker above).  He will be our guide for a 2.5 mile hike (five miles out and back) on a portion of the original Bell route. We plan to have a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters in the Park. We will hike the Shoal Creek/Waterfall Trails (1.4 miles), and Overlook Trail (1.47 miles) after lunch. We will meet at 7:45 AM behind McDonalds 4908 Main Street (Hwy 31) on the north side of Spring Hill. We'll drive to Pulaski (about one hour) and then David Crockett Park. You may choose to meet us at the Interpretive Center in Pulaski (220 Stadium Street, 38478). Bring a picnic lunch, water, etc. Trails are easy to moderate. Please let Janeth know if you plan to join us and at which location you plan to meet us.

Janeth McKendrick
615-591 9352
Janethmck@aol.com

4/25
Sat

East Tennessee

Cucumber Gap Loop with side trip to Avent Cabin.  This hike will start at the parking area in Elkmont to Jakes Creek trail and Jakes Creek trail to the Avent Cabin, about 8/10 mile gaining about 350 feet.  After visiting the Avent Cabin we will go back down Jake’s Creek trail to Cucumber Gap trail  and take Cucumber Gap trail to the Little River trail, about 2.4 miles gaining 450 feet in one mile then losing 350 feet in the next 1.4 miles.  We will then take the Little River trail back to the parking area, about 2.4 miles losing about 350 feet.  All of these trails are relatively easy.  The total distance is about 5.8 miles.  We will meet to carpool  at Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will meet and leave there at 9:00am ET.  Be sure to bring $’s for carpooling, snacks, water, camera and appropriate clothing.  Pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
865-951-8317
rosemary_L@hotmail.com

4/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Hike to Raven Point by way of the Dog Hole Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Grundy Forest State Natural Area, Tracy City, TN.  9 plus miles round trip.  Moderate.  Trail is rocky with exposed tree roots.  Bring plenty of water, snacks, hiking poles and sturdy hiking boots.  Marietta Poteet will lead us on this trail along beautiful, cascading Fiery Gizzard Creek.  The Dog Hole Trail ascends up the ridge to Raven Point which is a wonderful bluff with a great view looking over the gorge of Gizzard Cove.  Please email Marietta at nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666 for further information.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

4/25
Sat

Jackson

Annual wildflower hike. We are planning three short hikes, all close to each other, at Stillhouse Falls, Rattlesnake Falls and John Noel at Bon Aqua State Natural Area. For more information and to register for the hike, please contact Glen.

Glen Rognstad
731-217-5966
glenrognstad@gmail.com

4/25
Sat

Memphis

Time TBD

Shiloh National Military Park historical hike - Saturday, April 25

This hike will be led by Charlie Spearman, interpretive ranger at  Shiloh.  We will retrace the steps of Albert Sidney Johnston's Army of the Mississippi on April 6, 1862, during the battle of Shiloh.  Charlie will follow General Johnston's route as the Confederate troops force the retreat of General Grant's troops during the day.  Charlie's recount of the day's events weaves military history with all manner of external forces and personal triumph and tragedy.

Charlie Spearman suggests that a group size no more than 25 is preferred.  Charlie Bright will handle registration.

We will probably hike about seven miles.  Some of it will be cross country and is a fun hike added to great story telling.  We will meet at the visitor center at time to be determined. 

We ask that you e-mail Charlie Bright for registration and ride sharing.  charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

Shiloh National Military Park

4/25
Sat

Memphis

Time TBD

Shiloh National Military Park historical hike - Saturday, April 25

This hike will be led by Charlie Spearman, interpretive ranger at  Shiloh.  We will retrace the steps of Albert Sidney Johnston's Army of the Mississippi on April 6, 1862, during the battle of Shiloh.  Charlie will follow General Johnston's route as the Confederate troops force the retreat of General Grant's troops during the day.  Charlie's recount of the day's events weaves military history with all manner of external forces and personal triumph and tragedy.

Charlie Spearman suggests that a group size no more than 25 is preferred.  Charlie Bright will handle registration.

We will probably hike about seven miles.  Some of it will be cross country and is a fun hike added to great story telling.  We will meet at the visitor center at time to be determined. 

We ask that you e-mail Charlie Bright for registration and ride sharing.  charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

Shiloh National Military Park

4/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Hidden Lake Double Loop. Harpeth River State Park. West Nashville, TN. 2 miles. Moderate. The hike is short, but scenic with views of the Harpeth River, Nashville Veterans Cemetery, and a "Hidden Lake" quarry that was once home of a resort complex whose remains are still visible. We will have dinner at a local eatery afterwards.


Tony Jones
awj1968@comcast.net
615-397-4463

4/25
Sat

Nashville

Short Mountain, Cannon County.  This tour is being conducted by the TN Division of Natural Areas (DNA)  and is available to the first 15 people who sign up.  Rated easy due to punctuated hiking/wading excursions. Includes multiple stops, among them a short hike to the mouth of Gunters Cave and a creek hike to Rainbow Falls, and opportunities to see rare crayfish found only in DeKalb and Cannon Counties and nowhere else.  We’ll start and end at the Arts Center of Cannon County where we can have lunch (on our own) at the Blue Porch Restaurant inside the Arts Center. PLEASE NOTE: You must register individually with David Withers of the DNA at 615-532-0441 or david.withers@tn.gov. Registration closes April 17; late registrants are typically put on a waiting list. For complete details about this and other  DNA events t, visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/natural-areas/docs/events_2015.pdf   

 Nora Beck: 615-517-6486 norellibee@gmail.com for ride/drive coordinating purposes.

 

4/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Pigeon Mountain.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/25
Sat

Sumner Trails

April 25 - Saturday - Long Hunter State Park: Couchville Lake Trail 2.1 miles Easy on flat asphalt.  This trail circles Couchville Lake which was formed when Percy Priest Lake was created.  The arboretum borders the trail and there are many tree identification markers.  You might see many spring migatory birds.  Other interesting features include various limestone outcroppings and formations, as well as sinkholes.  Long Hunter State Park took its name from early explorers who were called "long hunters: due to the time they spent in the field.  In the 1700's this was choice hunting grounds for Native Americans, including Shawnee, Choctaw, Cherokee, and Chickasaw.  Their battles with incoming settlers were fierce, leading to naming one of the trails to Nashville the War trace.  We will also hike Couchville Glade State Natural Area:  Tyler Alley Sykes Trail.  This hike will be optional depending on the condition of the Trail.  It is a 1.2 mile, lollipop-shaped loop, Easy and flat but trail is dirt, grass and rock.  This trail is noted for sheltering the largest and best-quality Tennessee coneflowers, an endangered species.  The trail leads through an area where the glades and barren interface, creating one of the finest examples of glades-barrens complex.  Hikers interest in karst topography, cedar glades and rare flowers will especially appreciate this hike.  Dogs are allowed on this trail, but not on the Couchville Lake Trail.  Meet at the First Presbyterial Church Hendersonville at 9:00 am CT for carpooling.  For more info contact Bob and Kaye Crouch. 

B0b and Kaye Crouch kaye.crouch@comcast.net or 615-824-0786

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN. We will hike a collection of short but scenic trails: Natural Bridge, Hazard Cave, Lake View, Lake, Ladder, and Island Trail. Highlights include two natural bridges and Hazard Cave. The total distance is about 6 miles and is rated easy. Camping is an option with a hike in Big South Fork on Sunday. For information and to register contact Kathleen Sullivan.    

Kathleen Sullivan
931.284.7822
ksully@frontiernet.net

4/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  Dr. Ken Smith, Sewanee:  The University of the South’s Professor of Forestry and Geology, will present a program on the American Chestnut.  Dr. Smith will discuss the work to breed a genetically diverse blight-resistant American Chestnut and the reintroduction of this tree to the forests of the Eastern United States.  The American Chestnut was once the dominant hardwood species in the eastern United States.  During the 19th century, however, a Chinese fungus killed virtually all the mature American Chestnuts.  Now the American Chestnut exists as sprouts from old stumps and root systems.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225

4/28
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting.  A program is planned about some of the newest trails around the state; speaker not confirmed at press time. Complete details to be given at March 24 chapter meeting. 

Nora Beck: norellibee@gmail.com 615-517-6486.

 

4/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Wolftever Greenway.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

4/28
Tue

Sumner Trails

April 28 - (Tues.) Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park.  This is a 19 acre park which is the only urban park in the state system.  We will have a ranger take us around the park and show off the highlights, as well as giving us some history and context for the park.  The park was built in 1996, the state's bicentennial year, and offers a green space that ties into the state capitol.  The tour lasts about 45 min. to an hour.  From there we will walk to Historic Germantown for another tour.  Lunch will either be in Germantown or at the Farmer's Market where we will have parked our cars.  We will meet at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9:00 AM CT to carpool.  For further info contact Sally Ticaric or Barbara Krawchuk.

Sally Ticaric sallytic@aol.com 615-8247294 or Barbara Krawchuk tnbeachbumr@aol.com 615-822-6952

    ** May 2015 **  

5/2
Sat

Jackson

Mousetail Landing SP. This is an eight mile loop to a high bluff overlooking the Tennessee River below. This is a favorite hike of the Jackson Chapter. The trail is rated moderate. We will leave from Panera at 8 am or meet at the park headquarters at 9:30. Bring lunch and plenty of water. For additional information and to register, contact Terry.

Terry McCoy
731-535-0625
cityclarksburg@yahoo.com

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie's Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie's Bunion.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

Gary Kimbrell
931-215-9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

5/3
Sun

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

5/5
Tue

Jackson

6:45 pm CT. 1st Tue Program Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Vann Drive, Jackson. Socializing & dinner starts at 6:00 pm CT; meeting starts 6:45 pm.

Vicky Moeller
731-668-9336
jackson@tennesseetrails.org

5/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Black Mountain Segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard, TN. The hike is 7 miles and rated moderate. We will begin the hike at the trailhead on HY 68 and hike to the top of Black Mt. At the top we will enjoy lunch at a sweeping overlook and explore the newly constructed portion of the Cumberland trail and the new trails through the boulder gardens. If time permits we will visit Windless Cave on the return trip down the mountain. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl.

Pete Broehl 
931-738-3551
pabroehl@blomand.net

5/16
Sat

Nashville

Twin Arches Loop/Overnight at Charit Creek Lodge, Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN. 6 miles. Moderate. We’ll hike to the Twin Arches and then begin our hike on the loop trail to Charit Creek Lodge for an overnight stay. After visiting the arches, we pass through several huge rock houses along the base of the cliffs as we wind our way to Jake’s Place, the remains of a mid-1800’s house and farm. Then we follow the creek to Charit Creek lodge where we’ll bunk for the night in one of the reserved field cabins. In addition to lodging, Charit Creek will provide dinner that evening and breakfast the following morning. The lodge is under new management and, while I had no complaints about the food on past excursions to this back-country gem, I’m told the food is even better than before. There will be plenty of daylight to explore around the area and take in a hike to the overlook. After breakfast the following morning, we’ll return to the trailhead via the shorter, although steeper, side of the loop trail. Bring water and lunch for the hike to the lodge and snacks for the hike out. Reservations are required and space is limited. For more information, please visit the website, www.ccl-bsf.com. For those carpooling, we’ll leave the FedEx/Kinko’s parking lot on Donelson Road at 9:00 a.m. CDT. 

Kathy Woods: 615-473-6824,  kwoodz@comcast.net. 

 

5/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Chickamauga  Segment of the Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy, TN.  8.6 Miles rated strenuous due to 2 water crossings and a ½ mile segment of rocky narrow trail.  We will start the hike at the end of Barkers Camp Rd and hike 1.1 miles along a gravel road to reach the trailhead. We will then descend down 17 switchbacks to Cooper Creek which we will cross and then move on to cross Stevenson Branch. From Stevenson Branch we will ascend via ½ mile of rocky trail to a rock shelter and another water crossing with a cable handrail. We will then continue to the Montlake Rd trailhead. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl.

Pete Broehl
931-738-3551
pabroehl@blomand.net

5/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls, DeRossett. This hike to the 110 foot tall falls is 9 miles and rated strenuous. There is a stream crossing and difficult footing including the need to cross a rock field. For more information and to register contact Marnell Cothran. 

Marnell Cothran
931.738.5874
leron@blomand.net

    ** June 2015 **  

6/2
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

6/6
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day.  Hike to Ranger Creek Falls, Big Creek Gulf Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Beersheba Springs, TN.  7 miles, strenuous.  Meet State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath at 10:00 a.m. CDT at the Stone Door Ranger Station for a hike to Ranger Creek Falls. This hike will be 7 miles and strenuous.  Rocky footing, steep ascent.  Ranger Creek Falls has no surface stream below, only a cave and sink.  There will be many interesting plants and rocks along the way.  Plus we will include the Great Stone Door, one of the most spectacular overlooks of Tennessee State Parks.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/6
Sat

Jackson

6:45 pm CT. 1st Tue Program Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, Vann Drive, Jackson. Socializing & dinner starts at 6:00 pm CT; meeting starts 6:45 pm.

Vicky Moeller
731-668-9336
jackson@tennesseetrails.org

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle, Nickajack Lake near Chattanooga.  Sunday morning we will paddle the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek to Raccoon Mountain, 9 miles.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hat, sun glasses and sunscreen, binoculars and camera.  Plan on wearing your PFD.  This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will meet at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp at 8:00 a.m. CT to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Float-Eat-Float-Eat, Elk River from below Tims Ford Dam on Hwy 50 to Farris Creek Bridge.  Meet us at Sample’s Family Restaurant, 204 S. Main St., (Hwy 41A), Estill Springs, TN at 8:00 a.m. CT for breakfast or 9:30 a.m. at the put in below Tims Ford Dam to organize a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/26-
6/28

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a spot at Elkmont Campground.  Friday we will hike to Andrews Bald, 3.6 miles out and back.  Saturday we are hiking the Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls and then on to the summit of Brushy Mountain, 6.6 miles out and back, strenuous.  Sunday’s hike is to Rocky Top via Lead Cove and Bote Mountain Trails, 11.6 miles out and back, strenuous, 3,500 ft. elevation change.  Friday we will share an evening meal at Group Site #1.  Saturday we will go out to dinner in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Mount Sterling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee, NC. First we will ascend 1950 feet along the Mount Sterling Trail 2.7 miles to the fire tower atop the mountain. The views are among the best in the park. On a clear day Balsam Mountain to the west, Mount Guyot, and Mount Cammerer to the northwest, Max Patch to the east, and the Cataloochee Valley to the south can all be seen. We will then descend 4130 feet over the next 6.2 miles on the Baxter Creek Trail to Big Creek. The hike is rated strenuous because of the elevation changes. For information and to register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage
931-526-2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com.    

    ** August 2015 **  

8/14-
8/16

Highland Rim

White water rafting and camping weekend.  Rafting on Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers.  Camping at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN.  Gee Creek Campground, Group Campsite G7.  Contact Marcia Medford at marciamedford@yahoo.com or 931-598-5331 to reserve a spot in Group Campsite G7 and for more information.  This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.

Marcia Medford
marciamedford@yahoo.com
931-598-5331

 

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