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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Sep 30, 2014 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2014 **  

9/27
Sat

Clarksville

Public Lands Day; We will volunteer to help at Land Between the Lakes; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼72 miles to trail head.

John Sneed 931-920-3828

9/27
Sat

Highland Rim

National Public Lands Day – Work Day at Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands.  Our Chapter will celebrate NPLD by working on the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail at Tims Ford State Park.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the new Visitor Center Parking Lot.  Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Bring insect repellant, work gloves and wear long pants.  Bring hand pruners and a hammer.  We will need several volunteers with weed eaters and chainsaws.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

9/27
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day. Burgess Falls State Natural Area. 2 miles. Easy. Lunch will be at the restaurant overlooking the Sligo Boat Dock.

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

9/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. EDT.

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

9/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Polly Branch. River Trail, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Sparta, TN.  We will pass by Upper and Lower Polly Branch Falls and then join the Caney Fork River Trail before hiking to Yellow Bluff Overlook. The hike will be 8 to 10 miles and is rated moderate. An alternate hike is available for those wanting a shorter hike. Meet at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:00a.m. CT. For information and to register contact Louise Miniard.

Louise Miniard
931-239-5425
lminiard@flowserve.com 

9/30
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. EDT.

Donna Pyers, pyersd@yahool.com or 423-344-9271

    ** October 2014 **  

10/3-
10/5

Sumner Trails

October 3-5 - Pumpkin Festival, Allardt, TN.   Saturday Morning at 10 AM ET Bob & Kay Crouch will lead a 2 mile hike to the Gentlelmen's Swimming Hole in Rugby.  After the hike we'll proceed to Allardt for the Pumpkin Festival to see the big pumpkins, watch the parade, and have lunch at the festival concessions.  Note Allardt is on CT.  Saturday afternoon we will explore Historic Rugby and their Appalachian Heritage Day & Founders Day Celebratiion.  Sunday morning we will proceed to the Leatherwood Ford (on ET) in the Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area where Lynn Takas will meet us at 10m CT OR 11:00 ET to lead us on a 4 mile hike on the Angel Falls Trail.  We'll stop for a late lunch on the drive home, so you might want to bring trail snacks and water.  For further info contact Pumpkin Boy Al Ballenger.

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com or 615-347-2623

10/4
Sat

Clarksville

Springfield Greenway, Travis Price Park, Springfield, TN; 6 miles out and back, easy; eat at a Restaurant In Springfield after the hike; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼25 miles to trail head.

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

10/4
Sat

Murfreesboro

Mossy Ridge Trail. Nashville. 4.5 mile loop. Moderate. Wear hiking shoes, bring water and snack. We will have lunch afterwards at a local restaurant.

Ann Jacobs
eannjacobs@aol.com
615-653-6354

10/4-
10/5

Nashville

Bandy Creek Car Camp Outing, Big South Fork, Oneida, TN.  Kathie and Karl Dupre will lead a car camp trip to Bandy Creek Campground. On Saturday we will do the Twin Arches Loop, (6.0 mile loop) which includes Twin Arches, some interesting rock overhangs/shelters and cliffs, an old home site, and the Charit Creek Lodge. We will camp at the Bandy Creek campground Saturday night and then on Sunday do the Rock Creek Trail, (7.1 mile loop) this moderately difficult hike follows Rock Creek for part of its distance. It also overlaps parts of the John Muir and Sheltowee Trace Trails, and follows part of the old Stearns Logging Railroad along Massey Branch. 

Karl Dupre.  karld@comcast.net, 615-834-9274.

 

10/4
Sat

Plateau

Hit the Trails Festival, Fairfield Glade, 10 am to 3 pm

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

10/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes trailhead to Upper Leggett Road trailhead and back.  Appromately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m. 

John Politte - johnpolitte@gmail.com or 423-304-8327

10/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Black Mountain-Hike will begin at the trailhead on HY 68 and hike up to the top of Black MT., 7 miles and rated moderate.  Meet at 8:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Louise Miniard.

Louise Miniard
931-239-5425
lminiard@flowserve.com

10/5
Sun

Highland Rim

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN 4 miles, moderate.  We will enjoy a Sunday afternoon autumn hike along the cascading waters of the Duck River in dense forests of mature oaks, hickories and yellow poplars.   We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone and Little Duck Loop and the Old River Channel Trail.  On the Backbone Trail we will hike along a high ridgeline looking down onto the tops of the trees.  We will see the confluence of the Little Duck and the Duck Rivers on the Forks of the River Trail.  And along the Little Duck Loop we will see tall limestone bluffs bordering the river.  Meet Joan Hartvigsen at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center.  Bring water, snacks, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Joan at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

10/6
Mon

Sumner Trailsl

October 6 - Monday Chapter Meeting at 6:30 pm at Jollie Ollie's Restaurant, 82 New Shackle Island Rd, Hendersonville.

10/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Barker's Camp to Cooper Creek and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at WalMart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

10/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting.  6 pm.  69 Neecham Street, Crossville, TN
Dinner before at 5 pm at Gondola's, 36 Woodmere Mall, Crossville

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

10/11
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight; Pickett SP; several hikes to choose from; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼178 miles to trail head.

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

10/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Chattanooga, TNLookout Mountain–- 9 miles (moderate due to elevation changes). Ride the incline railway ($15 charge) to the summit, where the Civil War Battle above the Clouds took place. We will explore Point Park, then hike to Cravens House, Rifle Pits Trail, Upper Truck Trail, Gum Spring Trail and a section of the Bluff Trail. Lunch will be at Sunset Rock with spectacular views and magnificent fall colors (hopefully). We will have dinner at a restaurant in Chattanooga at group discretion. Wear sturdy boots, bring water, lunch and money for carpooling.   For more information contact Garnett Rush.

Garnett Rush
rushga01@yahoo.com
865-268-5181

10/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

History Hayride. Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point, on Center Hill Lake.  The cost for the hayride is $15 per person and on-line reservations are required. Go to www.tnvacation.com/events/9216, click on yellow button for "Purchase Tickets".

Fount Bertram
fwbertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

10/11
Sat

Nashville

 Shelby Bottoms. Nashville TN.  BIKE (not hike). 8 to 10 miles. Easy. Shelby Bottoms in East Nashville includes the property that was the Cornelia Fort Airport, and a bridge that goes over the Cumberland River.  Meet at the Main Entrance near the Nature Center at 10 am. 

Kate Perry at 615 - 226-7139.

10/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m. 

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

10/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail.  There is an option for a shorter hike, 9.1 miles or the longer hike, 12 miles.  Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  Meet in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:30am CT. We will leave from the ranger station about 9:30am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

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

 

10/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Monthly Chapter Meeting. 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT, Barfield-Crescent Park's Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway. Speaker is Diane Manas' backpacking trip on the Foothills Trail in South Carolina.

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

10/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1//2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

Nancy Allen - dname2tn@gmail.com or 423-344-1118

10/18
Sat

Clarksville

Mouse Tail Landing SP, Eagle Point Trail, 8 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; ∼90 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

10/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat, Caldwell Rim Trail, Sewanee, TN.  4-5 miles easy.  Meet our hike leader Carolyn Fitz at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee no later than 9:00 a.m. CT  for breakfast with our TTA friends.  The hike will depart from the Blue Chair at 9:30 a.m.  Bring water and snacks for the hike.  The Caldwell Rim Trail is named in memory of Dr. Hugh Caldwell, beloved philosophy professor and legendary founder of the Sewanee Ski and Outing Club.  The loop atop the plateau features scenic overlooks and bluff lines.  The Caldwell Rim Trail begins by following Depot Branch, affording several views of the streambed and Point Disappointment.  The trail crosses several creeks and follows the bluff line overlooking Lost Cove.  After we complete the loop we will retrace our steps to the Blue Chair.  Hiking time is projected to be about two hours.  Please register with Carolyn Fitz at 931-598-0597 or cfitz@sewanee.edu.

Carolyn Fitz
cfitz@sewanee.edu
931-598-0597

10/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

Fiery Gizzard Dog Hole Loop. South Cumberland Recreation Area. 9.7 miles. Strenuous. This trail has cascading streams, waterfalls, unusual rock formations and mountain vistas.  Lunch will be at Raven Point.

Ann Jacobs
eannjacobs@aol.com
615-653-6354

 

10/18
Sat

Nashville

Chimneys State Natural Area in Marion County.  Short but strenuous hike with great scenery involved. Trail length is not available but less than 2 miles.  Shallow stream crossing involved.  This seldom-visited area was protected for its impressive geological features and we'll be there at a time when we're likely to see some great autumn foliage as well.  Sturdy shoes, water, snacks/lunch, layered clothing.   Hiking poles or a staff will be helpful for getting back up the steep slope from our foray to the base of the Chimneys.  If time allows and we still feel like it, we can also take in another site in the area before returning to Nashville.

Nora Beck, 615-517-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com,  

 

10/18
Sat

Nashville

 Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee TN. 9 miles. Moderate to Difficult (due to distance & elevation changes). We will start at Greens View and hike counter-clockwise to a nice overlook before crossing over to the plateau on a forest road that passes by the equestrian center. Once across the plateau, we'll hike down to Bridal Veil Falls and then over to the Memorial Cross. The rest of the hike is across the University of the South campus. Bring lunch / snacks, water, good hiking boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Option: Stop at Shenanigan's or the Blue Chair after.

Doug Burroughs at 615-587-0085 

 

10/18
Sat

Nashville

 Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee TN. 9 miles. Moderate to Difficult (due to distance & elevation changes). We will start at Greens View and hike counter-clockwise to a nice overlook before crossing over to the plateau on a forest road that passes by the equestrian center. Once across the plateau, we'll hike down to Bridal Veil Falls and then over to the Memorial Cross. The rest of the hike is across the University of the South campus. Bring lunch / snacks, water, good hiking boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Option: Stop at Shenanigan's or the Blue Chair after.

Doug Burroughs at 615-587-0085 

 

10/18
Sat

Plateau

Blue Heron Loop, Big South Fork, Revelo, KY  6.4 miles. Moderate

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

10/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Piney River.  Approximately 8-9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

10/18
Sat

Sumner Trails

October 18 - Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN. Easy to Moderate 1.25 miles on Old Stone Trail. Backbone & Little Duck Loop Trail approx 2 miles weather permitting.  The Old Stone Fort is a 2,000 year old American Indian ceremonial site.  The two forks of the Duck River cut into the edge of the Highland Rim Plateau at the site of the Old Stone Fort.  On our hike we will see numerous waterfalls, cascades, and tall rock bluffs bordering the duck River.  On the backbone Trail we will climb up and walk along a ridge looking down on tops of huge trees.  Meet at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot on Gallatin Rd at 9:00am CT for carpooling or meet at the trailhead by the museum at 10:30 am CT.  Bring hiking boots and any desired snacks.  We will lunch after the hike about 12:30pm at the Coffee Cafe in the historic area of Manchester close to the park. This is a large cafe with a great menu.  Contact Lea Whitton.  Ron & Judy Jenkins will be helping with the hike.  Bad weather would  cancel the hike.

Lea Whitton at whittonm@realtracs.com  or 615-289-4842

10/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls - 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls. Meet us at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:00.  For information and to register contact Louise Miniard. 

Louise Miniard
931-239-5425
lminiard@flowserve.com

10/21
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

10/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

North Chick loop.  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate,  Meet at Durham Street parking lot at Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

10/24-
10/26

Highland Rim

TTA Annual Meeting, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN   Join your friends at our TTA Annual Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park west of Nashville on Hwy 70.  Consult this newsletter for registration and hike information.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
91-962-0811

10/24-
10/26

Sumner Trails

October 24-26 - Annual Meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park - We are helping to host this event with the Nashville Chapter.

10/24-
10/26

Upper Cumberland

Join us at the TTA State Meeting.

10/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at Red Lobster, 1913 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, TN at 5:00 p.m. CT.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma, TN.  Our speaker, Carolyn Fitz will present a program on her recent Arizona hikes near Phoenix, Tucson and Sedona.  The program will feature Art, Architecture, American Indian culture and awesome photos of Arizona.  Carolyn visited many Arizona sites, including Papago Park, Tucson Mountain Park, Salt River Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

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

10/28
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Sierra Nevada Backpack.  Doug Burroughs, Diane Manas, Amy Sutton, and Dianna Richter will present spectacularly scenic photos of their six day backpack trip on the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park in August.  This is a relatively popular hike that overlaps a section of the John Muir Trail and includes a traverse of Glen Pass at an elevation of 11, 978 feet above sea level.  Time: 7:00 PM.  Location: REI Brentwood, 261 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN

Doug Burroughs
dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com
(615) 587-0085

10/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Big Possum Creek and back.  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in SOddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

10/30
Thu

Sumner Trails

October 30 (Thursday) - Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro.  Check for more info on website and emails.

    ** November 2014 **  

11/1
Sat

Highland Rim

Franklin State Forest, Sewanee TN, 6 to 8 miles, moderate.  Marietta Poteet will lead a hike in Franklin State Forest featuring waterfalls, wildflowers, fall colors and beautiful views of Sweeton Cove.  The hike will be from six to eight miles long depending on the group’s preference.  Bring water, snacks, lunch and lots of water.  Please call or email Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

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

11/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek at Pickett State Park. Ranger led hike on their newest trail that winds around bluffs and along the creek ending at a beautiful overlook of Pogue Creek Gorge. 3 miles round trip and rated moderate. After this we will drive to Moccasin Rd., which is a dirt road, and hike to the 3 mile Ridge Trail at Pickett State Park, also rated moderate, for a total of approximately 7 miles. Meet at JC Penney in Cookeville at 7:30 am or the Pickett State Park Headquarters at 9:00 am. For information and to register contact Margaret Massa or Peter Krauss.

Margaret Massa or Peter Krauss
(931)864-7782
mycorey@twlakes.net 

11/2
Sun

TTA

2am Local Time. Daylight Savings Time ends.

11/13
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting.  6 pm.  69 Neecham Street, Crossville, TN
Dinner before at 5 pm at LaCosta, 138 The Crossings, Crossville

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

11/18
Tue

Clarksville

6:00pm CT. 3rd Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd.)

J.R. Tate
931-920-2692
modelt@charter.net

    ** December 2014 **  

12/16
Tue

Clarksville

No Meeting?

 

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