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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jan 29, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** January 2015 **  

1/31
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 2 hours, easy; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

Lili Ball 931.552.2773

1/31
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day, Tulllahoma, TN.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT in the Short Springs parking lot.  Bring work gloves, water and a snack.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you will help.

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

1/31
Sat

Memphis

Fort Pillow 
Jan 31, 9:30AM.

We will hike the Red Trail, an eight mile loop. The trail begins at the Interpretive Center and is rated strenuous by West Tennessee standards. Early in the hike we visit the site of the historic fort, scene of a well-known Civil War battle. We will have lunch overlooking Fort Pillow Lake. After lunch there will be an option to take the shorter Yellow Trail back to the Interpretive Center, shortening the hike by a couple miles. While there are some steep hills on the trails before lunch, the worst of the climbs can be avoided by taking the shorter trail. Good boots suggested. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.

For directions and contact details, email ttamemphis@gmail.com

Fort Pillow.

1/31
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper.  Aproximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

1/31
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Spicewood and North Old Mac Trails, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. This hike to Frozen Head Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Cumberland's features nice views. We will ascend the mountain on the Spicewood Trail and descend using the North Old Mac Trail. The hike is 9 miles and is rated strenuous because of an elevation change of almost 2000 feet. Meet at 7:30am CT in the Penney's parking lot in Cookeville. Regiser with Richard Savage.

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

    ** February 2015 **  

2/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Shallowford Road to Brainerd Road and back.  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

2/3
Tue

Sumner Trails

Feb 2 - TUESDAY - Chapter Meeting - Trivia Night at Barefoot Charlie's.  We usually have our chapter meetings on Monday night but by popular demand, we will meet instead on the first Tuesday this month at Barefoot Charlie's to enjoy Trivia Night.  The trivia contest begins at 6:30 pm so please arrive a little earlier to order dinner and be ready to play.  We have done extremely well in the past, but noted that many sports and football questions were asked last year.  So study up and get ready for a fun-filled evening!

Jane Hamm & Gayle Livingston

2/7
Sat

Clarksville

Percy Warner Park, Warner Woods Trail 2.5 miles, moderate; and Harpeth Woods Trail 2.5 miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼50 miles to trail head.

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

2/7
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake

Feb 7, 10AM

Hike Feb 7th at Herb Parsons Lake: 6 miles easy terrain. Meet at 10:00a.m. at the lake.

Bring water and snacks, wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels hike. Contact Beverly Hollingsworth, 901-647-1836.

Herb Parsons Lake

2/7
Sat

Murfreesboro

Stones River Battlefield. Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro. Approximately 4 Miles. Easy. The hike will be narrated by Jim Schroeder, long time volunteer at the battlefield. The hike will begin at the visitor center with an overview of why the battle was fought here and will include an 8 minute movie which was made at the battlefield.

Fount or Anna Bertram
fwbertram@dtccom.net abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

 

2/7
Sat

Nashville

Bearwaller Gap, near Carthage TN. Moderate to Difficult – due to side sloping trails. Six (6) miles - one-way. Panoramic views of Cordell Hull Lake. On the way to the start of the hike at Defeated Creek Campground, we'll drop any shuttle vehicles at the Overlook Recreation Area. There can be an option to hike out and back for 12 miles if requested.   Meeting Place: FedEx Kinko's parking lot – 540 Donelson Road north of I-40 at Exit 216. Meeting Time: 7:30 AM

 

 Doug Burroughs at (615) 587-0085

2/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Military Park.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

2/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lone Mountain Loop Trail in Morgan County. This hike is 10 miles and rated strenuous because of elevation change and the numerous steep pitches. 

Kathleen Sullivan
931.284.7822
ksully@frontiernet.net

2/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Dr. Cliff Ricketts from Middle Tennessee State University will be speaking on his 35 years of research of running vehicles with alternative fuels. He will be open for questions, comments, and suggestions.

 

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

2/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Nickajack Connector Trail.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

2/12
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting 6 pm CT.  First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St, Crossville. 
Dinner at Gondola's Resturaurant before meeting at 4:45 pm CT.  Program:  Friends of Cumberland Trail by Del Truitt. 

 

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

2/14
Sat

Clarksville

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, hike around the battlefield, then hike out and back to the Fort Donelson National Cemetery, 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼29 miles to trail head.   

J.R.Tate 931.920.2692

2/14
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville - Third Creek Greenway.  This will be a 5 mile walk.  We will begin at Tyson Park and walk (2 by 2) to Earth Fare.  This trail is heavy with bicycles most of the time but nevertheless it's very scenic and a wonderful addition to St. Valentine's Day.  Let's meet at 10:00am ET at Tyson Park across from the tennis courts.  Pre-register with Lesley Price.  

Lesley Price
854-254-1193
Lesley.p616@gmail.com

2/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Base of Fall Creek Falls Trail, Gorge Overlook Trail, Piney Falls Overlook and Bridge Trails; Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN.  4 miles moderate.  Steep descent, rough footing.  We will also visit the overlooks off the Gorge Scenic Drive Motor Nature Trail including Millikan’s and Buzzard’s Roost.  On this trip we will visit the plunge pool and then the overlook of 256 ft. high Fall Creek Falls.  We will see Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades and enjoy spectacular views of Fall Creek Gorge and Cane Creek Gorge.  Piney Falls is a 95 ft. two tier waterfall.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  You will need sturdy hiking boots and hiking sticks.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information.

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

2/14
Sat

Memphis


Tour de Wolf
Feb 14, 9AM

Woody will lead a 6 mile easy hike along the Tour de Wolf "off

road" bicycle course. This trail is not paved; so, wear sturdy shoes
or boots.
 
We will meet at the Shelby Farms "Temporary" Visitor Center at
9:00 a.m. sharp. The Temporary Visitor Center is located across the road
from the Woodland Discovery Playground. It's easiest to reach from
the parks entrance on Mullins Station Road. If you enter the Park from Farm
Road, there are signs directing you through the Park, past the old (now
closed) Visitor Center, to the Temporary one on the Mullins Station Road
side of the Park.
 
For information contact Woody Pierce at 901-755-5635 or woodypierce2@gmail.com

Tour de Wolf

2/14
Sat

Nashville

Stone Door/Big Creek Gulf/Big Creek Rim, South Cumberland State Park, Beersheba Springs, TN.8 miles. Difficult. This hike takes us through the Great Stone Door and along the Big Creek Gulf Trail. After a strenuous ascent, we’ll end up at Alum Campsite and will take the Big Creek Rim trail back to the Door and the Ranger Station. This hike is DIFFICULT due to rock hopping, steep descents down the Door, and elevation changes. Please bring your lunch, plenty of water and hiking sticks are recommended.

Kathy Woods at kwoodz@comcast.net or 615-473-6824

2/14
Sat

Plateau

Dicks Gap, Big South Fork, Stearns, KY.  Moderate 7 mile hike.

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

2/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Soddy Daisy Greenway.  Approximately 6 miles.  Strenuous.  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

2/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cardwell Mountain, meal & cupid gift exchange.  Moderate 5 mile hike starting at Cumberland Caverns parking lot. Potluck dinner at Nora’s after hike. Bring hiking shoes, snacks, water, and lunch.  Call Nora for meeting time and information regarding gift exchange & dinner.

Nora 
931-808-2560 

2/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper parking lot to Snoopers Rock.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

2/21
Sat

Clarksville

Indian Town Bluff, near Ashland City, TN; 4 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart, Clarksville, TN; ∼28 miles to the trail head. 

John Sneed 931.920-3828

2/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Cave-Eat, Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  Trail into Thumping Dick Cove including Solomon’s Temple Cave, 3 miles, tough and muddy.  Meet 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.  We will begin at Gate 7 off Brakefield Road and hike down to the cave seeing some other geologic features on the way.  The cave itself is fairly short and very muddy, but we will be rewarded with a beautiful 20 ft. waterfall in the back.  Then back up the road and onto Shenanigans for lunch. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  Bring at least two light sources, water, and a change of clothes.  Let our hike leader, Naullain Kendrick, know you are coming at naullain@hotmail.com.

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

2/21
Sat

Memphis

Wolf River at Walnut Grove

Feb 21, 9:30AM 

6-7 mile hike on flat trail along Wolf River and in the woods. At 9:30AM, meet at dirt parking lot south off Walnut Grove, just east of Baptist Hospital. Bring water and snacks. Boots suggested. Canceled in the case of rain.

Contact ttamemphis@gmail.com for additional details.

Wolf River at Walnut Grove

2/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Beaman Park. Nashville. 4.2 Miles. Easy to Moderate. A rugged landscape of hills and hollows, waterfalls and streams supports a Highland Rim type forest. This is good hike for those who are getting started in hiking - enough change in the terrain to make it interesting. After the hike, we will eat in a local restaurant.

 

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

2/21
Sat

Nashville

Greeter Falls Traihead to Stone Door Ranger Station. about 8 miles.Difficult.  Start at the Greeter Falls Parking lot.  Hike about .7 miles to Greeter Falls. After viewing the falls, ascend back up  the bluff  to Greeter Trail which meets up with Big Creek Gulf Trail in about 1.5 miles.  Hike about 5 miles down into the gulf, following Big Creek, with a side trip (1 mile RT) to Ranger Falls,  then up through the Stone Door  and finally meeting up with the Stone Door Trail.  Hike will end at the Stone Door Ranger Station in .9 miles.  We will need to set up a shuttle due to shortened daylight hours. With any luck, we will have beautiful frozen falls and plenty of photo ops. 

Karl/Kathie Dupre at karld@comcast.net or 615-207-2250.

 

2/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Frozen Head State Park.  Approximately 8 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

2/21
Sat

Sumner Trails

FEB 21 - SHELBY BOTTOMS GREENWAY - 3 MILES EASY.  If it's  dry we'll hike part way on the foot trails - if not we will stay on the paved mostly level Greenway, starting at the Forest Green Trailhead and following alongside the Cumberland River downstream to the Nature Center where we will have dropped a car to shuttle the drivers back to their cars.  After the hike we'll go to lunch at The Pharmacy in East Nashville.  We will meet at First Presbyterian in Hendersonville @9AM CT or at the Forest Green  Trailhead @9:45AM CT.  For further info contact River Rat Al Ballenger.

Al Ballenger  ballallenger@aol.com

2/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lookout Mountain Bluff Trail, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Hike is 8.6 miles, and rated moderate. We will take the Incline Railroad ($14.00 round trip) to the top of the mountain. We will walk to the Military Park (entrance fee $3.00 per person or folk over 65 with a Golden age/Senior pass can get 4 adults in free per pass. Once inside the park there are great views of Chattanooga, we will descend to the Bluff Trail and take it to Ochs Gateway. We could see folks rock climbing along the way. Also we will stop at Sunset Rock for lunch. After the hike we will stop at Sticky Fingers in Chattanooga for an evening meal. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. We will leave J.C. Penny's parking in Cookeville at 7:00am CT and from U.S. Bank, across from McDonalds, in Sparta at 7:30am CT. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl. 

Pete Broehl 
931 738-3551
pabroehl@blomand.net 

2/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. CT at Fast Jack’s Steaks and Seafood, 122 West Lincoln St., Tullahoma, TN.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  Cynthia Crysdale and Peter Hunter will present a program on their recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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

2/24
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting. REI, Brentwood, TN.  7:00  Many chapter members know Bill Griffiths. You've hiked with him, or benefited from his expertise as a sales associate at REI, or both.  At this meeting he will be sharing with us his adventures and insights from his hike of the Appalachian Trail.  He completed the trail in two long sections, in 2013 and 2014, punctuated by a knee injury and recovery.  Bill calls his AT experience "the most fulfilling I have ever embarked on."  Be sure to attend, and bring a friend. You're bound to be inspired.

Doug Burroughs - 615-587-0085

2/24
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.

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

2/28
Sat

Clarksville

Bells Bend, Loop Trail; 2.5 miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT; Madison Street Kmart parking lot; ∼39 miles to trail head.  

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

2/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Maryville Greenway.  This will be a 5 mile walk around beautiful Maryville.  For additional information and to pre-register, contact Karen Towle.

karen Towle
delicadeze@aol.com

2/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area, between Sparta and Crossville, TN.  9 miles round trip, strenuous.  Experienced hikers only.  The trail descends around 900 ft. in elevation along a path that in many areas is rocky with uneven footing.  The hike will take most of the day, so we will start the hike early in the day in order to allow plenty of daylight.  If it is cold enough there may be ice on the trail and in the waterfalls.  The hike to Virgin Falls is considered to be one of the best hikes in Tennessee and features three beautiful waterfalls:  Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave Falls and Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110 ft. high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Wear good hiking boots.  Hiking poles are recommended.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Please call Marietta Poteet at 931-924-7666 or email to nannietta@blomand.net for meeting details.

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

2/28
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park

Feb 28, 8AM

Hike at Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR. About 5 to 6 miles, easy to moderate. Group will determine trail to be hiked. Trail is over part of the Trail of Tears, and the old wagon road west.

Meet at 9:30 A.M. at the visitor center, carpool leaves Tennessee Welcome Center on Riverside Drive at 8:00A.M. Bring water and lunch, wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels hike.

Contact Cathy Cole, 901-835-2273

Village Creek State Park, AR

2/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

Savage Gulf Stone Door Hike. 7 Miles. Easy. Craig McBride will lead a hike from the Stone Door ranger station along the Big Creek Rim trail and back to the ranger station on the Laurel trail. We also have the option to add 0.8 miles and do an out and back on the Greeter Falls trail. To register or for more information about the hike contact Craig McBride. Jennifer Zahn will coordinate a carpool from Murfreesboro and if interested - contact her at jenzahn@gmail.com or 615-943-8853.

Craig McBride
rutherfordvfd@gmail.com
615-394-6121

2/28
Sat

Nashville

Stones River Greenway, 6 miles out and back, paved, rated moderate. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Bell Road trailhead near Percy Priest Dam. Directions: from downtown Nashville, follow I-40 East to Exit 219, Stewart's Ferry Pike. Turn right off the exit ramp, follow Stewart's Ferry Pike past Thornton's gas station and turn left onto Bell Road going toward the dam. Take the first left off Bell Road and follow the road downhill to reach the trailhead. The trail follows the Stones River and forks to the right where there is a long bridge about halfway in, with possible views of fish, turtles and birds. We will follow the trail to the Kohl's parking area on Lebanon Road and then hike back to the dam. 

Betty Magee at monetfan455@yahoo.com or (615) 319-5394.

 

2/28
Sat

Plateau

Stinging Fork Falls & Twin Rocks, Cumberland Trail, Spring City.  Moderate 5.5 mile hike. 

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

2/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

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

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

2/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Spring, cascade, and sink, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Beersheba Springs, TN. The hike features a number of historic sites including cemeteries, house sites, and the site of the Savage Gulf School. The hike is about 7 miles and is rated strenuous because of sometimes steep and rocky terrain. In case of high water it will be necessary to alter the route of the hike. Meet us at 7:30am CT in the Penney's parking lot in Cookeville or at the US Bank across from McDonald's in Sparta at 8:00. For information and to register contact Richard Savage. 

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

    ** March 2015 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ramsey Cascades-Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The hike is 8 miles round trip and rated strenuous. The cascades is the highest waterfall in the park and the water drops 100 ft.  For information and to register contact Pete Broehl. 

Pete Broehl
931 738-3551
pabroehl@blomand.net   

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Bird Mountain-Frozen Head Sate Park.  Elevation gain and loss 1730 feet with 14 or more switchbacks there are several water crossings. The hike is 12 miles and rated strenuous. For information and to register contact Louise Miniard. 

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

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous.  There is an option for a shorter 5 mile hike rated moderate. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

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

 

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