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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jun 29, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2016 **  

6/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting – Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Red Lobster, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Michael Glennon will present a Short Course, “Backpacking 101”.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

6/28
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Program Meeting: Martin Penny represents the Pew Charitable Trusts, and he’s hard at work in Tennessee on the  Centennial Campaign for the National Parks. He’s going to tell us about the work of the campaign and what’s planned and needed for the National Park lands in Tennessee that include some of our most iconic places to hike - Shiloh, Big South Fork, and the Smokies. Be sure to bring a friend. Our national parks are getting a lot of public attention in this centennial year; let’s get informed about what the future holds.

 

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

 

6/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

    ** July 2016 **  

7/2
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Memorial Day.

N/A

7/2
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett Road to Rock Creek Bridge and back.  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

7/5
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

There will be no meeting in July for the Columbia/Franklin chapter due to the 4th of July holiday.  The next scheduled meeting will be August 2nd which will be a hike planning meeting. 

7/5
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

7/9
Sat

Clarksville

Pennyrile State Park, 3 mile hike, moderate, and then swim; eat lunch at Park Restaurant; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼50 miles to trail head.

John Harris 270-227-9871

 

7/9
Sat

Highland Rim

Prentice Cooper State Forest, Marion County.  Section of Mullens Cove Loop Trail.  Hike to Snoopers Rock and back, starting at Mullens Cove trailhead.    6.8 miles, total.  Easy to moderate. This hike offers views of the Tennessee River Gorge, rock bluffs and cascading streams.  The bare rock promontory of Snoopers Rock offers a wide view of the Tennessee River Gorge. We will organize a carpool in Monteagle.  Please email Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or call 931-962-0811 to register.

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

7/9
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cummins Falls. 3 miles rated moderate. This park is located 9 miles north of Cookeville and is one of the nation’s best swimming holes. There will be water crossings, slippery rocks, steep and uneven terrain. Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water. 

Danielle Harrell
dn.harrell@yahoo.com
423-327-7704

7/9
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Frozen Head.  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

7/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. After the business meeting, we will take a short walk from the Wilderness Station to the West Fork Overlook on the Stones River. This easy paved trail is approximately 2 miles round trip. 

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

7/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

7/16
Sat

Clarksville

Harpeth River Canoe and Kayak Float, 13 miles; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; ∼41 miles to starting point.    

 

Bob Lyon 931.648.2354;

7/16
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 

There are a total of eight miles of hiking trails which meander through the forests and glades. Hiking trails are open year-round.  We will plan on hiking the Hidden Springs Trail which is 5 miles long and an easy trail.  If the weather is not extremely warm, we can add to that hike on that day.

According to the web site, visitors frequently enjoy glimpses of fox, deer, squirrel, rabbits and turkey throughout the park. Each trail is blazed with a rectangular colored blaze-mark located on trees along the trail. Please note the color of the blaze-mark for the trail that you hike. Remember to stay on the trail for your own safety. Trail maps are available in the park office.

We will meet at the Tollgate Medical Center in Thompson Station on Hwy 31 at 7:15 a.m. so that we can hike when the weather is still bearable.  Please contact Jane Coffey (615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.  Also, please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey - 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com

7/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Duck River Float from below Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge.  5.2 miles, approximate.    Joint float with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at put-in below Normandy Dam to organize a shuttle. Portage around Cortner Mill Dam required.    We will eat our packed lunch at Cortner Mill Dam after the portage.  Contact Tom Bentley to register.  htbentley@lighttube.net  or 931-455-5849.  Normandy Kayak Rental rents canoes and kayaks.  Front Street, Normandy, TN.  615-925-9767 or email normandykayakrental@gmail.com.  Reservations required to guarantee availability.  Naullain Kendrick may be able to lend a kayak, naullain@hotmail.com.

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net
931-455-5849

7/16
Sat

Murfreesboro

Duck River Float. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. We’ll paddle approximately 5.2 miles from Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge. Meet at 9:00 am CT to put in below the dam and to organize a shuttle. Pack lunch to eat when we portage at Cortner Mill Dam.

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

7/16
Sat

Nashville

July 16 - Ross Forest Registered State Natural Area, Savannah, TN. A rare opportunity to see some special places! This hike is being conducted by the good folks of Tennessee State Natural Areas and you must register for this hike with Loretha Legette at 615-532 -0431 or loretha.legette@tn.gov by 7/12/2016 in order to attend. A $10/person fee is being charged for this hike, payable by credit card when you contact Loretha by phone.Nora Beck will coordinate travel from the Nashville area for this hike. Once you’ve registered, contact Nora at norellibee@gmail.com or 615-517-6486 for Nashville-area logistics. If there is interest in travelling on Friday and camping closer to the hike meeting place, let Nora know.  This hike will be 3-4 hrs. long, rated moderate. You will need plenty of water, plus food & sturdy shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent. While of course we can expect heat, we will be in shade most of the time. 

The complete description for the hike at Ross Forest is here: https://tn.gov/assets/entities/environment/attachments/na_events-2016.pdf

 

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

7/16
Sat

Plateau

Rounddrop trail, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Townsend. This is 7.5 mile moderate car shuttle hike with a major water crossing at the end.  After stationing a car at the Townsend Y and assessing the water level of the river, we will drive about 20 minutes to the trailhead on Wears Cove Gap Road just outside of Metcalf Bottoms picnic area.  This trail offers solitude and being one of the least hiked trails in the Park. The trail asends from 1800’ to 2600’ in the first 2.5 mile, then mostly descending the rest of the way to 1200’.  Wear hiking boots and bring water shoes for the crossing. Bring water and lunch. Depart from Crossville Outlet Center at 8 AM CT. 

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7430 

7/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chickamauga Creek to Stevens Branch and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

7/19
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville

 

Ken Johnson 931-802-6343

7/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Big Soddy Gulf to Big Soddy bridge and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot at 8 a.m.

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

7/23
Sat

Clarksville

Cummins Falls State Park, hike and swim, 2.5 miles out and back, difficult; meet 8:00 A.M. CT; I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼119 miles to trail head.

Kathy Robertson 931-216-5797

7/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Franklin State Forest, Sewanee, TN.  Sweden Cove Rim Trail, Tom Pack Falls Trail and more.  Eight miles. Moderate.  Marietta Poteet will lead hikes along several trails in Franklin State Forest, including Tom Pack Trail and Sweden Cove Rim Trail.  The total mileage is  eight miles.  As this is a July hike, we will need to bring lots of water.  Also bring snacks and lunch and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net

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

7/23
Sat

Nashville

July 23 - Honey Creek / Big South Fork National Recreation Area, Near Rugby TN. This is a strenuous hike through creeks, over boulders, and up steep and rugged terrain.  But, there will also be great overviews, waterfalls, and interesting geological features.  Bring water, snacks/lunch, waterproof boots with ankle support, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food somewhere along the road back to Nashville.  The total time commitment could be up to 12 hours: Driving up, hiking 5 slow miles, dinner, and then driving back. 

  • Meeting Place: Parking lot just north of the FedEx/Kinko, 540 Donelson Pike Nashville 37214.  Just north of I-40

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 A

Contact Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or leave a message at 615-587-0085 for more information and to register.

7/23
Sat

Plateau

Dicks Gap Falls and Big Spring Falls, Big South Fork, Stearns, KY.  This is a 7.2 mile in/back out hike that climbs to the scenic Catawaba Overlook, passes Dicks Gap Falls and reachs a waterfall in Big Spring Hollow.  The 60’ Big Spring Falls spills halfway down to splash down on a rock ledge before the second drop into a pool at the base.  We have an option to do a separate short easy hike to Split Bow Arch (1.3 miles round trip) and a short easy hike to Bear Creek Overlook (0.5 miles round trip) to a panoramic river overlook.  If we add the two short hikes we will hike a total of 10 miles.  If some choose not to add the additional 1.8 miles we can do plan separate carpools at the meeting location.  Depart from Cracker Barrell off of I-40 Exit 317 at 8 AM CT.  

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7430

7/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate to slightly strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

7/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, near Kroger.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Marjorie Collier, member of the Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma, will present the program “Up and Down the Dixie Highway”.   

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

7/26
Tue

Nashville

July 26 - Monthly Meeting. Tennessee has a fine variety of hiking trails in varied terrain, from the intriguing lowlands of the Mississippi coastal plain to the rugged hills and mountains of Big South Fork, the South Cumberlands and the Smokies. One major reason for this diversity is Tennessee’s geology. The landforms that hold us up also hold fascinating history and prehistory. There’s no one better to tell us about our state’s geological story than our State Geologist - Ron Zurawski. Bring friends! 

 

Doug Burroughs:615-587-0085
Nora Beck: 615-517-6486

7/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

7/30
Sat

Clarksville

 ‘Cooling at the Cave’; Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville; Music, Board Games, Fellowship, Refreshments; 3:00 P.M. CT until 6:00 P.M.   

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

7/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  We will continue work on steps on Machine Falls Loop Trail near the junction with Adams Falls Trail.  We will also paint blazes on trees on the Laurel Bluff Trail.  Contact Tom Hartvigsen thartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let him know you can help.

Tom Hartvigsen
thartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

7/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

7/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Siler’s Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike will include a section of the AT from Clingman’s Dome parking lot to Siler’s Bald. The hike is 9 1/2 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. For infomation and to register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com 

7/31
Sun

Murfreesboro

Montgomery Bell State Park Sunday Morning Hike. Southwest Loop. 6.9 miles rated moderated. This beautiful state park is located near Dickson. We’ll see the natural beauty of Hall Spring, Lake Woodhaven and Creech Hollow Lake. Pack lunch, snacks and plenty of water. This loop hike has plentyof places to stop, linger and enjoy nature and history of the area.

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

    ** August 2016 **  

8/6
Sat

Highland Rim

 Sewanee Perimeter Trail,  Sewanee.  Twenty miles.  Strenuous.  Marietta Poteet will lead a twenty mile hike on the Sewanee Perimeter Trail beginning at Green’s View.  For those who missed hiking the twenty mile Sewanee Perimeter trail with Michael in April or just want to whip out a twenty mile trail, please join Marietta.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net.   Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

8/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM.  Program: Jacob Inman will present the Cumberland Trail Maintainer Program.   First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.  

Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.   

8/20
Sat

Plateau

Parch Corn Creek, Big South Fork, Oneida, KY.  7.1 mile difficult hike.  We will join a park ranger at the end of Duncan Hollow Road at 9:00 a.m. (ET) for a hike to Parch Corn Creek. We’ll talk about wild boar destruction to our natural resources, visit the grave site of an early settler, have lunch at an old home site on Parch Corn Creek, and end our hike on the John Muir Trail back to where we started. Bring water, snacks, lunch, bug spray, and wear comfortable shoes for hiking.  Depart from Cracker Barrell off of I-40 Exit 317 at 6:30 AM CT.  Carpool $5.  

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to carpool from Crossville.  

8/26-
8/28

Highland Rim

Hiwassee Kayaking, Ocoee Whitewater Rafting,  Lower Ocoee Flatwater Kayaking and Camping Weekend.   Camp at Gee Creek Campground, Campsite G6 August 26 and 27, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN.  Friday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET we will depart Gee Creek Campsite G6  for a Hiwassee River float from the Reliance Bridge to the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park boat ramp.   Saturday August 27 is Ocoee Whitewater Rafting.  Folks who do not enjoy whitewater can hike in Cherokee National Forest   Potential hikes are the Oswald Dome Trail near Reliance, TN, Big Frog Wilderness Hike near Ocoee Dam #3 and the Old Copper Road Trail which begins at the Ocoee Whitewater Center.  Sunday we will use our own kayaks to paddle the lower, “quieter” section of the Ocoee.   We will put in at Sugarloaf Boat launch below Ocoee Dam #1 (Parksville Lake Dam).   The takeout ramp is on the Hiwassee a few hundred yards upstream of the confluence of the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers.  The Sunday float is about six hours.   Contact Naullain  if you need to borrow a kayak.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve space at the campsite, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 and to inquire about the Saturday hike. Contact Naullain Kendrick soon to reserve a spot for whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River on August 27,  naullain@hotmail.com.  Friday evening we will share a potluck dinner at the campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat at a restaurant.

Naullain Kendrick, Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Reservations, borrow kayak
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225
Joan Hartvigsen, Camping Reservation, hike information
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

    ** September 2016 **  

9/17
Sat

Jackson

Annual cookout (and hike)

    ** October 2016 **  

10/7-
10/9

Highland Rim

Ghost River Adventure.   Camping at Chickasaw State Park, Henderson, TN.  Paddling in the Ghost River State Natural Area, near La Grange, TN.  Ghost River State Natural Area is a 2,200 acre section of the Wolf River in Fayette County.  The natural area includes approximately 14 miles of the Wolf River beginning from the parking area near La Grange to just west of Bateman Road Bridge near Moscow, TN.    The Ghost River section of the Wolf meanders through bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes.  Some of the most impressive trees are large oaks that include cherrybark, water, willow, and swamp chestnut.  The Ghost River provides excellent habitat for rare aquatic organisms and unique opportunities for observing birds and other wildlife.  The paddle is 9 miles and should take about 6 hours. Sunday morning we will visit nearby Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park.   Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com early to reserve space in one of the campsites.

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

10/28-
10/30

TTA

2016 Annual Meeting
Pickwick Landing SP

Hosted by Memphis Chapter

    ** November 2016 **  

11/6
Sun

TTA

Daylight Savings Time Ends.

11/12
Sat

Highland Rim

Blue Beaver Trail up Lookout Mountain to top of Point Park.  Chattanooga, TN.  Beginning from the southern end of Reflection Riding, the hike is 5.5 miles one way.  Elevation change of 1,500 ft.  Car shuttle required.  We will meet at the Monteagle Elementary School to form a carpool.  After the hike we will have dinner in Chattanooga.  Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com to register.  The trail’s name refers to Union Soldiers (wearing blue uniforms) cutting down trees as they hiked up Lookout Mountain during the Civil War.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

 

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