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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jun 16, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2015 **  

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 after we set up camp we will hike to Andrews Bald, 3.6 miles out and back, moderate, 600 ft. elevation change.  This trail recently was reconstructed by the Trails Forever Crew.  If we have time we will also visit Clingman’s Dome, 1.0 mile round trip, paved, very steep.  Saturday’s hike is to Rocky Top (Thunderhead Mountain) via Lead Cove Trail, Bote Mountain Trail and the Appalachian Trail, 11.6 miles out and back, very strenuous, 3,500 ft. elevation change.  Sunday 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, 1,680 ft. elevation change, strenuous.  All three hikes lead to summits with panoramic views and covered in blooming rhododendrons and azaleas.  Friday we will share an evening meal at Group Site #1.  Saturday evening we will go out to dinner in Townsend, possibly the new Monte Real Mexican restaurant.

 

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

6/26-
6/28

Murfreesboro

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend. Camp two nights and hike three days. Friday’s hike is to Andrew’s Bald, 3.6 miles rated moderate. Hike on Saturday will be to Rocky Top (Thunderhead Mountain) via Lead Cove and Bote Mountain trails, 11.6 miles rated strenuous. Sunday’s hike is the Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls and then to the summit of Brushy Mountain, 6.6 miles rated strenuous. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. To reserve a campsite with the group at Elkmont, contact Joan Hartvigsen at 931-962-0811 or jhartvigs@comcast.net

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

6/27
Sat

Clarksville

Annual Picnic (bring a dish); Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville;  4:00 P.M. CT until dusk.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645-2849

6/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Booker T Washington State Park.  Approximately 7 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

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

6/27
Sat

Sumner Trails

June 27 - Dunbar Cave Recovery trail and Lake Trail, Clarksville, TN 2.5 miles moderate.  At dunbar State Natural Area, we will hike the Recovery Trail rated moderate because of a somewhat steep hill.  We will end the hike along the easy Lake Trail with a visit to the historic Dunbar Cave entrance and the site of the old dance floor where big bands like Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey played.  Dunbar cave is the 280th largest cave complex in the world.  You may want to bring water and hiking poles and wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.  We will eat at an area restaurant after the hike.  Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9:00 am CT for carpooling to Dunbar Cave.  For more info contact Judy Jenkins or Lea Whitton

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

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.    

6/28
Sun

Nashville

Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area. Hermitage TN.  Twilight hike 2 miles easy.  Information not available at press time. 

Nora Beck for more information.  615-517-6486, norellibee@gmail.com.

 

6/30
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett to Lower Leggett.  Approximately 3 miles.  Easy to moderate. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Bob McGavock - kopperkritters@yahoo.com - 423-667-2960

    ** July 2015 **  

7/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

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

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

7/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Greenway Farms.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at parking lot across from dog park at 9 a.m.

Bob McGavock - kopperkritters@yahoo.com - 423-667-2960

7/11
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight hike; Virgin Falls Natural Area, Virgin Falls Trail, 8 miles miles, difficult; meet 7:00 A,M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼148 miles to trail head.    

 

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

7/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Big Creek Trail.  Join us for this great hike on the Big Creek Trail.  It’s an old road built by the Crestmont logging company in the early 1900’s.  It was improved by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the early 1930’s and converted for hiking use.  Horse traffic is allowed.  The trail is relatively level, gaining about 1300 over 5 miles.  The climb is gradual.   We will hike to Walnut Bottoms and the round trip is 10.2 miles but rated moderate because of distance.  There is much to see with lots of water and hugh boulders, wildlife and vegetation. Our carpool meeting place is undetermined at this time, so pre-register with Rosie.  Don’t forget, water, snacks, camera and $$$$ for carpooling.

Rosie Marshall
865.951.8317
rosemary_L@hotmail.com

7/11
Sat

Highland Rim

 Collins River Float.  8.3 miles, easy, Class 1.  Slow to moderate current.  Warren County.  Joint outing with the Murfreesbro Chapter.  Should take 5 hours so pack lunch, snacks and plenty of water.   The put-in is Myers Cove Road TWRA boat ramp off TN Hwy 56 south of McMinnville.  The take-out is Shellsford Road (TN Hwy 127) TWRA boat launch.  To register contact our leader, Sara Pollard, at 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

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

7/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Collins River Kayak Paddle - 8.3 miles. Slow to moderate near McMinnville. Put in is Myers Cove Road TWRA boat ramp and take out is on Highway 127 near Shellsford Road. Pack lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

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

7/11
Sat

Nashville

Hidden Springs Trail, Cedars of Lebanon State Park. This is one of Fran Wallas’s Great Hikes, so if you’re hiking toward a patch for completing them, here’s an opportunity to hike this one with a group. A 5-mile loop trail, it’s rated easy with little elevation change. This path takes you in and out of cedar glade and hardwood forest habitats, so there’s quite a variety of trees and plants.  We’ll pass the site of former adventures in the manufacture of corn-squeezin’s as well - the spring that provided the water is conveniently Hidden. 

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

 

7/11
Sat

Plateau

John Litton Loop, Big South Fork, Jamestown.  6 mile moderate hike.

Howard Owens
owenshb@charter.net or (931) 248-3190

7/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in SOddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

7/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Dick McClure of the Highland Rim chapter will present a program on his three month stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo side. His photos will include Volcano National Park, beach parks, flower gardens and special events.

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

7/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

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

7/16
Thu

Sumner Trails

July 16 Thursday - Bowie Nature Park, Fairview.  3 miles Easy.  We will be hiking several of the most scenic interior trails of the park for a total of approximately 3 miles.  A beautiful lake, a variety of trees, birds and flowers enhance this hike.  The trails are mowed, but boots are recommended.  We will meet at the Glendale Shopping Center in the Kroger parking area at 9 AM CT for carpooling from Hendersonville or at the restrooms in the park near the shelter and picnic area at 10 AM.  After the hike we will check out the exhibits at the visitor’s center and proceed to lunch.  If you plan to meet us at the park or for more information please contact the hike leaders.

Jane Hamm at janetntrails@gmail.com (615-757-3331 or Gayle Livingston at gayleerose@comcast.net (615-264-2940) 

7/18
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.    

 

Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

7/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Float, Farris Creek Bridge to Shiloh Bridge.  12 miles approximately.  Meet our leader, Joette Carter, at 9:30 a.m. CT at Farris Creek Bridge to arrange a shuttle.  We will leave kayaks and canoes at Farris Creek Bridge ramp and take vehicles to Shiloh Bridge.  Bring water, lunch and sunscreen.  For more information call Joette at 256-776-3551.

Joette Carter
256-776-3551

7/18
Sat

Nashville

Three Trails at Old Stone Fort State Park, Manchester, TN: Wall Trail, Little Duck River Trail and Forks of the River Trail, 3-mile loop. Easy. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Museum/Gift Shop at the park. Pre-registration required.  This hike has been described as one of the best in Middle Tennessee, passing over an impressive old forest along bluffs overlooking the cascading forks of the Duck River. The Wall Trail circles around a 50-acre hilltop enclosure mound site which served as a central ceremonial gathering place for some 500 years. The Forks of the River Trail and Little Duck River Trail present oak forests, confluence of the Little Duck and Duck Rivers, including Big Falls, where the 90-foot wide river drops 7 feet before plunging 30 feet over a bedrock overhang into a big, deep pool. 

Betty Magee, e-mail: monetfan455@yahoo.com, phone: (615) 319-5394.

 

7/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Rock Creek Section.  Approximately 9.2 miles.  Strenuous.  Hike from Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek overlook and return.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 am.

John Politte - johnpolitte@gmail.com - 423-308-8327

7/21
Tue

Clarksville

 Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Center

 

Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

7/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 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

7/22
Wed

Murfreesboro

Adeline Wilhoite Trail Hike. Henry Horton State Park. Easy. We will hike a portion of this trail to a 20 foot observation tower and along the Duck River for a distance of less than 1.5 miles. We will return the same way.  After the hike, we will have dinner at the Horton Park Restaurant for a buffet dinner. Cost is $10 not including drinks. Meet at the restaurant parking lot at 5:00 pm to shuttle over for the hike. Call Andy if you plan to come.

Andy Meeks
813-447-1224

7/25
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.        

 

 

Pau Schwab 931-801-9484

7/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Foster Falls to Grundy Forest Trailhead on Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tracy City, TN.  13 miles.  Moderate but difficult in parts.  Marietta Poteet will lead a joint hike with the Friends of South Cumberland State Park Waterfall Challenge and Tennessee Trails Association.  The waterfalls are Foster Falls and Anderson Falls.  We will hike the entire length of Fiery Gizzard Trail from Foster Falls to the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City.  This hike is difficult because of the thirteen miles and the rocky descent/ascent in and out of Laurel Gorge.  This beautiful hike features several waterfalls and many overlooks all along the trail.  This is a shuttle hike so we will meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City, leave cars there and shuttle to the Foster Falls parking lot to begin our hike.  Be at the Grundy Forest trailhead by 9:00 a.m. CT.  Please wear good hiking boots and bring hiking poles, a light, snacks, lunch and plenty of water for this all day hike.  Please register for this hike by calling Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email nannietta@blomand.net.

 

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

7/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Adventure Trip to Short Mountain Distillery. Woodbury. We’ll meet at Hardee’s in Woodbury to carpool to the distillery. We’ll start with a tour of the distillery and a short trail to the cool spring that furnished the pure water for the brew.  We’ll have lunch in the recently opened Still House Restaurant and then stroll through the Short Mountain Trading Post. The restaurant requires reservations so you MUST sign up for this trip.

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

7/25
Sat

Nashville

Two for One Waterfall Hike” - Burgess Falls & Rock Island State Park.  We will meet at 9:30 am (central time) in the Burgess Falls parking lot.  A short, but spectacular 2-mile walk awaits. We will follow the trail along the Falling Water River viewing various cascades of 30 feet, 80 feet and the crown jewel 136- foot lower falls.  An opportunity to scramble to the base and enjoy the cool mist will be offered to the most adventuresome.  Next, we will caravan past a fresh fruit and ice cream stand for a refreshing stop, and then drive south for about 30 minutes to Rock Island State Park.  A short walk down into the gorge will provide us with a picnic lunch spot on the rugged rocks. The next adventure will be a hike along the Collins River - a 3-miler.  A unique view of Twin Falls will be enjoyed.  The state park offers excellent camping and cabin facilities for anyone wishing to make on overnight visit.  In summary – not too strenuous for mid-summer weather; ideal for families, fun and refreshing!  Burgess Falls is before Cookeville about 70 miles east of Nashville, accessible from exit 286 on I-40, follow State Hwy 135 south, following signs to the falls.  Rock Island State Park is near McMinnville, not far from Sparta.

   

Tom Vickstrom: 615-405-6713 | e-mail tomzinger55@gmail.com

 

7/25
Sat

Plateau

Old Settlers trail, Great Smoky Mt National Park, Gatlinburg.  8 mile moderate+ hike

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

7/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper Mullins Cove loop.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

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

7/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 p.m. at Casa Mexico Bar & Grill, 1615 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 pm. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St. Tullahoma.  Our program will be announced soon.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

7/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Elsie Holmes.  Approximately 3 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

    ** August 2015 **  

8/14-
8/16

Highland Rim

Whitewater rafting and camping weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Gee Creek Campground, Group Campsite G6, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Delano, TN, August 14 and 15.  Contact Marcia Medford at marciamedford@yahoo.com or 931-598-5331 to reserve a spot in the Group Campsite G6.  Marietta Poteet has booked an Ocoee River whitewater rafting trip for Saturday, August 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET.  The cost for the whitewater rafting trip is $40.00 per person.  Marietta needs the money and the signed waiver form before the July 24 deadline.  Contact Marietta to obtain the waiver form.  Marietta’s email is nannietta@blomand.net.  Her phone is 931-924-7666.  Marietta’s mailing address is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN  37356.  On Saturday evening we plan to eat at an Etowah restaurant.  On Sunday we are kayaking the Hiwassee River from below the Reliance Bridge to the Gee Creek Campground.  Bring your own kayak. Contact Naullain Kendrick to borrow a kayak, naullain@hotmail.com.  This section of the Hiwassee River is Class 1.  Whitewater “wimps” have the option of hiking with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net.  on Saturday while our brave friends battle the Ocoee whitewater.  Possible hikes are Benton McKaye Trail on the Hiwassee River or the Old Copper Road Trail along the Ocoee River.

 

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666
525 Huckleberry Place,
Monteagle, TN  37356
Marcia Medford
marciamedford@yahoo.com
931-598-5331

 

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