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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Sep 03, 2014 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2014 **  

9/2
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett Road to Lower Leggett Road trailhead.  Approximately 3 miles.  Easy. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT.

BOb McGavock - Kopperkritters@yahoo.com - 423-667-2960

9/2
Tue

Sumner Trails

Septembeer 2 - 7pm Chapter Meeting.  Jamie Clary, author of City by the Lake, A History of Hendersonville 1968-1988 will give a presentation about history highlights in Sumner County.  We will also be discussing annual meeting plans.  Tom Evans, Chairman of the Hendersonville Committee for Bicycles and Pedestrian Master Plan will also be presenting information about the Sanders Ferry Greenway. 

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

9/6
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail, 12.5 miles, difficult; This trail is considered one of the top 25 hiking trails in the United States.; meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼131 miles to trail head.      

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

9/6
Sat

Highland Rim

“Prentice Cooper Medley”, Sections of Mullens Cove Loop and Pot Point Loop, Prentice Cooper State Forest, west of Chattanooga.  6.5 miles.  Moderate.  Our hike features highlights of Mullens Cove Loop and Pot Point Loop.  We begin at Snoopers Rock, a bare rock promontory offering a wide view of the Tennessee River Gorge.  Next we hike to Mullens Cove Overlook which provides a view of Mullens Cove where it joins the river gorge.  Our next stop is Ransom Hollow Overlook, one of the best views of the region and our lunch spot.  Then we visit McNabb Gulf to enjoy the cool cascading stream lined with Hemlocks.  A brief walk along Tower Drive past an experimental tree farm of Yellow Poplars takes us back to our vehicles.  Bring lunch, snacks, a lot of water, hiking shoes and hiking sticks and insect repellent.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information.

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

9/6
Sat

Plateau

Road Prong Trail, Great Smokey Mt Natonal Park,  (in/out) 5 miles, Moderate.

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

9/6
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road to Heiss Mountain.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. EDT.

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

9/7
Sun

Nashville

September 7 (Sunday) - Flat Rock Cedar Glade State Natural Area, Rutherford County. About 3 miles of easy hiking on even terrain, a great beginner hike. This unique habitat and study area is a fine example of a globally rare habitat, just a few minutes east of Murfreesboro.  This will be an afternoon hike. 

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

9/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

Monthly Chapter Meeting. 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT, Barfield-Crescent Park's Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway.

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

9/9
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Signal Mountain High School loop.  Approximately 4 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

9/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Picnic, Meadow Park Lake, Crossville  5 pm

Linda Barclay
linbarc@gmail.com
931-456-2857

9/13
Sat

Clarksville

Red River Canoe Trip; We will float the 6.5 mile section between Adams and Port Royal. It should take 4 to 6 hours. There is a  charge for canoe rental; meet 8:30 am, Port Royal Stat Park parking area, Adams, TN.

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

9/13
Sat

East Tennessee

Maryville-Alcoa Greenbelt – This is an in and out  paved trail that circles the lake behind the library, runs beside Pistol Creek and crosses the bridge over Hwy. 129 bypass (quite exciting). Wear good walking shoes, bring water and snacks. 8 miles – Meet at 9:00 am at the Blount County Library on Calderwell Road in Maryville. Pre-registration is required.

Robby Paul
865-850-1503
robbypaul@hotmail.com

9/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Great Stone Door Ranger Station to Savage Gulf Ranger Station via Stage Coach Road Historic Trail.  Difficult 15.1 miles, 845 ft. elevation change.  This is Hike #11 of the Hike All 14 in 2014 and a joint hike with the Friends of South Cumberland and Highland Rim Chapter.  This is a tough fifteen mile hike with boulder fields on the Connector Trail and a steep ascent on the Stage Coach Trail.  Meet at Savage Gulf Ranger Station off Hwy 399 at 8:00 a.m. CT and we will shuttle to our starting point at Stone Door Ranger Station in Beersheba Springs, TN.  Prepare for an all day hike with plenty of water, lunch, snacks etc.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks and a headlamp.  Contact our leader, Naullain Kendrick, at naullain@hotmail.com or 931-224-6225 for more information.

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

9/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Sinking Cove/Wolf Cove Caving Trip.  Near Sherwood, TN.  Approximately one mile long, mostly horizontal, two crawls, and a 30 ft. swim to exit the
cave.  About a two mile hike to cave entrance and will exit near vehicles.  Bring a change of clothes, two light sources, gloves.  Helmets will be provided
but must have a count by Friday, Sept. 12, so please call by Sept. 11.  For more information call Joette Carter at 256-776-3551.

Joette Carter
256-776-3551

9/13
Sat

Murfreesboro

Hidden Springs Trail at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 4.5 miles. Easy.
Sellars Farm Indian Mounds. 1.5 miles. Easy. Pack lunch, snacks and water.

Roy Duncan
royduncan1959@yahoo.com
615-848-5454

9/13
Sat

Soddy Daisy

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

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

9/13
Sat

Sumner Trails

September 13 - Trails at Fontannel, Nashville.  This hike in the woods surrounding the former home of Barbara Mandrell is approximately two miles long, rated easy-moderate as it does require  climbing the hillside.  A few benches are available along the way.  This is also a pet-friendly trail, with dogs on leashes allowed.  After the hike, we will lunch at Cafe Fontanella, located on the grounds of Fontanel.  Meet at 9:00am CT at the Kroger parking lot, Glenbrook Shopping Center, Hendersonmville for carpooling/directions or at Fontanel outside the restaurant at 9:45 CT.  Please let hike leaders know if you are meeting them at Fontanel.  Also, contact hike leaders Judy Jenkins at judy jenkins@concast.net or 615-264-7062 or Jane Hamm at janetntrails@gmail.com or 615-757-3331 for more info or to confirm hike in case of threatening weather.

Judy Jenkins Jenkins@comcast.net or 615-264-7062  or Jane Hamm  at janettrails@gmail.com 615-757-3331

9/13
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wolf Cove/ Sinking Cove Cave (near Sherwood, TN). Caving trip, approximately one mile of caving, two crawls, and 30 foot swim at the end before exiting.  About 1 to 2 mile hike to start trip.  Need to bring 2 light sources and gloves are optional.  Helmets will be provided so need a count before the day of the hike.  

For more info: call Joette before Friday, Sept 12th. 

Joette Carter 
256 (776-3551)

9/14
Sun

Murfreesboro

Grundy Forest Day Loop, South Cumberland. 4 miles. Moderate to difficult. Pack lunch, snacks. and water.

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

9/16
Tue

Clarksville

We will have no monthly meeting in September.

N/A

9/16
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to 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

9/19-
9/21

Highland Rim

Camping on Devils Step Island, Kayaking on Tims Ford Lake, Winchester, TN.  We plan to reserve Devils Step Island in Tims Ford Lake September 19 through September 21.  Six people are permitted to stay on the island.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot on the island.   Others can camp at Fairview Campground located next to the Devils Step Public Lake Access and Boat Ramp.  Sara Pollard, TTA Murfreesboro Chair, and Joan Hartvigsen have reserved two campsites at Fairview Campground for tents only.  Contact Sara at sarabpollard@gmail.com or Joan to reserve a place in the Fairview Campground.  Devils Step Public Access is located at the end of Fairview Road.  From Winchester Square drive west on Hwy 50 West toward Lynchburg for 2.8 miles then turn right on Fairview Road.  The Dollar General Store is just past the turn onto Fairview Road.  Drive one mile on Fairview Road and turn right onto Fairview Campground Road or stay straight to reach Devils Step Boat Ramp.  Non-campers can meet us at 9:00 a.m. CT Saturday, Sept. 20, to paddle Tims Ford Lake.  We plan to paddle to Maple Bend Island for a rest and snacks then head down Owl Hollow Creek.  Sunday morning we may explore Little Hurricane Creek.  This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Register early with Joan Hartvigsen at jhatvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

9/19-
9/21

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford Lake Camping and Kayaking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. Camp on Devils Step Island or at the Fairview Campground.  If you do not want to camp, meet us Saturday morning at the Devils Step boat ramp at 9:00 am.

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

9/20
Sat

Clarksville

Haynes Bottom Wildlife Management Area, 4 miles, easy; Pot Luck Brunch after the hike; meet 10:00 A.M. at J.R.‘s house, 4713 Chester Harris Rd., Woodlawn, TN.

J.R.Tate 931.920.2692

9/20
Sat

Nashville

September 20 - Beaman Park, Joelton TN. 5 miles, easy.Beaman Park lies on the Highland Rim just outside of the Nashville Basin along the northwest edge of Davidson County – one of metro Nashville’s finest but less visited parks.  The varied terrain has some steep, forested slopes, with drier ridge tops and a beautiful creek.  The hike will be rated moderate, mostly flat but some terrain changes of about 300’.  Come rain or shine!  We will start at 9:00 am at the nature & visitor’s center, which offers a nice visit as well.   We’ll follow the moderately easy Sedge Hill Trail for .6, turning onto the Henry Hollow Loop a short ways, then left onto Ridgetop Trail for about 1 mile. We’ll turn about-face & head back, leading to continuation of the Henry Hollow Loop.  A sparkling, picturesque creek will be our lunch stop, and then we’ll hike about 1 mile out for a total distance of approximately 5 miles.  Come join us!  For location and trail map visit:http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/Parks/docs/outdoor/Hiking%20Trails/MapBeamanPark.pdf   

 
 

Tom Vickstrom, phone 615-405-6713

 

9/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m. EDT.

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

9/20
Sat

Sumner Trails

September 20 - Kelly's Point Battlefield and Brookmeade Greenway - Easy.  This one is port of the Nashville greenway system and is more of a stroll than a hike.  We will walk down the Greenway to Kelly's Point which overlooks the cumberland River at the site of the civil War battle between the Confederate Cavalry and Yankee Ironclad Gunboats.  Historian Mark Zimmerman will meet us there and fill us in on the history.  After the walk we'll go to Jim N Nick's BBQ for lunch where Mark will sign his books for those interested.  He will have limited copies of "Guide to Civil War Nashville", "God, Guns, Guitars and Whiskey - An Illustrated Guide to Historic Nashville" and "Gone Under:  Historic Cemeteries and Burial Grounds of Nashville".  Meet at the presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9:30 am CT or at the trailhead at 7002 Charlotte Pike near the big Lowe's Supercenter at 10 am CT.  For further info contact Rebel Al.

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

9/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

South Rim Trail, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. The hike includes Savage Day Loop and the South Rim Trail to Laurel Bluff Overlook. The hike is 10.4 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. Meet in the Penney's parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00am CT or at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald's at 8:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage.

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

9/21
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee Green Hike-a-thon.  Cumberland Trail, Black Mountain State Natural Area, near Crossville, TN.  Fundraiser Hike for Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation.  Registration donation is $30.00 per person before Sept. 7, $35.00 day of event.  Option of one hour to four hour hike.  Please contact Cheryl Heckler, TTA Plateau Chapter Chair and Tennessee Green Hike-a-thon Task Force Member.  thehecklers@charter.net 931-200-7436 for more information or http://www.tenngreen.org/website/2013/11/20/tenngreenhikeathon/

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

9/21
Sun

Plateau

Tennessee Green Hike-a-Thon Fundraiser, Black Mountain, Crab Orchard

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

9/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting – We will have dinner at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma, at 5:00 p.m. CT.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson
Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.   Robert Davis, AKA Santa’s Helper, will speak on his recent 306 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and share his photos of his hike in southern California and Oregon.  The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650 mile hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the Pacific Coast.  The trail extends from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.

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

9/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Elsie Holmes.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. EDT.

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

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 **  

10/4
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 Rock Creek and back.  Appromately 5 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

10/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Black Mountain - Louise Miniard.

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

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

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

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 or 423-842-3619

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

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls-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

Upper Cumberland

Join us at the TTA State Meeting.

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

    ** November 2014 **  

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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