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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Feb 05, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2016 **  

2/2
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

On February 2, 2016, we will meet in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Annex which is located at 506 Fair Street, Franklin.  Parking is available both in front of and behind the Annex.  Please enter the Annex from Fair Street and enter through the door on the left.  If you come at 6:00 PM, pizza and soft drinks will be available.  If you need any help with directions, call or text Ellen Clark at 615-482-3605.

The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Cindy Whitt who will talk about her hikes in Glacier National Park in August 2015. The hikes include the Grinnell Glacier Trail and the Highline Trail which both provide vistas of glacier carved valleys and mountain peaks.  It is expected that by 2030 glaciers will be gone, but Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes will remain. 

Ellen Clark:  615.482.3605 (Call or text)

2/2
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Blud Blazes.  Approximately 3 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3691

2/2
Tue

Sumner Trails

Feb 2 (Tuesday) Monthly Meeting-Barefoot Charlie’s Restaurant at 125 Sanders Ferry Rd, Hendersonville.  This will be our annual trivia Night. The game starts at 6pm, so we plan to meet around 530 to place food orders and get our thinking caps on!  For more info contact Sally Ticaric.  

Sally Ticaric at 615-218-1086 or Barbara Krawchuk at 615-822-6952.

2/6
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

2/6
Sat

Memphis

Feb 6, Meeman-Shelby Forest – Horse Trail near Poplar Tree Lake (7 miles)
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 7-mile hiker/horse loop trail over a mixture of hills and flat areas around Poplar Tree Lake.  Hike starts at the parking lot near the stables at 9:00 a.m. Some will meet at the Poplar Tree Lake (where there are bathrooms) at 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. and then proceed to the Horse Trail Parking Lot.  Bring water and snacks.  Hiking boots are recommended.  Rain or snow will cancel.
 
 

For additional information contact hike leader, Lynne Witherington at 901-230-1501.

2/6
Sat

Murfreesboro

NOTE DATE CHANGE - Merritt Ridge Trail. Edgar Evins State Park. 8 miles, moderate to difficult. This is a beautiful trail along the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake. We will encounter rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs and wooded hollows. Pack lunch, snacks and water.

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

2/6
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m. 

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

2/6
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf History hike, Savage Gulf SNA, Beersheba Springs, TN. Hike begins at the Stone Door and use Big Creek Gulf Trail to reach Big Creek exploring the cove below the Stone Door. Highlights include many springs along Big Creek, old fields in the cove and other evidences of past habitation, and the middle sink along Big Creek, along with Cove Spring, Catur Savage cabin, then ascending from the Gulf on Grassy Ridge Road. Hike is 7 miles and rated strenuous due to rough terrain and the climb out of the Gulf. Contact Richard Savage to register for the hike. 

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

2/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Monthly Meeting - 7:00 pm. Susan and Donnie Welchance will be our guest speakers regarding beekeeping and what non-beekeepers can do to help honey bees survive. They currently maintain an apiary of 17 beehives in the Leanna community on the banks of the West Fork of the Stones River. They are members of the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association, Nashville Area Beekeepers Association, and the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. They will bring components of a beehive and various beekeeping implements to show the audience.

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

2/9
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com -  423-842-3691

2/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM.  Program: New Products with Plateau Outdoors.   First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT. 

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

2/13
Sat

Clarksville

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, hike around the battlefield and 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 931.378.6559

2/13
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Pinson Mounds.  Tommy Haskins will lead this hike to the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area, 440 Ozier Rd, Pinson, TN  38366. The Pinson Mounds comprise a prehistoric Native American complex located in Madison County, Tennessee in the region that is known as the Eastern Woodlands. The complex, which includes 17 mounds, an earthen geometric enclosure, and numerous habitation areas, was most likely built during the Middle Woodland Period(c. 1-500 AD). The complex is the largest group of Middle Woodland mounds in the United States. Sauls’ Mound, at 72 feet, is the second-highest surviving mound in the United States.  There are five trails in the park that combined are 6.3 miles. We will determine which trails we will take upon arrival.  Bring boots, water snacks and a change of clothing.  We will depart at 7:30 AM from the Tollgate Medical Plaza which is just north of 840 on Hwy 31 (1106 Elliston Way, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179).  It takes a little over 2 hours to drive to Pinson Mounds via 840 and I-40.  Contact Tommy Haskins to register or for questions:  swissman10@hotmail.com, cell 931-628-8600.

 

Tommy Haskins:  swissman10@hotmail.com or 931.628.8600

2/13
Sat

East Tennessee

Baker Hollow Branch to Mizell Bluff - part of the  East Lakeshore Trail System (http://www.tellicowater.org/trails.html)  Roundtrip about 6 miles.  Starting at the dead end of Antioch Church Road West, follow the dirt road to the trailhead sign and proceed about 3 miles to the bluff.  This trail is gently rolling and easy to the bluff.  Return same route.  This trail has water views and is a nice forest walk.  The bluff is a summer jump off spot for the young at heart.  We will meet at the dead end at 10am.  Any earlier and it might be foggy, blocking the water views. You may preregister with leader, Mark Paulley.

Mark Paulley
mpaulley451@hotmail.com

2/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  8 miles, moderate to strenuous. De Rossett, TN.  (11 miles east of Sparta).  Joint Hike with the Nashville Chapter.  Marietta Poteet will lead this wonderful winter hike in Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  This is a beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Sheep Falls, ending down at 110 ft. Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is a beautiful and interesting waterfall emerging from a cave to flow and fall 110 feet into another cave.  Hopefully it will be icy around the falls which further enhances its beauty.  This hike is rated moderate to strenuous because of the 8 mile total length and 800 ft. NET elevation change.   Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near De Rossett, TN at 9:00 a.m.  Please call Marietta Poteet at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net to register and gain further information.

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

2/13
Sat

Memphis

Feb 13, Lucius Burch Natural Area – Wolf River Trail North of Walnut Grove
Join us for a loop hike - relatively flat, approximately 6 miles - along the Wolf River and through a hardwood forest.  Bring water and a snack if desired.  Hiking boots recommended.  We will meet for registration and announcements at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot off Walnut Grove Road just east of Wolf River Bridge.  Turn south into parking lot off Walnut Grove Road, west of Farm Road.  We will be departing the parking lot promptly at 9:15. Cancelled in the event of rain or snow.
 

 Contact Marion at 901-482-8640 for information.

2/13
Sat

Nashville

Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area, DeRossett, TN. 8 miles, moderate/strenuous. Joint Nashville and Highland Rim hike.  It is a most beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Falls, ending up at 110’ high Virgin Falls.  This wonderful waterfall is one of the most beautiful and interesting falls around, falling from one cave into another cave.  Hopefully it will be icy around the falls which further enhances its beauty.  Please bring snacks, lunch, boots, sticks, and clothing suitable for the weather there that day.  We will carpool from the FedEx/Kinko on Donelson Road at 7 AM or you can meet us at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near DeRossett, TN at 9:00 AM.  

 

 

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or 615-587-0085.

2/13
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Frozen Head.  Approxiately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com -  423-842-3691

2/13
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cardwell Mountain-Moderate 5 mile hike starting at Cumberland Caverns parking lot. Potluck dinner after hike. For more information and to regiser call Nora Henn. 

Nora Henn
931.808.2560

2/16
Tue

Clarksville

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

Kenneth Johnson 931.802.6343

2/16
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Lenfoot Hike Inn - Amicacola Falls

2/19
Fri

Sumner Trails

Feb 19 (Friday) Beaman Park - This will be a Ranger guided hike of Henry Hollow Loop led by Kevin Sykes.  The loop is 3.5 mi and rated moderate.  Meet at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9AM CT for carpooling or at the trailhead at 10AM CT.  After the hike we will eat lunch at Richard’s Louisiana Cafe on White’s Creek Pike.  For more info please contact Rusty Krawchuk.

Rusty Krawchuk at 615-822-6952 or tnbeachbum@aol.com

2/20
Sat

Clarksville

Liberty Park, Clarksville; 3.5 miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. at the Liberty Park Pond parking area.

Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

2/20
Sat

East Tennessee

Coytee Loop Branch and Glendale Branch Trails. - This hike will start at the Coytee Loop Branch trailhead parking lot and connect with the Glendale Branch Trail.  The trail basically follows the shoreline of Tellico Lake and the total distance is about 5.4 miles.  The trails are relatively flat, a few hills but nothing difficult.  This hike is rated easy.  A shuttle will be provided.  For those interested in carpooling, meet at Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot where we will leave from there at 8:30am ET.  Other carpoolers can meet at Lenoir City, Wal-Mart Murphy Gas Station where we will leave from at 9:00am ET.  Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring snacks and water and $$$ for carpooling.  Pre-registration is not required.

Tom Cressler

2/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Montague Mountain Hike.  Bridgeport, AL.  7 miles, 1,100 ft. elevation change.  Moderate to strenuous.  Creek crossings.  Vehicle shuttle required.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Bring hiking poles and lights.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at Russell Cave National Monument Visitor Center, 3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL. This is an opportunity to hike on privately owned land.   Register with Tommy Bean tbean52@hotmail.com or 423-596-4909.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool leaving from Monteagle Elementary School, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. 

Tommy Bean
tbean52@hotmail.com
423-596-4909

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

2/20
Sat

Memphis

Feb 20, Tour de Wolf Trail – Shelby Farms
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

2/20
Sat

Nashville

Feb. 20 -  two options: 1) Volunteer Day Loop Trail, Long Hunter State Park, 4 miles total; or 2) Continue hiking on the Volunteer Trail to complete 11 miles total. Directions: From I-40 East, take Exit 226, turn right onto Highway 171, then right onto Baker’s Grove Road. There is a sign to indicate "Volunteer Trail,"  which is about .7 miles prior to reaching the main entrance to Lone Hunter State Park. The Day Loop Trail trail contains large oak trees, shagbark hickory and sugar maple. At the end of the trail, there is a backpacking camping area with nice benches where we will take a break for snacks/lunch. After the break, we will traverse back to the trailhead.

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

2/20
Sat

Plateau

Soddy Creek Gorge, Cumberland Trail, Soddy-Daisy. This is a combined hike with Soddy-Daisy Chapter led by one of their members. It will be a 10 mile strenuous hike with a car shuttle from Sluder Lane to Hwy 111.  

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

2/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Hwy 111.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 10 a.m.  Plateau Chapter will be joining us.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com -  423-842-3691

2/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lone Mountain Loop Trail in Morgan County. The hike is approximately 10 miles and is rated strenuous because of elevation change and the numerous steep pitches. On a clear day, from Coyote Point you can see the Smoky Mountains. Contact Jennifer Carroll to register for the hike. 

Jennifer Carroll  
jennifer.carrolldb@yahoo.com 

2/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins St., Tullahoma.  Tom Gillard, Jr. will present a program on a hiking trip near Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico.  Last September Tom and his friends hiked over 100 miles and summited ten mountain peaks.

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

2/23
Tue

Nashville

cleardot.gifChapter meeting. REI Brentwood, TN.  7:00. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path winds along 186 miles of the western coast of Wales and offers some breathtaking views and a wide range of maritime landscapes. Rick Lausten of TTA’s Columbia-Franklin chapter hiked it for himself this past fall, and will be describing this trek in person at our February meeting. Be sure to come and bring a friend.

Nora Beck: 615-517-6486

2/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Climbers parking lot to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

2/27
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.

 Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

2/27
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Carolyn Watson will lead a hike on the Mossy Ridge Trail in the Edwin Warner Park in Nashville.  Mossy Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail and is rated as moderate.  We will meet at McDonalds at the north end of Spring Hill, 5431 Main St, Spring Hill, TN 37174 at 8:00 AM.  Please wear sturdy boots and bring a snack and water.  We will pick a place for lunch after the hike.  Contact Carolyn at watsoncrt@yahoo.com.

 

 

Carolyn Watson:  watsoncrt@yahoo.com or 901.652.9089

2/27
Sat

East Tennessee

Burnt Mill Bridge Loop, Big South Fork NRRA. -  This hike provides a variety of scenery from rolling rivers to rock bluffs.  The distance is approximately 5 miles and rated moderate.  Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring snacks and water and $$$ for carpooling.  For those interested in carpooling, we will meet at the Oak Ridge Museum of Science & Energy parking lot at 9:00am ET.  Pre-registration is required with Rosie Marshall.

Rosie Marshall
mrosemary04@gmail.com (new email address)
865-951-8317

2/27
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat Hike, Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  Five miles:  four miles easy and one mile moderate. Vehicle shuttle.  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 our hike at Gate 5 on Brakefield Road.  We will hike to the Forestry Cabin, which overlooks Thumping Dick Cove.  Then we will hike to KA Point for a great overlook of Roark’s Cove and a snack/early lunch.  After crossing Roark’s Cove Road we will descend into Shakerag Hollow.  We will hike the entire length of Shakerag Hollow, ending our hike at the east University Gates. Perhaps we will see Hepatica, an early wildflower!  This hike does not involve climbing up scary cliffs!    Bring water, snacks and lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots. If the group is interested, we can eat at a local restaurant.  We could try The Sewanee Inn. Please register with our hike leader, Joan Hartigsen, jhartigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

2/27
Sat

Memphis

Feb 27, Arkabutla State Park
The trail system explores the wooded bottomlands below Arkabutla Lake Dam in the Coldwater River drainage. We will leave the recreation facilities area and follow a winding track paralleling old drainage canals in big woods. We will end our hike traveling the Big Oak Nature Trail along the Coldwater River. Distance is a 4.9 mile loop. This is all flat land. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. We will meet at the trail head at 9:30 a.m. Rain, snow or sleet will cancel the hike. Difficulty: Moderate. Hiking time : 2.5-3.5 hours. 

Directions: From exit 280 on Interstate 55, Hernando/Commerce Street, take Highway 304 west 1.4 miles to the Hernando town square. Continue west on Highway 304 for 10.6 more miles , to the community of Eudora, and turn left at a four-way intersection,on to highway 301 south, following signs for Arkabutla Lake Dam. Go for 4.1 miles, then turn left onto Pratt Road. Continue forward for 1.8 miles, then reach the base of the dam. Turn right toward Outlet Channel. Go for 0.8 mile, then turn right, following the road to Outlet Channel. Enter circular drive and picnic recreation area, reaching the trailhead near the Outlet Channel and covered pavilion.

Hike leader Francis Ruffin, 901-573-9998.
 

2/27
Sat

Nashville

Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville, TN. 8 miles. moderate.Natchez Trace State Park is located on an alternate route of the old Natchez Trace.  The name originally applied to a series of trails and paths that originated with animal migration routes and American Indian trade and travel routes. The park has 13.5 miles of hiking trails, ranging from a one-half mile up to 4.5 miles. The trails wind through the forest and fields and along the lakeshores and streams of Natchez Park. Visitors also enjoy the museum that features local and park history, and the park’s restaurant.  We will hike the Cub Lake Trail and Deer Trails for a total of 8 miles. This is a good winter hike.  No ticks!  Bring water, snacks, good hiking boots, and trekking poles are always a good bet.  We may eat at the park restaurant before returning to Nashville, depending on the interest of the group.   

 

Nancy Juodenas at njlj1011@gmail.com or 615-319-8811 

2/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com -  423-842-3691

2/27
Sat

Sumner Trailsl

Feb 27 Bledsoe Creek State Park 3.5 Mile Loop -Moderate  The beginning portion of the hike travels along paved all-access trails alongside Old Hickory Lake before picking up the natural terrain Shoreline Trail.  At the end of the Shoreline Trail the hike continues up a steep section (with steps) which leads to the High Ridge Trail which features some former homesites before descending from the ridge back down to the shoreline and back to the trailhead.
Dress for the weather and wear your boots or heavy walking shoes and bring your walking sticks - it could be muddy or snowy.  Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9AM CT for carpooling or at the trailhead at 9:45 AM CT.  Our trailhead will be the boat ramp on Zieglers Fork Road which is about a mile past the entrance to the park - if you drive into the park you have gone the wrong way.  For further info contact ALL Access Al.

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com

2/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Upper and Lower Piney Falls Loop, Sting Fork Pocket Wilderness, and Twin Rock Nature Trail. There is one water crossing, if the water is too high, we will backtrack. The trail provides an overlook of the Sting Fork River gorge at Indian Head Point and ends at the base of Sting Fork Falls. The 7.5 mile hike is rated moderate. Contact Pete to register. 

Pete Broehl
 931 738-3551 
pabroehl@blomand.net

    ** March 2016 **  

3/1
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain Loop Trail at Collegedale.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

3/5
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼50 miles to trail head.

 

Ron Churchill 931.647.9864

3/5
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Booker T. Washington State Park.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

3/5
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Top. For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell   

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

3/8
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

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

3/10
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM.  Program: "The Hiking Trails of Cumberland County - past, present and future” by John Conrad.  First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at LaCosta’s Restaurant, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
or 931-200-7436

3/12
Sat

Clarksville

Beaman Park, Highland Trail, 5.8 miles, moderate;meet 8:30 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼32 miles to trail head. 

 Lili Ball 931.552.2773

3/12
Sat

Highland Rim

Horsepound Falls Hike.  South Cumberland State Park.  Collins Gulf West.  Gruetli-Laager, TN.   5 miles out and back.  Moderate due to a boulder field to cross and steep ascent/descent.  Marietta Poteet is leading this beautiful wildflowers/waterfalls hike.  We will enjoy opportunities to see an amazing array of spring wildflowers and two spectacular waterfalls:  Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-9666 or email nannietta@blomand.net for more information and to register

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-9666

3/12
Sat

Plateau

Blue Heron Loop, Big South Fork, Stearns, KY.  This hike will be led by BSF Ranger Mary Grimm.  A moderately difficult 6.4 mile hike.  

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

3/12
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Immodium Falls and back.  Approximately 11 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

3/12
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls. 

Jennifer Carroll  
jennifer.carrolldb@yahoo.com
Janet  931. 644.1207

3/15
Tue

Clarksville

 

Monthly Meeting, 6:00 PM, CT at the Crow Community Center 

 

Kenneth Johnson 931-802-6343

3/15
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 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

3/17-
3/19

Highland Rim

Backpack Hike.  2 Nights, 3 Days.  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Jamestown, TN.  Meet March 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Tullahoma to carpool to Sawmill trailhead, arriving at 10:00 a.m.  Hike will begin at Sawmill to Slave Falls over to Twin Arches to Charit Creek Lodge.  Camp upstream from Charit Creek and explore the local area.  If we contact Charit Creek Lodge before the hike, we can have dinner ($25.00, served at 6:00 p.m. ET) and or breakfast ($15.00, served at 8:00 a.m. ET) at the Lodge.  Next day hike Jacks Ridge to Oscar Blevins Farm to West Entrance Trail.  Camp just past Laurel Creek.  Next day hike Salt Pine Ridge back to Sawmill Trailhead.  Approximate mileage:  Day 1 – 8.4 miles.  Day 2 – 10 miles.  Day 3 – 5.5 miles.  Total mileage 24.5 miles.  Bring hiking boots, food, water, money for meals, camping/backpack gear.  Contact Michael Glennon, Phone 931-571-0502 Email kb4jhu@gmail.com

Michael Glennon
931-571-0502
kb4jhu@gmail.com

3/19
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland  City Rails-to-Trails unpaved section, 6 miles out and back, moderate due to length, meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; ∼18 miles to trail head.    

 

Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

3/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Rock Island State Park, north of McMinnville,TN.  Total mileage is six miles.  Easy.  We will hike the Collin River Nature Trail, the Eagle Trail and the Downstream Gorge Trail.  All three hikes feature wildflowers and the beautiful Collins and Caney Fork Rivers.  And the Downstream Gorge Trail has the awesome Twin Falls and tall limestone bluffs.  We will also visit the Caney Fork Gorge and Great Falls.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  If the group is interested, we can have dinner at Foglight Foodhouse, a restaurant located along the Caney Fork River near the Downstream Gorge Trailhead.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information.

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

3/19
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

3/19
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Bird Mountain Frozen Head.For information and to register contact: Louise Miniard 

Louise  Minniard
931-239-5425 or lminiard@flowserve.com

3/22
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

3/25
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike and Camping.  Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN.  Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter.  8.0 mile loop.  Vertical Rise 1,600 ft.  Moderate.  We will hike to the Observation Tower via the South Old Mac Trail and return on the North Old Mac Trail.  The North Old Mac Trail is known for spring wildflowers. From the Observation Tower we will see the Cumberland Plateau stretching south and west, the Tennessee River Valley to the southeast and the Smoky Mountains beyond.  Hikers can drive up for the day or camp overnight.  We plan to camp in the primitive group campsite area located along Flat Fork Road. Some campers plan to camp Thursday evening and Friday evening.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.

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

3/26
Sat

Clarksville

Warner Park’s Connector and Mossy Ridge Trails, 6.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼50 miles to trail head.       

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

3/26
Sat

Plateau

Eagle Bluff to Tank Springs, Cumberland Trail, LaFollette.  7 miles moderate to difficult as there will be some up hill and down hill grades with some rock scrambling.

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

3/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lula Lake Land Trust.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

3/26
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf Loop. For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell  

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

 

3/28
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m., Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Dennis Horn will present a program on wildflowers.  Dennis is a coeditor of “Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians.”  So bring your copy to be autographed!  Also, Dennis is a charter member of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

3/29
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain at Collegedate.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

    ** April 2016 **  

4/2
Sat

Highland Rim

Beckwith’s Point Trail, Piney Point, Shakerag Trail.  Then Bridal Veil Falls.   Sewanee, TN.  6 miles total.  Moderate due to steep ascent up cliff to Green’s View and areas of rocky footing.  Features spectacular wildflowers, limestone bluffs, great overlook at Piney Point and a beautiful waterfall.  Joint hike with the Plateau Chapter. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-011. 

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

4/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog Ridge.  For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell 

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

4/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Across the Gulf, Savage Gulf. For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell  

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

4/14
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM.  Program: Polar Bears in Alaska by Sharon and Gary Moore.   First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

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

4/15-
4/17

Highland Rim

Trails and Trilliums.  Monteagle Sunday School  Assembly, Monteagle, TN.  A weeked enjoying nature and supporting Friends of South Cumberland State Park.  Event highlights:  guided hikes, live music, native plant sale, programs and workshops, wine & wildflowers, vendors and food.  For more information www.trailsandtrilliums.org and Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

4/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. Highlights of this hike include seven of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. 

 

Richard Savage

For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

 

4/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Edgar Evins.  For information and to register contact: Jeff Graves 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

4/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Walls of Jericho. For information and to register contact: Cindy Watson     

Cindy Watson
931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com 

    ** May 2016 **  

5/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion.  For information and to register contact: Gary Kimbrell 

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

5/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Fiery Gizzard. For information and to register contact: Cindy Watson    

Cindy Watson
931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com 

    ** June 2016 **  

6/10-
6/12

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cosby Campground June 10 and 11, Group Campsite G003.  Friday:  Sutton Ridge Overlook by way of the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail.  3.6 miles out and back.  400 ft. elevation change.  Easy.  Views of Gabes Mountain, Cosby Valley and Gilliland Ridge.  Saturday:  Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower via Low Gap, Appalachian and Mount Cammerer Trails.  11.2 miles round trip.  2,780 ft. elevation change.  Strenuous.  Features streams, ridgeline, geologic interests, summit, spectacular views of Mount Sterling and its firetower, the Pigeon River and Stone Mountain.  Sunday:  Hike to Hen Wallow Falls via Gabes Mountain Trail.  4.4 miles round trip, moderate.  850 ft. elevation change.   Steep side trail to Hen Wallow Falls descends 700 ft.  Highlights:  Falls, creeks.   Friday evening after our hike we will share a potluck dinner at Group Campsite G003.  Saturday we will eat out at Ruby Tuesday in Newport.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

 

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