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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Dec 08, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2016 **  

12/6
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

The Columbia/Franklin chapter will be meeting at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064 on December 6.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.  It has a kitchen with a microwave if you would like to bring something to eat.  We will be discussing the future of the Columbia/Franklin chapter and whether we should merge with another chapter for our monthly hikes and meetings.  We will be there at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  Please bring any ideas or suggestions for this meeting.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com
Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com
Janeth McKendrick:  janetmck@aol.com

12/6
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Sterchi Farms.  Approximately 4-5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

12/10
Sat

Clarksville

Christmas Party potluck; meet 6:00 P.M. CT Dotsonville Community Center 

J.R.Tate 931-378-6559.

 

12/10
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs. 

Jane Coffey will lead this hike on December 10, 2016.  We will take the Otter Creek Pkwy to South Lake/South Cove trail and continue on the South Cove ridge and back down onto South Lake Trail.  Then we will take the Otter Creek Road trail over to the eastern edge of the hiking area and hike a portion of the Ganier Ridge before traveling down to the Lake Trail.  Parts of the trail are somewhat strenuous (hiking up the South Cove ridge), but the majority of the hike will be moderate. 

Plan to meet at McDonald’s parking lot in Spring Hill (4910 Main Street) at 7:45 a.m. on that day.  If others would like to meet us, we can meet at the Information Center at Radnor Lake at 8:45 a.m.  There is no place to eat at Radnor Lake and the park does not have picnic facilities so we will plan to eat somewhere in the surrounding area of Brentwood.  Contact Jane Coffey if you plan to attend the hike, but please leave contact information in case of inclement weather.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com

12/10
Sat

East Tennessee

Little River to Goshen Prong:  The hike will be from the parking area in Elkmont  along the Little River trail to Goshen Prong, about 3.7 miles, gaining about 500 feet.  We will then take the Little River trail back to the parking area. An old logging railroad bed is the trail.  The difficulty of the hike is rated as moderate, primarily due to the distance.  The total distance is about 7.4 miles.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am.  Bring $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4955
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu (before December 9th)

12/10
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, 5 miles.  Moderate due to slick rocks and steep inclines.  Joan Hartvigsen will lead us on this beautiful hike on all the Short Springs Trails, including Machine Falls Trail, Adams Falls Loop, Busby Falls Loop and Laurel Bluff Loop.  We will use the new TVA Bobo Creek Bridge to access Laurel Bluff Trail.    Machine Falls is gorgeous in December.  Meet  at 9:00 a.m. CT in the parking lot of Short Springs State Natural Area, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring water and lunch.  You will need sturdy hiking boots and hiking sticks.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

12/10-
12/11

Murfreesboro

Hobbs Cabin Overnight Backpacking. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. 19 miles total rated moderate. Total gain and loss in elevation is about 700 feet. The cabin is primitive with a fireplace and six wooden bunks. There is a spring 100 yards downhill from the cabin. Space is limited to bunk space.

Andy Meeks
usmcmeeks@gmail.com
813-447-1224

12/10
Sat

Nashville

Nashville Chapter Christmas party: We’ll start festivities at 6 pm CT at River Plantation’s Section V clubhouse, 800 Gen. George Patton Rd. in the Bellevue area of Nashville. For directions, contact Alice Cannon, acannon12@bellsouth.net. Bring a dish to share and BYOB. Bring a friend too!! Our party takes the place of the monthly meeting for December. We’ll be back at REI in January.  
Also on Dec. 10th, we will again be wrapping gifts at REI in exchange for donations to support the building of the Cumberland Trail. This year we will be wrapping on  from 10 till 5:30. People are needed for 2 hour shifts: 10-12; 12-2, 2-4, 4-5:30. This is truly a great way to fundraise! No experience necessary, just come and join in the fun!

for gift wrappping contact Amy Sutton at 

615 739-5858 or email 109@gmail.com

12/10
Sat

Plateau

Christmas Party, FFG multipurpose bldg, reserved 4 to 8 pm

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

12/10
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf.  Aproximately 10 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

12/10
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Hike TBA - Louise Miniard.
Christmas Social will begin at 5:00 p.m. Contact Kathleen Sullivan for directions, and to sign up for a food item.

Katheen Sullivan 
katsully4@gmail.com 
931.284.7822

12/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Christmas Potluck. 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. Barfield Crescent Wilderness Station. This year we are trying something a bit different. We are making this event both a Christmas dinner and a homecoming for inactive and former members  as  well as our active ones. You can help by contacting the ones you know and encouraging them to come. Sometimes just a gentle nudge or an offer of a ride will do the trick.  Bring yourselves, your families, friends and neighbors. Bring a holiday dish to share. If you wish to take part in the Silly Santa Gift Exchange (optional)  bring a wrapped present worth $10 to $15. The dress will be Christmas casual (This is a chance to wear your red and green, Christmas sweaters, etc.)  Chapter will provide utensils, plates, napkins and beverages.

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

12/13
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Sterchi Farms.  Approximately 4-5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

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

12/13
Tue

Sumner Trails

Dec 13 (Tuesday) Holiday Party.  7PM at Demos Restaurant on Indian Lake Rd.  We will do separate checks and an 18% gratuity will be added.  Please RSVP to Barbara Krawchuk.  

Barbara Krawchuk at Tnbeachbum@aol.com or 615-822-6952 or Sally Ticaric at 615-824-7294 or daytripper@aol.com  by Sun Dec. 10.

12/17
Sat

Clarksville

 McGregor Park to Ft. Defiance and back. Eat at Wendy’s after the hike; 2.7miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT.

 

 J.R.Tate 931.378.6559

12/17
Sat

East Tennessee

Bird Mountain at Frozen Head State Park - This hike begins at Big Cove Campground and is a 7.2 loop.  We will start our hike on the Tower Road for 3 miles and take a left and go on to the top of Bird Mountain (3,142 feet in elevation).  Then, we will continue on to Castle Rock, a very impressive rock formation along with many others equally as impressive.  We will then proceed on the trail down the mountain encountering several switchbacks.  And, of course, we will stop half-way through the hike to take a lunch break.  Hike distance:  8 miles,  Rated Difficult.  Contact Carolyn Reeves.

Carolyn Reeves
865-717-3528

12/17
Sat

Highland Rim

 Hike to Piney Point on the Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee TN.  Two miles, easy.  Piney Point is a striking promontory that boasts a sweeping view out over Shakerag Hollow and Roark’s Cove.   Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Marcia Medford’s home, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee.  Arrive before 3:00 p.m. if dropping food off at Marcia’s house.   Hike led by Marietta Poteet before our Chapter Christmas Party at Marcia Medford’s home.   Bring water and a snack and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a head lamp or other light source.  Contact Marietta at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net.

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

12/17
Sat

Highland Rim

 Chapter Christmas Party.  Gather at Marcia Medford’s home, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee at 5:00 p.m. after Marietta Poteet’s hike.  Bring a wrapped gift valued at about $10.00 if you wish to participate in the Dirty Santa Gift Exchange.  Bring an ethnic dish to share.  Marcia is providing chicken enchiladas.  Contact Marcia at 931-598-5331 or marciamedford@yahoo.com to let her know what food you plan to bring so Marcia can coordinate the menu.

Marcia Medford
marciamedford@yahoo.com
931-598-5331

12/17
Sat

Nashville

Montgomery Bell State Park. Near Dickson TN. Overnight Trail. (but not overnight).  This is a strenuous hike due to the length of 10.5 miles.  Wooded terrain with some hills.  The trail passes by several lakes, a historic cabin and church, and historic iron ore pits.  Bring water, snacks/lunch, boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food at the State Park Inn dining room or somewhere on the way back to town. Meeting Place: WalMart near 7044 Charlotte Pike parking lot just north of I-40. Meet at 7:30 am.

Doug Burroughs at (615) 587-0085

12/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Rock Climber’s parking lot.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderately strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

12/17
Sat

Sumner Trails

DEC 17 Ashland City Bicentennial Greenway 4 miles rated Easy.  This is a great one for winter hiking since it is paved and elevated above the sometimes muddy Cumberland River flood plane.  This is a classic flat rails-to-trails which converted the Old Tennessee Central Railroad tracks into a greenway.  The first section has a bluff on one side and the Cumberland flood plane on the other - a couple of years ago we sighted a blad eagle on a limb on this section - further down we will cross some wood bridges over backwater but the highlight is an old iron trestle spanning Sycaamore Creek near the end.  Since this is a one-way walk it will necessitate a shuffle.  After the hike we will have lunch at Riverview Restaurant in Ashland City.  Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church at 9 AM CT or at the Mark’s Creek trailhead on Chapmansboro Rd at 10 AM CT.  For further info contact Tennessee Central Al.

Al Ballenger at ballallenger@aol.com 

12/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Fiery Gizzard

Mike Shane
931.446.4306
mikeshane@charter.net

12/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls.  Approximately 5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

12/26
Mon

Highland Rim

No Chapter Meeting.    See December 17 Christmas Party.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

12/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Elsie Holmes.  Approximately 3-1/2 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parkking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

Nancy Allen - 423-344-1118

12/31
Sat

Clarksville

New Years Eve hike downtown Clarksville; 3.5 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 P.M. CT, Cumberland River Pavilion, McGregor Park, Riverside Drive. After the hike bring a party snack and come to Jack and Suva Bastin’s house for a New Years Eve Party.

 

 Lionel Senseney, 931-551-6738

12/31
Sat

East Tennessee

Panther Creek State Park  - This will be a joint hike with the SMHC and the East TN chapter of the TN Trails Assoc.  End the year on a good "foot" by hiking in this state park located near Morristown.   Winter should offer some good views of the lake and the Cumberland Mountains. We will hike out on the horse connector trail to the Maple Arches Loop and return the same way. Rated Moderate due to several steep climbs and rocky trail. Be prepared for winter weather. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Bring a lunch and water. Hike is 8 miles.  Drive is 60 miles. ($2.40 to the drivers)
Meet at Comcast  exit 394 off I-40 East at at 8 AM to carpool.  Leaders:  Chris Hamilton and Mindy Fawver.

Chris Hamilton
Hikeintenn@gmail.com

Mindy Fawver
mindyfawver@gmail.com

12/31
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snow Falls.  Approximately 10-1/2 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

12/31
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com

    ** January 2017 **  

1/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Falling Water Falls.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at WalMart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

1/5
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting.  6:00 PM.  Program:  Wind Turbines by Sarah Southall and Mary Kopmeie

First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at LaCosta’s Restaurant, The Crossings, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

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

1/7
Sat

Nashville

Stones River Greenway. 6 miles out and back, paved. Moderate. Meet at 8:00 am CST 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 foot bridge about halfway in, with possible views of fish, turtles and birds. We will follow the trail past 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.

1/7
Sat

Plateau

Piney Falls and Stinging Fork State Natural Areas, Grandview and Spring City.
These two hikes are being combined to give a total hiking distance of about 7 miles.
Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls.
Stinging Fork State Natural Area is about 10 miles from Piney Falls and features a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the 1 ½ mile trail. 
Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate. Wear boots, and bring water, lunch and snacks. Meet at 8:00 AM CT at Trinity Tabernacle on Highway 127 South. 

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information and to register.

1/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Retro Hughes Trailhead.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

1/8
Sun

Nashville

Percy Warner Park, Nashville TN.  11.2 miles.  Strenuous for distance.  Come out and work off some of those Holiday goodies with a long walk in one of Nashville’s prettiest parks!   We will  meet at the newish Percy Warner Golf Club House, 1221 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville TN 37205 and walk an 11.2 mile loop on the paved roads in the park.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, footwear for a long hike on asphalt roads, and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Option 1: There will be a 6-mile option for those who want to cut the loop short and know the route back.  Option 2: Stop for a warmup, refreshments, etc. about halfway along at the Harpeth Hills Golf Club House.  

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com

1/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf day loop.  Approxiately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

1/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

1/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stringer’s Ridge.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Spears Avenue parking lot and trailhead at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes (423-756-8219)

1/21
Sat

Nashville

Urban hike in East Nashville. 7-9 miles. Easy to moderate The exact itinerary is to be determined but it will include much of the Historic Edgefield area, parts of Shelby Park, Five Points, and parts of Shelby Heights. We will park at the ball fields in Shelby Park. 

 Karl and Kathie Dupre  karld@comcast.net or call  at (615) 207-2250

1/21
Sat

Plateau

Hebbitsburg Daddy’s Creek, Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard. An in/out hike from Yellow gate to Keyes-Harrison TWA and back for a total of 7 miles.  Enjoy a nice overlook of Crab Orchard Mountains and Daddys Creek.

Sigrun Brickle
sigrun.brickle@gmail.com
(931) 787-7267

1/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Devil’s Breakfast table (Crab Orchard).  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

1/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Big Soddy Gulf to Big Soddy Creek bridge and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

1/28
Sat

Nashville

Beaman Park, Joelton, TN. 6 miles. Moderate. Hike leader anniversary hike-it’s been a whole year since Linda led her first hike so come on out and celebrate the occasion with a hike on the lovely hills and dales of Beaman Park. Last year, it was 10 degrees and the ground was frozen so we walked a couple of miles then got some coffee to warm up. Nestled in the northwest corner of Davidson County, the area was once known as Paradise Ridge, named for the Paradise brothers. It has morphed from a homesteading and moonshing area, to a hunting preserve to what it is today: a wild & rugged Metro Park where opportunities to enjoy nature abound. Come experience the solitude and serenity while hiking the forested slopes of Beaman Park. Bring water, snacks and wear hiking boots. Meet at the Nature Center at 8:00 CT.  

Linda Latter at 615-419-4845 or lindaalatter@yahoo.com.

1/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett Road to Rock Creek and back.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

1/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

TBA

    ** February 2017 **  

2/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM. Program: Iceland by Joe Matlock and Rita Senko 
First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

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

    ** March 2017 **  

3/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting. 6:00 PM. Program: Wildflowers by Karla Miller

First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at LaCosta’s Restaurant, The Crossings, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

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

3/11-
3/19

Jackson

March 11-19, 2017 - Natchez Trace SP.  Join project leader DIck McKeen, SP Ranger Greg Taylor, and volunteers from the American Hiking Society in rebuilding the Cub Lake Trail. For additional information or to register, please contact Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

3/25-
3/26

Jackson

March 25-26, 2017 - Smoky Mtn hike near Cades Cove.

Jeff Chambers at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com