The Columbia-Franklin chapter serves hikers in Williamson and Maury Counties. Hikes are regularly scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this region, as well as in other parts of the state. Check the TTA calendar for more information about upcoming hikes.

The Columbia-Franklin chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Grand Buffet Chinese Restaurant, 5228 Main Street, #B1, Spring Hill, TN 37174. The restaurant is located just north of Spring Hill on Highway 31. (map) Come early at 6:00 pm and enjoy dinner and socializing before the program begins at 7:00 pm CT at

Contact Carolyn Watson, the chapter chair, at 901-652-9089 for more information or send her an email. The Chapter Program Coordinator is Ellen Clark, email or telephone 615-595-2640. The Chapter Hike Coordinator is Jane Coffey, email or telephone 615-516-6551.

Upcoming Columbia/Franklin Hikes and Programs:

Click here if you want to be notified by email whenever the TTA web calendar is updated.

Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Sep 22, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2016 **  



REI has some interesting ideas for this Saturday’s Work Day planned in most of the TN state parks.  Go to the TN State Park web site for more challenges and fun this Saturday.

Find a stewardship activity near you

At REI, we believe trails make the world a better place, and we are committed to protecting and expanding them.  Join us in this effort by volunteering at a stewardship project in your area today.

National Public Lands Day with REI & South Cumberland State Park

Join REI as we celebrate NPLD with the Friends of South Cumberland.  Meet Rangers Jason and Dustin to flex your Tennessee volunteer muscle by helping with major trail reroute of the Fiery Gizzard Trail.  Project starts at 9:00 a.m. at the South Cumberland State Park.  Meet at the Grundy Forest Parking Lot.

The Fiery Gizzard Trail is a 12.5 mile long one-way trail that connects the Grundy Forest and Foster Falls. Hikers may observe nature, swim in Fiery Gizzard Creek, see spectacular rock formations, cascading streams, waterfalls, rocky gorges, panoramic overlooks and lush woodlands. This trail has been rated by Backpacker magazine as one of the Top 25 in the country and should not be missed!


South Cumberland rangers.

    ** October 2016 **  



This hike goes to the magnificent 110 foot high Virgin Falls waterfall and by the 30 foot high Big Laural Falls waterfall.  It is rated difficult because of the uphill climb back from Virgin Falls.  Elevation change is 800 feet.  Total hike length is 8.2 miles if side trails to Sheep Cave and an overlook are not made.

We will meet at 6:45 AM at McDonalds on the north side of Spring Hill and leave at 7:00AM.  If some would like to meet at the Tollgate Medical Plaza north of 840 on Highway 31, we could pick them up at 7:15 AM.  Bring hiking boots, water and lunch on the trail.  Register with Marvin Caine ( or 931-626-2754).  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.dom or 931.626.2754



2016 Annual Meeting
Pickwick Landing SP

Hosted by Memphis Chapter

    ** November 2016 **  



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