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.

For more information, contact the chapter chair at this email.

The Chapter Program Coordinator is Ellen Clark, at this email or telephone 615-595-2640.

The Chapter Hike Coordinator is Jane Coffey, at this 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 Jan 19, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** January 2017 **  



No Meeting/Program Planned for January 2017.  Next meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March 2017.

Will announce hikes for January and February on the calendar and via email.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey:



Columbia/Franklin Hike on January 28, 2017.  Land Between The Lakes (LBL) is a 170,000-acre national recreation area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee located near I-24, about 90 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just south of Paducah, KY.

HISTORY: Land Between The Lakes is an inland peninsula formed when the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded, creating Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley -- one of the world’s largest man-made bodies of water. One stunning feature is The Elk and Bison Prairie which is a 700-acre restoration of Kentucky’s native habitat. It was created as a restoration project for the species. A gentle winding road will guide you through this remarkable habitat restoration effort.

We will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Tollgate Medical Plaza on Route 31 in Thompson’s Station.  You may want to bring a change of clothes, snacks and water for the hike.  If we are able to view the eagles, then we may want to shorten the hike to enjoy the bird watching. 

Robert Consalvo will lead the hike.  Please contact him at or 615.519.5584.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather. 

Robert Consalvo:  615.519.5584 or  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

    ** February 2017 **  



The first February hike in 2017 will take place on February 11th at A. G. Beaman Park – 5911 Old Hickory Blvd, 37015.  This wild and rugged land is a unique treasure in Nashville’s park system. The area was once known as Paradise Ridge, and while the beauty of the land might inspire one to envision paradise, the name actually comes from two early settlers, the Paradise brothers. In the 1970s the 1500-acre parcel that is now Beaman Park was purchased by a group of doctors.  In 1996, the Partners sold their preserve to the Metro Nashville government for roughly half of its appraised value. The land purchase was made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Sally Beaman in honor of her husband, Alvin G. Beaman, a prominent Nashville businessman and civic leader who served on the Park Board from 1955 to 1963.

Beaman Park lies on the Highland Rim, just outside of the Nashville Basin, in the northwest edge of Davidson County. Its terrain features steep, forested slopes, with drier ridge tops and elevations just under 1000 feet. Deep hollows contain pristine springs and streams. Most of the park is drained by Little Marrowbone Creek on the north and Bull Run Creek on the south. The surface geology exhibits limestone, cherty limestone, shale, siltstone and a unique mudstone that is often a beautiful yellow or rust color.  The vegetation is incredibly diverse. Oak/hardwood forests dominate the mid to upper slopes while mixed alluvial hardwoods lie in the creek bottoms. A rare community type, known as woodland barrens, occurs and contains post oak trees and native perennial grasses.  

Leader:            Jane Coffey:   615.516.6551 or  We will leave from Tollgate Medical Plaza on Route 31 in Thompson’s Station at 8:15 a.m.  Interested parties could also meet us at the Beaman Park Nature Center.


Jane Coffey:  615.516.6551 or



No Meeting/Program Planned for February 2017.  Next meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March 2017.

Will announce hikes for January and February on the calendar and via email.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey:

    ** March 2017 **  



First Tuesday Program meeting. The meeting will be held at will be meeting at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064 on March 7.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.  The Barnabas Center has a small working kitchen so you can bring your own food and microwave it if you choose.  If you like, you can join us earlier than the 7:00 p.m. meeting time to eat and chat with other members of the chapter.

Jane Coffey: