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:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 28, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2015 **  

4/7
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. Our speaker will be Pat Cummins, an archaeologist of Cherokee descent.  In preparation for our April 25th hike to David Crockett State Park, Pat will share a presentation on The Trail Of Tears in Tennessee.  He is the President of the Native History Association. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

4/11
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Possum Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy -  This is a one-way 9.5 mile hike beginning at the Heiss Mountain trailhead and ending at the Retro-Hughes trailhead.   It is rated moderately strenuous. The trail descends into the gorge of Big Possum Creek, climbs out of the gorge to the top of Hughes Ridge, and descends into the gorge of Little Possum Creek, then climbs again to the top of the plateau at Retro-Hughes Road between Little Possum and Rock Creek gorges. The trail has about 1,000 feet of elevation gain and 1,000 feet of elevation loss.  Highlights include views from overlooks, deep river gorges, rock formations, and impressive waterfalls and rapids.  This would require a shuttle.  If this would not be feasible we could hike to Immodium Falls (5.1 miles) and then return to the Heiss Mountain trailhead.  Wear sturdy boots and take water, snacks and a lunch.  We will meet at McDonalds 4908 Main Street (Highway 31) on the north side of Spring Hill at 6:45 AM and leave promptly at 7:00 AM. 

Marvin Caine
mlcaine@aol.com
931-626-2754 (cell)

4/25
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

David Crockett SP - Trail of Tears. This will be a special hike to become more familiar with the history of the Native Americans who were forced off of their lands, and relocated to Oklahoma in 1838-9. We will visit the newly opened Pulaski Interpretive Center.  The two different land routes, led by John Bell and John Benge, respectively, crossed in Pulaski.  The museum documents local Native American history, including a bronze statue of a Cherokee family. Our guide will take us to the overlook where the two routes intersected in 1838. We will then drive to David Crockett State Park ( about one hour) in Lawrenceburg. We will be joined there by Pat Cummins (see Chapter meeting guest speaker above).  He will be our guide for a 2.5 mile hike (five miles out and back) on a portion of the original Bell route. We plan to have a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters in the Park. We will hike the Shoal Creek/Waterfall Trails (1.4 miles), and Overlook Trail (1.47 miles) after lunch. We will meet at 7:45 AM behind McDonalds 4908 Main Street (Hwy 31) on the north side of Spring Hill. We'll drive to Pulaski (about one hour) and then David Crockett Park. You may choose to meet us at the Interpretive Center in Pulaski (220 Stadium Street, 38478). Bring a picnic lunch, water, etc. Trails are easy to moderate. Please let Janeth know if you plan to join us and at which location you plan to meet us.

Janeth McKendrick
615-591 9352
Janethmck@aol.com

    ** May 2015 **  

5/3
Sun

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

    ** June 2015 **  

6/2
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (Super China Buffett, 5228 Main St., #B1, Spring Hill, TN ) Socializing and Dinner at 6pm. 

Carolyn Watson
901-652-9089
columbia@tennesseetrails.org

 

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