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 Feb 19, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2017 **  



Henry Horton State Park Hike - February 25, 2017
This hike will take place at the Henry Horton State Park and it will be on the Adeline Wihoite River Trail which is about 1.35 miles long.  Round trip will be approximately 2.70 miles long. We can add the Loop for another 1.55 miles.  It follows the Duck River. The parking area is before the bridge on the left side of the road to Lewisburg. The trip from Spring Hill should take 1/2 hr. This will be a moderate hike.

We will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill (4910 Main Street, Spring Hill) at 8:30 a.m. so we can carpool to the hiking site.  We can plan on having lunch after the hike if wanted. 

If you plan on attending this hike, please contact Ron Neissen at 931-797-8834 or


Ron Neissen: or 931.797.8834.



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 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.  We will be planning our future bi-monthly hikes, and discussing "all things hiking."

Jane Coffey:
Janeth McKendrick:



Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter to the Rock Island State Park north of McMinnville, TN.  Hike should be moderate for a total of six miles.  Highland Rim will be leading the hike, and they state that the trail will be the Collins River Nature Trail, the Eagle Trail and the Downstream Gorge Trail.  All three of these hikes will feature wildflowers and the Collins and Caney Fork Rivers.    Twin Falls is featured on the downstream Gorge Trail along with tall limestone bluffs.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  If people are interested in eating after the hike, plan on visiting the Foglight Foodhouse, a restaurant located along the Caney Fork River near the Downstream Gorge Trailhead.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.

For the Columbia/Franklin chapter, please contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Plaza at 7:00 a.m. and leave from there to meet the Highland Rim chapter at the Rock Island State Park Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m.  I will need a count so that I can contact the Highland Rim Chapter to let them know if we are attending.

Jane Coffey: or 615.516.6551



Join Swan Conservation Trust members for a hike at the south end of Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. This moderate two-hour hike will feature the hand-dug pits of an historical tanning operation along Big Swan Creek, estimated to have been used in the 1940s. We will also see several large calcareous seeps, which are special habitats of the Western Highland Rim that protect plants and animals relying on the year-round flow of clean groundwater. Meet at The Farm Store at 10:00a.m. We will return there for lunch after the hike. Wear shoes/boots suitable for stream crossing, bring a hiking stick if you have one, and lunch.

You can change the order of information to suit the format for your newsletter.  Looking forward to the hike and seeing as many of you as can come!

For those of us in the Columbia/Franklin area, we can meet behind McDonald’s at 5938 Columbia Pike, Spring Hill 8:30 a.m.  We will leave promptly at 8:45 so that we can meet Cynthia at the Farm Store at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Marvin Caine at if you plan to attend.  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

Marvin Caine: