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 Oct 09, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2015 **  



October 10 - David Crockett - Trail of Tears (Rescheduled from April).  

Trail of Tears National Historical sites, Pulaski and David Crockett State Park

This will be a special TTA hike to become more familiar with the history of the Native Americans, forced off of their lands, and "relocated" to Oklahoma. We will visit the newly opened Pulaski Interpretive Center. The two land routes, led by Bell and Benge, 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 30 minutes) in Lawrenceburg. We will be joined  there by Pat Cummins, of Cherokee descent, Archaeologist,  and President of the Native History Association. He will be our guide for a 2.5 mile hike (five miles out and back) on a portion of the original Bell route. The trail travels along a ridge line and on an entrenched road bed.  We plan to have a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters in the Park
For those interested, 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 a.m. at the McDonalds in Spring Hill, 4908 Main Street, parking lot behind McDonalds, (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) at 9:00 a.m. Bring picnic lunch, water, etc. Trails are easy to moderate. Please call or email Janeth McKendrick if you plan to join us. t is important to know at which location you plan to meet us. Please include a contact phone number.

Janeth McKendrick.  Phone: 615.591.9352 or email



October 24 - Fiery Gizzard, Tracy City - This beautiful and strenuous loop hike will trace the Fiery Gizzard Creek and come back via the Doghole Trail.  Cascading streams, waterfalls and scenic vistas abound.  We will hike out to Raven’s Point Overlook and enjoy the stunning view of the South Cumberland area.  This is one of the signature hikes in all of Tennessee and may not be available to be hiked after January 1.  The private property owner of a section of the trail and the state of Tennessee are at loggerheads over ownership and access.  We will depart at 6:30 AM from the Tollgate Medical Plaza which is just north of 840 on Hwy 31 (1106 Elliston Way, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179).  The hike is about 9.7 miles in length with a rock-hopping section and one steep ascent.  Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy boots; carry hiking poles; and bring water, snacks and lunch.  A change of clothing is nice to leave in the car so that you have something dry to put on after the hike should you get sweaty or muddy.  Register with Robert Consalvo at 615.519.5584 or

Robert Consalvo at 615.519.5584 or


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