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 Nov 25, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** November 2015 **  



November 28 - Honey Creek Loop Trail, Big South Fork - Robert Consalvo will lead the Honey Creek Loop Trail hike which is often cited as one of the best hikes in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and also among the most challenging hike in Tennessee.  This is a strenuous 5½ mile hike and we will be on trail for about 5 hours.  Depending upon the recent rainfall, this trail can be a wet hike.  However, the spectacular scenery, huge boulders, a cave opening and overlooks make it a "must do."  A couple of long ladders ascend/descend from the overlook.  We will meet at 6:00 AM at the Toll Gate Medical Plaza parking lot (1106 Elliston Way, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179), which is just off Hwy 31, Columbia Pike, and north of 840.  Bring plenty of water, good hiking boots, snacks, lunch, change of clothes. The trailhead is about a 3 hour drive from Thompson’s Station.  Contact Robert Consalvo. . cell:  (615) 519-5584 to register.

Robert Consalvo:  615.519.5584 or



December  1 - We will hold the December meeting at Janeth McKendrick’s residence beginning at 6:00 PM.  We will eat and have a planning meeting to decide the hikes we’ll do in the first half of 2016.  Please bring something to share: snacks, veggies, dessert and your choice of beverage.   Please confirm with Janeth in order get directions and obtain a code for the gate.  Janeth’s cell telephone number is 615-591-9352 and her email address is

Janeth McKendrick -

    ** December 2015 **  



December 19 - Old Stone Fort.  The Old Stone Fort was built during the Middle Woodland Period, 1,500-2,000 years ago. Native Americans used this area continuously for about 500 years, eventually leaving it abandoned. The main hiking trail follows the wall of Old Stone Fort which was used by the Native Americans as a ceremonial gathering place. The trail threads through dramatic scenery where you can see the original entrance of the fort which was designed to face the exact spot on the horizon where the sun rises during the summer solstice. Visitors can learn about the Old Stone Fort on this hike with twelve interpretive panels as well as enjoying the areas graceful waterfalls.  The hike will be approximately 4.5 - 5.0 miles.  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Plaza at 1106 Elliston Way in Thompson Station at 7:15 a.m. to arrange carpooling.  Travel time will be slightly less than an hour.  If you want to participate in the hike, contact Jane Coffey at or 615.516.6551.  Please leave contact information in the event of inclement weather.  

Jane Coffey - - 615.516.6551


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