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 24, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2016 **  



2016 Annual Meeting
Pickwick Landing SP

Hosted by Memphis Chapter

    ** November 2016 **  



Come to the November 2016 TTA Meeting of the Columbia/Franklin chapter.  The meeting will take place at the Grand Buffet on Main Street, 5228 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., but there are usually some chapter members who will dine before the meeting.  Come and join them for some lively conversation and spirits before the meeting.  We would love to have your input for some December hikes.  Thank you. 



South Cumberland State Park – Monteagle, TN 37356

South Cumberland State Park is located within four different Tennessee counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The Savage Gulf and Stone Door areas of the park offer approximately 55 miles of hiking to remarkable vistas, waterfalls and historical locations such as the Stage Coach Road. The Great Stone Door is an impressive cliff line overlooking the Savage Gulf. It gets its name from a crack in the cliff that runs from the top to the bottom that looks like a door left slightly ajar. This is one of the many ways to access the gulf below.  The planned hike is the rim at Savage Gulf.  Please contact Robert Consalvo if you plan to attend. 

Those from the Columbia/Franklin Chapter should plan to meet at Tollgate Medical Plaza north of 840 on Highway 31 at 7:00 a.m.  If other groups would like to join the Columbia/Franklin group at the trailhead, simply contact Robert Consalvo to let him know.

Robert Consalvo



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Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs. 

Carolyn Watson will lead this hike on November 19, 2016.  We will take the Otter Creek Pkwy to South Lake/South Cove trail and continue on the South Cove ridge and back down onto South Lake Trail.  Then we will take the Otter Creek Road trail over to the eastern edge of the hiking area and hike a portion of the Ganier Ridge before traveling down to the Lake Trail.  Parts of the trail are somewhat strenuous (hiking up the South Cove ridge), but the majority of the hike will be moderate. 

Plan to meet at McDonald’s parking lot in Spring Hill (4910 Main Street) at 8:00 a.m. on that day.  If others would like to meet us, we can meet at the Information Center at Radnor Lake at 9:00 a.m.  There is no place to eat at Radnor Lake and the park does not have picnic facilities so we will plan to eat in somewhere in the surrounding area of Brentwood.  Contact Carolyn Watson if you plan to attend the hike, but please leave contact information in case of inclement weather.  Thank you.

Carolyn Watson: