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 03, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2015 **  

3/3
Tue

Columbia/Franklin

7pm CT. 1st Tue Monthly Program Meeting. (LOCATION CHANGE for March Only. Meet at Cindy Whitt's house at 6pm CT for pizza, then have our regular meeting beginning at 7pm. Cindy's address is 305 White Moss Place, Franklin. Cindy will share her pictures and experiences of her 2014 trip to Uganda and Rwanda. Cindy visited some of the most remote and fascinating National Parks in Africa. In Uganda, she went to Kibale Forest National Park known for its chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park with at least 95 species of mammals and 612 species of birds, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, known for its gorilla families. In Rwanda, she traveled to the haven of the mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park. Come join us as we journey through the beautiful tropical forests, primate habitats, and extraordinary wildlife of Africa with Cindy.

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

3/14
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve at The Farm in Summertown. Cynthia Rohrbach will be our hike leader. This hike covers the northeast corner of the Preserve established by Swan Conservation Trust in 2004. We'll start at The Farm Store and hike to Green Pond, an upland vernal pool important for amphibian breeding, which should be active in March if we receive enough rainfall. We'll continue on a loop down to Cox Branch and back to The Farm Store. It will take about 3 hours, so bring snacks, water, and a walking stick. Be prepared for a couple of creek crossings (not as many as last year's hike!). We'll leave at 12:00 noon from the north-most McDonald's in Spring Hill (4908 Main Street). RSVP to Marvin Caine. From there we'll drive to The Farm and rendezvous at The Farm Store, The Farm Community, Summertown at 1:00 pm.

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

3/28
Sat

Columbia/Franklin

Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester. Combined Hikes about 3.5 miles. Easy to moderate. Blue Bell Island is a small island located in the Elk River known for its spectacular display of wildflowers, particularly Virginia bluebells. The Island was purchased by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust in order to preserve this botanical treasure. The land trust has a once a year hike to the Island during the spring bloom. We will join the hike led by naturalists with the Land Trust. The hike to the Island is an easy mile in and out, but to get on the Island requires traversing fallen logs over the Elk River. Ropes are put up to help with the crossing. After enjoying the beauty of Blue Bell Island we will stop at the Old Stone Fort State Park to have our lunch after which we will hike the 1.5 mile Little Duck River Trail. We will meet at 8:00 am CT in the Tollgate Village parking lot, which is on Columbia Ave just north of I-840 in front of the Tollgate medical center. We will leave promptly at 8:15 am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Please bring a lunch and drinks. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register contact Fred Warner.

Fred Warner
615-591-2304
fredhwarner@gmail.com

    ** 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. 

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

    ** 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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