The East Tennessee chapter serves hikers in the Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Norris area. 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.

Contact Rosemary Marshall bt telephone at 865-951-8317 or by email, for more information about the chapter.

The East Tennessee chapter does not meet regularly, so watch the TTA calendar for announcements of meeting times and places.

Information about the East Tennessee Chapter's events and activities is also available on their blog.

Upcoming East Tennessee Hikes and Programs:

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Aug 26, 2016 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2016 **  
    ** September 2016 **  


East Tennessee

Schoolhouse Gap to Chestnut Top - 6.3 miles - moderate. This hike involves a shuttle. We begin walking up Schoolhouse Gap, a wide road next to a creek for 2 miles. Then we turn onto Chestnut Top and continue gradually uphill for 2.8 miles past a great overlook of Townsend. We then travel a ridge and a sighting of Thunderhead Mountain, the highest peak on the western end of the park. Then we descend a set of switchbacks to the end of the trail at the Townsend Wye. This part of the forest is heavily covered by pines and oaks. Wear sturdy boots and bring snacks and lots of water.  We will lunch after the hike in Townsend. Contact Garnett Rush for meeting place and time.  Don’t forget the $$$’s for carpooling.

Garnett Rush


East Tennessee

Castle Rock in Frozen Head State Park - Join us on a hike in the Cumberland Mountains.  We will park at the Park Headquarters and hike the road to the Lookout Tower trail.  We will following the Lookout Tower trail about 3 miles to the intersection with the Bird Mountain trail/Cumberland Mountain trail gaining about 1500 feet.  We will follow the Bird Mountain trail for about 4 miles to where we first started on the Lookout Tower trail, gaining about 300 feet in the first mile or so then losing 1500 feet.  Along the way we will pass Castle Rock. The total hiking distance is about 7.5 miles.  The hike difficulty is rated as moderate.  The distances are estimates based on conversations with park rangers.  We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am stopping in Oak Ridge at the American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 Tulane Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  We will leave there at 9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera. Be sure to bring $$’s for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping at Applebee’s in Oak Ridge on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom before September 23rd.

Tom Cressler
865-588-5622 (leave message)

    ** October 2016 **  



2016 Annual Meeting
Pickwick Landing SP

Hosted by Memphis Chapter

    ** November 2016 **  



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