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.


Upcoming East Tennessee Hikes and Programs:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated May 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** May 2017 **  

5/20
Sat

East Tennessee

Ramsay Cascade and Plemmons Cemetery.  This hike starts in Greenbrier Cove and ends at Ramsay Cascade 4 miles away.  The hike to the cascade is almost all up hill, gaining about 2200 feet in 4 miles.  The hike difficulty is moderate to difficult.  On the way back we will stop and hike to Plemmons Cemetery - about 1 mile round trip with little or no elevation change.  The total hiking distance is about 9 miles.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and stop at the Cracker Barrel at Straw Plains Pike, leaving there at 9:00 am ET 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 and plenty of $$$’s for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike , please call Tom.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

5/27
Sat

East Tennessee

Schoolhouse Gap/Turkeypen Ridge/Finley Cane/Bote Mountain Trails.  The hike will start at the Schoolhouse Gap trailhead on Laurel Creek Road and hike to Turkeypen Ridge trail, gaining about 200 feet in 1.1 miles.  We will then hike Turkeypen Ridge trail back to Laurel Creek Road, gaining about 300 feet then losing about 400 feet in 3.4 miles.  From Laurel Creek Road we will hike Finley Cane trail to Bote Mountain trail, gaining about 200 feet in 2.8 miles.  The Bote Moutain trail will take us back to Laurel Creek Road, losing about 300 feet in 1.3 miles.  This is an moderate 8.6 mile hike. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a lunch, something to drink, a camera and a windbreaker in case it rains.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 5 cents for each mile. Round trip distance from Knoxville is 88 miles ($.05 x 88 = $4.40) and from Browns Creek Shopping  Center, 48 miles ($.05 x 48=$2.40).  After the hike plan on stopping Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For more information, please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

    ** June 2017 **  

6/18
Sun

East Tennessee

Gregory Bald hike -   This hike will be on Sunday because the loop road is closed until 10:00 AM (E.T.) on Saturdays making the start too late and leaving too little time at the top to enjoy the scenery.  Parsons Branch Road is open so we can hike Gregory Bald Trail, which is one mile shorter and 800 fewer feet to climb than the Gregory Ridge Trail.  The hike is moderately difficult to difficult, gaining about 2200 feet in about 4.5 miles (9 miles round trip).  This hike is famous for it’s "Flaming Azaleas".  Don’t forget your snacks, water, appropriate footwear and $$$ for carpooling.   Contact hike leader Tom Cressler for more information.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

6/24
Sat

East Tennessee

Cosby, TN - Gabes Mountain. Rated moderate.  This shuttle hike will take us through a forest of large trees and we’ll stop at one of the popular waterfalls along the way. Many former homesteads were in this area and are now piles of rocks. At 2.1 miles, we come to the spur trail that takes us to Hen Wallow Falls which is a great spot for a break.  At 4.8 miles, we arrive at campsite #34 where we’ll take another break. The next two creeks are rock hoppers, so pack water shoes just in case the water is high. At 6.6 miles, we come to an intersection of trails, and will turn right to walk the final mile to our car. Wear sturdy boots; bring water, lunch and money for carpooling. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush.

Garnett Rush
rushga01@yahoo.com
615-210-0660

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

TTA

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Monteagle, TN

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