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 May 04, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** May 2015 **  


East Tennessee

Twin Arches and Twin Arches Loop.  Join us on a hike that combines two  trails.  The Twin Arches trail takes us to two arches at .7 miles.  The south arch is 70 feet high and 135 feet wide and the north arch is 51 feet high and 93 feet wide.  After viewing the arches we will start the Twin Arches Loop trail and pass through several large rock shelters where niter (saltpeter) mining took place.  At 2.6 miles we reach Jake’s place marked by a fallen chimney.  At 3.0 miles we reach Charit Creek Lodge which has been in operation since 1989.  Part of the lodge was built in 1817.  From the lodge it is about 1.6 miles back to the vehicles and on the way back we will go over the arches.  The total distance is about 5.5 miles with an elevation gain/loss of about 400 feet.  The trail is of moderate difficulty with two steep stairs and a short steep trail section.  We will meet at the Ingles Food Store, 215 Cedar Lane  off the Merchant’s Rd exit of I-75 North at 8:00am E.T. and leaving at 8:15am E.T.  We recommend appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink, a camera and $$$ for car pooling.  Pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall


East Tennessee

Ridgetop Loop Trail, Meadow Loop Trail, and Lost Shoe Loop Trail - Fort Loudon State Historical Area, 338 Fort Loudon Road, Vonore, TN.  5 miles.  Easy.  Starting at the Picnic Grounds, we will hike along the river on the Ridgetop Loop Trail until we connect with the Meadow Loop Trail which has a short leg on the Lost Shoe Loop Trail.  Then we will continue on the Meadow Loop Trial, crossing the peninsula until we come to the river again, where we will re-connect with the Ridgetop Loop Trial.  We will then see mountain, lake, and valley vistas as we ascend to the highest elevation of 975 feet where we will go off trail to see an Osage Orange tree.  There may be an optional detour back to the river bank.  After returning to the Picnic Grounds, we will have a meal.  TTA will supply the hot dogs, buns, and eating utensils; please bring a dish to share and your own drinks.  Optional activities may include swimming, fishing, and touring the Fort and its museum,  We ill meet at the Picnic Grounds at 10:00 AM ET.  Co-leaders are Karen Towle and Robby Paul.  Pre-register with Robby Paul.

Robby Paul


East Tennessee

Black Mountain and Windless Cave.  The hike will start at the Black Mountain parking area and begin a loop which includes a Spring House and the very scenic Southern Overlook.  We will descend down the mountain and get on to the Cumberland Trail  and reach Windless Cave at Mile #3.  Windless Cave has a lot of nice streams where we can take a break.  We will then hike another 1.5 miles and reach the Brady Mountain trailhead.  At that point, we will turn around and head back the same way we hiked in.  On the way back after we get off the Cumberland Trail, we will continue our  original loop and view the Northern Overlook.  After that, we will head back to the parking area to our cars.  Contact Carolyn Reeves for carpooling.  Total distance of the hike:  9 miles   Rated:  Moderate

Carolyn Reeves   


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