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 Oct 12, 2015 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2015 **  


East Tennessee

House Mountain, Knoxville TN - At 2064 feet, House Mountain is the highest point in Knox County. The 4 mile loop is rated moderate to strenuous due to rocky terrain and 1,000 feet change in elevation. We will meet at 10:00 am EDT in the trailhead parking area. Wear sturdy boots, bring water and snacks. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush.

Garnett Rush


East Tennessee

Big South Fork - Leatherwood Ford to Devil’s Den.  We will hike the John Muir  trail from the Leatherwood Ford parking lot upstream to the O&W Bridge and turn left on the John Muir trail to Devils Den rock shelter.  The shelter is about 90 feet across and 20 feet high.  The O&W Bridge was built in 1916 by the Oneida and Western Railroad.  The total hiking distance is about 6 miles.  The hike is rated as easy due to the limited elevation change and distance.  This hike will leave the Leatherwood Ford parking lot at 9:45 am ET.  Here are the driving directions from Knoxville:  Go north on I-75 and exit at Hwy 63, the Oneida-Huntsville Exit (141).  Follow Hwy 63 west for 21 miles through Huntsville to U.S. 27.  Turn right on U.S. 27 and drive north 7 miles to Oneida.  Leatherwood Ford parking lot is on your right just before you cross the river at the bottom of a steep hill.  Shortly before mile five Hwy 297 makes a sharp left turn, pay attention and don’t continue straight.  Reservations for this hike are required and must be made before 4:30pm ET, Oct 1 by contacting Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler

    ** November 2015 **  


East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park- lookout tower and prison coal mine.  We will park at Ames Gap on TN 116 and hike the coal haul road to the peak of Frozen Head mountain and the lookout tower.  The distance is about 2.5 miles and the elevation gain is about 1180 feet.  The fire tower was replaced by a very nice lookout tower with lots of room for viewing the countryside.  On the way back we will take a side trail to the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex coal mines where prisoners mined coal until sometime in the 1950s.  This side trail is about .4 miles and relatively level.  Brush Mountain correctional Complex opened in 1896 and closed June 11, 2009.  The prison was founded as a result of the aftermath of the "Coal Creek War," a 1891 lockout of coal miners that took place in Coal Creek, now Lake City and Briceville, after miners protested the use of unpaid convict labor in the mines.  The total distance is about 5.8 miles.  We will carpool from Knoxville and have a pickup in Oak Ridge.  Bring dollars, snacks, water, camera and wear appropriate shoes.  Pre-registration is required with Rosie. 

Rosie Marshall


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