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 Apr 25, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2017 **  

4/22
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Whiteoak Sink, Schoolhouse Gap and Chestnut Top Trails.   The hike will start at the Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead on Laurel Creek Road and go to Dosey Gap gaining about 200 feet in 1.1 miles, then to Whiteoak Sink losing about 100 feet in .7 miles, where we will walk about viewing the flowers.  The waterfall and bat caves may be off limits because of the bat white-nose syndrome. Because of the bat problem we may not be able to hike out to Schoolhouse Gap.  If so, going out we will have to retrace our entry route. The hike is about 4 miles.  After returning to Laurel Creek Road we will relocate to the parking lot at the Wye for a short walk on the Chestnut Top Trail.  This trail is one of the most spectacular wildflower trails in the park.  The trail gains about 300 feet in one-half mile where we will turn around and return to the parking lot.  The total distance for the day is about 5 miles.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  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. Don’t forget your $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

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

    ** May 2017 **  

5/6
Sat

East Tennessee

Piney River Trail.  Join us for this great hike.  This trail is a segment of the Cumberland Trail and was one of several Pocket wilderness areas developed by the Hiwassee Land Company of the Bowater Southern Paper Corp. and later deeded to the State of Tennessee.  While this trail is now part of the CT, it has historically been called "Piney River Trail".  The elevation change is about 800 feet in a total distance of about 8 moderate to easy miles.  At times the path follows an old narrow-gauge railroad line for easy walking.  The trail runs alongside the Piney River and we’ll enjoy several nifty bridges along the way.  There are waterfalls, gorgeous river views and old growth forest.  There could be some nice wildflowers too.  We will neet to carpool at 7:45 am ET in the parking lot of Denney’s at the Watt Rd exit off 1-75.  Also we will meet up again at the McDonalds in Spring City at 9am ET.  It’s just a short drive to drop a shuttle car and proceed to the trailhead.  Don’t forget your snacks, water, appropriate footwear and $$$’s for carpooling.  Pre-register with Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
mrosemary04@gmail.com
865-985-9144

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)

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

TTA

TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

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