Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Mar 27. Nashville

Apr 3. Columbia/Franklin

Apr 12. Plateau

Apr 17. Clarksville

7-day Hike Schedule

Mar 24.  LBL, Canal Loop Trail; 11.0 miles, difficult ..More..  LBL, Canal Loop Trail; 11.0 miles, difficult due to length; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼77 miles to trail head.   (Clarksville)

Mar 24. March 24- Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and ..More.. March 24- Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Shakerag Hollow at Sewanee. Combined Hikes about 4 miles. Easy to moderate. Blue Bell Island is a small island located in the Elk River known for its spectacular display of wildflowers, particularly Virginia bluebells. The Island was purchased by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust in order to preserve this botanical treasure. The land trust has a once-a-year hike to the Island during the spring bloom. We will join the hike led by naturalists with the Land Trust. The hike to the Island is an easy mile in and out, but to get on the Island requires traversing fallen logs over the Elk River. Ropes are put up to help with the crossing. After enjoying the beauty of Blue Bell Island we will stop and have lunch at the Blue Chair Cafe at Sewanee followed by hiking a portion of the Shakerag Hollow trail in Sewanee, also known for its wildflowers.  We will meet at 7:45am in the Tollgate Village parking lot, Columbia Ave and I-840 in front of the Medical Center. We will leave promptly at 8:00am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register call or text Ellen Clark at 615-482-3605 or e-mail at ERCclark@aol.com.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather. (Columbia/Franklin)

Mar 24. Vonore - Ft Loudon State Park Loop.  This is ..More.. Vonore - Ft Loudon State Park Loop.  This is always a nice place to explore but today we can see the fort in action. It is Garrison day at the fort. Our hike will be a loop out of the picnic area, coming back to the visitor center and around the outside of the fort. Total distance about 5 miles.  We can add another 1.5 miles if we hike the trail at the Sequoyah museum. Meet at the Maryville Food Lion in Browns Ferry shopping center.  The carpool leaves at 9A. Driving distance  40 miles round trip. (East Tennessee)

Mar 24. Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, located on Highway ..More.. Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, located on Highway 16 near Belvidere, TN.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Marietta Poteet and Jan Safavi are our hike leaders. The Walls of Jericho is a moderate to difficult hike which is 7 miles long.  We will enter the Tennessee side and exit the Alabama side.  The hike itself is 1,000 ft. downhill to cross Mill Creek after crossing several creeks and streams.  The trail continues along Turkey Creek which is often muddy and slippery.  There is another creek crossing to get to the end of the trail.  The Walls are a natural beautiful amphitheater which require some rock hopping to see the waterfalls.  The amphitheater has two main waterfalls.  The rock work in the amphitheater is fascinating.  We will return via the Alabama trailhead which is a 1,000 ft. very steep climb.  Please bring water shoes for possible water crossings at the Walls.  Email Marietta, nannietta@blomand.net or Jan, safavi.jan@gmail.com for more information and to register.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots. (Highland Rim)

Mar 24. T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell Road – ..More.. T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell Road – Spring Flowers Meet at the visitor center to 9:00 a.m.  The hike will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.  The 4-mile hike covers moderate to rugged terrain with some wet land and a possible stream crossing.  Hiking boots or sturdy shoes recommended.  Bring water and a snack. The Discovery Loop Trail includes part of the Nature Bluff Trail of the Chucalissa Indian Village.  Time Frame: 2.5 hours.continue 3 miles west to the T. 0. Fuller Park sign.  Turn right into the visitor center parking lot. Directions:  I-240 West to I-55 North; Exit 7 South to Highway 61 (3rd Street).  Drive  approximately 1 mile.  Turn right onto Mitchell Road. (Memphis)

Mar 24. Walls of Jericho; 6 miles rated difficult.This is ..More.. Walls of Jericho; 6 miles rated difficult.This is a joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will enter the Tennessee trailhead and exit the Alabama trailhead with roughly 1,000 feet elevation change.There is likely to be muddy, slippery areas with the spring rains and some water crossings. The way out is a steep climb and although it is only 6 miles it is a ROUGH 6 miles, especially coming out.We should see some early wildflowers.Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring hiking poles, lunch, water and snacks. For carpool information from Murfreesboro contact Jan Safavi. (Murfreesboro)

Mar 24. Hidden Lakes, Harpeth River State Park, Pegram TN. ..More.. Hidden Lakes, Harpeth River State Park, Pegram TN. 4 miles, easy.  Come discover a hidden jewel near Bellevue/Nashville.  We will  meet at the Hidden Lakes parking lot at 9:00 CT.(TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 1:00 PM )and hike a series of intertwining loops for a total of 4 miles.  This is not a strenuous hike, but hiking poles and  boots or trailrunners with good tred are advisable.  There are some narrow and rocky ledges to navigate.   http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/harpeth-river     (Nashville)

Mar 24. Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek Bridge and ..More.. Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek Bridge and back.  Approximately 5-1/2 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Mar 24. Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National ..More.. Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN. We will ascend Mount Cammerer along the Groundhog Ridge Trail. This trail is not maintained but is generally easy to follow. The upper parts of the trail are steep and in places trees have fallen across the trail. There is also some rock scrambling near the top. The hike is 8 to 9 miles and is rated strenuous. We will be rewarded with outstanding views from the upper parts of the trail and from the Mount Cammerer lookout tower. We will return by taking the Mount Cammerer Trail to its junction with the Appalachian Trail. We will hike on the A. T., descending to the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail, then to its junction with the Groundhog Ridge Trail and then back to the beginning. Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT at the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@gmail.com. (Upper Cumberland)

Mar 26. Chapter Meeting.  Joint meeting with the Friends ..More.. Chapter Meeting.  Joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs State Natural Area.  Dinner at 5:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street,Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Dennis Horn will present a  spring wildflower program.     (Highland Rim)

Mar 27. Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  ..More.. Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at  Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m or meet at Visitor’s Center at 9:30 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Mar 28. Mar 28 – Cumberland Trail DevilsBreakfast Table ..More.. Mar 28 – Cumberland Trail DevilsBreakfast Table to Turkey Creek.  This is a 9 mile moderate to strenuous hike along Daddys Creek and Obed River requiring a car shuttle. Pack your lunch and bring water.   Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:30 am meeting Fairfield hikers at 7:45 am at the Peavine/Stonehenge 4-way stop. Carpool cost is $8. Pack water, snacks and lunch.   (Plateau)

Mar 29. Camping and Hiking, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, ..More.. Camping and Hiking, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Good Friday Hike.  Lookout Tower Trail and Bird Mountain Trail Loop. 8 miles.  Steep.  Moderate. Trailhead located at the back of Big Cove Campground.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Awesome vistas.  Fascinating geologic formations at Castle Rock.   Hike leaders are Joan Hartvigsen and Sara Pollard.  Camping at Flat Fork Primitive Group Camp Site on March 29 and March 30. Email Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, to reserve a space in the Flat Fork Group Campsite.  Register for the Good Friday hike with Joan or Sara Pollard, sarabpollard@gmail.com. (Highland Rim)

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