Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Apr 7. Columbia/Franklin

Apr 7. Jackson

Apr 9. Plateau

Apr 21. Clarksville

7-day Hike Schedule


Mar 28. Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, ..More.. Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles;meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼50 miles to trail head.  (Clarksville)

Mar 28. Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Old Stone ..More.. Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester. Combined Hikes about 3.5 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 at the Old Stone Fort State Park to have our lunch after which we will hike the 1.5 mile Little Duck River Trail. We will meet at 8:00 am CT in the Tollgate Village parking lot, which is on Columbia Ave just north of I-840 in front of the Tollgate medical center. We will leave promptly at 8:15 am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Please bring a lunch and drinks. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register contact Fred Warner. (Columbia/Franklin)

Mar 28. Norris Lake - River Bluff Trail.  We will begin ..More.. Norris Lake - River Bluff Trail.  We will begin our hike at the trail head on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris Lake.  The walk along the river is relatively flat and easy.  Then we will go up the bluff to make a loop.  The total distance will be approximately 4.5 miles.  For carpooling, we will meet at Ingles, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville at 9am ET.  This is a short, easy hike and we may stop on the way back for lunch or beverages.  Be sure to bring $$$$ for carpooling.  Pre-register with Rosie. (East Tennessee)

Mar 28. Collins River Float.  Contact Dick McClure for ..More.. Collins River Float.  Contact Dick McClure for information:  dickmcclure39@gmail.com  931-598-0063 (Highland Rim)

Mar 28. Horsepound Falls Hike, Collins West, Savage Gulf State ..More.. Horsepound Falls Hike, Collins West, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN.  5 miles out and back.  Difficult. Very Rocky.  Marietta Poteet will lead this beautiful hike along the Collins Gulf Trail to two awesome waterfalls:  Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Wildflowers should be plentiful along this trail in late March.  Although this hike is not long there is a difficult section of the trail where there is a steep descent to Suter Falls then some rock hopping descending down to the Collins River.  Please have good hiking boots, hiking poles, water, snacks and lunch.  We will eat lunch at Horsepound Falls.  Call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email her at nannietta@blomand.net to register. (Highland Rim)

Mar 28. Big Hill Pond SP. We will hike a loop around ..More.. Big Hill Pond SP. We will hike a loop around the larger lake at Big Hill Pond State Park, a distance of about 8 miles.  We will carpool from Panera at 8 am and begin the hike from the boat dock shortly about 9:30 am. To register or obtain additional information, please contact Sara. (Jackson)

Mar 28. Petite Jean State Park, Arkansas Weekend of March ..More.. Petite Jean State Park, Arkansas Weekend of March 28/29.March 28, 9AM Saturday at 9am, meet at Seven Hollows Trail head for a moderate 4.5 mile hike.  Other activities are planned. Contact ttamemphis@gmail.com for details/questions.   (Memphis)

Mar 28. Long Hunter State Park, 6 miles, easy,  the 4-mile ..More.. Long Hunter State Park, 6 miles, easy,  the 4-mile Day Loop Trail, with 2 additional miles added on Volunteer Trail.  These trails wind along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake and wander through hardwood forest, cedar glades, and interesting rock outcroppings.  Do terms like “karst topography “or “brachiopod fossils” get you wondering?  How about interesting lake views and perhaps some waterfowl and the arrival of springtime?  A biography of J. Percy Priest will be offered as a bonus feature. The hike location is very close to Nashville and easy to get to – about 6 miles south of I-40 via Mt. Juliet exit 226.  We will meet at the Baker’s Grove Parking lot at 9:20 rain or shine.  (Marked as “Volunteer Trail” on road sign)  The hike will follow the Day Loop Trail along the waterfront until the 2.5 mile mark where we will venture along the Volunteer Trail, following lake’s edge for almost another mile.  Then we’ll turn back to the Day Loop Trail and return via woodlands for the final couple of miles.  We will finish before lunch-time, so you may enjoy your own picnic at one of the state park spots, or journey on, knowing that while you may not be a long hunter, you sure are a 6-mile Saturday hiker!    (Nashville)

Mar 28. Sgt Alvin C York Historic Park & Home in Fentress ..More.. Sgt Alvin C York Historic Park & Home in Fentress County and Cordull Hull Birthplace State Park Bunkham Cave Trail and Birthplace in Pickett County.  3.5 miles easy to moderate hike led by Willie Beaty (Plateau)

Mar 28. Lula Lake.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy ..More.. Lula Lake.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

Mar 28. March 28 - Narrows of the Harpeth - 2 miles -easy,  ..More.. March 28 - Narrows of the Harpeth - 2 miles -easy,  The Harpeth River in a 5 mile loop nearly curves back on itself.  Back in the early 1800's Montgomery Bell, using slave labor, dug a 290 foot tunnel through the bluff to bring water to power a mill to support his iron ore operation.  Although the mill is gone the tunnel is still there and a nice waterfall can be seen on the downstream side of the tunnel.  This historical hike will take us along the river to the site of the mill, then we will backtrack and proceed to the upstream side of the tunnel to see where the water enters - then ascend the bluff for some awesome views.  We usually see a good variety of wildflowers along the river this time of year so bring your wildflower book.  After the hike we'll have lunch at Carl's Perfect Pig in White Bluff.  Meet at the Presybertian Church in Hendersonville at 9:AM CT or at the trailhead at the Harris-Street Bridge at 10:AM CT.  For further info contact Tunnel Boy Al. (Sumner Trails)

Mar 28. Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National ..More.. Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN. Part of this trail is not maintained, and includes rock scrambling near the top. The hike is 8 to 9 miles and is rated strenuous. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.  (Upper Cumberland)

Mar 31. Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  ..More.. Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

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