Upcoming Chapter Meetings

May 2. Sumner Trails

May 3. Columbia/Franklin

May 17. Clarksville

May 19. Plateau

May 23. Highland Rim

7-day Hike Schedule


4/22-
5/20. The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking ..More.. The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking endurance event that is open to everyone of all ages. Hikers will be placed on designated trails where the Laurel blooms and journey through two national p[arks, several State Parks and State Natural Areas, along with a few hidden gems. The Marathon begins April 22nd and runs through May 20th with awards of completion presented and celebrated at the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival, Saturday May 21st, 2016. Registration is free. (Big South Fork)

4/22-
5/20. The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking ..More.. The Mountain Laurel Hiking Marathon is a hiking endurance event that is open to everyone of all ages. Hikers will be placed on designated trails where the Laurel blooms and journey through two national p[arks, several State Parks and State Natural Areas, along with a few hidden gems. The Marathon begins April 22nd and runs through May 20th with awards of completion presented and celebrated at the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival, Saturday May 21st, 2016. Registration is free. (Big South Fork)

May 3. Chapter meeting, starting at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant, ..More.. Chapter meeting, starting at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant, in Jackson. (Jackson)

May 3. Greenway Farms.  Approximately 4 miles. Easy.  ..More.. Greenway Farms.  Approximately 4 miles. Easy.  Meet at parking lot across from dog lot at 9 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

May 7. Stones River Greenway from Wave Country Trailhead ..More.. Stones River Greenway from Wave Country Trailhead to Kohl’s, Trailhead; 4.9 miles, easy, add 0.5 miles if you want to walk across the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼52 miles to trail head.   (Clarksville)

May 7. Black mountain is a 10.8 mile loop near Crab Orchard, ..More.. Black mountain is a 10.8 mile loop near Crab Orchard, TN.  The parking address is 3004 Owl Roost Road, Crossville TN 38555 and the hike is rated as moderate. There are old stone chimneys, spring house, and great views of the valley. Meet at 6:30 am at Tollgate Medical Building in Thompson station, located on Columbia Ave. Please have plenty of water, good hiking boots, snacks, lunch. Change of clothes.  Contact: Robert Consalvo – 615.519.5584 or rconsalvo@aol.com.   (Columbia/Franklin)

May 7. Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls, GSMNP. This ..More.. Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls, GSMNP. This hike will be along Lynns Camp Creek and is rated moderate.  The trail gains about 1100 feet and is on an old railroad bed with about a 5.5 percent grade.  At about mile two we will see an old vehicle, not much left of it.  According to someone who worked at the CCC camp the vehicle is an old Cadillac that belonged to the supervisor and when it quit running it was pushed off the road and left to rust away.  At about mile three are the remains of the Middle Prong CCC Camp.  The one-way distance to the falls is slightly less than 4 miles.   For carpooling, we will meet at Central Baptist Church in Bearden and leave there at 8:30am ET.  Another meeting place will be in Maryville’s Brown’s Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic and we will leave there at 9:00am ET.  Be sure to bring snacks, drink, and dollars for carpooling.  Please pre-register with Rosie. (East Tennessee)

May 7.  Lost Creek Overlook Trail plus a section of ..More..  Lost Creek Overlook Trail plus a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail.  Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  Four miles, easy.  This hike offers many views of beautiful Tims Ford Lake as we follow the trail over rolling hills through a hardwood forest.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring hiking sticks.  We will meet at 8:00 a.m. CT at the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center Parking Lot.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. (Highland Rim)

May 7. Short Springs State Natural Area. Tullahoma. Machine ..More.. Short Springs State Natural Area. Tullahoma. Machine Falls Loop Trail. 1.6 miles rated moderate. Depending on the water level of the river, the hike to the bottom of the falls can be on a narrow trail.  Bring water, snacks and wear good hiking shoes. After the hike, we will go to a local restaurant for lunch. (Murfreesboro)

May 7. Pinson Mounds State (Archaeological) Park, near Jackson, ..More.. Pinson Mounds State (Archaeological) Park, near Jackson, TN.  Less than 6 miles. Easy.  Two hours west of Nashville.  This 1300 acre park contains 17 Native American mounds from the Middle Woodland period. There are six miles of flat trails with many interconnections, so we probably won’t do all of them.  Option for after the hike: Locate some West Tennessee barbeque.  (Nashville)

May 7. Bald River Falls. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks. ..More.. Bald River Falls. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots.  (Plateau)

May 7. Hwy 111 to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 7 miles.  ..More.. Hwy 111 to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m. (Soddy Daisy)

May 7. Charlie’s Bunion - Hike begins at Newfound Gap ..More.. Charlie’s Bunion - Hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion. The hike is 8 miles with an optional sidetrip to the Jump-off, making the hike 9 miles. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous. Contact Gary Kimbrell for information and to register.  (Upper Cumberland)

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The Tennessee Trails Association is a non-profit (501c3) organization, founded in 1968, whose mission is to promote the development of a state wide system of hiking trails.

Throughout the year, TTA members enjoy the many hiking opportunities afforded by the hundreds of miles of Tennessee Trails. You can do the same. If you like to hike, or think you would, check out our calendar and come hike with us!

Many TTA members also volunteer their time and energy to build and maintain trails on both public and private land throughout Tennessee. If you would like to be a part of this great effort, check out our volunteer opportunities and come work with us!


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