The Columbia/Franklin, Highland Rim, and Murfreesboro chapters have put together a great program of hikes for this year.  We hope you come and enjoy the wonderful places that the Monteagle and South Cumberland area has to offer.


Meadow Trail, behind South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center. Monteagle, TN 2 mile loop. Easy.

The University of the South Campus Walk. Sewanee, TN Easy.

FRIDAY, Oct 13

Fiery Gizzard Fall Color Hike. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a stop and go nature hike on the Fiery Gizzard Trail from Foster Falls to the Laurel Gorge. Many sweeping panoramic overlooks are featured including some off trail. This is a very easy 6 miles roundtrip. Leave at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Sycamore Falls Hike. Fiery Gizzard Trail. Features Chimney Rocks, Little Fiery Gizzard Creek, cascades, Blue Hole, Sycamore Falls. 2.6 miles round trip. Moderate due to roots, eroded trail, rocks and boulder field. Sara Pollard. Depart at 1:30 p.m.

Shakerag Hollow Hike including Piney Point Overlook. Sewanee Perimeter Trail. Hike Leader Jan Safavi. Hike the entire length of Shakerag Hollow from Roark’s Cove Road to eastern University Gates with a spur trail out to Piney Point Overlook. Total mileage: 4 miles. Moderate. 450 ft. elevation change. This hike omits the climb up the cliff to Green’s View. Requires a vehicle shuttle. Depart at 1:00 p.m.


Collins Gulf Overlooks Hike. State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath has made special arrangements to access this trail section at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. This easy 6 mile roundtrip features overlooks into a real wilderness gorge. The pace will be leisurely with lots of stops for photos and nature study. Leave at 9:00 a.m. CT

Stone Door Trail, Big Creek Rim Trail, Laurel Trail Loop Hike. Features Laurel Falls and the Great Stone Door Overlook. Total mileage. 7.0 miles. Flat terrain. Leader, Tony Jones. Moderate. Depart at 8:30 a.m.

Lost Cove Cave Hike. Carter State Natural Area. Buggytop Cave and Peter Cave. 4.5 miles. 640 ft. elevation change. Strenuous. Cannot enter caves because bats are hibernating. Cynthia Crysdale hike leader? Leave at 8:30 a.m.

Cloudland Canyon State Park. Trenton, Georgia. Overlook Trail, Waterfalls Trail, West Rim Trail. 7 miles. Moderate. Hike Leader Joan Hartvigsen. Leave at 8:00 a.m.

Big Creek Gulf Trail, Ranger Creek Falls, Alum Gap, Big Creek Rim Trail. 7.2 mile loop. Challenging. 700 ft. elevation change. Rocky footing. Steep ascent. Rated moderate to strenuous. Beautiful, interesting hike through a gorge with a lovely waterfall, cascading creek and great overlooks Marietta Poteet. Depart 8:00 a.m.

Savage Day Loop and South Rim Trail to visit base of Savage Falls and Savage Falls Overlook. Savage Gulf. 5.2 mileage, total. Easy. Features cascading Savage Creek lined with hemlocks, a visit to the plunge pool of Savage Falls, the overlook of Savage Falls and Rattlesnake Point Overlook. Jim Poteet, hike leader. Depart 8:30 a.m.

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area. 7.5 total miles. Steep. Strenuous. One section of trail is slick. We will go in on the Tennessee side and come out on the Alabama side. Cindy Watson and Gary Kimbrell. Depart 8:00 a.m.

Grundy Forest Day Loop. Easy. 2 mile loop. South Cumberland State Park. Features giant hemlocks and views of waterfalls, cascades, and the junction of the Big and Little Gizzard Creeks. Nabil Wakid, hike leader. Depart at 9:00 a.m.

Sewanee Perimeter Trail - The Cross - to Proctors Hall - to Morgan's Steep, Bridal Veil Falls, Acadian Trail, Central Campus. 6+ miles. Moderate. Hike Leader: Michael Glennon. Start at the Cross, a very large white Memorial Cross overlooking Hawkins Cove. The first part of the hike involves a walk beneath massive rock walls and overhangs (a favorite of rock climbers). The trail goes under and passes behind a waterfall. At about halfway the trail goes through Proctors Hall - a natural stone tunnel with old inscriptions carved in the stone. The trail passes directly through the Hall and out the other side. It is a little bit of a climb down, but is easily done with a helping hand. After another small stream crossing the trail climbs a set of stairs which leads up to the top of the bluff at Morgan‘s Steep‖ with another great view into the valley. The trail was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930‘s. Allow for a total of about 1-1/2 hours to Morgan's Steep. From Morgan‘s Steep the trail continues on along the cliff, crosses a stream, and then begins the descent down the mountain one mile to Bridal Veil Falls. The falls is located at the edge of a large sink. The stream emerges from the side of the mountain, cascades 25 feet and then drops as far again and disappears into the bottom of a great pit. The Acadian Loop trail allows for a return to Morgan‘s Steep via an alternate trail up the mountain. After ascending the plateau we return along the Perimeter Trail back to Morgan Steep taking in Clara‘s Point View and a section of the Corso. Total time estimate of 2+ hours for the Bridal Veil and Acadian Trail Loop section. At Morgan‘s Steep we will begin a hike back to the War Memorial Cross via a walking tour of the central campus taking in the sights of the many historic buildings on campus. reminiscent of the gothic tradition of Oxford and Cambridge: All Saint‘s Chapel, Breslin Tower, Convocation Hall, Guerry Hall, and Saint Luke‘s Chapel. The last mile or so is along the Tennessee Williams Trail back to the Memorial Cross.

Cumberland Trail, Rock Creek Section. 8 miles. Moderate. Sara Pollard, hike leader. Depart 7:30 a.m.

Raven Point, Anderson Falls, Showcase of Fiery Gizzard Reroute. 4 miles round trip. Strenuous. Naullain Kendrick, hike leader. The rerouted section drops down over the bluff and into the Gorge. Along the reroute we will enjoy gorgeous views of eighty foot Anderson Falls and the Gorge. Many stone steps, staircases, suspension bridges. TTA donated money to purchase a rock hoist to place the stone steps. Hike departs at 9:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, Oct 30

Greeter Falls, Alum Gap Hike. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a tour of his favorite waterfall area with a bonus overlook into Big Creek Gulf. This is an easy 5 miles with stop and go nature hike pace. Departs at 9:00 a.m.

Chickamauga Battlefield Civil War Hike, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Four miles, easy. Historian James Ogden, National Park Service, will lead this Civil War History Interpretive Hike. The hike will be a combination of pedestrian and equestrian trails and paved roads. Some sections could be muddy. Wear your hiking boots and bring water and lunch. Because Chickamauga Battlefield is on Eastern Time we must depart at 7:30 a.m. CT. Our leader is Joan Hartvigsen. The hike is 10:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET. (approximate)

Horsepound Falls Hike. South Cumberland State Park. Collins Gulf West. Gruetli-Laager, TN. 5 miles out and back. Moderate due to a boulder field to cross and steep ascent/descent. Marietta Poteet is leading this beautiful geology/waterfalls hike. We will see two spectacular waterfalls: Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls. Hike leader: Marietta Poteet. Depart at 8:00 a.m.

Short Springs State Natural Area, Machine Falls and Rutledge Falls. 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma, TN. Moderate due to rough terrain. Hike leader – Cindy Watson. Cindy grew up hiking to Machine Falls in Short Springs SNA. Depart at 8:30 a.m.

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN. 4 miles. Moderate. We will enjoy an autumn hike along the cascading waters of the Duck River in dense forests of mature oaks, hickories and yellow poplars. We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone and Little Duck Loop and the Old River Channel Trail. On the Backbone Trail we will walk along a high ridgeline looking down onto the tops of the trees. We will see the confluence of the Little Duck and the Duck River on the Forks of the River Trail. Along the Little Duck Loop we will see tall limestone bluffs bordering the river. Hike Leader, Jan Safavi. Depart 8:00 a.m.

Denny Cove, Denny Falls and Foster Falls Overlook. South Cumberland State Park. Naullain Kendrick hike leader. Three miles strenuous. Denny Cove is South Cumberland State Park’s newest addition. Denny Falls, 70 ft. scenic waterfall. Depart 8:30 a.m.


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