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In compliance with CDC coronavirus guidelines, all TTA organized hikes and group events are cancelled until further notice.

Statement from TTA President:

As with each of you, we have been closely monitoring the daily changes in the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. During the past week we have listened to the recommendations outlined. To slow the spread The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America recommends avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people. The health and safety of our members is at the forefront of our minds. We believe it is important to adhere to the best practices suggested by the Department of Health and CDC. Tennessee State Parks remain open at this time to visitors to hike/exercise as you chose; however, all park-hosted events from March 16 to March 31, 2020 are cancelled. If you chose to hike we encourage you to take your own soap-sanitizers as public restrooms can run out at times. 

Therefore, Tennessee Trails Association Board of Directors request that our clubs and members follow the recommended protocol and cancel all TTA hikes and group events until further notice.

Mary Etta Ward
TTA President
March 18, 2020

 

Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Mar 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2020 **  

3/26
Thu

TTA

*** EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 03-26-2020 ***
Due to recent storm damage and flood stages in the park, thru hiking of the Fiery Gizzard is no longer accessible. The bridge connecting the Grundy Forest Day Loop and the Fiery Gizzard is severely damaged and washed out. The Grundy Forest Day Loop will remain open, however access to the Fiery Gizzard trail is closed. The Fiery Gizzard starting from Foster Falls will remain opened, but it will be closed off just past Small Wilds Campground. Please help us out by limiting hiking and access to just the open sections of trails, and stay off The closed sections.

South Cumerlsand State Park

3/28
Sat

Clarksville

Canceled


 

Paula  Sanders 954-993-5541

3/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Dam - River Bluff Trail.  We will park at the trailhead on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris River, less than two miles each way.  The walk along the river is relatively flat. Where we will turn around the trail goes up the bluff to make a loop.  Some may want to walk the loop.  The total distance, about 4 miles, is about the same either way. The hike difficulty is rated as easy.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet at the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am and stop at Ingles Market, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville, leaving at 9:15 am for those that prefer to meet there. Also, you may meet us at the southeast end of the Wal-Mart parking lot at the I-75 / State 61 intersection near Norris, leaving there at 9:45 am. This is a short hike.  On the way home, depending on the time, we may stop for lunch and/or beverages at a place near I-75 at Clinton, Harrisons Grill.  For additional information on this hike, contact Tom Cressler before March 27th.  If you want to meet us at the trailhead take I-75N to exit 122; turn right on TN-61; about 1.4 miles turn left on to US 441 and proceed across the dam; turn left on to Dabney Road, the first road on the left after the second hair-pin turn, staying left, going downhill, to the parking area.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-588-5622

3/28
Sat

Memphis

Mar 28, Big Hill Pond State Park near Pocahontas, TN
 
Parts of Big Hill Pond, Tuscumbia and Dry Ridge Trails. 8-mile loop. Moderate to moderately difficult. We will meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot above the boat dock. The hike begins at the boat dock on Travis McNatt Lake. After 2.5 miles of rolling hills, we come to the half-mile long boardwalk across Dismal Swamp. The next 0.7 miles goes up a fairly steep hill to the fire tower where we will have lunch. After lunch we have another 4 miles of mostly moderate hills until we finish back at the boat dock. Good boots are suggested due to a sometimes swampy area near the end of the hike. If you sometimes use hiking sticks, this is probably a trail where you’ll want to bring them. Be sure to bring plenty to drink and food for your lunch. Rain will cancel. For information contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net or 901-385-1988 (land line; do not text).

3/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cancelled. Bear Creek Backcountry Loop Trail. Cloudland Canyon State Park. Trenton, Georgia. 8 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. The focus of Cloudland Canyon State Park is a deep gorge carved by Sitton Gulch Creek. The Bear Creek Backcountry Trail drops down from the East Rim of the gorge to cross Bear Creek. This hike takes us into seldom seen areas, offering several beautiful vistas of the East and West Rims of the gorge and fascinating geology. Consider bringing water shoes for crossing Bear Creek. Bring water, snacks and lunch. We will meet the Highland Rim Chapter hikers at 7:45 am Central Time at Monteagle Elementary School or 9:00 am Central Time at the Cloudland Canyon State Park Visitor Center. To register or for information on the carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

 

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

3/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 28, Saturday- A 7 mile moderately strenuous hike on Soak Creek between Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead and the Piney River Trailhead. Vehicle staging required. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 8:30 am. Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland


CANCELLED

March 28, 2020 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 very 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 garykimbrell1@gmail

 

Gary

3/30
Mon

Sumner Trails

 

Monday, March 30, Spring Wildflower Hike on the Jones Mill Trail (Long Hunter State Park) Easy to moderate. Join us on the trail as it meanders through several cedar glades and wooded trails and boasts an impressive array of spring wildflowers. We’ll hike the outer loop which ascends Bald Knob, the highest overlook on Percy Priest Lake and circle back for a 3.5 mile trek. While we will keep the hike moving, there will be occasional stops to observe various Spring wildflowers that are in early bloom. Be advised this is also a mountain bike trail, and the occasional bike(s) get first right of way. Carpool will leave the Glenbrook Kroger at 8:45 am, or meet us at Jones Mill Trail head at 9:30 am, located at 9933 Barnett Road, Mt Juliet TN (use this address as trail head is a different location than main entrance to the park). We’ll have lunch at the Margarita House Mexican Restaurant before carpooling home. Contact Jenny Fitzgerald at (615) 517-8185 or mrzfitz@gmail.com with questions. Hope you can join us! 

 

Jenny Fitzgerald  (615) 517-8185 
mrzfitz@gmail.com

3/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 31, Tuesday- Glen Falls- Will start from the parking lot across from Ruby Falls. 4 to 5 miles round trip. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am or at trailhead at 9:00 Hike leader- Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

    ** April 2020 **  

4/1
Wed

Plateau

CANCELLED
Piney Falls, Grandview, TN and Twin Rocks Nature Trail, Spring City, TN. 
Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls.  The climb down and back to Lower Piney Falls is steep on a side trail.  The trail also features a rock climb with the assist of a rope and a water crossing.  Twin Rocks trail is 2-3 miles depending if you do the loop or in/out. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 7:30am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South. Carpool cost is $3.   

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

4/4
Sat

Clarksville

Canceled




Clarksville Greenway from Marys Oak Drive access, out and back, to Pollard Road access, 4.0 total miles, easy; meet 8:30
A.M. CT at the Marys Oak Drive access. Note: In previous years we have met at Pollard Road access.

 

 

 

 

Carol Segura 931-801-9484

 

4/4
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxille - Seven Islands State Birding Park.  Join us on this easy 5+ mile hike.   This park is a premier birding destination for more than 190 species of bird sightings.  We’ll hike along the French Broad River and then enjoy lush beautiful grassland.  The many views may include our own Smokies.   Seven Islands became Tennessee’s 56th State Park in 2013.  We’ll also cross the newly built pedestrian bridge.   Don’t miss out on this great hike.  We’ll meet at 10 AM at the parking area of the Cracker Barrel (Strawplains exit).  It’s a short drive to Seven Islands.  If you have any questions, contact Lesley.

Lesley Price
865-254-1193
lesley.p616@gmail.com

4/4
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series. Park History Day. Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park and Pickett State Park near Jamestown. We’ll meet at Alvin C. York State Park, where the rangers and reenactors will be doing WWI living history demos all day. There is a $5 fee if you’d like to tour the Sergeant’s house and then about a half mile walk across the field to the gravesite.  We can also walk across the road a little bit to the creek and old mill. Then we’ll drive over to the Pickett State Park Visitors Center.  We can see the CCC Museum, then walk the Natural Bridge Trail (1 mile easy).  Bring snacks, lunch, water, and your Tennessee State Park Passport book! Please RSVP by email to Jeanne Conatser at djconatser@comcast.net in case we cancel for weather.

 

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

4/4
Sat

Nashville

The Jack Clayborn Millennium and the Merritt Ridge Loops in Edgar Evins State Park.  The double loop is 7.5 miles long and not "that" strenuous."Laid out by the Tennessee Trails Association, it offers a rugged, challenging hike on land managed by Tennessee State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers. Set on the peninsula of Center Hill Lake, the Millennium Trail traverses formerly settled land, rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs, and lush wooded hollows. This is a challenging hike, no doubt about it. When the Tennessee Trails Association laid out this path, they wanted to take hikers to all of the highlights found on this hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake. They met their goal. But to visit all these points and stay on public land, the Millennium Trail had to make some serious twists and turns and ups and downs. But every step is worth it. Be well rested and adventurous in spirit when tackling this trail, then you will have a good time. "From: "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles- Nashville" by Johnny Molloy. 

Karl Dupre,  (615) 207-2250 or karld@comcast.net

4/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 4, Saturday-- We will hike the Beach Bottom Trail (9.1 miles) near Dalton, Ga on Saturday, 4/4/20. Strenuous because of length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. If you have not done this hike you are in for a real treat. It is the one trail that goes to Jacks River Falls without multiple stream crossings. Hike Leader- Betsy Darken-423-718-2060

Betsy Darken-423-718-2060

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED

April 4, 2020 Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. Highlights of this hike include Horsepound and Suter Falls, numerous overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach Road built in the 1830s. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail to Suter and Horsepound Falls. (Those wanting a shorter hike can return to the beginning from Horsepound Falls for a total hiking distance of 5 miles which is rated moderate). We will continue by ascending from the gulf on the Stagecoach Road and then follow the Collins Gulf loop to the beginning. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, headlamp, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information about the hike, carpool information if you’re coming from the Cookeville area, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

4/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 7, Tuesday- Trip to Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama near Desoto State Park. We will hike several short trails to view the spring wildflowers and the exceptional falls. The hike will be led by a ranger from the park. Meet at the Brown’s Ferry Rd exit parking lot at 8:30 am. Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443

Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443

4/8
Wed

Plateau

Virgin Falls Natural Area, Sparta, TN.  SHORT HIKE:  5 mi in/out with a stream crossing to Big Laurel Falls (30-foot waterfall).  LONG HIKE:  This is a 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls and Sheep Cave Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike with much up and down hiking. There is a possibility the water at the stream crossing may be a little high so bring water shoes.  Depart 7:30am CDST from Tractor Supply on West Ave.  Carpool cost is $4.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Monthly Meeting. Meeting held6pm in the First Methodist Church Annex on Neecham St. Meet for dinner at 4:30pm Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant,72 Woodmere Mall, Crossville, TN. Speaker Bobby Fulcher. 

Please let Norm know you are coming to dinner, (772) 529-9243.

4/10
Fri

Murfreesboro

Good Friday. Frozen Head State Park. Wartburg. 8 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We’ll take the North Old Mac Trail and South Old Mac Trail Loop with a visit to the Lookout Tower. There is an 1,800 feet elevation change. The Lookout Tower rises just above the tree line and allows for a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This hike features spring wildflowers, hemlocks, creeks and an abandoned CCC dynamite shack. To register or for information on the carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

4/11
Sat

Clarksville



Canceled

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Green’s View along the Perimeter Trail to Piney Point Trail; hike out and back to Piney Point; return to Green’s View via Beckwith’s Point; 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I24 exit 11 Park & Ride, near Subway; 129 miles to trail head

 

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/11
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Beaman Park - Joelton, TN
New 6-mile trail.  Beaman Park is opening a new 6-10 mile trail loop.  We will be taking the 6-mile loop.  The announcement will be presented by the "Friends of Beaman Park at the end of March 2020.  More news as it becomes available.  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Center in Thompson’s Station, TN at 8:00 a.m.  Anyone wishing to meet us at the trail head can meet us at Beaman Park at 9 a.m.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

4/11
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Porter Creek and Plemmons Cemetery.    Porter’s Creek is known for its spring wildflower displays, the varieties of wildflowers and native plants number between 30 and 40.  The foundation of the Cantwell house is on the right at mile 0.4. At mile 0.7 the trail crosses Long Branch. Up the hill from the bridge and to the right look for cement block steps leading up the bank to the Ownby Cemetery. There’s a skeleton of an old car to the right of the trail just beyond the cemetery. Once you leave the gravel road the trail becomes narrow and winds through deeply shaded forest dominated by hemlocks, magnolia and a heavy undergrowth of rhododendron.  The wildflowers thrive in the deep shade. At about 1.4 miles a crooked bridge of two split tree trunks forming an angle at a boulder about midway crosses Porter’s Creek. On the other side are lots of boulders, a great place for a break next to the creek. The variety of wildflowers picks up again after the footbridge, with wild ginger, white- and purple-fringed phacelia and many others carpeting the ground here and there among massive buckeye trees and soaring tulip poplars. If time permits we will visit Plemmons Cemetery near the intersection of Middle Fork and Porters Creek, where you turn to go toward Ramsay Cascade. Plemmons Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the Park. This additional hike adds about one mile and is relatively flat. The total distance is about 5 miles. The hike difficulty is rated as easy. 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.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and stop at the Cracker Barrel (Strawplains exit) and leave there at 9:00 am. Be sure to bring $$$ for carpooling. After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before April 10th.

Tom Cressler
865-588-5622
cressler@utk.edu

4/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Savage Gulf Waterfalls. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Gruetli-Laager, TN. About 14 miles and rated strenuous. This is a joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. Highlights of this hike include eight of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then join the Connector Trail which will take us to the Big Creek Gulf Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls, we will visit Upper Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. Bring water shoes in addition to snacks, water and lunch.  Contact Wayne Yancey for registration and ride sharing.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

4/11
Sat

Nashville


April 11 - Washmorgan Hollow & Beyond Wildflower Day Trip. Moderate, 3 or 6 miles. 
A profusion of wildflowers will provide the setting for this day trip both on the drive and on the trails. Washmorgan Hollow State Natural Area in Jackson County is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee and its relatively undisturbed forest supports a rarely matched spring wildflower population - we’re likely to see several dozen varieties blooming. The hike will not be interpreted but we will move at a pace that allows us to appreciate what we’re seeing as we approach the waterfall feeding the hollow’s stream. Next, we’ll visit and have a potluck lunch with a true friend of nature and community elder, Hector Black, who donated the land for Washmorgan. Hector has invited us to hike on his land afterwards. This second hike features 4 waterfalls of varying sizes and a hoodoo, Hardscrabble Pinnacle, carved by two streams that meet and tumble into the creek of our approach.

 For much of the time we’ll be on mostly dry rocky creek beds; they aren’t strenuous in terms of length or elevation change but include some rugged footing and at the end of the second segment there is a bit of rock hopping. An optional climb to the pinnacle is challenging. There could be a significant number of shallow creek crossings so hiking sandals may come in handy. Please let us know what you plan to bring to share during lunch – healthier choices are appreciated but not required. We’ll meet up in Nashville at 7:00 AM and expect to be on the road home by dinner time. 

 

 



 
 
 
 
 

Contact Mark Hubbard to coordinate: mark.hubbard@mhhub.us 615-715-1517.

4/11
Sat

Plateau

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard, Tracy City, TN.

LONG HIKE:  We will do an in/out 7-8 miles to Yellow Pines Falls on the Dog Hole Trail passing 3 other falls along the way.  SHORT HIKE:  In/out 4-5 mi. We begin at the Fiery Gizzard parking lot and take a rugged climb, for the first couple miles. Gas reimbursement is $8.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Depart 7:30 am CDST Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South, Crossville. 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 11, Saturday- An 11.2mile hike in and out on the Frog Mtn. Trail in the Ocoee area. Strenuous due to length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. Hike Leader is Tom McElhone-805-208-3400.

Tom McElhone-805-208-3400

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 11 - Savage Gulf WaterfallsSavage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. Highlights of this hike include eight of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then join the Connector Trail which will take us to the Big Creek Gulf Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls we will visit Upper Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. The hike is about 14 miles and rated strenuous. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s about 7:20, or at the Greeter Falls parking lot about 8:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

 Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

4/12
Sun

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - Emory Gap, Panther Creek, Judge Branch trails.   This is a Sunday hike.   Join us on a flower hike in the Cumberland Mountains.  We will park at the end of Flat Fork Road hike a portion of the Panther Creek trail and the entire Emory Gap trail to the falls.  On the Panther Creek trail we will go about 1.75 miles and gain about 250 feet, turn around and go back to the Emory Gap trail, losing about 200 feet.  The Emory Gap trail to the falls is about 1.0 mile and gains about 300 feet.  At the falls we will turn around and go back to the parking area, losing about 350 feet.  The total distance for this hike is about 4.5 miles.  If time and energy allow we will relocate and take a second hike on the Old Mack and Judge Branch trails.  This second hike is about 3.3 miles and gains about 300 feet by the turn around point.  All of the distances and elevation changes are estimates based on a topo map.  If we take both hikes the total distance is about 7.8 miles which is about average of most of our hikes. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate. 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.  We will meet in the Food City parking lot near the corner of Northshore Drive and Kingston Pike for car pooling and leave at 8:30 am stopping in Oak Ridge at Books-A-Million, 310 South Illinois Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  We will leave there at 9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there.  Be sure to bring $$$ for carpooling .  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before April 11th.

Tom Cressler
865-588-5622
cressler@utk.edu

4/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Kyle Hurt will be our speaker. He is a hiker who has worked as a park ranger and will be speaking about hiking with pets.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

4/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 14, 15, 16- Spring hiking trip to the Smokies

4/15
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail North Chickamauga Section, Soddy Daisy, TN.  LONG HIKE: Starting from the Barker Camp Rd trailhead we’ll hike 8.3 miles along and across Cooper Creek, bring water shoes. There is a nice overlook near Panther Branch. After descending several switchbacks we will cross Cooper Creek to Stephen’s Campground then past old mines to Montlake Rd Trailhead. SHORT HIKE: After dropping off the long hikers drivers will travel to the Montlake Rd Trailhead hiking in to meet the long hikers.  Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CDST.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/18
Sat

Clarksville

   

Canceled

 Hike to the Dedication Ceremony of the Red River East portion of the Clarksville Greenway, out and back, 2 total miles, easy;  The dedication Ceremony is between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM CT; TTA will have a booth at the Dedication; meet 9:30 AM CT, McGregor Park Cumberland Riverwalk Pavilion. This is where the flags are.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

4/18
Sat

Nashville

Stones River Greenway Hike (Donelson/ Hermitage, Tn) This moderate, 4-5 mile, hike includes rolling hills, a close-up walk at a historic mansion, and some time walking alongside Stones River.  It takes place on a paved greenway. 8:30 am start time. We will start at the greenway trailhead Our hike will first head north along the greenway with a slight detour to the Stone Hall mansion, and then up into metro owned parkland, the former Ravenwood country club golf course to the scenic crest of the hill and then back- about 2 miles.  Next we follow the greenway along Stones River, including some boardwalks and some interesting sights.  After a mile or so, retrace back to parking lot.   Trailhead at the parking lot of Kohl’s Hermitage, which is in Jackson Downs shopping plaza, just past Target.  From Briley Parkway exit 8, the driving distance along Lebanon Pike is 3.5 miles east. 

Tom Vickstrom:   615-405-6713   tomzinger55@gmail.com

4/18
Sat

Plateau

Standing Stone State Forest - Lake Trail, Hilham, TN. - Join us on a 5 mile wildflower hike around the Lake.  The park takes its name from a 12 foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey. Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel. Pack water, snacks and lunch (option: eat late lunch in Cookeville).  Carpool cost is $6. 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, John or Deb Martin, text/call 443-545-9135. 

4/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

April 18, Saturday- We will hike the Laurel/ Snow Falls Trail (9.6 miles) (with optional 1.4 miles to add on to Laurel Falls if desired by the hikers) Meet at the parking lot by the ball fields on Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Strenuous. Hike Leader-John Politte-423-304-8327

John Politte-423-304-8327

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED


April 18, 2020 Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail.  The view from the top is wonderful. We will lunch at the top and those who want a shorter hike can then retreat along the ridge top to the Spicewood Branch Trail for a total distance of about 9.1 miles.  Those wanting a longer hike can proceed to the Lookout Tower for some more great views from atop Frozen Head mountain returning via the North Old Mac trail for a total distance of 12 miles.  Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots.  Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  We will begin the hike from the Frozen Head ranger station around 9:00am CT.  You can meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information about the hike, carpool information if you’re coming from the Cookeville area, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or 
garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

4/19
Sun

Murfreesboro

Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. Sumner County. 1 mile rated easy. Join us for a Sunday afternoon stroll through Taylor Hollow to enjoy the wildflowers. This is an easy trail so we’ll head out around noon from Murfreesboro. If the Blue-Eyed Marys are at their peak, we’ll be in for something really special. Contact Jan Safavi for carpool information and meet up location.

Jan Safavi
safavi.jan@gmail.com
615-390-9146

4/21
Tue

Clarksville

Canceled

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville.

 

Philip Anderson, Chapter Chairperson 931-561-0925.

4/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 April 21, Tuesday-West half of Gahuti Loop at Fort Mountain State Park, moderate because of some rocks. Mostly downhill. About 4 miles. Meet at East Ridge Exit off I-75 behind the closed Wendy’s at 8:30 am EDT.  Will stage cars. Hike Leader is Joan Hartvigsen, 931-962-0811, home. 931-636-2914.,cell.  Email jhartvigs@comcast.net

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-961-0811 home
931-636-2914 cell

4/22
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville,  TN.  LONG HIKE:  8 mile loop on Cumberland Plateau Trail & Overnight Trail, Moderate; this hike will begin on the Cumberland Plateau Trail which loops through a diverse forest downstream from the dam along Byrd Creek.  It continues on Byrd Creek trail crossing over the Boy Scout bridge before intersecting with the Overnight trail. The Overnight Trail winds through the hills flanking Three-mile Creek and a diverse forest before returning back on the Cumberland Plateau Trail.  SHORT TRAIL:  In/out 4-5 miles.  Depart fromTrinity Tabernacle Church HY 127 South 7:30 a.m CDST.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/24-
4/26

Murfreesboro

CANCELLED                                                 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove. Camping and Hiking Weekend. Joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. The Cades Cove Campground group campsite has been reserved. There is room for 10 small tents on the tent pads with more space on the gravel. There is a picnic pavilion with tables, flush toilets and drinking water nearby. We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s hike will be a section of the Anthony Creek Trail. Saturday we will hike the Gregory Ridge Trail and Sunday we’ll hike to Abrams Falls and back. Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming. Friday evening we will share dinner at our campsite and Saturday we have the option of having dinner in Townsend. Reserve your spot soon because this camping trip will fill up. For information and to register contact Sara Pollard.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

4/25
Sat

Nashville

Collins Gulf Loop Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Gruetli-Laager, TN. 12 plus miles. Difficult due to distance, rocky terrain and elevation changes. We will hike past West Collins campground to the loop on the east side, passing Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Or, we may hike it in the other direction!  In addition to spectacular waterfalls this trail has awesome spring wildflowers. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Bring hiking sticks, sturdy hiking boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring water shoes for creek crossings and a head lamp.   Meeting Place: I-24 exit 59, Floor & Decor (former Target) Parking lot - 5420 Target Dr, Antioch, TN 37013.  Meeting Time: 7:00 AM  (Should be at trailhead around 9:00 AM).

Collins Gulf West Trailhead is searchable on navigation devices.

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085 (leave a message) 

4/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 25, Saturday-Virgin Falls Trail & Martha’s Pretty Point. 9.5 miles, strenuous. Meet at Durham St, Soddy Daisy 8:30- Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187

Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 25 - Soak Creek-Sting Fork Falls State Natural Area, Spring City,TN. 6.5 miles, Moderate++, requires shuttle.  Sting Falls Trailhead. We will descend to Sting Fork Falls and then follow Soak Creek to where it joins the Piney River. 3 good climbs along the way, with a lot of rock stair and switch backs. (Googl "Soak Creek" and you should be able to find a short video of the trail). There are 6 or more streams to rock hop on the trail. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, lunch and water. Meet at U.S. Bank, Hwy 111, across from McDonalds at 8am or at Sting Fork Falls Trailhead at 9:45am CT. For Information and to register text Judy 615.925.2382

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

Text Judy 615.925.2382

4/28
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Chapter Meeting.  REI, Brentwood TN.  7:00 pm.  Program:  Big Bend National Park Adventure.  In late January of this year 9 Nashville Chapter members traveled together to Big Bend National Park. On the way, some stopped in Austin and others spent time in San Antonio.  Big Bend is long way from anywhere!  It was the perfect time of year to visit this extreme southern Texas, desert environment.  Come and hear about their visit, and view photos of Chihuahuan desert life, historical pioneer settlements and ranches, the canyons and mountains of the Rio Grande Valley, and even a sojourn into Mexico. Bring a friend.  

 

 

Doug Burroughs: wm.doug.burroughs@gmail.com

4/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 28, Tuesday- Cumberland State Park- We will hike the Pioneer Short Loop and the Pioneer Trail for a total of 5 - miles. Lunch at the lodge afterward. Meet at the Durham St. parking lot in Soddy Daisyat 8:30 am. Hike leaders are Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

4/29
Wed

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate loop on the South Old Mac and Judge Branch trails. Long Hike:  6.5 mile moderate to strenuous loop on South Old Mac and North Old Mac.  Lots of wildflowers.  Depart 7:30am CDST from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED


May 5, 2020 Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, a huge rock outcrop with views all around.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. Bring snacks, headlamp, water, lunch, raingear and good hiking boots.  For information about the hike, carpool information, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

5/9
Sat

Nashville

Monte Sano State Park. Moderately strenuous. 5 or 8 miles. This park is uniquely located right in the city of Huntsville and features a combination of interesting geographic features and great views. Plans (subject to trail conditions) are to hike two combination routes based on the McKay Hollow and Stone Cuts trails (moderately strenuous for relatively steep inclines, rocky segments, and rugged footing.) We’ll likely encounter muddy segments and shallow water crossings so choose your footwear accordingly. We’ll meet up 7:00 AM and have lunch on the trail. Those interested will have dinner locally and should arrive back by around 7 PM.

Contact Mark Hubbard for meetup location and details: mark.hubbard@mhhub.us 615-715-1517

5/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Meeting 
Rock Island state Park

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

    ** June 2020 **  

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle.  Suck Creek Ramp to Raccoon Mountain Ramp.  9 miles.  West of Chattanooga in Marion County. Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek Boat Ramp to TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera.  We will see Osprey and Bald Eagles.  One year a river otter swam next to my kayak!  You must wear your PFD.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net , 931-962-0811 to register.  The address for the Suck Creek Boat Ramp is 1900 Suck Creek Road, Chattanooga.  

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Jeanne Conatser. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so dress in quick dry clothes. Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. You will need your hiking boots and hiking sticks. Bring water and a lunch. Save room for Kemp Ice Cream, sold inside the Park at the Marina.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
Jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

    ** October 2020 **  

10/16-
10/18

Murfreesboro

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Robbinsville, NC. Camping and hiking weekend.  Rattler Ford Group Camp Site #3 has been reserved. Save the date and more details will follow.

Jan Safavi
safavi.jan@gmail.com
615-390-9146

10/23-
10/25

TTA

2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.

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