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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Jun 22, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2018 **  

6/19
Tue

Clarksville

No monthly meeting.

N/A

6/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Black Mountain Loop.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Boodie Fox (423-842-1178)

6/20
Wed

Plateau

Fall Creek Falls- Prater Place Trail and Wheeler Farm Loop, Spencer, TN.  Prater Place trail is 6 moderate miles, total in and out, to Hemlock Falls. The farm loop is only 1.5 moderate miles with 400 ft elevation loss/gain to Medley Arch, a unique 90’ high arch/natural bridge, 120 foot tiered Wheeler Falls, and the remains of a bottomland farm.  Depart 8 AM CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on Hwy 127 South.  Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

6/21
Thu

Sumner Trails

 

June 21. Bledsoe Creek State Park. 400 Ziegler Fort Rd. Gallatin/High Ridge Trail/Shoreline Trail.   We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office Parking Lot at 9am and hike one easy loop of 2.4 miles (one hill) and continue on for those interested another 2.4 miles for a total of 4.8 miles.  Please bring water!


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031.

6/22-
6/24

Highland Rim

Roan Mountain State Park, near Johnson City, TN.  Camping, Cabin and hiking trip.    Contact  Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve a spot in the Group Campground or Cabin, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.  Famous for its Catawba Rhododendron gardens, forests of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir and Balds providing awesome views of surrounding mountains.  Friday we will hike the Raven Rock and Forest Road Trails Loop inside the park.  This trail is 1.4 miles and offers overlooks and wildflowers.  Saturday we will drive 8 miles south to Carvers Gap on the Appalachian Trail.  We will hike from Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff.    The hike is 6.7 miles out and back and includes the round-trip spur trail to Roan High Knob on the way and the spectacular Rhododendron Gardens.  Hikers wanting a shorter hike can park in the Gardens Parking Area and walk the Rhododendron Gardens 0.5 mile all-access trail and the 2 mile out and back Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff.  Sunday we will hike from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald, hiking across Round Bald and Jane Bald along the way.  4.8 miles there-and-back.  We will enjoy a community meal Friday evening after our hike at the Group Campsite.  Menu TBA.  Saturday we could dine at a nearby restaurant in the town of Roan Mountain

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

6/23
Sat

Clarksville

Annual Picnic (bring a dish); Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville; 4:00 P.M. CT until dusk.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645-2849

6/23
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP -  Old Sugarlands Trail to Stone Cabin Ruins -This hike has quite a bit of history.  There are lots of artifacts leftover from years ago, rock walls, and an old clock tower in an old CCC camp.  A side trail will take you to a cemetery.  At the end of this hike there are well-hidden remains of a stone dwelling 18 feet high.  It is thought to have been built by the CCC as a lodge.  It is only visible 200 feet away since it is well hidden in rhododrendon thickets.  Hike is six miles round trip.  Rated moderate.  Meet at Brown’s Creek Shopping Center in Maryville at 9:00 a.m.  Contact Carolyn Reeves for more information.

Carolyn Reeves
 865-399-2972
 crhiker03@gmail.com

6/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

No hike scheduled

6/23
Sat

Sumner Trails

Bledsoe Creek Work Day June 23: The Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park are starting a trail renovation project at the park on the high ridge trail, June 23, 2018 (which is Tennessee Promise Day) from 10 - 3

For more information contact: 
Sharon Armistead, President
Friends of Bledsoe creek state park
615-347-3639

skarmistead@charter.net

6/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

June 23 - Gregory Bald, Great Smoky Mountains - 12.4 Miles
Gregory Bald is a 10-acre grassy meadow famous for the flame azaleas that bloom atop the summit in mid-to-late June. We will begin our hike at the Gregory Ridge Trailhead (not the Gregory Bald Trail). We will cross three footbridges before reaching Backcountry Campsite 12, approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. At this point, the trail will climb roughly 2000 feet for the next 3 miles until we reach the Gregory Bald Trail junction. From here we will continue on to Gregory Bald Trail heading west for approximately 1.2 miles to the summit. We will have lunch at the summit, and return via the same trial for a total of 12.4 miles. This hike is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. Please contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu for meeting times and locations.

Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu 

6/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson, Tullahoma.   Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jack Jennings will present a program on Rutledge Falls.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

6/26
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Nashville Chapter Meeting.  7:00 - 9:00 PM.  REI Community Room, 261 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN. 
Raymond Myers will discuss section hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Doug Burroughs
nashville@tennesseetrails.org

6/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes trailhead to Rock Creek bridge and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Renee Grace (423-593-8128)

6/27
Wed

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park – Bird Mountain, Wartburg, TN.   We’ll hike 7.6 moderate sometimes strenuous miles with 1000’ elevation change making a loop on Lookout Tower West, North Bird Mountain and Bird Mountain Trails. https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/09-frozen-head.jpg  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot.Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

6/28
Thu

Sumner Trails

June 28. Bledsoe Creek State Park. 400 Ziegler Fort Rd. Gallatin. High Ridge Trail/Shoreline Trail.   We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office Parking Lot at 9am and hike one easy loop of 2.4 miles (one hill) and continue on for those interested another 2.4 miles for a total of 4.8 miles.  Please bring water!


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031.

6/30
Sat

Clarksville

   Harpeth River Canoe and Kayak Float, 13 miles; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; 42 miles to starting point.    

   

 

Bob Lyon 931- 648-2354

6/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area.  Tullahoma, TN.   Fifth Saturday Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net to let her know you can help.  Bring water and work gloves.  Several tasks are planned.  The jobs include replacing the rotten sign post on the Connector Sign, adding more stepping stones across the creek on the Machine Falls Loop Trail tracking right, saw stobs out of the trails, cut away the end of metal cable sticking out of the ground near telephone pole on Machine Falls Loop Trail, replace caps on bridge posts of Bobo Creek bridge.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

6/30
Sat

Murfreesboro

WINDOW CLIFFS STATE NATURAL AREA, 5.5 miles round trip, rated difficult.
Window Cliffs is located about 18 miles south of Cookeville near Burgess Falls State Park. There is a bluff that separates the upstream and downstream parts of Cane Creek and the bluff has eroded from both sides causing an opening to develop, which is how the name "Window Cliffs" came about.
There are eighteen creek crossings (9 in and 9 out) over Cane Creek so a pair of water shoes are recommended along with sturdy hiking boots. Bring hiking poles, lunch and plenty of water. Per State of Tennessee Regulations PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED within this natural area or on its trails. For more information contact Sara Pollard.

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

6/30
Sat

Plateau

Great Smokey National Park – Ramsey Cascades Cosby, TN.  We’ll hike the Ramsey Cascades Trail for 4 moderate to strenuous miles along Middle Prong creek to the 90’ cascades and back for 8 miles total and a 2300’ elevation change. Look for painted trillium, bee balm, rhododendron, mountain laurel, salamanders and tadpoles.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

6/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek. In and out.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

6/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

June 30 -Virgin Falls, DeRosset- This is an 8-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls, so the hike may be canceled or changed due to high water.  Therefore, register with hike leader to be informed of possible cancelation or changes. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:00.  For information and to register text Janet   931.644.1207.

 

Janet   931.644.1207.

 

    ** July 2018 **  

7/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Cravens House Loop, 3 miles

Will begin at upper Cravens house parking lot, climb to where the trail meets the Mountain Beautiful trail, turn right and meet the Bluff Trail. Those who wish may climb the steps to Point Park to take in the view. The hike continues to join the Cravens Loop trail back to the Cravens House. The hike is rated easy to moderate.  Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am or Craven’s House parking lot at 8:30. Rated moderate. Hike Leader:

Trish Appleton 332-5617

7/5
Thu

Sumner Trails

Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Ziegler Fort Rd,Gallatin, TN 37066

 


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031

7/7
Sat

Clarksville

Pennyrile State Park, 3 mile hike, moderate, and then swim; eat lunch at Park Restaurant; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 50 miles to trail head.  

 
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Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

7/7
Sat

Highland Rim

North Rim, Mountain Oak and North Plateau Trails.  Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  10 miles moderate.  The North Rim Trail and the North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf.  The North Rim Trail has more overlooks than any other trail on the South Cumberland plateau.  From these viewpoints we will see old growth forest in the bottom of the gorge and the junction of the three gulfs that make up the State Natural Area.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and obtain carpool information.  The trailhead address is 3157 State Route 399, Palmer, TN.

 

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

7/7
Sat

Murfreesboro

Hidden Springs Loop, Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 4.7 miles, rated easy. 
Hidden Springs is a very nice trail with diverse terrain. This trail was recently listed and one of the top 7 fast getaways in Middle Tennessee. Inclines are minimal and the pathway is easy walking.
Along the way we will see parts of the re-growth of the hard cedar forest that gives the park its name. There are also sections of the trail where you can see down into a cave system that runs under the park.
For time and information conact Jeanne Conatser

Jeanne Conatser
615-971-8894
djconatser@comcast.net

7/7
Sat

Nashville

Bryant Grove Trail, Long Hunter State Park2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076.  8 or 4 miles. Easy to Moderate. 8:00 a.m. This hike will begin at the trailhead in the Couchville Lake Day Use Area Two of Long Hunter State Park. The trailhead is near the playground on the right side of the parking area, and the trail heads east along the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake through cedar thickets, oak and hickory forests and cedar glades for 4 miles to reach the Bryant Grove Recreation Area, then back to the starting point. Options are 8 miles (to Bryant Grove Recreation Area and back)  or 4 miles (hike to 2-mile marker, then back). Terrain is flat and the trail surface includes gravel, rocks and dirt. 

 

Betty Magee at (615) 319-5394 or e-mail: monetfan455@yahoo.com.

7/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

July 7 Falling Water Falls State Natural Area, 3 miles

This hike starts on top of Signal Mtn. off of Glenway Ave
There is parking for maybe 4 cars. The trail leaves the road and goes down beside a rocky stream to Mabbitt Springs. Cross the spring and continue to the trail sign and turn left,  follow  the trail down along and across a creek which is no problem except after a big rain. The trial continues to the bluff and the top of Falling Water Falls.  Moderate. Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am.  

George Bonneau

7/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 

July 7 - Trillium Gap, Great Smoky Mountains  - 13.2 Miles
We will begin our hike at the Trillium Gap access trail and take it to Trillium Gap Trail (mile 0.15).  At the junction, we will continue on to Grotto Falls (mile 1.3), the only waterfall in the park that a person can walk behind.   From here we will continue on to the Brushy Mountain Trail junction (mile 2.9).  Those who are interested can take short hike to the top of Brushy Mountain.  From the trail junction, we will remain on Trillium Gap Trail for another 3.6 miles until we reach Mt. LeConte Lodge (mile 6.6).  We will return via the same trail for a total of 13.2 miles.  Those interested in a shorter hike may want to stop and have lunch on Brushy Mountain before returning to the trail head via Trillium Gap, for a hike of just over 6 miles. This hike is rated strenuous.  Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. The hike leader will be traveling from Oak Ridge, so please register to be informed of possible changes or cancellations.  You can meet for carpooling at the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00 CT 
 


jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

7/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

GUEST SPEAKER  TBA

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

7/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 July 10 Reflection Riding Loop, 3 miles

Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am or the nature center at 8:30. Easy.

 

Hike leader Trish Appleton 332-6517

7/12
Thu

Sumner Trails

Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park

          400 Ziegler Fort Rd

          Gallatin, TN 37066

 


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031

7/14
Sat

Clarksville

Cummins Falls State Park, hike and swim, 2 miles out and back, difficult; meet 8:00 A.M. CT; I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 119 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

7/14
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Roundtop Trail.  Join the hardy souls on a hike in the Smoky Mountains.  The hike is 7.5 miles and is generally easy, gaining about 850 feet in the first 2.4 miles then losing about 1550 feet in the next 5.1 miles for a total of 7.5 miles. There is one fairly steep descent and poison ivy in places on the trail – long pants might be appropriate. At the end of the trail we will have to wade across Little River.  We will take our time and at the end of the hike you can put your feet and body in the water while waiting for the transportation to return from Metcalf Bottoms. 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 leave a car at the Wye and start the hike at the trailhead on Wear Cove Gap Road near Metcalf Bottoms. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes and shoes to wade the creek, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to drink and a camera. We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am.  Don’t forget $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call or email Tom before the 13th, or leave a message.

Tom Cressler
865.974.4422
cressler@utk.edu
865.588.5622 (leave message)

7/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Paddle.  Shiloh Bridge to Dickey Bridge.  Kelso, TN.  7.4 miles.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Contact Tom Bentley at 931-455-5849, 931-273-6344, or htbentley@lighttube.net. Group activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. CDT at Shiloh Bridge on Champ Road in Kelso.  Elk River Canoe Rental in Kelso rents canoes and kayaks, 931-937-6886.

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net
931-455-5849
931-273-6344

7/14
Sat

Nashville

Honey Creek / Big South Fork National Recreation Area near Rugby TN. 5 miles. Strenuous.  This is a difficult hike through creeks, over boulders, and up steep and rugged terrain.  But, there will also be great overviews, waterfalls, and interesting geological features. Bring water, snacks/lunch, waterproof boots with ankle support, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food along the road back to Nashville. The total time commitment could be up to 12 hours: Driving up, hiking 5 difficult miles, dinner, and then driving back.  

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

7/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snoopers Rock to Natural Bridge and back. 6 miles RT

Park at the Snooper’s Rock parking area in Prentice Cooper State Forest. Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am. Moderate to strenuous.

John Politte

7/14
Sat

Sumner Trails

 

July 14  - Dunbar Cave Recovery Trail and Lake Trail, Clarksville, TN. 2.5 miles. Moderate. At Dunbar State Natural Area, we will hike the shaded Recovery Trail which has a small hill and will end the hike along the easy Lake Trail with a visit to the historic Dunbar Cave entrance. There we will see the site of the old dance floor where big bands like Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey played. Dunbar Cave is the 280th largest cave complex in the world. You may want to bring water and hiking poles and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  We will eat at Liberty Park Grill in Clarksville after the hike. Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 am CT for carpooling to Dunbar Cave. For more information call Ron or  Judy Jenkins at 615-403-0002.

Ron and  Judy Jenkins at 615-403-0002.

7/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 14 - Brushy Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains - 11.8 Miles
We will begin our hike following the Porters Creek Trail.  We will pass several old stone walls and the Ownby cemetery before reaching a footbridge (mile 1.0).  Those who want may take a short detour from here to visit the historic John Messer farm site.  Continuing along the Brushy Mountain Trail, we will begin are ascent up the northern slopes of Mt. LeConte.  After approximately 4.5 miles we will reach the Trillium Gap trail junction (mile 5.5).  Turning right and following the Brushy Mountain Trail will lead us through a tunnel of rhododendron and mountain laurel before reaching Brushy Mountain summit (mile 5.9).  Brushy Mountain offers spectacular views of the eastern flank of the Great Smokey Mountains, including Charlies Bunion and Greenbrier valley.  We will return along the same trail for a total of 11.8 miles.  Those interested in a shorter hike may choose to remain on the Porters Creek Trail following it past Fern Branch Falls to Backcountry Campsite 31 for a total of 7.4 miles. This hike is rated strenuous due to distance and elevation gain.  Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. The hike leader will be traveling from Oak Ridge, so please register to be informed of possible changes or cancellations.  You can meet for carpooling at the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00am CT.  For information and to register, contac

jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

Jeff Graves at jagraves 21@students.tntech.edu

7/15
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

Bowie Nature Area in Fairview, TN. – Sunday, July 15, 2018

We will start the hike at 2:00 pm.  We are planning the hike to be ~4.5 miles.  We’ll meet at shelter#2.  This is an easy to moderate hike that takes us through old growth hardwood and mixed pine forest.  We will cross little Turnbull Creek twice by footbridge and once by foot and Hickman’s branch.  This park contains 6 lakes, 5 are on our route - they are Lake Van, Hidden Lake, Upper Lake, Lake Byrd and Lake Anna.  Please wear water proof hiking boots and expect mud if we have had recent rain.  Hiking poles/sticks are recommended. Bring water on hike and snacks.  We will end our hike back at shelter#2.  Heavy rain or the threat of severe weather will cancel the hike plans.  Feel free to call me or email me at 931-286-5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com.  Thanks, hope to see you there.

Ray Edge:  931.286.5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com

7/17
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

7/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls Hike, 2.5 miles

Caney Creek Visitors Center to Fall Creek Falls and back. Can include a hike to bottom of falls. Easy to moderate 4 or 5 miles 

 Hike Leader Trish Appleton 332-6517

7/19
Thu

Sumner Trails

Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Ziegler Fort Rd,Gallatin, TN 37066

 


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031

7/21
Sat

Clarksville

Clarksville Greenway, 5.2 or 9.2 miles, easy to moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT at the end of Pollard Road.       

 

Dona Fondren 931-472-5185;


7/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door to Greeter Falls via Big Creek Gulf Trail and Alum Gap.  7 to 9 miles.  This is a joint hike with the Nashville Chapter. Vehicle shuttle is required.  It’s July and it will be hot, so we will go by Ranger Falls, the Sinks and Greeter Falls to take a swim.  The hike will be moderate to difficult as it is a steep rocky descent into Big Creek Gulf and a steep rocky ascent up to Alum Gap.  Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Hiking sticks recommended.  Email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

7/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Escape the Heat at CUMBERLAND CAVERNS. Join us for a 1.5 mile subterrenean adventure at the souths largest underground showplace. The lighted "Commercial" Tour is a nice walk in 56 degree year round comfort. The cave is located in McMinnville, TN and a carpool will be organized from Murfreesboro. We will also have a meeting time set up at the cave for those coming from other points than Murfreesboro.
We will leave Murfreesboro at 9am and the tours at the cave leave every hour on the hour and take about 90 minutes to complete. There are working restrooms inside the cave and in the gift shop area.
There is a cost of 21.50 for each adult and 13.50 for each child UNDER 13. Children are welcome on this adventure but NO PETS. You might want to bring a light jacket for the underground air conditioning.

You can get more information about Cumberland Caverns at https://cumberlandcaverns.com

For more information or to register contact Tony Jones

Tony Jones
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

7/21
Sat

Nashville

  • Stone Door/Big Creek/Alum Gap/Greeter Falls. South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle,TN. 7-9 miles. Moderate to difficult. Highland Rim and Nashville chapters of TTA will lead a joint hike to Stone Door down Big Creek Gulf Trail to Alum Gap. It will require a shuttle as we will go from Alum Gap to Greeter Falls.  It’s July and it will be hot, so we will go by Ranger Falls, the Sinks and Greeter Falls to take a swim.  The hike will be moderate to difficult as it is a steep rocky descent into Big Creek Gorge and a steep rocky ascent up to Alum Gap.  Bring lots of water and snacks.  

 

7/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snow Falls trail across bridge to where the trail starts up the Mountain or to Buzzard Point if so desired.  Moderate  5 miles RT

John Politte

7/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 21. Siler’s Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. We will hike a section of the Appalachian Trail from the Clingman’s Dome parking lot to Siler’s Bald. There are spectacular sections of the trail along a narrow ridge top. The hike is 9 1/2 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

7/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma, TN.  Program to be announced.

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

7/24
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Nashville Chapter Meeting. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. REI Community Room, 261 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN.
Doug Burroughs, Dianna Richter, and Betty Magee will discuss our May hike on the Dingle Way in Ireland.

Doug Burroughs
nashville@tenneseetrails.org

7/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Greeter Falls Day Loop, 3.2 miles near Altamont, TN

Rated as moderate, this hike features 2 waterfalls. It does involve a climb down some metal stairs. Scenery is exceptional. Easy to moderate. Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am.

Trish Appleton

7/26
Thu

Sumner Trails

Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Ziegler Fort Rd,Gallatin, TN 37066

 

Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call: 615-719-0031.

7/28
Sat

Clarksville

Hopefully;Cooling at the Cave’; Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville; Music, Board Games, Fellowship, Refreshments; 3:00 P.M. CT until 6:00 P.M.If the park doesn’t have ‘Cooling at the Cave’ this year, hike with another chapter.

Suva Bastin 931-216-0325

7/28
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Burch Reserve Connector – Edwin Warner Park – Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Burch Reserve is a new addition to Edwin Warner Park located north of Highway 100, across from the Nature Center. The approximately 250-acre tract includes gently rolling fields and steep forested slopes that are slated for hiking trails. The Burch Reserve Connector will provide public access to the site as well as a pedestrian connector to the nature center. The project was completed in two phases. Phase One, which included a parking lot and trailhead, entry monuments, traffic signal improvements and connector trail, was completed in Fall 2015. Phase Two includes a tunnel under the CSX railroad tracks and a trail from the Phase One parking through the tunnel and on to the hiking trails on the Burch Reserve.  We will meet at McDonald’s (4908 N. Main St., Spring Hill) at 8:00 am.  If anyone wants to hike and would rather meet at Edwin Warner Park.  We will meet at the Nature Center at 9:00 am.    Contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

7/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Bluff Trail, Lookout Mtn. 5 miles, Will stage cars at Point Park and Ochs Gateway. Meet at Food City in St. Elmo.

Need Hike Leader

7/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf Day Loop, 3 miles

Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:00 am. Moderate Hike Leader

Trish Appleton 332-6517

    ** August 2018 **  

8/7
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Quarterly Meeting - August 7, 2018

Meets quarterly at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064. The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Social hour from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Meeting at 7:00 pm.  This meeting is for the second half hike planning.  The normal July meeting was cancelled due to the 4th of July holiday.

 

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com
Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

8/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.

Dr. Ryan Otter from Middle Tennessee State University will be our guest speaker on the subject of coal ash.

Title: Is coal ash toxic?  Investigations from the ash spill in Kingston Tennessee
 
Coal burning power plants are responsible for the production of ~40% of the electricity in the US. As a by-product of this process millions of tons of residual fly ash are also produced.  On December 22, 2008, an impoundment failure at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant (Kingston, Tennessee) resulted in the largest coal ash spill in US history releasing approximately 1,000,000,000 gallons of coal ash into the Emory River.  As a result a full scale sampling campaign was conducted to assess what constituents of coal ash were of concern and whether they were at concentrations considered to be toxic.  During this presentation Dr. Ryan R. Otter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University, will discuss his findings and those from other scientists that investigated this spill. 
 

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

8/24-
8/26

Highland Rim

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park, Delano, TN.  Camp, "duckie" and kayak weekend.  We have reserved four campsites which accommodates 8 small tents.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen early to reserve a spot, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Friday afternoon we will use our kayaks to float the Hiwassee from the Reliance Bridge to the ramp inside our campground.  Saturday we will rent inflatable Funyaks (“Duckie”) from Hiwassee Outfitters, (423)338-8115, to float the Hiwassee River from below the Appalachia Powerhouse to the Reliance bridge.  $30.00 plus tax to rent a one person “Duckie”.  Reservations recommended.  Sunday adventure TBA. Friday evening we will share a meal at the campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat out.

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

    ** September 2018 **  

9/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station


Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower of the Evolution and Ecology Group will be our guest speaker for a wonderful program descripted below:


Andy Brower is a professor of biology at MTSU.  He earned his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, studying the evolution of mimicry in Neotropical Heliconius butterflies.  He has always had a fondness for the local lepidopteran fauna, and has been collecting moths at the porch lights of his house for several years.  Our program will cover some of the highlights of local moth diversity, and we will have some lights set up in the woods and maybe some trees with bait painted on them, to see if we can observe any living specimens in the environs of the Nature Center.
 
 
 
 

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

9/14-
9/16

Highland Rim

Ghost River Paddle Adventure.  Camping in Big Hill Pond State Park, Pocahontas, TN.  Paddling in the Ghost River State Natural Area, near La Grange, TN on Saturday.  Ghost River State Natural Area is a 2,200 acre section of the Wolf River in Fayette County.  The Ghost River section of the Wolf River meanders through bottomland hardwood forests of large oaks, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes.   The Ghost River provides excellent unique opportunities for observing birds including Snowy Egrets and other wildlife.  The paddle is 9 miles and should take about 6 hours.  The Ghost River Section of the Wolf River received its name from the loss of river current as the water “flows” through open marshes and bald cypress-water tupelo swamps.  Some paddlers have seen ghosts in the gloomy, spooky swamp.  The marked canoe trail follows the river from Yager Road Bridge in LaGrange to Bateman Road Bridge. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning we will explore the hiking trails in Big Hill Pond State Park.  Park highlights include the 70 foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of Travis McNatt Lake and surrounding area and the long boardwalk that wends through Dismal Swamp.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, early to get a space in one of the 6 sites we have reserved.  Also contact Joan if you plan to just join us for the paddle.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/21-
9/23

Highland Rim

Camping at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.  Bandy Creek Campground.  Oneida, TN.  Hiking Honey Creek Loop and Rock Creek Loop.  Joint activity with Nashville Chapter.  More information later.  Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

9/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Sharp Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/29
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR
Freddi Felt, 901-288- 5581

Freddi Felt, 901-288- 5581

    ** October 2018 **  

10/6
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area Wolf River South of Walnut Grove

 

Linda Red, 901-489- 9157

10/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

We will have a regular business meeting tonight and instead of our usual program, we will enjoy an evening hike along the paved portion of the Marshall Knobs Trail to banks of the river and back to the wilderness station. So wear a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy a splendid meeting on the trail!

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

10/13
Sat

Memphis

Big Hill Pond State Park

 

Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, 901-385- 1988

10/20
Sat

Memphis

Wolf River Wildlife Area–Horse Trail Collierville-Arlington Rd

 

Janet Sheahan, 901-761- 0705

    ** November 2018 **  

11/3
Sat

Memphis

Nesbit Park – Bartlett

 

Lynne Witherington, 901-230- 1501

11/10
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park

Kam Hipkins, 901-299- 8359

11/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
6PM. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This is our six month hike planning meeting where we will fill our calendars from January to June 2019. So bring a finger food snack to share, and lots of ideas on places to hike and volunteer to lead one! 
Drinks, ice, plates, untensils and cups will be provided by the chapter.

WE WILL ALSO BE SELECTING OUR 2019 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

11/17
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest - Woodland Trail

 

Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, 901-385- 1988

11/24
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Horse Trail

Marion Quinlen, 256-273- 9720

    ** December 2018 **  

12/1
Sat

Memphis

Chewalla State Park – Holly Springs, MS

Lynne Witherington, 901-230- 1501

12/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AND FEAST
6PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This will be our annual Christmas celebration. Please bring your family and a covered dish or dessert (or both) to share for our Christmas Feast. If you wish to participate in this year’s Dirty Santa, bring a small gift to share.

Drinks, Ice, Plates, Utensils, Cups and Napkins will be provided by the chapter.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

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