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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Oct 17, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2017 **  

10/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Camp Jordan.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m. 

Bob McGavock (423-667-2960)

10/18
Wed

Plateau

Norris Dam State Park.  Rock Creek, Sinkhole and Andrews Ridge trails.  This will be a 6-7 mile moderate (strenuous at times) hike.  Carpool cost is $8.    Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart from the VF Outlet Mall west parking lot at 8 am.  

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

10/21
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight LBL, Fort Henry Trail System; Two groups 1) 9.5 miles to campsite, moderate; 5.5 miles back to cars, moderate; or 2) 2 miles out and back; meet 8:00 AM CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville 35 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

10/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Lost Creek Trail and a segment of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail.  Tims Ford State Park, Winchester TN.  Total Mileage 5 miles.  Easy.   We will enjoy great views of Tims Ford Lake while hiking over rolling hills of hardwood forests.  Bring water and lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.

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

10/21
Sat

Memphis

TBD

10/21
Sat

Memphis

International Harvester Managerial Park - Lakeland  3 ½ mile hike

We will hike through Lakeland’s International Harvester (“IH”) Managerial Park. The park is located adjacent to the Lakeland Senior Center on the west side of Canada Road, between Interstate 40 and Highway 70. We will meet in the parking lot and get underway at 9:00 a.m. Allow two hours for the hike.
 
IH Park contains three trails that together make up about 2.5 miles in distance and weave through mostly bottomland forest. The trail system travels through a nice meadow and along a small lake near the end. There are decent picnic facilities at the edge of the lake which make this park a nice place to enjoy lunch.  For those who want more hiking we can hike the more moderately strenuous portion "backward" and add a mile or so to the hike.
 
The park’s trails could be considered moderately strenuous in places with elevation changes in the first mile. There is one water crossing that we may take provided the water level is no more than an inch or so.  Be prepared for the mud if we have had recent rain. I recommend terrain-appropriate waterproof footwear and hiking poles.
 
Remember the usual stuff: water and snacks. Bring a lunch if you would like to stick around .  Heavy rain or the threat of severe weather will cancel. 

Feel free to call or email me if you have questions, Marion Quinlen, 256-273-9720mquinlen@gmail.com

10/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Short Springs State Natural Area near Tullahoma. 4.5 miles rated moderate due to some rough terrain and elevation changes. This is a beautiful hike for waterfall lovers. The first trail will be to Busby Falls, which is actually more of a cascade. Then we will head over to Machine Falls (one of my personal favorites) we will spend a good deal of time here. Then we will return via the Machine Falls trail. Bring water and your camera and prepare for some wonderful photo opportunities.

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

10/21
Sat

Nashville


Saturday, October 21 - Montgomery Bell State Park Overnight Trail.  This is a strenuous hike due to the trail length of 10.5 miles.  Wooded terrain with some hills.  The trail passes by several lakes, a historic cabin and church, and historic iron ore pits.  Bring water, snacks/lunch, boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food at the State Park Inn dining room or somewhere on the way back to town.   Meeting Place: WalMart near 7044 Charlotte Pike parking lot just north of I-40.  Meeting Time: 7:30 AM


Contact Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085 (leave message) for more information and to register.

10/21-
10/22

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Norma Road to Cove Lake Backpacking trip.  Norma Road to Bruce Gap Overnight, Caryville, TN. This 17 mile hike is strenuous for distance and ascent/descent rates with an elevation change of 2020’. Hike will require a car shuttle from Norma Road to Bruce Gap trailheads. We will hike 7.5 miles before camping at Montgomery Fork Campground, then out 9.5 miles the next day. Features are a beautiful forest with large hardwoods, Anderson Mountain, Cross Mountain, Royal Blue Unit of the North Cumberland Wildlife Management, seasonal views of the valleys and more distant mountaintops, and possibly see elk and other wildlife. Despite the difficulty, it is a very beautiful and interesting trail. Bring backpacking gear, water, and food for a 2-day, 1-night trip. Depart at 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel, Highway 127, just south of I-40 exit 317. Carpool cost $9. 

Curt Thomas
curtethomas@frontiernet.net
or (931) 260-2140

10/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cravens House.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

10/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

October 21 - Volunteer Trail, Long Hunter State Park - 11 Miles The Volunteer Trail follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake for most of its length ending at a primitive backcountry campsite at 5.5 miles. We will be returning via the same trail for a total of 11 miles.  This hike is relatively flat, but it is rated moderate due to total distance. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 am CT, or at the trailhead at approximately 9:15 am CT. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

Jeff Graves

10/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 pm, One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Program to be announced.

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

10/24
Tue

All


Tuesday, October 24 - Monthly Nashville Chapter Program Meeting. Backpacking in Washington State. Karl and Kathie Dupre will reprise hikes they’ve experienced in the backcountry areas of Olympic National Park and the Cascade Range in the Northwest. 7 - 9 PM in the Community Room at the REI in Brentwood.  261 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN.


Nora Beck: norellibee@gmail.com

10/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Fiery Gizzard.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m. 

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

10/25
Wed

Plateau

CT Snow Falls/Buzzard Point.  From the Laurel/Snow Falls parking lot, we will hike up the creek and then off the mountain to Snow Falls. Bring water shoes to cross a creek. The hike is about 8 moderate miles.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  We depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8am CT.    Carpool cost is $7.  

For more information or to sign up contact via text or call Deb Westervelt via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org  or txt/call 931-267-2243.

10/28
Sat

Clarksville

Annual Bonfire; meet 4:00 P.M. at Bob Lyon”s property, 954 Gip Manning Road; hike and pot luck supper after hike.

Bob Lyon (931) 648-2354

10/28
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Janeth McKendrick will lead a hike on the newest trail in Williamson County.  Timberland Park, opened in the fall of 2014, sits on 72 acres adjacent to the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 437.2 less than a mile south of the Tennessee Highway 96 (Double Arch Bridge) entrance to the parkway. The park is maintained and staffed by Williamson County Parks & Recreation.

Timberland Park features a 2000 sq ft interpretive center that uses solar panels that stores the energy in batteries for electricity, rain water is collected for irrigation, propane for a fireplace and a septic system for waste. Visitors will enjoy hiking, bird watching and wildlife observation (deer, raccoon, fox, wild turkey and squirrel). Walking sticks made from trees on the property are available for use by hikers.

We will meet at 9 a.m. at the head of the trail.  Contact Janeth McKendrick for additional information.

Janeth McKendrick:  615.591.9352 or janethmck@aol.com

10/28
Sat

Highland Rim

 Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  13 miles.  Strenuous. 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.   Bring hiking boots, headlamp, snacks, water, and lunch.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the Collins West Access Trail, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339.   if interested in carpooling, meet at 8:00 a.m. at Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppe, 1112 TN-50, Pelham, TN.   For information and to register contact Michael Glennon at 931-588-0302 or kb4jhu@gmail.com

Michael Glennon
kb4jhu@gmail.com
931-588-0302

10/28
Sat

Memphis

Oct 28 – Shiloh National Military Park – Compass Hike. 5 miles, strenuous.

We will meet at the Visitor Center at9:30. The hike is one-way ending at the old grocery store on Highway 142, so we will have to take some cars there. This is a rugged cross country hike through woods and fields, navigated by compass and map. The terrain is mostly flat, but being off trail with the possibility of getting lost ups the rating to strenuous. Bring a compass if you have one to help the leader find the way, or just follow the group. We will have a brief compass reading class, and maps and directions will be provided. Wear long pants and boots, and bring lunch and water. Contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net,901-385-1988.
                                    

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

10/28
Sat

Memphis

Shiloh National Military Park – Compass Hike 5 miles, strenuous

We will meet at the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. The hike is one-way ending at the old grocery store on Highway 142, so we will have to take some cars there. This is a rugged cross country hike though woods and fields, navigated by compass and map. Bring a compass if you have one or just follow the group. Wear long pants and boots, and bring lunch and water. Registration required. 

Contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net901-385-1988.

10/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Mountain State Park. Byrd Lake Loop. Crossville. 8.1 mile loop rated moderate. We’ll hike beneath ancient white pine trees and other rich vegetation along the dark stream. This hike joins the Cumberland Overnight Trail as we explore the park along Threemile Creek and adjacent wooded hills. We’ll complete the hike by crossing the arched stone bridge and dam of Byrd Lake. Bring water, snacks and lunch.

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

10/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

15th Annual Fall Color Boat Cruise on Center Hill Lake. Silver Point, 1 pm – 4 pm. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, an all volunteer group with the sole purpose of supporting the park.  See waterfowl, other lake fauna, fall colors, historic landmarks and rich lake homes from the comfort of a pontoon boat. $15 per person. 

Anna and Fount Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5347

10/28
Sat

Plateau

Glendale Branch and Coytee Loop Trails. This is a 6 mile easy to moderate hike along the East lakeshore of Tellico Lake. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $7. Depart from the VF Outlet Mall west parking lot at 8 am. 

For more information contact, via text or call, Deb Westervelt via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or txt/call 931-267-2243.

10/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cloudland Canyon to Ascalon Trailhead.  Approximately 5 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Will stage vehicles.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

10/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

October 28 The Fiery Gizzard hike starts at Foster Falls in Tracy City and ends 13 miles later at the Fiery Gizzard Trail head.  Backpacker Magazine named this hike one of the top 10 hikes in the US.  There are several new descents that drop down into the gulf on our way to Raven Point.  From Raven Point, there are two options to for continuing to the Fiery Gizzard Trail Head. Option 1: (Easier) The Dog Hole Trail which is a gradual descent into the Gulf down a well-maintained trail.  Option 2: (Much Harder) The Fiery Gizzard Trail which descends to the bottom of the gulf down a very steep trail before having to rock hop along one of the largest boulder fields in middle Tennessee. The trail is rated strenuous for the rocky, uneven terrain and the distance covered.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp, and hiking boots. Please meet us at the Fiery Gizzard Trail Head at 7:30 am.  Since this is where the hike ends we will leave the majority of the cars there and then take one or two cars the Foster Falls Parking lot to start the hike. For information and to register contact Mike Shane at 931-446-4306 or mikeshane@charter.net.

Mike Shane

10/29
Sun

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Fall Color Hike.  4 miles. Moderate.  Meet at 2:00 pm at Short Springs parking area. 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma for this Sunday afternoon hike.  Co-leaders Dennis Horn and Joan Hartvigsen.  Bring water, snack and hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  We will hike Busby Falls Loop Trail and Laurel Bluff Trail.  We will enjoy views of the cascades in Bobo Creek.  We will then visit awesome Machine Falls then continue on to hike Adams Falls Loop.

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

10/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Five Point trailhead to Hwy 157 and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Donna Pyers (352-812-4845)

    ** November 2017 **  

11/4
Sat

Clarksville

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; CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 42 miles to trail head.   

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484; meet 8:00 A.M.

11/4
Sat

East Tennessee

Lumber Ridge and Spruce Flats Falls Trails in GSMNP -  We will hike Lumber Ridge trail from the Tremont Environmental Center for 4.1 miles, gaining 1250 feet in the first 2.3 miles then losing 250 feet by the time we reach Buckhorn Gap at the intersection of Meigs Creek and Meigs Mountain trails.  We will then take an unmarked trail to Spruce Flats Falls and from there the Spruce Flats Falls trail to the Environmental Center.  The hike is about 8.2 miles and is moderately difficult.  You will have to cross several small creeks and may get your feet wet.  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.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30am ET, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.  This is across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00am ET.  Please bring $$$’s for car-pooling. For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

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

11/4
Sat

Highland Rim

Big Hill Pond State Park Hike led by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath.  Moderate.   Meet at 1:00 pm CT at Pickwick Landing State Park, near Savannah, TN.  Hike is part of the Friends of Tennessee State Parks’ The 14th Annual Friends Conference.  Must register for the Conference to go on hike.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net for more information. Conference begins November 3 at 5:00 pm and ends November 5. Registraton fee includes Friday and Saturday dinners, programs, workshops and outings.  Contact Nancy Schelin to register, nancy.schelin@tn.gov.

 

 

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

11/4
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area – Germantown parking lot

Meet at 9:30 a.m. in Germantown Road parking log adjacent to the Wolf River.  Hike leaves at 9:30 a.m. for a 6-7 mile hike on the White/Blue/Yellow Trails. Bring water and snack. Rain will cancel hike.  

For additional information call Janet at 901-761-0705.

11/4
Sat

Murfreesboro

Nashville Urban Hike. 5 miles. Easy.  We will start from the Nissan Stadium side of the pedestrian bridge. We will cross the bridge and head up Demonbreun passing the Schermerhorn, Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena. We will continue on to the Frist Center and then turn onto Broadway and up 5th past the Ryman and on to Printers Alley, into the center of town to the State Capitol, legislative plaza, and the Bicentennial Mall.  We will then head back down 4th to Broadway where we will enjoy a honkytonk restaurant lunch and re-cross the bridge to Cumberland Park, and back to our cars.

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

11/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cumberland Mountain State Park.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

11/4
Sat

Sumner Trails

Nov 4 - MERIWETHER LEWIS LOOP-This hike is centered on Meriwether Lewis Monument, just off the Natchez Trace Parkway.  The entire loop is 3.5 miles.  We may not hike the entire trail.  That will be decided as a group when we get to the trailhead.  The hike is rated easy to moderate.  There are several gullies on a portion of the trail that will require hiking up and down several times.  Other areas are a bit more even.  Restrooms are available at the trailhead.  Meet at the first Presbyterian Church parking lot at 172 W Main St. in Hendersonville at 8Am CST for carpooling.  Or meet at the trailhead at about 10AM CST.  Boots, poles, water and snacks would be advisable.  Call the hike leader for more info.

Sally Ticaric  615-218-1086

11/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

November 4 Lone Mountain  Jennifer Carroll Lone Mountain Loop Trail in Morgan County. The state acquired the land for Lone Mountain State Forest in 1929 through a tax delinquency sale. Lone Mtn reflects the handiwork of the state forestry crews naming a spring and ridge after the men who built the trails. On a clear day, from Coyote Point you can see the Smoky Mountains. The trailis opened to horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. A section (approximately 2 miles) is designated for hikers only and follows LaRue Ridge. This hike is 10+ miles and is rated strenuous because of elevation change and the numerous steep pitches. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville.

Jennifer Carroll

11/10-
11/12

Highland Rim

Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Hike leader is Michael Glennon, kb4jhu@arrl.net 931-571-0502.   Friday after we set up camp we will go on the West Overlook Trail/CCC Stone Tower Trail Loop.  One mile loop, easy.  Saturday we will hike the Gahuti Trail, an 8.2 mile loop rated moderate.  The Gahuti Trail (Cherokee for “mother mountain”) explores the beautiful backcountry of the park, catching incredible long range views from several towering overlooks. The Gahuti Trail passes just below the summits of both Cohutta and Fort Mountains.  Many steep ups and downs.  Sunday after we take down tents we will hike the easy Lake Trail, a 1.2 mile loop.  We have reserved four walk up tent sites.  Nearby hot showers, sinks and flush toilets. Each site includes picnic table, fire ring and metal bear proof container to store food. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve space in a campsite.  Potluck dinner Friday night.  Joan is bringing homemade stew for everyone and a camp stove to heat it up.  Other campers are asked to contribute food to share for Friday’s dinner.  Each camper is responsible for their Saturday dinner as well as breakfasts and lunches. Michael will heat up water for hot drinks.  Bring whatever drink mix you want to drink hot.  Bring certified heat treated firewood for our Friday and Saturday night campfires.

Michael Glennon
kb4jhu@arrl.net
931-571-0502
Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

11/11
Sat

Clarksville

McGregor Park to Ft. Defiance and back. Eat at Wendy’s after the hike; 2.7 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT. 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

11/11
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area.

There are many opportunities to hike this beautiful trail.  There are two ridges for the more adventurous hiker (Ganier Ridge and South Cove Ridge) as well as the Lake Trail and the South Lake Trail.  We will meet at 8 a.m. at the Radnor Lake Conservation Center and set out from there.  Hopefully we will catch sight of the white fawn.

Ellen Clark:  615.482.3605 or ercclark@aol.com

11/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Wheat Community of Roane Co. - The Wheat community existed before Oak Ridge was built.  All that remains is a very historic cemetery and wooden church.  Wheat is now part of the BORCE.  Our hiking will be on dirt road and woodland trail.
The total distance will be about 6 miles.  Even with our late start , there will still be time for dinner in Oak Ridge if so desired.   Bring water, snacks and rain gear, sturdy hiking boots are recommended.  Meet at Books a Million on Illinois Ave in Oak Ridge at 12 P (noon) to carpool.   Park on the Illinois side of the lot.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

11/11
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park 
                           
 

Kam Hipkins, 901-299-8359

11/11
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park located south of Iuka, MS (approx 2.5hr drive from Memphis) Registration Required  

This is a 5-6 mile hike winding along rocky ridges with spectacular views, through shallow, fern-filled canyons, and across the Bear Creek Swinging Bridge constructed in the 1930’s.  Bring lunch and water.  Sturdy hiking boots recommended.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the park toll gate.  There is a parking lot to the right just before entering the park through the gate.  We will regroup into lesser vehicles.  Heavy rain will cancel this hike. 

To register contact Kam at 901-299-8359

11/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Trail Building. Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Help build the half-mile Story Book Trail  project that recently received a $600 Evan Means Small Grant from TTA. This trail will encourage young readers and their parents to get outdoors. If you can do yard work you can do this. No experience necessary. Bring work gloves. Training, tools and lunch will be furnished. Meet at the Interpretive Center at 9:00 am CT. Please let us know you are coming so we have enough food. 

Fount Bertram
fwbertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

11/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Little Possum Creeek and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

11/11
Sat

Sumner Trails

Nov 11 -Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN-Easy to moderate 1.25 miles on Old Stone Ft Trail and weather permitting optional Backbone & Little Duck Loop Trail approx 2 miles.  The Old Stone Ft is a 2,000 year old American Indian ceremonial site.  The 2 forks of the Duck River cut into the edge of the Highland Rim Plateau at the site of the Old Stone Ft.  On our hike we will see numerous waterfalls, cascades and tall rock bluffs bordering the Duck River.  On the Backbone Trail we will climb up and walk along a ridge looking dowmn on tops of huge trees.  Meet at the First Presybterian Church parking lot (172 W Main St) on Gallatin Rd at 8:30 am for carpooling or meet at the trailhead by the museum at 10:00 am.  If meeting at the trailhead please call  the hike leader.  Bring water, hiking poles and any desired snacks.  We will eat lunch after at the Coffee Cafe in Historic Manchester close to the park.  For more info contact hike leaders.

Lea Whitton 615-289-4842 whittonm@realtracs.com or Judy or Ron Jenkins 615-403-0002

11/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

November 11 Brady Mountain Brady Mountain – Richard Savage Brady Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crossville, TN. We will hike the length of the trail from the Jewitt Road trailhead to highway 68. Highlights of the trail include spectacular views of Grassy Cove and the mountains to the east. The hike is about 8 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous because of the elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00am CT. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

Richard Savage

11/12
Sun

Murfreesboro

Timberland Park. Williamson County. 3.5 miles. Easy to moderate. This Sunday hike is at the Timberland Park located on the Natchez Trace Parkway just south of the Double Arch Bridge over Highway 96 West. The trails are short, but intersect each other to make loops to suit your ability. An ADA accessible trail meanders through the woods past several benches, a picnic area and eventually to an overlook pavilion. The park also provides the opportunity for bird watching and wildlife observation. Pack a lunch to enjoy while we are in the park. 

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

11/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. We will meet an hour earlier since this will be our planning meeting for January-June 2018 hikes. Bring your calendar to schedule hikes you want to lead or ideas for hikes. Bring a finger food to share and drinks will be provided. If you want to schedule a hike and cannot attend, contact Jennifer Zahn before the meeting.

Jennifer Zahn
jenzahn@gmail.com
615-943-8853

11/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Mowbray Pike to Sluder Lane.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Will stage vehicles  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

11/16
Thu

Sumner Trails

WALK ACROSS SUMNER - Greenway walks at MOSS WRIGHT PARK-745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville, TN.  Kick-off starts Oct 16 at 9:30am.  Meet at the Trail Head by the restrooms behind the visitor Center. Ms. Judy Pope Jenkins with TTA sumner Trails Chapter will lead the walk.  Walk will be cancelled if there is incliment weather.  Walk as much or as little as you wish, set your own pace.  We will walk each Monday at 9:30 am during the campaign, Oct 23rd, 30th & Nov 6th.  Other Greenway walks will be announced.

Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002

11/18
Sat

Clarksville

Liberty Park, Clarksville; 3.5 miles, easy; meet 9:00 A.M. at the Liberty Park Pond parking area. 

 

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

11/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat.  Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  About 5 miles, easy.  Let’s meet at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast.  We will leave for the trailhead at 9:30 a.m.  We will hike a section of the Sewanee Perimeter Trail from Gate 5 to Gate 8.  We will take a short detour to visit the Forestry Cabin then follow the Perimeter Trail west along the bluff to our lunch spot at Dotson Point.  We will then continue to Gate 8 where our shuttle vehicle is parked.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. 

 

 

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

11/18
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area – North

We will meet at 9:15 a.m. for sign-in and announcements in the unpaved parking area on the south side of Walnut Grove immediately east of the Wolf River.  Please note that it is very difficult to reach the parking lot if you are traveling west on Walnut Grove. The hike will depart promptly at 9:30 a.m.  The hike will be approximately 5.75 miles and take between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.  The terrain is relatively flat with a few steep ravine crossings.  Bring water and a snack if desired. Hiking boots are recommended especially if we have had recent rain.  Rain will cancel.  

For additional information call Janet at 901-761-0705

11/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

Stone Door, Big Creek, & Laurel Trails. 10 miles. Difficult.  We will take the trail to the Great Stone Door, descend the rocky crack to the Big Creek Gorge trail where the terrain is rough and rocky. We will take an optional in/out side trail to Ranger Falls and then ascend the big hill to the top. Must bring plenty of water, lunch, hiking poles and good sturdy boots.

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

11/18
Sat

Nashville

Saturday, Nov 18- Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area, 4 1/2 miles +/-, strenuous but short. This trail starts at the main entrance to Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area on Highway 154, just west of the entrance to Pickett State Park. It will require a very brief shuttle to/from the trailhead just around the corner on Blackhouse Mountain Road.  The trail is strenuous due to lots of elevation changes; it takes us through some spectacular terrain and beautiful views. Pogue Creek Canyon photos will inspire you - check it out here: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/article/na-na-pogue-creek-canyon and search on Pogue Creek Canyon for some really inspiring photos. Speed will not be a priority. Sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles or a good hiking stick, snacks and water; layers for temperature changes. Rain will cancel hike.

Contact Nora Beck, 615-517-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com to register and for complete logistics.

11/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Joint hike with Plateau Chapter.  CT Pot Point Loop.  From the northern trailhead hike in 3.1 miles past Snooper’s Rock, to the Natural Bridge and back.  Strenuous.  There will be 2 other options.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank.  Meeting time to be determined later.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

11/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

November 18

Above the Gulf, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. This hike will start from the Collins Gulf Trailhead. We will cross the bridge over Collins River and then on to its junction with the South Rim Trail. We will then take the South Rim Trail to the Savage Day Loop, which we will follow to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. The hike is about 14 miles mostly on top of the mountain. There are numerous outstanding overlooks of Savage Gulf as well as Savage Falls. The terrain is easy to moderate but the hike is strenuous due to the distance. For those wanting a shorter hike, contact Vickie. You can meet us at 7:00am CT  at JC Penney’s  or 8am at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station on Hwy 399. We will then drive to the Collins Gulf trailhead. Text or email Vicki Williams to register. 615-351-9599 or vwill55@gmail.com

Vickie Williams
615.351.9599

11/21
Tue

Clarksville

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

JoAnne Traughber will tell us about her trip to Alaska.

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

11/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Little Cedar Mountain.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes - 973-632-7463

11/24
Fri

Highland Rim

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN.  Traditional Day After Thanksgiving Hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Four miles.  Moderate due to steep climbs and eroded trails.  Meet Friday after Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. CT in front of the Museum.  We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone and Little Duck Loop and the Old River Channel Trail.  We will see Blue Hole Falls, Big Falls, the confluence of the Duck and Little Duck Rivers and limestone bluffs bordering the rivers.  Bring water and snacks.  Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended.  After our hike we will gather at a local restaurant for lunch.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net  or 931-962-0811. 

 

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

11/24
Fri

Murfreesboro

After Thanksgiving Day Hike. Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park. Manchester. 4 miles. Moderate. Join us for our annual after Thanksgiving Day hike. This joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter is a family friendly hike. We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone, Little Duck Loop and the Old River Channel Trail. We will see Blue Hole Falls, Big Falls, the confluence of the Duck and Little Duck Rivers. After the hike we will go to a local restaurant for lunch. Meet in front of the museum at 9:00 am CT.

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

11/25
Sat

Clarksville

After Thanksgiving hike; Rotary Park, Clarksville, 4 mile Loop, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

 Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

11/25
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville
 
 

TBD

11/25
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville

Here’s an easy 6-mile hike around the lake and through the woods.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the lake and bring snacks and water.  Rain will cancel.  
 
 
 

For questions email Margaret at spikie542003@yahoo.com.

11/25
Sat

Nashville

Saturday, Nov 25- Shelby Bottom Greenway, 4-6 miles, easy.  We will meet at the Trailhead at Wave Country on Two Rivers Pky. and cross the amazing pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River.  Then we will mostly hike the Primitive Trails that adjoin the Greenway including the Cornelia Fort Trail.  The distance we walk will depend on the wishes of the group. Tennis shoes will be fine for this hike.  Bring water and snacks.  You are invited to join Libby for soup and sandwiches at Libby’s house afterward.  

Libby Francis  Please register at libbyslibbys@comcast.net, or call 615-319-7501.  

11/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

11/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 pm at Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our speaker is Stuart Carroll, Park Manager at Virgin Falls State Natural Area and Lost Creek State Natural Area.  He is co-author of the second edition of “Hiking Tennessee:  A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures.”  Mr. Carroll draws upon his thirty two years of experience within the Tennessee parks system and his overall knowledge as one of Tennessee’s native born.  The second edition contains some very substantial changes, particularly in the Cumberland Region.  He will discuss many of the hikes included in the book and some of the techniques used to map out hiking trails.  Mr. Carroll will bring copies of the book “Hiking Tennessee” to sell and autograph.

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

11/28
Tue

Nashville

Tuesday, Nov 28: 7 PM – Chapter Meeting Long Hunter State Park was established not long after the Tennessee Trails Association was formed, and has long been a favorite hiking destination for many of our members. Its various units include an archaeological site, cedar glades, woodlands and lakeside paths. Naturalist (and film maker) Jason Allen and park ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings will be our guests to talk about Long Hunter’s special features that include the storybook trail, arboretum, and the annual extreme event: the Mega-Hike. Bring a friend and gain some in-depth appreciation for some nearby recreation opportunities.

Community Room - REI Brentwood TN
261 Franklin Road
Brentwood TN 37027

11/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Falling Water Falls.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

    ** December 2017 **  

12/2
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Woodland Trail

Gloria Folk, 901-277-5756

12/9
Sat

Nashville

Saturday, Dec 9 Gift wrapping at REI Brentwood - December 2017 will mark the sixteenth year that we have been invited to wrap customer’s gifts at REI Brentwood in exchange for donations. This has been a fun way to raise money for the Cumberland Trail. This year we will be wrapping on Saturday December 9th from 10:00 till 5:30. Chapter members can help by generously volunteering to wrap gifts or talking to prospective members. If you would like to join in the fun just sign up for a 2-hour slot. The times available are 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, and then 4-5:30. Hope to see you there! 

Contact Amy Sutton to sign up at 615-739-5858 or amy109@gmail.com

 

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