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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Feb 19, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2017 **  

2/25
Sat

Clarksville

ndian Town Bluff, near Ashland City, TN; 4 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart, Clarksville, TN; ∼28 miles to the trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

2/25
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Henry Horton State Park Hike - February 25, 2017
This hike will take place at the Henry Horton State Park and it will be on the Adeline Wihoite River Trail which is about 1.35 miles long.  Round trip will be approximately 2.70 miles long. We can add the Loop for another 1.55 miles.  It follows the Duck River. The parking area is before the bridge on the left side of the road to Lewisburg. The trip from Spring Hill should take 1/2 hr. This will be a moderate hike.

We will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill (4910 Main Street, Spring Hill) at 8:30 a.m. so we can carpool to the hiking site.  We can plan on having lunch after the hike if wanted. 

If you plan on attending this hike, please contact Ron Neissen at 931-797-8834 or rjneissen@hotmail.com

 

Ron Neissen:  rjneissen@hotmail.com or 931.797.8834.

2/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  8 miles, moderate to strenuous. De Rossett, TN.  (11 miles east of Sparta).  Joint Hike with the Nashville Chapter.  Marietta Poteet will lead this wonderful winter hike in Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  This is a beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Sheep Falls, ending down at 110 ft. Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is a beautiful and interesting waterfall emerging from a cave to flow and fall 110 feet into another cave.  Hopefully it will be icy around the falls which further enhances its beauty.  This hike is rated moderate to strenuous because of the 8 mile total length and 800 ft. NET elevation change.   Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near De Rossett, TN at 9:00 a.m.  Please call Marietta Poteet at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net to register and gain further information.

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

2/25
Sat

Jackson

Feb 25 -  Big Hill Pond SP  This will be a walk in the park on trails that you might not have seen before. This hike will be about 7 miles long, with little elevation change. Don Dresser will lead the hike, and can be reached at donald_dresser@usit.net or 731 694 0146.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 8 am, so that we can carpool together, or arrange to meet us at the park around 9:30.

Don Dresser
donald_dresser@usit.net
731 694 0146

2/25
Sat

Nashville

Virgin Falls, Sparta TN. Moderate to strenuous. 8 miles Doug Burroughs (Nashville) and Marietta Poteet (Highland Rim) will co-lead a hike to Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area.  It is a most beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Falls, ending up at 110’ high Virgin Falls.  This wonderful waterfall is one of the most beautiful and interesting falls around, falling from one cave into another cave.  Hopefully it will be icy around the falls which further enhances its beauty.  This hike is rated moderate to strenuous because of the 8 mile total length and because of the 800 foot elevation change. (We’ll be hiking uphill on the way out.)  Please bring snacks, lunch, boots, hiking sticks, and clothing suitable for the weather there that day.  We will carpool from the FedEx/Kinko on Donelson Road at 7 AM or you can meet us at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near DeRossett, TN at 9:00 AM.  

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

2/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

2/25
Sat

Sumner Trails

FEB 25 SHELBY BOTTOMS GREENWAY 4.5 miles EASY  This is a good wintertime walk since it can be real steamy in the summertime.  This is a pretty flat walk on 8 ft. wide paved greenway and follows the west bank of the Cumberland river.  We will start at the Forest Green trailhead and walk downstream, ending up at the Nature Center in shelby Park - this hike will require us to do a shuttle.  After the hike we’ll have lunch at a Nashville classic: - The Gerst House- before returning to Hendersonville.  Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 AM CT for carpooling or at the Forest Green Trailhead at 9:45 CT.  For further info contact River Rat Al.

Al Ballenger at ballallenger@aol.com  

2/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collin’s Gulf Loop - The hike includes several waterfalls, overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach road. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. There is an alternative hike rated moderate for a total of 5 miles. Contact Gary Kimbrell for more information and to register. 

Gary Kimbrell 
931.215.9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com


2/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Tennessee State Park Ranger Josh Waggoner will speak on “Old Stone Fort’s Confederate Powder Mill.”

 

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

2/7

Columbia/ Franklin

No Meeting/Program Planned for February 2017.  Next meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March 2017.

Will announce hikes for January and February on the calendar and via email.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com

2/28
Tue

Nashville

Program meeting. 7:00, REI Brentwood TN. The Cumberland Trail has been a work in progress since the earliest days of the Tennessee Trails Association. Bob Fulcher manages the trail as our state’s first linear state park. He will be bringing us history and updates on the trail in which many TTA members have invested their sweat equity as well as financial support. Come to hear what’s open and what’s happening on the CT

2/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 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

    ** March 2017 **  

3/2
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting. 6:00 PM. Program – To be determined

First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at LaCosta’s Restaurant, The Crossings, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

3/4
Sat

Clarksville

Bells Bend, Loop Trail; 2.5 miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT; Madison Street Kmart parking lot; ∼39 miles to trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

3/4
Sat

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge - North Boundary Greenway Hike.  This trail is located on the Department of Energy Reservation.  A variety of remnants of pre-Manhattan Project settlements are visible.  The trailhead that we will take is on the Oak Ridge turnpike at the west Guard House.   We will meet at Gold’s Gym in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m.  The hike will be 8 miles and is rated moderate.  Call Kim Holland for more information.

Kim Holland
865-789-5220

3/4
Sat

Highland Rim

Blue Beaver Trail up Lookout Mountain to top of Point Park.  Chattanooga, TN.  Beginning from the southern end of Reflection Riding, the hike is 5.5 miles one way. (5.5 miles total mileage.)   Elevation change of 1,500 ft. Strenuous. Car shuttle required.  We will meet at the Monteagle Elementary School at 8:00 a.m. CT to form a carpool.  After the hike we will have dinner in Chattanooga.  Contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com or 931-224-6225 to register.  The trail’s name refers to Union Soldiers (wearing blue uniforms) cutting down trees (beavers) and building structures as they hiked up Lookout Mountain during the Civil War. This route was declared a National Recreation Trail in 1978.  Great views of Lookout Valley and the Tennessee River and Civil War history.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  Remember money for dinner in Chattanooga.

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225

3/4
Sat

Memphis

Lovitt Trail – behind Lowe’s off Germantown Pkwy

Join us for a 6-mile hike across flat terrain in the woods along the Wolf River.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the lumber entrance of Lowe’s Home Improvement at 430 South Germantown Pkwy, Cordova.  This is the northeast corner of the parking lot.  Wear hiking boots and brings snacks and water.  Rain will cancel.

Contact Janet 901-761-0705. 

3/4
Sat

Murfreesboro

Millenium & Merritt Ridge Trails, Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point. 8 miles rated strenuous. This hike is on a beautiful trail along the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake.  We will encounter rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs and wooded hollows. Lunch will be near the water’s edge, where we should be able to see Center Hill Dam and some eary wildflowers. This is  joint hike with the Plateau chapter.

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

3/4
Sat

Nashville

Cheeks Bend Trail in the Duck River Complex State Natural Area (2 miles) followed by the Adeline Wilhoite River Trail in Henry Horton State Park, 3.5 miles. The Cheeks Bend trail will take us through a hardwood forest with river bluffs along the Duck River which is recognized world-wide and featured in National Geographic for its large array of plant and animal life. From there we’ll travel to Henry Horton State Park - less than 30 minutes’ drive - and hike the Adeline Wilhoite River Trail. Both trails are easy to moderate.  

Nora Beck, 615-17-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com

3/4
Sat

Plateau

Millenium & Merritt Ridge Trail, Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point. This is a joint hike between the Murfreesboro and Plateau Chapters.  This 8 mile strenuous hike is a beautiful trail along the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake.  We will encounter rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs and wooded hollows. Lunch will be near the water’s edge, where we should be able to see Center Hill Dam. It’s possible we may see some early wildflowers, too.  Plateau Chapter will depart at 8 am CT from SW corner of Crossville Outlet Center off I-40 exit 320.

For more information and to register contact Sara Pollard 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com with the Murfreesboro Chapter or contact Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-74436 or thehecklers@charter.net.

3/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Frozen Head.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

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

3/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Rim Savage Gulf, the Plateau to Rim hike. Combined two hikes, moderate 9 miles, and strenuous 17 miles. Both hikes begin and end at the Savage Ranger Station.  Contact Mike Shane for more information and to register.

Mike Shane

mikeshane@charter.net 

931.446.4306

3/7
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

First Tuesday Program meeting. The meeting will be held at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064 on March 7.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.  The Barnabas Center has a small working kitchen so you can bring your own food and microwave it if you choose.  If you like, you can join us earlier than the 7:00 p.m. meeting time to eat and chat with other members of the chapter.  We will be planning our future bi-monthly hikes, and discussing "all things hiking."

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com
Janeth McKendrick: janethmck@aol.com

3/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Sitton Gulch (Cloudland Canyon).  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

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

3/10-
3/12

Murfreesboro

Frozen Head State Park Backpack. Wartburg. Approximately 17 miles rated moderate to difficult. Three day, two night backpack. Friday’s hike is on the Spicewood trail to Mart Fields campsite and Saturday to Bird Mountain campsite. Sunday morning hike back to the trailhead on the Cumberland Trail.

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

3/11
Sat

Clarksville

Johnsonville State Historic Park; 4.6 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT,  BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; ∼55 miles to the trail head.  

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Lake - Loyston Point Hike.   The Loyston Point trailhead is located on Norris Lake in Anderson county.  It is a TVA managed wildlife area.  We will spend a lot of the hike walking near the lake through a beautiful hardwood forest.  This is a multi-use area so we may meet a few bikers on the trail with us.  We will start out on the Loyston Loop trail until it intersects the Hemlock Bluff trail.  We take this trail through an isolated stand of hemlocks which seem to be healthy for now.  This trail will end at the Point 19 trail and that is how we will get back to our cars.   Most of the trail is fairly easy with a few short steep uphill grades. Hiking boots would be best for this trail system.  Even though this is an afternoon hike, bring adequate water and a snack.  Hiking distance is 6 miles.  Driving distance is 22 miles, be prepared to carpool and pay the driver if you ride.   Meeting place is KARM thrift store parking lot on Merchants rd.  Take exit 108 off 275 N and go into the Outback Steak House lot, KARM is about 3 stores down from here.  Meeting time is NOON.  We will have plenty of time to finish this before dinner.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

3/11
Sat

Highland Rim

Wolf Cove, TN Hike, 6 to 8 miles, some off trail, strenuous.  Near Winchester, TN.  Meet Joette Carter at 9:30 a.m. CT on Hwy 16 (the Walls of Jericho Hwy.) between mile markers 24 and 25 on the left heading south, marked with pink flagging. This hike features several caves, waterfalls and scenic views.  Bring flash light to explore cave entrances, water, snacks and lunch.  For more information call Joette at 256-509-0918.

Joette Carter
256-509-0918

3/11-
3/19

Jackson

March 11-19 - Natchez Trace SP.  Join project leader DIck McKeen, SP Ranger Greg Taylor, and volunteers from the American Hiking Society in rebuilding the Cub Lake Trail. For additional information or to register, please contact Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

3/11
Sat

Memphis

Mar 11, 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 contact Kam at 901-299-8359.

3/11
Sat

Nashville

Walls of Jericho, near Winchester TN.  7-8 miles. strenuous. The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area that is within the 8,943-acre Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is contiguous to the Skyline WMA in Alabama. -  Descending steeply, the white-blazed trail (red on the Alabama side) crosses several creeks, streams, and horse paths on its way down to a skinny log bridge over Mill Creek. After passing a field clearing (a popular campsite area for overnighters) the trail continues on the south side of Turkey Creek on an often muddy and slippery path. At mile 3.7, you’ll reach the Walls of Jericho natural amphitheater.  

Call or email Karl Dupre at 615-207-2250, karld@comcast.net 

3/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 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

3/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Greeter Fall to Savage Ranger Station via South Rim Trail.  This hike is rated strenuous and is approximately 17.2 miles. A shorter hike is an option, but would require a shuttle.  Contact Gary Kimbrell for more information and to register. 

Gary Kimbrell

931-215-9520

Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com.

3/12
Sun

Highland Rim

Old Spann House Trail and Clifton Doyle Trail.  Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  Five miles, easy.  Meet at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Visitor Center Parking Lot for a hike through hardwood forests on gently rolling terrain with great views of Tims Ford Lake.  Clifton Doyle Trail features a great spot with a bench to view the sun setting over Tims Ford Lake.  Bring water and snacks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  We can have dinner together at a local restaurant.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

3/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Libby Francis and Elizabeth Gerlock of the Nashville chapter will take us south of the equator. From sea level in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador to 12,500 feet in Peru’s Andes Mountains, they traveled by plane, boat, and open-air taxi as well as on foot. They encountered a wide range of experiences, terrain, wildlife habitat, native culture - and food.

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

3/14
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 (423-756-8219)

3/18
Sat

Clarksville

LBL, Bear Creek Loop 6.7 miles, difficult;meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville;∼35 miles to the trail head.

 

 Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

3/18
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter to the Rock Island State Park north of McMinnville, TN.  Hike should be moderate for a total of six miles.  Highland Rim will be leading the hike, and they state that the trail will be the Collins River Nature Trail, the Eagle Trail and the Downstream Gorge Trail.  All three of these hikes will feature wildflowers and the Collins and Caney Fork Rivers.    Twin Falls is featured on the downstream Gorge Trail along with tall limestone bluffs.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  If people are interested in eating after the hike, plan on visiting the Foglight Foodhouse, a restaurant located along the Caney Fork River near the Downstream Gorge Trailhead.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.

For the Columbia/Franklin chapter, please contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Plaza at 7:00 a.m. and leave from there to meet the Highland Rim chapter at the Rock Island State Park Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m.  I will need a count so that I can contact the Highland Rim Chapter to let them know if we are attending.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

3/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Rock Island State Park, north of McMinnville,TN.  Total mileage is six miles.  Easy. Joint hike with the Columbia/Franklin Chapter.  We will hike the Collins River Nature Trail, the Eagle Trail and the Downstream Gorge Trail.  All three hikes feature wildflowers and the beautiful Collins and Caney Fork Rivers.  And the Downstream Gorge Trail has the awesome Twin Falls and tall limestone bluffs.  We will also visit the Caney Fork Gorge and Great Falls.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  If the group is interested, we can have dinner at Foglight Foodhouse, a restaurant located along the Caney Fork River near the Downstream Gorge Trailhead.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and for carpool information.  Or meet us at Rock Island State Park Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. CT.  But please let Joan know you are coming.

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

3/18
Sat

Memphis

Cane Creek Nature Preserve, Tuscumbia, Al   REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The preserve has some of the most awesome canyon scenery you’ll find anywhere - rock shelters, over hanging rocks, rock formations and waterfalls. The strenuous (steep hills, ledges) 8-9 mile hike will take us to Devil’s Hollow with several waterfalls, and several large Native American Rock Shelters and a beautiful overlook called The Point.  Bring hiking boots, lunch and plenty of water. Rain will cancel the hike  

For information and to register, contact Wayne Simpson at w.simpson1@comcast.net or 901-385-1988.

3/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

16th Annual Waterfall Tour by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park.Silver Point. Reservations may be made on-line at www.foeesp.com/waterfall-tour. Cost is $15 plus the price of your lunch. You will ride a school bus to visit this year’s selections in Middle Tennessee … Ozone Falls, Roaring River Falls and City Park Falls in Cookeville. We will eat at Golden Corral in Cookeville. We will meet at the office at Edgar Evins State Park at 8 am CT and return about 3:30 pm. Expect short walks on rocky, uneven ground. More information is available on our website at www.foeesp.com and on Facebook @friendsofeesp. For information or help making reservations contact Fount or Anna Bertram at fwbertram@dtccom.net or their home phone at 615-765-5357. This is our 16th year for this popular fundraiser. It fills up early so don’t wait to make your reservations. Monies received will benefit the park.

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

3/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Trail – Daddy’s Creek Segment. 7.6 miles rated moderate near Crab Orchard. We’ll explore this newest section of the CT just completed and opened this last fall from the southern access point off of Hebbertburg Road to the northern access off of E. Keyes Road. We’ll need to run a car shuttle to make this a through hike.  The trail is flat and easy in many places with only a couple of inclines which are gradual and well designed with switchbacks-nothing very strenuous. Much of the trail runs along Daddy’s Creek including a nice overlook of the creek and a campsite creekside, perfect for a lunch spot. 

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

3/18
Sat

Nashville

Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville TN. 5-6  miles. moderate. Meet at the entrance off Granny White Pike, hike along Lake Trail to Ganier Ridge,  then across the road to South Cove and back to Granny White Pike entrance. 

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

3/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Mowbray Pike to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

3/18
Sat

Sumner Trails

Mar 18 ROCK ISLAND STATE PARK, Rock Island, TN 2 miles-Easy. We will meet Ranger Matt Garrison at the Old Mill parking lot and Great Falls overlook and learn about the historical significance of the river and it’s long time relationship to the area - then we will proceed to the Powerhouse and hike the 1.7 mile Downstream Trail featuring Twin Falls and the Blue Hole.  Bring water, snacks, shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and your wildflower book.  After the hike we will have a late lunch at Rock Island Market in rock Island before heading back. Meet for carpooling at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 AM CT or at the State Park Visitors Center @11:30 AM CT.    

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com 

3/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Frozen Head Chimney Top Trail. Hikes begin at the Ranger Station.  The shorter hike is 9.1 miles, and the longer hike is 12 miles. Both hikes are rated strenuous.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell.

Gary Kimbrell

931-215-9520

Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

3/19
Sun

Nashville

Beaman Park, Joelton, TN. 4-5 miles. Moderate.  We will meet at the park visitor center and start at 1:30 in the afternoon.  We’ll hike in across Tennessee woodlands to the loop and follow it across moderately hilly terrain. (elevation changes approx 200 feet).  The trail follows a creek for a ways and also goes along a ridge.  This will be about a 4 mile hike; however depending on the group we may add another mile.   Beaman Park is a beautiful gem of a park within Davidson County.  It receives much less visitation than others due to its outlying location along the northwest rim of the Nashville Basin. Driving access via Briley Parkway or Old Hickory Blvd. See website for details.   

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

3/21
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Ken Johnson 931-802-6343

3/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stringer’s Ridge.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Spears Avenus at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes (423-756-8219)

3/25
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼49 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/25
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Join Swan Conservation Trust members for a hike at the south end of Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. This moderate two-hour hike will feature the hand-dug pits of an historical tanning operation along Big Swan Creek, estimated to have been used in the 1940s. We will also see several large calcareous seeps, which are special habitats of the Western Highland Rim that protect plants and animals relying on the year-round flow of clean groundwater. Meet at The Farm Store at 10:00a.m. We will return there for lunch after the hike. Wear shoes/boots suitable for stream crossing, bring a hiking stick if you have one, and lunch.

You can change the order of information to suit the format for your newsletter.  Looking forward to the hike and seeing as many of you as can come!

For those of us in the Columbia/Franklin area, we can meet behind McDonald’s at 5938 Columbia Pike, Spring Hill 8:30 a.m.  We will leave promptly at 8:45 so that we can meet Cynthia at the Farm Store at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Marvin Caine at mlcaine@aol.com if you plan to attend.  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com

3/25
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, an easy walk.  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 is about the same either way.  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.  Don’t forget to bring carpool $$$$$ if applicable.  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.  If you have any other questions, please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu
(before 3/24/17)

3/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Horsepound Falls Hike.  South Cumberland State Park.  Collins Gulf West.  Gruetli-Laager, TN.   5 miles out and back.  Moderate due to a boulder field to cross and steep ascent/descent.  Marietta Poteet is leading this beautiful wildflowers/waterfalls hike.  We will enjoy opportunities to see an amazing array of spring wildflowers and two spectacular waterfalls:  Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-9666 or email nannietta@blomand.net for more information and to register.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-9666

3/25-
3/26

Jackson

March 25-26 - Smoky Mtn hike near Cades Cove. The March 25 hike will be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will hike to Spence Field via the Anthony Creek Trail, which begins at the Case Cove Picnic Area. The round trip distance is 10.3 miles.  The trail is strenuous, gaining 2842 feet in the 5.15 miles to the top. It is worth it; if there is good visibility, there are great views to the east into the North Carolina side of the Smokies. A side trip option would add an additional 1.2 miles to Rocky Top.
 
For those interested, we might take a Sunday morning walk to Abrams Falls, 5 miles round trip. For directions, places to stay, additional information or to register, please contact Jeff Chambers at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

Jeff Chambers
chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

3/25
Sat

Memphis

T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell Road

Meet at the visitor center to 8:45 A.M.  The hike will begin promptly at 9 A. M.  The 4 mile hike covers moderate to rugged terrain with some wet land and a possible stream crossing.  Hiking boots or sturdy shoes recommended.  Bring water and a snack. The Discovery Loop Trail includes part of the Nature Bluff Trail of the Chucalissa Indian Village.  Time Frame: 2.5 hours.  
Directions:  I-240 West to I-55 North;  Exit 7 South to Highway 61 (3rd Street).  Drive approximately 1 mile.  Turn right onto Mitchell Road, continue 3 miles west to the T. 0. Fuller Park sign.  Turn right into the visitor center parking lot.

Contact for information:  Gloria Folk (901) 277-5756.
 

3/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Trail – Snow Falls Segment. 10 miles rated moderate. Located north of Dayton. The trail starts off along beautiful Richland Creek on an old rail bed used for hauling coal out of the valley. We’ll pass Richland Mine and the Old Dayton Reservoir that used to supply water to the town of Dayton. The main trail will split and we’ll take a left at the fork to Snow Falls. After the trail passes under power lines, we’ll come to a 150-foot bridge across Henderson Creek.  From the 150-foot bridge the Cumberland Trail will eventually continue north and the trail to Snow Falls will be a spur trail. On our way to Snow Falls, we’ll take a short hike out to Buzzard Point for an awesome view to have our lunch. We’ll also take a short side trail to Dunn Overlook for great views. We’ll cross Morgan Creek to Snow Falls which is a 35-foot waterfall that plunges into a pool. Pack lunch, water, snacks and hiking poles are recommended.

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

3/25
Sat

Nashville

Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville TN.  2 - 3 miles. Easy.  There are creeks to play in if people want to wear sandals or water shoes. We’ll start at Kathie Tange-Dupre’s house, walk through the back yards in her neighborhood until we reach a bridge, then cross into the Ag Center. We’ll walk most of the perimeter of the campus, go through the museum area and check out the gazebo. Start time 8:30. 

Kathie Tange-Dupre at kathie.tange-dupre@bpsm.com or call/text at 615-512-1520 .

Address is 5045 Briarwood Drive (Harding Place to Danby (south) to Briarwood – NOT from Edmonson).  

3/25
Sat

Plateau

CT Upper Leggett to Rock Creek bridge & Rock Creek Loop, Sale Creek.  This is a moderate 8.4 mile hike on the Cumberland Trail beginning from Upper Leggett Rd descending on the Rock Creek Loop affording views of Rock Creek and traversing several ridges through a mixed forest of pines and hardwoods.  At the Boiling Springs Branch bridge we will continue on the main trail descending and ascending along ridges as it rises above Rock Creek crossing Leggett Branch Cascades to the 80 ft Rock Creek Bridge.  After a lunch break at the bridge we will return on the main trail to the Upper Leggett parking.  Wear boots, bring water, snack and lunch.  Depart Trinity Tabernacle on Hwy 127 S at 8 am CT.  

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to register or for additional information. 

3/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf Greeter Falls to stone door and back.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous due to length of hike.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

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

3/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Pots Cabin (Suck Creek Road).  Approximately 3 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

3/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ray Branch-Hike begins at the Tim’s Ford Visitor Center in Winchester, TN. The hike is 12 miles and rated moderate to strenuous due to distance.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane. 

Mike Shane 

931 446-4306

mikeshane@charter.net

3/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Joint Meeting with the Friends of Short Springs Membership Meeting.   Dinner at 5:00 p.m  at Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, near Kroger.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Rick and Deb Dreves will present a program on their hiking trip to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine.  There are no cars nor paved roads on Monhegan Island and is accessible only by boat.  The steep and strenuous hiking trails lead through wooded areas (including the Cathedral Woods) and over rocky ledges up to the highest ocean cliffs on the Maine coastline.  Monhegan Island was designated a National Natural Landmark for its coastal and island flora in 1966.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

3/28
Tue

Nashville

Program Meeting. REI, Brentwood TN.  7:00. The Southeast Cave Conservancy,Inc. (SCCI) works actively to conserve subterranean treasures in six southeastern states. Fortunately, Tennessee is one of them. The group celebrated 25 years of conservation work in 2016 and now owns or leases 34 cave properties, protecting and preserving habitat for creatures that in many cases live nowhere else. SCCI’s executive director Ray Knott will be talking about this dynamic group’s mission and their work. Bring your friends! 

 

Nora Beck, 615-17-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com

3/31
Fri

Sumner Trails

Mar 31 - FONTANEL MANISION,4125 Whites Creek Pike.  This is an easy hike with only a slight climb.  We may investigate the connection to Metro Greenway that connects to the trail system.  Dustance would be 1.5 to 3 miles depending on which option we choose.  Lunch at the restaurant on site for those interested after the hike.  For carpool please meet at Kroger Glenbrook parking lot at 9:15 AM or at Fontanel parking lot around 10:00 AM CT.  For more info please contact hike leader.

Sally Ticaric at 615-218-1086 or sallytic@aol.com

    ** April 2017 **  

4/1
Sat

Jackson

April 1 - Bite-size walk This will be a short 3 mile walk around Pinson Mounds, specially created for newcomers to our group.  Please let your friends know about the outing.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 10 am, so that we can carpool together, or arrange to meet us at the visitor center around 10:30 am.  For additional information, please call or write either me or Melinda Pearson, who can be reached at hurstme@bellsouth.net or 731 225 4293.

Melinda Pearson
hurstme@bellsouth.net
731 225 4293

4/7-
4/9

Highland Rim

Trails and Trilliums.  Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle, TN. A Three Day Festival Celebrating the Natural Wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau.   A weekend enjoying nature with proceeds benefitting Friends of South Cumberland State Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Event highlights:  guided hikes in South Cumberland State Park, Shakerag Hollow and MSSA, live music, native plant sale, programs and workshops, ART for the PARK Sale,  wine & wildflowers, vendors and food. Guided hikes include Stone Door, Lost Cove, Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Grundy Lakes, Greeter Falls  and Hawkins Cove.  For more information and to preregister for hikes:  www.trailsandtrilliums.org and Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com.

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

4/8
Sat

Jackson

April 8 - Wildflowers  Glen Rognstad will lead us on our annual wildflower hike, probably to Stillhouse Hollow Falls NA.  For additional information or to register, please contact Glen at glenrognstad@gmail.com or 731 - 217-5966.

Glen Rognstad
glenrognstad@gmail.com
731 - 217-5966

4/14
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike.   Black Mountain Hike.  Cumberland Trails State Park.  Near Crab Orchard, TN.   Moderate.  7.9 total mileage.  Out and back. Joint Hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Impressive rock formations and awesome overlooks.  Details TBA.  Joan Hartvigsen. jhartvigs@comcast.net. 931-962-0811.

 

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

4/29-
4/30

Jackson

April 29-30 - Walls of Jericho NA Plans are being made for a trip to Jericho and Stevens Gap Cave.

 

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