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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Aug 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2017 **  

8/19
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA, Butterfly & Hummingbird Festival. There will be a hummingbird band demonstration, children’s arts and crafts, hikes, and informational talks, 9:00 A.M to  3:00 P.M, CT; The festival will be a great way to spend an educational day outdoors for all ages.; Dunbar Cave SNA.

N/A

8/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Float, Shiloh Bridge to Dickey Bridge, 7.4 miles, Kelso, TN.  Meet at Shiloh Bridge at 9:00 a.m. CT.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Contact Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com, 931-224-6225.

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

8/21
Mon

Highland Rim

Solar Eclipse Watch – Highland Rim Chapter Event – Welch Point overlooking Big Laurel Creek and the Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  Partial phase start:  12:01:32PM (CDT) Totality Start: 1:30:04PM (CDT) and lasts 2 min 40 sec.   Plan on meeting at 11:45 to setup and enjoy the event.   Bring water, snacks, lunch, lawn chairs, camera(s) and your solar viewing glasses/filters for cameras.   Recommend a solar kit such as the following links for viewing safety:  Just Glasses here or  Glasses and filter for non-optic cameras here.

Links to get you smarter:

  1. Smarter Everyday 1.
  2. Smarter Everyday 2: Shadow Bands.
  3. HOW TO VIDEO THE ECLIPSE.
  4. Solar Eclipse FAQ.
  5. Eclipse path across Tennessee.

 Contact:  Michael Glennon at KB4JHU@GMAIL.COM.

A hike after the eclipse is to be announced.  Directions to Welch’s Point, about halfway between Sparta and Crossville.  Turn south off of US 70 onto Eastland Road.  The closest GPS address is 5747 Eastland Road, Sparta, TN 38583 (Gulf Trading Post).  From the Gulf Trading Post, turn south onto Scott’s Gulf Road.  Follow the gravel road and fork to the right immediately past the parking lot for Virgin Falls Trail.  About three miles past the fork, you will enter a large gravel parking area with the remains of an old cabin and the hint of a view into the Caney Fork River valley; then follow the foot trail (about 400 ft.) to the overlook, Welch’s Point.  Email Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information at jhartvigs@comcast.net or call at 931-962-0811.

Michael Glennon
KB4JHU@GMAIL.COM
931-588-0302

8/22
Tue

Nashville

Chapter meeting. REI. Brentwood TN. 7:00 pm.  Tonight is our ninth annual "Show and Tell" meeting. Join us for a fun evening of personal accounts of hiking adventures in Tennessee and beyond. You’re invited to bring photos on a thumb drive (preferred, using the chapter’s laptop and projector) or CD, Show us where you’ve been and what you saw! Remember, some of the very best adventures are close to home. Please let Nora Beck know in advance that you’re planning to be a show-er and teller so that time can be allotted fairly to all presenters - we’ll have approximately 1 1/2 hours total time. Come and pique our interest as cooler weather  approaches - inspiration is always welcome! 

Nora Beck: 615-517-6486

8/23
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Catoosa Section

Hike from the bridge at Devils Breakfast Table going South to waterfall, overlook, to the end of the trail, and back for 5-6 moderate miles. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $2. Non-Fairfield Glade hikers will depart and carpool from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am CT to the Peavine/Stonehenge Roads 4-way stop to meet up with the Fairfield resident hikers. We will depart the 4-way stop for the hike at 7:45am CT. 

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, ctngrams@gmail.com 931-267-2243.

8/26
Sat

Clarksville

Red River Canoe Trip; We will float from Adams to Port Royal 6.7 miles; It should take from 3 to 5 hours; $45 per canoe for the first two people, third and fourth in that canoe $10 each additional; meet 8:00 A.M., Port Royal Stat Park parking area, Adams, TN. 

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

8/26
Sat

Nashville

Stones River Greenway Hike. Donelson, Tn. 6 miles. easy.  This hike includes rolling hills, a close-up walk past two historic mansions, and considerable time walking directly alongside Stones River.  It takes place on a paved greenway. 8:30 am start time. We will start at the greenway trailhead at the parking lot of Kohl’s Hermitage, which is in Jackson Downs shopping plaza, just past Target.  From Briley Parkway exit 8, the driving distance along Lebanon Pike is 3.5 miles east.   Our hike will first head north along the greenway with a slight detour to the Stone Hall mansion, and then up into metro owned parkland, the former Ravenwood country club golf course to the crest of the hill and then back- about 2 miles.  Then from our starting point we follow the greenway along Stones River, including some boardwalks and some interesting sights.  We’ll bear right at the first junction and walk over to the Clover Bottom Mansion, an Italianate home built in 1958.  We retrace our footsteps back to parking lot.    

 

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

 

8/26
Sat

Plateau

Smokies-Gabes Mountain Trail. This is moderate in and out 6-7 mile hike crossing several streams on foot logs to Hen Wallow Falls. Bring water shoes just in case. The trail passes many homesites and rock piles, a side trail leads to two former chimneys, the M.A. Ramsay 73 acre farmstead is not far from here. A short steep spur trail goes to the base of the falls where there are rocks to sit on for lunch. At Lower Falling Branch is a series of cascades. To the right of the main cascade is a wet cave. Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost is $8. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

8/26
Sat

Sumner Trails

August 26th - Peeler Park-Madison.  The Peeler Park Greenway is a short, multi-use trail that runs along the river through the wooded Peeler Park.  You may also catch a glimpse of a remote-controlled plane or two being piloted from the R/C Airfield within the park.  Meet for carpooling at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 AM CT.  For further info contact Shirley Hall, Hike Leader.

Shirley Hall shall958@bellsouth.net

8/28
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m., Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Sidney Sexton and Jacquelyn Ewart will present a program on their six weeks stay in Alaska.  The program will include scenes and hikes in and around Sitka, scenic train rides on Alaskan railroads, excursions to glaciers and hikes through totem pole parks.

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

8/30
Wed

Plateau

Hike/Maintenance -- CT Grassy Cove Section

We will hike, install trail blazes, and do light maintenance over Brady Mountain from Jewett Rd to HY 68 one way for 7.8 moderate miles. Car shuttle is required. For those wanting a shorter hike (drivers?) may either hike 2.3 mi to the Brady Bluff overlook from HY68 or Black Mt, across the road, to the Windless Cave and back. Depart from the Trinity Tabernacle on Rt 127 south at 7:30am CT. Bring clippers, hand saw, lunch, snacks and water. Carpool cost is $3. 

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, ctngrams@gmail.com 931-267-2243.

    ** September 2017 **  

9/2
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Labor Day

N/A

9/2
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door Trail, Big Creek Rim Trail, Laurel Trail.  South Cumberland State Park.  Stone Door Ranger Station, 1183 Stone Door Road, Beersheba, TN.  7 miles. This loop hike is actually easy, but the total mileage of 7 miles places it in the moderate category.  Level.  Good tread.  Awesome overlooks.  Bring water, lunch and snacks. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.

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

9/2
Sat

Murfreesboro

Volunteer Day Loop. Long Hunter State Park. 4 miles, easy. Meet at the trailhead off of Hobson Pike at 9:00 am. This trail is through the woods and along the lake shore of Percy Priest. If anyone is interested in more miles, we can stop by Couchville Lake and do the 2 mile paved loop on the way out.

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

9/2
Sat

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Lawson Mountain Section (Norma Road to Lick Creek Overlook).   Water shoes may be needed to cross Lick Creek.  This is moderate in and out hike going South along New River and Lick Creek with two options: 7.8 miles round trip to the overlook or skip the overlook instead going 4 miles in to a field to watch the elk and back for total of 8 miles OR do both for 9.4 miles.  Other interesting features are sm waterfall, rock formations and views.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30a.m. CT.  Carpool cost is $9.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/2
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Prentice Cooper.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

9/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

September 2 Window Cliffs : Length 5.4 mile round trip. Steep descent the 1st mile (about 300 ft.) then a slow uphill climb the next mile + with a steep climb to the top of the cliffs (about 250 ft.) We will cross Cane Creek and its tributary Phelps Branch 20 times. 18 of the crossing have steel cables to hold on to. We will see a 20 ft. waterfall and visit a overlook that has an excellent view of the windows in the cliffs. Bring water shoes, lunch (on top the cliffs), snacks, water, etc. The hike is rated strenuous, meet at J.C. Penny’s in Cookeville, TN at 8:00 am. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.If trail is closed because of high water we will hike the Upper/Lower Piney Falls and Stinging Fork Falls (both less than 6 miles)’

 

Pete Broehl

9/5
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

September 5, 2017

Chapter Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 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 pm meeting time to eat and chat with other members of the chapter. We will be planning our future monthly hikes, and discussing "all things hiking."

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

 

9/5
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Greenway Farms.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at the dog park at 8 a.m.

Donna Pyers (352-812-4845)

9/6
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork Buffalo Arch.  Buffalo Arch Trail is a moderate 4.8 miles in and out with an 823’ elevation change.  The trail is just across the TN/KY border off HY 154 North of Pickett State Park.  Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Bring lunch, snacks and water.  Carpool cost is $6.  

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/8-
9/10

Highland Rim

Devils Step Island Camping and Kayaking to Maple Ben Island and down Owl Hollow Creek.  Tims Ford Lake, Winchester, TN.   Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will camp on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday.  Those who are not camping can meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT on the shore of Devils Step Island.  We will paddle to Maple Bend Island for a rest and a snack then we will continue down Owl Hollow Creek.  We will have lunch on Maple Bend Island before returning to Devils Step Island.  The Park allows only six campers on an island. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a place on Devils Step Island.  If there are more folks wishing to camp on an island there is the option of also reserving Maple Bend Island for the September 8-10 weekend.  Or you can acquire a campsite at Fairview Campground, located near Devils Step Island.  To reserve your own campsite at Fairview Campground or to reserve Maple Bend Island call Tims Ford State Park, 931-962-1183 .  Camping is free on Maple Bend Island but you are required to go to the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center during business hours to register and purchase a map of Tims Ford Lake.

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

9/8-
9/10

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford Lake Camping and Kayabking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. We will camp on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday. Those not camping can meet us at 8:00 am CT on the shore of Devils Step Island. We will paddle to Owl Hollow Creek and then have lunch on Maple Bend Island. Space is limited for camping on Devils Step Island so you must sign up for camping as soon as possible. 

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

9/9
Sat

Clarksville

Springfield Greenway, Travis Price Park, Springfield, TN; 6 miles out and back, easy; eat at a Depot Restaurant In Springfield after the hike; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 25 miles to trail head.

Suva Bastin 931.645-2849

9/9
Sat

Murfreesboro

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. Brentwood. 2.5 miles rated easy to difficult. Seasoned hikers will not find the trail all that challenging. The hike is a pretty one and does include some uphill climb. Meet at Sam’s Club parking lot at 7:45 am in order to carpool from Murfreesboro. 

Mary Belle Ginanni
mginanni@comcast.net
615-895-6072

9/9
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Rock Climbers parking lot to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 5 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

9/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

September 9 Abrams Falls - Abrams Falls hike trail difficulty easy to the falls.  5.2 miles roundtrip.  There’s not very much elevation.  It may still be really hot in September, so bring plenty of water. Will be swimming at the falls, if water is right. Meet at JC Penney in Cookeville at 7am central time.  The Cades Cove Road is closed to motor traffic on Saturday mornings, so we won’t be able to get to trail head in Cades Cove until after 10 a.m. Eastern.  Please call, or text, Brandon Kimbrell at (931) 981-5451 to register for the hike, or if you have questions.  If you call, and there is no answer, please leave message. 

Brandon kimbrell

9/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 September 9-Fairfield Glade Cumberland County-7 miles We will explore 3 trails developed by volunteer trail builders within the Fairfield Glade community. Our first hike will be on the HGR loop within the northern section of the community. The hike through a woodland with some interesting rock outcroppings is 3 miles long and is rated moderate for elevation gain and loss.  Then we will drive to the Seven Bridges Trail. This trail starts as a grassy road then joins a loop through a woodland with rock outcroppings creating a lollipop hike by returning on the same grassy road section. This hike is 2.1 miles and is rated easy. The last hike of the day will be on the Overlook Trail. This trail starts at an overlook of Daddys Creek then runs along a hillside above the creek before descending to creek level for over a half mile and looping back up the hill to the overlook and parking. Portions of the new Crab Orchard section of the Cumberland Trail can be viewed on the other side of the creek.  This hike is about 2 miles and is mostly easy but is rated strenuous due to a short but steep climb from the creek to the overlook. If water conditions are amenable we can cool our feet, wade, swim, or otherwise enjoy the water in Daddys Creek before returning to the overlook.  Bring snacks, water, lunch, hiking boots, and water shoes and appropriate clothing if you plan to get wet.  You can meet us in the west side of the JC Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00am.  For information and to register, contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615 478-7461.

Lillian Ey

9/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting - 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station.  Joan Bentley will be sharing pictures and stories from her trip to India earlier this year. She went as a participant with Friendship Force International. She spent time in Nashik, Mumbai, Mysore, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and other cities. She will share both the richness and the poverty of this exotic country.

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

9/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Leggett Road to McGill Creek.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m. 

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

9/13
Wed

Plateau

Fairfield Glade North Trails.  This compilation of trails makes a figure 8, of 7.6 easy to moderate miles in Fairfield Glade.  Bring snacks and water.  Non Fairfield Glade hikers will meet and carpool from the Vanity Fair Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am CT to the Peavine/Stonehenge Rds 4-way stop to meet up with the Fairfield resident hikers.  We will depart the 4-way for the hikes at 7:45am. Carpool cost from Vanity Fair is $2.

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/14
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter Cookout at Meadow Park Lake from 5-7PM. Meal will start around 5:30 pm. Bring your own meat to grill, beverage and covered dish or dessert to share. Charcoal grills will be ready for grilling by 5:00 pm. Plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins will be provided. 

Contact Carol Quattrociocchi at Quattrociocchi@frontiernet.net or 931-484-4230 or Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

9/16
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight camping at Ken’s Knoxville Property; visit Ijams Nature Center a 300-acre urban green space featuring over 12 miles of natural surface trails; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 212 miles to Ken’s Property.

 

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

9/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike- Eat, Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  About 5 miles, moderate.  Meet at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee at 9:00 a.m. CT for breakfast.  We will leave at 9:30 a.m. to drive to the trailhead.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register for the hike.  We will begin at Gate 15 and hike south on the fire lane to access the Perimeter Trail.  We will then hike southwest on the Perimeter Trail to Elliott Point, King’s Farm, north to Armfield Bluff then to Gate 9 where we have a shuttle vehicle awaiting us.  We will have lunch at King’s Farm

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

9/16
Sat

Plateau

Smokies - Madron Bald/Albright Grove Loop Trail.  This is a 7.3 moderate hike.  Features include giant tulip, beech, hemlock and silverbells trees, Buckeye Creek, Willis Baxter cabin, and Cole Creek.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am.  Carpool cost is $10.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

9/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 6 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m

Will Smith (423-580-2918) and John Politte (423-304-8327)

9/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Sep 16. Savage Day Loop, North Rim, Mountain Oak, and North Plateau Trails, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. We will hike the Savage Day Loop, Mountain Oak, and parts of the North Plateau and North Rim Trails. The hike is about 9 1/2 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. The hike features several nice overlooks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s in Sparta about 8:20, or at the trailhead about 9:00. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

Richard Savage

9/17
Sun

Murfreesboro

Barfield Wilderness Loop Trail. Barfield Crescent Park. Murfreesboro. 4 miles of wooded trail with a slight hill to climb near the beginning. Nothing very strenuous. Meet at the Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station at 9:00 am. There are lots of paved paths as well to walk if anyone wants to add on mileage and a wonderful steep hill offering a great cardio workout.

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

9/17
Sun

Nashville

  

Urban hike – Nashville 4-5 miles.  easy.  Meet at 9:30 am, at Lot R near the south end of Nissan Stadium near the river. Lot R has over 1,075 free parking spaces and is easily accessible from I-65 / I-24 via Exit 84 (Shelby Avenue) or via Korean Veteran’s Boulevard. Signage helps direct cars to Lot R.  www.parkitdowntown.com has parking maps available, and lot R is numbered 141 on that map.  Free parking.  Look for the large red sculpture near the waterfront, close to the Bridge building – we start there- near the waterfront. It is an away game date for the Titans, by the way.

The hike will proceed along the East Bank Greenway through Cumberland Park for a short distance.  We will cross the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and go south up the Cumberland River Greenway through the Ascend amphitheater and up Rolling Mill Hill Greenway. Crossing the Richard Fulton campus, we take Lindsley Avenue over to Ash Street. This will lead us to the brand new Division Street Connector which is a bridge whose sidewalk offers a panoramic view of downtown.  Continuing on Division Street to 12th Avenue South, we turn into the Gulch and onto 11th Avenue S.  From there, Demonbreum Street east across above the railroad tracks and work our way to Broadway, passing Frist Center. Following Broadway to 5th Avenue, past Country Music Hall of Fame, then east along the Korean Veterans Boulevard, and across the bridge to starting point.

 

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

 

9/19
Tue

Clarksville

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

 Ken Johnson 865-803-4371.

 

9/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

Donna Pyers (352-812-4845)

9/22-
9/24

Highland Rim

Camping and kayaking on Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River Weekend.   Camping at Ragland Bottom Campground, eight miles east of Smithville, TN off US-70 East.  We have reserved three gorgeous premium tent campsites along the shore of Center Hill Lake:  #27, #28, #29  Each site has electricity, water, shade and lake views. Beautiful lakeside RV sites are available as well as additional tent sites for others to reserve.  Campground has flush toilets, sinks and hot showers.   Kayaking on Center Hill Lake.  Campground has a boat ramp and covered picnic pavilion.   Swimming in Center Hill Lake at a sandy beach.  Saturday morning we will float the Caney Fork River.  We will put in below Center Hill Dam and take out at Betty’s Island, 8.7 miles.   Ragland Bottom Campground is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility.  It is clean, well maintained and beautiful.    Please contact Joan Hartvigsen early if interested in staying in campsite #27 or #28.    Also, contact Joan if interested in the Saturday Caney Fork Float.  Joan’s email jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

9/23
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard Trail to Foster Falls, 13 miles, difficult; meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 131 miles to trail head.

 Paul Schwab 931.801-9484

9/23
Sat

East Tennessee

Seven Islands State Birding Park.  This hike is Tennessee’s newest park.  It is a 416 acre park that was established in the 1990’s by private donors and jointly managed as Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge by a local foundation and Knox County.  In the fall of 2013, it was designated as a state park effective Septemer 2013 with the grand opening July 2014.  The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the Fench Broad River.  Habitats include wooded hills, an intermittent stream, and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses.  More than 10 species of birds have been sighted in the park.  There is little detailed information about the park.  I have hiked the park several times and it seems to me the outside loop is something over five miles, see the map.  According to the Sierra Club there are about 6 miles of natural trails.  The views are great,  you can see the Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte.  This is a hike that almost anyone can do so join us.  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 in the Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling, leaving at 8:30 am ET and stopping at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains Pike and leaving at 9:00 am ET for those who would prefer to meet there. Be sure to bring $$$ for car pooling. For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

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


9/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Caney Fork River Float, 8.7 miles.  Put in below Center Hill Dam.  Take out at Betty’s Island.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for more information no later than September 8.  Joan’s email:  jhartvigs@comcast.net. phone 931-962-0811.   Kayaks and canoes may be rented at Canoe the Caney, 1-800-579-7893, 17055 Smithville Highway, Silver Point, TN.  Reservations recommended.

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

9/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Booker T. Washington.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m.

Jean Smith (423-596-9681)

9/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

September 23 - The Garden Spot, Frozen Head State Park - 12.5 Miles We will begin our hike at Big Cove camp ground following the Lookout Tower Trail until it meets the Cumberland Trail (mile 2.8), where we will continue on to Bald Knob (mile 3.3).  Following the Cumberland Trail/North Boundary Trail, we will pass "Son of a Bitch Ditch" before reaching the western end of a series of coal ponds and a junction with Coffin Springs Trail (mile 4.7). Continuing along the Cumberland Trail, we will reach an old dirt road that runs into a gravel road at the north end of the Garden Spot, a large flat summit (mile 5.9). From here, we will return to the Coffin Springs Trail junction (mile 6.1). Taking Coffin Springs Trail, we will pass Coffin Springs and the Coffin Springs campsite before rejoining the Lookout Tower Trail (mile 7.2). Proceeding along Lookout Tower Trail, we will make our way to the Panther Gap junction (mile 8.6), where those who wish can to take a short side trail to see Panther Gap Rockhouse. From the Panther Gap junction, our trail continues on the South Old Mac trail junction (mile 9.2). Anyone wanting to see the Lookout Tower can proceed up to the tallest point in Frozen Head State Park for an excellent views of the surrounding areas. From here, we will make our way down South Old Mac Trail to the parking lot (mile 12.5). Those wanting a shorter hike may be interested in taking the Bird Mountain Loop from the Lookout Tower Trail (7.2 mile) or remaining on the Lookout Tower Trail, by passing the North Boundary Trail and the Garden spot (9.5 miles).This hike is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT, or at the trailhead at approximately 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu.

Jeff Graves

9/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our program is “Update on the Goings On at South Cumberland State Park.”  South Cumberland State Park Manager George Shinn is our speaker.

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

9/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Sitton’s Gulch (bottom of Cloudland Canyon).  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

Donna Pyers (352-812-4845)

9/28-
9/30

Columbia/ Franklin

Hiking the weekend of September 28-30

Cindy Whitt is leading a two-day hike in Pickett State Park the weekend of September 28-30.  According to Cindy, the historic cabins are wonderful.   She loves this park and would be willing to map out some trails for hiking.  Cindy believes however that if you want to stay at Pickett State Park, they have a two-day minimum stay. Below is some information regarding Pickett State Park.  It is about a three-hour drive from Franklin to Pickett State Park which is located in the upper Cumberland area.  Please contact Cindy if you have any interest in traveling with her. 

PICKETT STATE PARK

Did you know? Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location!

On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. The combined property will be known as Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park.

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In 1933, the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through1942. The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park.

Cindy Whitt:  cindy.whitt@comcast.net

9/30
Sat

Clarksville

National Public Lands Day, We will do our assigned trail maintenance on LBL, NS trail from the South Checking Station to Tharp Road; 8 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 35 miles to trail head.

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

9/30
Sat

Highland Rim

National Public Lands Day .  National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.  It is a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation.   We will celebrate by volunteering to work on the trails at either Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma or South Cumberland State Park.  The fifth Saturday of the month is the day our Chapter works on trails at Short Springs.  But since it is also National Public Lands Day, we have the option of helping out at South Cumberland State Park.  If you want to volunteer at Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma meet us at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you plan to come.    If you plan to help at South Cumberland State Park please contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Naullain Kendrik
naullain@hotmail.com

9/30
Sat

Memphis

Lovitt Trail (behind Lowe’s off Germantown Road)

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.
                                   

Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705

9/30
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro. Come join us for trail maintenance from 8:00 am to 11:00. Meet in front of the Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, snack and water. 

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

9/30
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day - Trail Building at Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Observe National Public Lands Day by helping build a new ½ mile Hillside Story Book Trail near the Interpretive Center. This trail will stimulate interest in hiking and reading for young children and their parents. Contact Fount Bertram for information and to sign-up. 

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

9/30
Sat

Nashville

Sewanee Perimeter Loop, Sewanee, TN: 9 miles: Rated Moderate to Difficult (due to distance and elevation changes). We will start at Greens View and hike counter-clockwise to a nice overlook before across the plateau on a forest road that passes by the equestrian center.  On the other side of the plateau, we’ll hike down to Bridalveil Falls and then across to the War Memorial at University View.  From there, we walk across the University campus back to the start.  Bring lunch/snacks, water. good hiking boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather.  Option: Shenanagin’s for post-hike nourishment. Meeting Place: Conn’s HomePlus (formerly Target): 5330 Cane Ridge Road, Antioch TN 37013. Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (Should be at trailhead around 9:30 AM).

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

9/30-
10/1

Plateau

Cumberland Gap Overnight.

Hike Sand Cave and White Rocks via Ewing Trail is a 8.9 mile loop trail located near Ewing, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Trail is 8.9 mile loop with 2611’ elevation gain. If interested in trip but not the hike you can reserve a guided hike to Gap cave for $8 or $4 if you have a golden pass; 1 tour per pass. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/ewing-trail-sand-cave-white-rocks.
Hike Chadwell Gap trail to Ridge Trail to Hensley Settlement.
The settlement gets its name from a Kentucky man named Sherman Hensley, who in 1903 moved with his young wife to the top of Cumberland Mountain to eke out a living away from the encroaching world of telephones and automobiles. It is approximately 8 mile hike with 2385’ elevation gain. If interested in the settlement but don’t want to hike, you can reserve a Ranger Guided Hensley Settlement tour for $10 ($5 if you have a Golden Pass; 1 tour per pass). The ranger drives 10 passenger van up the Shillalah Creek trail (a steep gravel road) to the settlement. See the profile on the map at:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/chadwell-gap-to-hensley-settlement--2

Hotels: Plateau Chapter members are staying in Sleep Inn, Middlesboro, KY.  Othere hotels are Holliday Inn, Middlesboro, KY or Cumberland Gap Inn in Cumberland Gap, KY.  Cumbereland Gap National Historic Park also has a campground.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunches. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

9/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road to Immodium Falls and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Boodie Fox (423-842-1178)

    ** October 2017 **  

10/7
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby ForestChickasaw Bluff and Pioneer Springs Trails. 6-7 miles, Moderate.

Meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at Poplar Tree Lake (NOT the Visitor Center) at 9:00. To get to the meeting point, go out North Watkins until it ends at Locke-Cuba Road and turn left. Drive 2.3 miles (go straight ahead past the General Store), then turn right into the park on Grassy Lake Road. Go straight ahead, 1.7 miles to a stop sign. Turn left and the parking lot will be on your right. 

We will shuttle approximately six miles to the north trail head of the Chickasaw Bluff Trail. The trail head, at about 417 feet, is one of the highest points in Shelby County. The trail quickly descends below 300 feet and follows a creek down to the Mississippi flood plain. Here we often see evidence of the wild pigs that have inhabited the park for the last few years. After crossing Beaver Creek at about 2.5 miles, we encounter a few rolling hills before climbing a short but steep hill up to the Woodland Shelter (approximately mile 3.5) where we will have lunch. From the shelter we join up with the Pioneer Springs Trail which through a series of rolling hills drops back down into the flood plain. We’ll pass the spring before ending with a gentle uphill back to the parking lot.

Bring hiking boots, water, and lunch.

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

10/7
Sat

Plateau

2017 Hit the Trails Festival, 10am to 3pm at Mirror Lake, Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade
There will be live music and concessions stands selling burgers, hotdogs, etc. With over thirty information booths on outoor organizations in Cumberland County.  http://time2meet.com/trails/festival.shtml

If you have any questions please contact: John Conrad at john@time2meet.com or (931) 287-2432

10/12
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter meeting, Program:  Tree Identification by Don Hazel.  6 pm, First United Methodist Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville

Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead
trailwalker80@gmail.com or (941) 716-3620

10/13-
10/15

TTA

TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

Host Chapters:
Murfreesboro
Highland Rim
Columbia/Franklin

10/21
Sat

Memphis

TBD

10/21-
10/22

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Norma Road to Cove Lake Backpacking trip

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

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

    ** November 2017 **  

11/4
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area – Germantown parking lot
                                  

  Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705

11/11
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park 
                           
 

Kam Hipkins, 901-299-8359

11/18
Sat

Memphis

Lovitt Woods Trail behind Lowe’s off Germantown Road

Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705
 

11/25
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville
 
 

TBD

    ** December 2017 **  

12/2
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Woodland Trail

Gloria Folk, 901-277-5756

 

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