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CORONA VIRUS NOTICE: July 31, 2020:

Tennessee Trails Association chapters adhere to all applicable laws, rules, and guidelines for any given setting when organizing hikes and events. Out of concern for those who join us, their families, and our community, we conduct our hikes in a way which conforms to current COVID‑19 guidelines. If you have questions, contact your local chapter’s hike coordinator.

 


Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Aug 10, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2020 **  

8/7
Fri

Nashville

Burch Reserve, Warner Parks, Nashville TN.  A Moderate ~3-mile hike that has a bit of everything.8:00-9:30 am.  Wide paved road to rocky single track with both level and hilly portions. This is the newest trail in the Warner parks and is less peopled than the other trails (and parking should be easier as well!). August is a great time for spotting butterflies in the warm meadows. There’s about 400’ in elevation gain and decent.  A majority of the hike is shady but the meadow portions are bright and sunny so don’t forget your water and hats.   Limited to 10 so rsvp early. Please provide cell phone in case of weather cancellation. 

rsvp to Niola Cusati:  niolac@gmail.com  or text 408.455.2472
NOTE:  THIS IS AN UPDATED, DATE CHANGE FROM THE NEWSLETTER INFO.

8/8
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA, Discovery Trail, 2.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00A.M. CT at the trail head near the picnic table.

 

 Mike Covey 608-206-9850

8/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Amelia from Avian Glen Winery in Smyrna will speak about some wine basics and the inner workings of a winery. The name Avian Glen comes from the hummingbirds that owner Dr. Larry Davis saw on the property when he first purchased the land. Today, the Avian Glen logo features the hummingbird on all of their bottles. Park rules won’t let us do a tasting, though! https://avianglenwinery.com/

Jeanne Conatser 
djconatser@comcast.net

8/12
Wed

Plateau

Whites Creek Natural Area, Rockwood, TN - The Whites Creek 3.5 mi trail begins along the shoreline and continues as a woodland walk along the ridge tops overlooking the Watts Bar reservoir of the Tennessee River.  The hike is rated moderate due several hill climbs to get your heart pumping.  Then we will visit Fort Southwest Point in Kingston for a short walk and some exploring. This is the only federal era 18th Century Fort in Tennessee reconstructed on the original foundation.  Pack water and  snacks.  We’ll eat lunch at Courtney’s Diner in Harriman on our way to the Fort.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle parking lot off HY 127S, one mile South of downtown Crossville.  Gas cost $5.  

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

8/14
Fri

Nashville

Friday, August 14, South Cumberland Sampler - Denny Cove and Sherwood Forest, 3.5 or 6 miles, moderate to moderately challenging for loose rocky footing in some segments. Current park and TTA COVID-19 guidance applies; you must register for this hike. We’ll meet at the Denny Cove trailhead at 7:45 am and complete the hikes by mid-afternoon. There is a 45 minute drive between trails. Pack a lunch and snacks for the trail and plan for the heat – bring plenty of water, sun protection, and bug spray.  

 

 

Contact Mark Hubbard at mark.hubbard@mhhub.us or 615-715-1517.

NOTE: THIS IS A LATE POSTING.  IT IS NOT IN THE NEWSLETTER

8/15
Sat

Clarksville

Clarksville Greenway from Marys Oak Drive access, out and back, to Pollard Road access, 4.0 total miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT at the Marys Oak Drive access. Note: In previous years we have met at Pollard Road access.

 

Carol Segura 931-801-9484

8/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River below Tims Ford Dam to Farris Creek Ramp.  8.5 miles, approx. 4.5 hours.  Masks required during vehicle shuttle.   Joint float with Murfreesboro Chapter, Tony Jones.  Meet at 9 am CDT at Elk River put in off Hwy 50 below Tims Ford Dam.  Bring kayaking gear, a lot of water, snack, lunch and sunscreen.  Please register with Tony Jones, tonjon1968@gmail.com or 615-397-4463.  Boiling Fork Adventures rent kayaks for $25 per day, 200 Hill Dale Drive, Winchester,TN.931-636-7127. Reserve in advance and pick up the kayak morning of our float and transport it to the put-in yourself.  You will need a full size pick up truck or roof kayak carrier or kayak trailer to safely transport the rental kayak.

 

 

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

8/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Elk River Kayaking – Float from Tims Ford Dam to Farris Bridge. The float is approximately 8.5 miles and will take roughly 5 hours with lunch and rest breaks. We will meet at Tims Ford Dam at 9:00 am to arrange a shuttle. Face masks are optional on the water but MUST BE WORN during the shuttle. Tony will provide a disposable mask if needed.
Bring water, lunch, water toys, and PFD is required in boat. For more information or to register call Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or tonjon1968@gmail.com

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

8/15
Sat

Nashville

Hidden Lake Double Loop Hike, Harpeth River State Park, Pegram, TN.  Some trail descriptions call this Nashville’s “hidden jewel”.  “It travels through transitioning fields before entering woodland to reach bluffs above the Harpeth River.  The trail then straddles the bluffs with the Harpeth on one side and Hidden Lakes on the the other, before looping around a wooded knob past an old tourist resort.” - Johnny Molloy.  The double loop is 1.6 miles but I like to walk it in reverse (it’s a whole new trail!), the second time, to add mileage for 3.2. miles.  We will meet in the parking lot at 6:45 and start hiking at 7 am, practicing social distancing as per TTA guidelines.  Call or email Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811, njlj1011@gmail.com

 

Call or email Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811, njlj1011@gmail.com

 

8/15
Sat

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Jamestown,TN - Hazard, Natural Bridge & Indian Rockhouse Trails.  We’ll wind our way around the 3 trails for about 5 easy miles starting from the Hazard Cave Trailhead. Gas cost is $5.  Bring water, snacks and lunch. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.

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

8/18
Tue

Clarksville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville; This is assuming the Crow Center will be open for our meeting.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925.

8/19
Wed

Plateau

University of TN Arboretum Loop Trail - Oak Ridge, TN. We will hike the 5 mile loop which is off HY 62 (See All Trails App). Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, lunch and snacks. Depart at 7:30am CDST from Dorton United Methodist Church 1mi East of Peavine Rd on HY 70E. Gas cost $5. 

For info text/call Deb 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

8/20
Thu

Nashville

Burch Reserve, Warner Parks, Nashville TN. A Moderate ~3-mile hike that has a bit of everything. 8:00-9:30 am  Wide paved road to rocky single track with both level and hilly portions. This is the newest trail in the Warner parks and is less peopled than the other trails (and parking should be easier as well!). August is a great time for spotting butterflies in the warm meadows. There’s about 400’ in elevation gain and decent.  A majority of the hike is shady but the meadow portions are bright and sunny so don’t forget your water and hats.   Limited to 10 so rsvp early. Please provide cell phone in case of weather cancellation. 

rsvp to Niola Cusati:  niolac@gmail.com  or text 408.455.2472

8/21-
8/23

WE HAVE A FEW TAKERS.  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY AUGUST 6

Gauging interest here for a Hiwassee/Ocoee trip Aug 21-23. I have group campsite G7 reserved at Gee Creek Campground a.k.a. Hiwassee/Ocoee SP. That site holds a maximum of 25 people. Tentative plan is Fri night: arrive, setup, Potluck dinner 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT, Sat: Float the Hiwassee Reliance Bridge back to boat ramp at campground. Generation schedule will determine time. Dinner out. Sun: optional Ocoee whitewater trip through an outfitter. Those who wish to do a hike or paddle Ocoee lake can do that. Estimated cost: $3 per person per night to camp, your food including your Fri night Potluck contribution. Optional whitewater fee is $40-$49 per person. If you are interested in attending please contact me via email by NOON, MON, AUG 3 at johnmruth@comcast.net. Please advise how many nights you will camp and if you are doing the whitewater trip on Sun.  Contact John Ruth, 615-485-6185

John Ruth
615-485-6185

8/22
Sat

Clarksville

Garden of the Gods trip: 3 stops and a free ferry ride across the Ohio River; 1) Cave in Rock 0.25 mile, moderate; 2) Rim Rock Trail 0.5 mile, moderate; 3) Garden of the Gods, 0.5 mile, easy to difficult; meet 7:00 A.M. Dover Crossing Kroger Parking Lot;114 miles to Garden of the Gods

 
 

Paul Schwab 931-80189484

8/22
Sat

East Tennessee

Obed River, Wartburg TN - Alley Ford.   The Obed Wild and Scenic River Park consists of four streams that have cut into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau creating rugged landscape wild and water.   There are spectacular gorges with 400 ft cliffs above the streams and huge sandstone boulders dotting the streams creating large whitewater rapids in the rushing water.   We will hike approximately 5 miles in and out at Ally Ford. The trailhead begins at Rock Creek Campground adjacent to Nemo. Preregistration is required due to the weather conditions. We will tailgate at 9am from the parking lot at the  Ingles parking lot at Merchants Rd off 1-75 exit North.  We will also tailgate  from Books A Million parking lot in Oak Ridge  at  9:30am.  Please preregister with Sherry. Due to the covid19 virus, the group will be limited to 8 people, so register early!  The destination has a wonderful swimming spot so bring your swimming gear if you want to go swimming!

Sherry Barber
sherry.kerr.barber@gmail.com
865-209-6189

8/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Buggy Top Cave Hike.  4 miles round trip. South Cumberland State Park, near Sewanee, TN. Hwy 56 South.  Moderately difficult due to steep descent and rough footing.  Buggy Top Cave is one of the largest cave entrances in Tennessee. Bring water shoes and flashlight and head lamp to explore the cave.  You will need water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with our hike leader, Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

 

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

8/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series – Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal State Historic Park. Jeanne Conatser’s Pick- A- Park is a two-for-one. We’ll meet at Port Royal in Adams at the River Bottom Trail parking lot at 10:00 am for an easy half-mile loop by the Red River. Then we’ll drive 20-30 minutes over to Dunbar Cave in Clarksville for another easy half-mile loop around the lake and down to the cave entrance.  Here’s a chance to choose- your- own- adventure: The regular path takes you to the entrance of the cave only. If you would like to go down into the cave to see the art and formations, the park ranger will lead us at 1:00 pm, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER AND PRE-PAY $18. Here’s the link to register for the cave tour:  https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/dunbar-cave/tours. Maximum of 10 per tour and be careful that you select the 1:00 pm slot (unless you choose to stay and go at 3:00 pm). Adds about an hour and is completely optional, but please plan transportation accordingly. Bring your State Parks Passport book, your own snacks and drinks, Dunbar Cave State Park has a picnic area. This is a chance to visit two state parks in one day. Please register by email to Jeanne Conatser at djconatser@comcast.net in case trip is cancelled for weather.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

8/22
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 22

Tammy Hendrick ( 315 949 8187)  will lead the Pot Point Nature Loop hike ( 4 miles). Meet at the Food City at the base of Signal Mtn at 8am.

Tammy Hendrick ( 315 949 8187)

8/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Picnic at 4:30 pm CDTat Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park.  Program by Jason Miller, Director of State Natural Areas.  Jason will lead a walk at May Prairie State Natural Area beginning at 6:30 pm.  The main parking area is on Asbury Road in Manchester.  Jason’s main focus will be the May Prairie but he will speak some on state scenic rivers.  Late summer flowers will be blooming and we will also see prairie grasses. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811

 

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

8/26
Wed

Plateau

Rock Island State Park, Moonshine .6 mi, Twin Falls 1.6 mi, Upstream. 5 mi, Eagle Trail 1.5 mi - Rock Island, TN. We will cobble several short trails together and eat lunch at the local cafe. There are multiple waterfalls to see. Short Hike: 4 mi easy.   Long Hike: 5.2 mi easy.   Depart 7:30am CDST from Tractor Supply parking lot in Crossville. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water and snacks. Gas cost $5. 

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

8/29
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 3.5 or 5.25 miles, you have the opportunity to exit after 3.5 Miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

 

 

 

 

Ed Oliver 931-561-9946

8/29
Sat

East Tennessee

Hike Seven Islands State Birding Park: August 29, 2020: Seven Islands State Birding Park is Tennessee’s newest park. It is a 416-acre park that was established in the 1990s 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 September 2013 with the grand opening July 2014. The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the French Broad River. Habitats include wooded hills, an intermittent stream, and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses. More than 180 species of birds have been sighted in the park.

You can see a Seven Islands map with trails and distances if you go to https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/Seven_Islands_web.jpg
The views are great, you can see Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte. The hike is mostly easy with rolling hills. There is one hill where you gain perhaps 150 feet. The total distance if we take the outer most trails, including Newmans Island, is about six miles. 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.

Because of the Covid-19 restrictions we will not be carpooling and you should bring a face mask to wear when you are unable to maintain the 6 foot social distance.

We will leave the Seven Islands parking lot, trail head, at 9 am. If you are unsure how to get to the parking lot meet me at the foot of Exit 402, I-40 E (Midway Road) by 8:45 am and we can tailgate to the parking lot.

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

8/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Meet at 8 am in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring work gloves, water and a snack.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Tasks will include clearing trails from blown down trees and pruning back foliage from the trails.  Bring pruners and loppers.  Specific tasks will be announced closer to the date.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know that you can help, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

8/29
Sat

Murfreesboro

Foster Falls and Denny Cove. Located between Tracy City and Jasper. Foster Falls Climbers Loop is 3.0 miles rated moderate. From the Foster Falls observation deck this trail descends to the base of the 60 ft. Foster Falls. Then we’ll ascend to the top of the bluff to the trailhead. After this hike we’ll travel 1.4 miles to the trailhead at Denny Cove. The Denny Cove trail is 2.9 miles rated moderate. The trail is rocky in some places and we’ll pass a beautiful overlook on our way to the Denny Cove waterfall. Hiking boots are highly recommended and bring food and plenty of water. For more information or to register, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

 

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

8/29
Sat

Plateau

Big South Fork - Rock Creek, John Muir and Tunnel Trails - Jamestown, TN. We will hike 5 in/out moderate miles on a new route to the Tunnel which is near the Hidden Passage Trail. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville. Gas cost is $6. 

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

8/29
Sat

Soddy Daisy

John Politte (423 304 8327) will lead the 9.6 mile hike at Snow Falls. We will depart from the Soddy Daisy ballfields at 8 am

 

John Politte (423 304 8327)

8/31-
9/3

Highland Rim

Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee, Salem SC near Cashiers NC.  Camping at Devils Fork State Park,  kayaking Lake Jocassee and hiking in nearby state parks.  We have reserved a private four hour pontoon boat tour guided by a Naturalist for September 1.    We will see the entire lake and its waterfalls and contributing rivers, the northwest section and the northeast section.  The park has a separate boat ramp reserved only for kayaks and canoes. Eclectic Sun LLC rents kayaks inside the park.  We can also kayak nearby Keowee-Toxaway Lake.  Nearby state parks with great hiking trails are Gorges State Park, Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Table Rock State Park and Caesars Head State Park, Raven Cliff Falls.  Also, the hike to the Lower Whitewater Falls on the Bad Creek Foothills Trail is a spectacular hike as well as the Chau Ram County Park hike along the Chauga River featuring several waterfalls.  Three reserved lakeside tent campsites have spectacular views of the lake and Blue Ridge Mountains. We have also reserved one RV campsite with 30 amp electricity and water.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot in one of these campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Bring kayaking and swimming gear, camping gear, hiking gear.  Bring binoculars for the boat ride.

 

 

 

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

    ** September 2020 **  

9/2
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN - Sheltowee/John Muir Trail.   From the end of Duncan Hollow Rd we will follow the trail along the BSF Cumberland River.  Short Hike: 4 mi in/out.  Long Hike:  8 mi in/out.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.  Bring lunch, water and snack. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.Gas cost is $6.    

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

9/5
Sat

Clarksville

No hike. Labor Day Weekend.

N?A

9/8
Tue

Highland Rim

Little Hurricane Creek Paddle and bike ride.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Pleasant Grove Public Use Area, 199 Pleasant Grove Drive, Estill Springs, TN.   Beautiful Little Hurricane Creek flows through Owl Hollow Mill Wildlife Management Area on it’s way to Tims Ford Lake.  We can paddle to Maple Bend Island.  No vehicle shuttle. Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  After our paddle we will ride our bicycles inside Tims Ford State Park.  The park’s paved bike trails are the best in the state park system and leads to gorgeous views of the lake.  So, let’s make a day of it!  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-636-2914

9/8
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Our speaker is Mike Shirley from Family Pet Health. He will speak about taking our dogs hiking - etiquette, gear, suggested vaccines, how to spot signs of distress and more.

 

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

9/9
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville, TN. We will hike the designated  "County Marathon" trail plus hikers choice. Pack water and  snacks.  We’ll eat lunch at the park restaurant.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle parking lot off HY 127S, one mile South of downtown Crossville.  Gas cost $1. 

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

9/12
Sat

Clarksville

Savage Gulf SNA; following trails which form a loop: Stone Door, Big Creek Gulf, & Laurel, 7.8 miles total, difficult; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 134 miles to trail head.

 

 Paul Schwab 931.801 9484

9/12
Sat

Nashville

Bowie Nature Park.  Fairview, TN.  5 miles plus, easy.   This beautiful city park is a 700 acre wonderland of native trees, lakes and valleys.  Within the park there are 17 miles of winding trails which move the traveler through several eco-systems, including wetlands, grasslands, pine forest, hardwood forest and bottomland. The terrain is mostly level with a few slight rises and a couple of shallow stream crossings.  There is also a nature center open from 9-4pm.  We will hike a combination of trails for about 5 miles, or more if the group wants.  Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at 8:00 am.  You must pre-register for this hike and current park and TTA COVID-19 guidelines apply.  Bring water, insect repellent, snacks, water, good hiking shoes/boots and clothing appropriate for the weather.  

Text or email Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811, njlj1011@gmail.com for more information and to register.

9/12
Sat

Plateau

Black Mountain Trail Maintenance and Picnic --  Hy 68 up to the campsite. We need a lot of people with swing blades.   Calling all Members to come out and help clip, lop, saw, and ESPECIALLY weed-whack (swing blade or grass whip) from 8-11am then meet up at the campground for a picnic.  If you can’t work you can volunteer to carry and set up the picnic.  Gas cost is $2.  Bring water and a snack. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Depart 7:30 am CDST Trinity Tabernacle parking lot off HY 127S, one mile South of downtown Crossville. 

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

9/15
Tue

Clarksville

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

 Philip Anderson 931-561-0928

 

9/15
Tue

Highland Rim

Bear Creek Backcountry Loop Trail.  Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  8 miles total.  Moderate to strenuous.  Steep climbs, creek crossings.   Joint hike with the Soddy-Daisy Chapter.  Beautiful views of the canyon from the east rim.  Trail is not crowded.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914,  Cell.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 am CDT.

 

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/15
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 Bear Creek Backcountry Loop Trail.  Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  8 miles total.  Moderate to strenuous.  Steep climbs, creek crossings.   Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter.  Beautiful views of the canyon from the east rim.  Trail is not crowded.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914,  Cell.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 am CDT.

 

Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914,  Cell.

9/16
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork - Leatherwood Loop, Sunset Overlook Trail, East Rim Overlook, Jamestown, TN.   Long Hike:  This will be a 7 mile moderate hike.  Short Hike:  3 mile moderate loop.  Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email  plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org  or text/call 931-267-2243 for more info.  

9/18-
9/20

Highland Rim

 Camping on Big Island and Little Island on Tims Ford Lake. Kayaking on Tims Ford Lake and hiking on Ray Branch Peninsula. Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot on Big Island or Little Island, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Saturday we will kayak to Ray Branch Peninsula and hike Evans Loop Trail and a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail. Total hiking distance four miles. You will need hiking boots and hiking socks in addition to camping gear and kayaking gear and food. Saturday evening we will drive to Winchester and eat outdoors at Twin Creeks Marina.

 

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

9/18-
9/20

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford State Park Island Camping. Kayaking on Tims Ford Lake and hiking on Ray Branch Peninsula. Joint outing with the Highland Rim Chapter. To reserve a camping spot on the island, contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Saturday we will kayak to Ray Branch Peninsula and hike the Evans Loop Trail and a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail. Total hiking distance is 4 miles. You will need hiking boots, in addition to food, water, camping and kayaking gear. Saturday evening we will drive to Winchester and eat outdoors at Twin Creeks Marina. For more information contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

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

9/19
Sat

Clarksville

McGregor Park to Ft. Defiance and back; 2.7 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 AM CT.

  

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

9/19
Sat

Plateau

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

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

9/23
Wed

Plateau

Martha’s Pretty Point, Yellow Bluff and Welch’s,  Clifty Community,  TN.  We will hike 4.5 moderate mile loop to Martha’s Pretty Point then 2 short hikes out to the other overlooks.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Tractor Supply on West Ave.   Carpool cost is $3.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. 

For additional information contact the hike leader, Howard Owen text/call 931-248-3190.

9/24
Thu

Nashville

Montgomery Bell Overnight Trail, ~11 miles with option for 6 or 7.5 miles, moderately challenging primarily for distance.  Current park and TTA COVID-19 guidelines apply; you must register for this hike. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 8 am and return by mid-afternoon. Pack a lunch for the trail and bring plenty of water, sun protection, and bug spray. 

Contact Mark Hubbard at mark.hubbard@mhhub.us or 615-715-1517.

9/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Bridal Veil Falls Loop Hike, Sewanee, TN.  5.8 miles total. Joint hike with the Soddy-Daisy Chapter. Hike is rated moderate because of steep downhill and steep uphill getting to Bridal Veil Falls.  We will meet at the Lake Cheston parking lot on the University of the South domain.  We will hike from Lake Cheston to Bridal Veil Falls Loop back to Elliott Point, then return to Lake Cheston.  Nice waterfall.  Great views, pretty mountain laurel.   Please register with our hike leader Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 to learn meeting time.   Bring a lot of water, snack and lunch.  You will need hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a towel for a cooling dip in Lake Cheston after our hike!

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

9/26
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent Park. National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single day volunteer effort. Volunteering on this day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature. Come join us for trail maintenance at Barfield Park from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CDT. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, a snack and water. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

 

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

9/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 Bridal Veil Falls Loop Hike, Sewanee, TN.  5.8 miles total. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. Hike is rated moderate because of steep downhill and steep uphill getting to Bridal Veil Falls.  We will meet at the Lake Cheston parking lot on the University of the South domain.  We will hike from Lake Cheston to Bridal Veil Falls Loop back to Elliott Point, then return to Lake Cheston.  Nice waterfall.  Great views, pretty mountain laurel.   Please register with our hike leader Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 to learn meeting time.   Bring a lot of water, snack and lunch.  You will need hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a towel for a cooling dip in Lake Cheston after our hike!

 

 

Please register with our hike leader Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 to learn meeting time.  

9/27
Sun

Highland Rim

Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  About 5 miles round trip.  Located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville, on Johnson Chapel Road
  Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard, and the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Bring a lot of water and lunch.  Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  The spray from the Falls’ 25 to 35 foot breadth will cool us.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen,jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  

 

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

9/27
Sun

Murfreesboro

Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area near Smithville. About 5 miles round trip. Joint outing with the Highland Rim Chapter. Johnson Chapel Recreation Area is located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville. No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Johnson Chapel Recreation Area. Bring a lot of water and lunch. Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

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

9/27
Sun

Upper Cumberland

September 27 - Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  About 5 miles round trip.  Located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville, on Johnson Chapel Road
  Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard, and the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Bring a lot of water and lunch.  Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  The spray from the Falls’ 25 to 35 foot breadth will cool us.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen,jhartvigs@comcast.netor 931-962-0811.  

 

Joan Hartvigsen,jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/28
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Meet at 5:00 p.m. at Tims Ford State Park Picnic Shelter #1.  Bring your own dinner.  LouAnn Partington, Director of Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will present a program on the Center’s work.  In February 2020 the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission presented LouAnn an Appreciation Award for her work in wildlife rehabilitation.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914 to let her know you plan to attend.  Please bring a lawn chair to further assist in social distancing.

 

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

9/30
Wed

Plateau

Rugby State Natural Area - Rugby, TN - White Oak, Kellogg, and Massengale Loop Trails.  We will hike the easy 4.1 mi White Oak and Kellogg loops then eat lunch at the RM Brooks General Store.  After lunch we will hike the 1 mile easy Massengale Loop.   Depart 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.   Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks.  

For additional information contact hike leader, Howard Owen text/call 931-248-3190.

    ** October 2020 **  

10/2-
10/4

Highland Rim

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden, TN.  Joint outing with Murfreesboro and Jackson Chapters.  Camping, hiking and kayaking Kentucky Lake, aka Tennessee River.   Reserved five Lake Front campsites.  Water Trail:  Boat Ramp #1 to Eva Beach.  5 miles out and back. Park is home to Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum.  Nearby Johnsonville State Park also has hiking trails with lake views and an area to launch kayaks at lakeside parking area.  Both parks feature Civil War history.  More hiking at nearby Natchez Trace State Park.  Susan Woods will lead our hikes in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.   Susan is a lifetime member of the Jackson Chapter of TTA and Treasurer of the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.  Please register early with Joan Hartvigsen if interested in staying in one of the five campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

10/16-
10/18

Murfreesboro

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the Nantahala National Forest. Robbinsville, NC. Camping and hiking weekend. Rattler Ford group campsite near Robbinsville has been reserved. Facilities include a rustic bathhouse with flushing toilets, running water and a shower. The bathhouse will be shared with other campers-not just our group. Saturday’s hike is to the Hangover via the Wolf Laurel trailhead. The Hangover is a rocky outcropping that offers panoramic views of the forest below in all directions. This hike will require an 8 mile forest service road drive and we’ll need to carpool because parking is limited at the Wolf Laurel trailhead. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NECESSARY because of the limited spaces at the campsite and the fluid situation concerning COVID 19 closures. This is a 6 mile out and back hike and we can add mileage to Stratton and/or Bob Bald if we want to. Elevation change roughly 800 feet. Sunday those who want to kayak - Lake Santeetlah is very close by. For those who’d prefer to hike, there are lots of other trails in the area as well. For more information or to sign up contact Jan Safavi at 615-390-9146 or safavi.jan@gmail.com.

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

10/23-
10/25

TTA

CANCELLED
2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.

    ** August 2021 **  

8/21
Sat

WE HAVE A FEW TAKERS.  DEADLINE EXTENDED To Noon Thursday August 6.

Gauging interest here for a Hiwassee/Ocoee trip Aug 21-23. I have group campsite G7 reserved at Gee Creek Campground a.k.a. Hiwassee/Ocoee SP. That site holds a maximum of 25 people. Tentative plan is Fri night: arrive, setup, Potluck dinner 6:30 CDT/7:30 EDT, Sat: Float the Hiwassee Reliance Bridge back to boat ramp at campground. Generation schedule will determine time. Dinner out. Sun: optional Ocoee whitewater trip through an outfitter. Those who wish to do a hike or paddle Ocoee lake can do that. Estimated cost: $3 per person per night to camp, your food including your Fri night Potluck contribution. Optional whitewater fee is $40-$49 per person. If you are interested in attending please contact me via email by NOON, MON, AUG 3 at johnmruth@comcast.net. Please advise how many nights you will camp and if you are doing the whitewater trip on Sunday.

 

 

 

John Ruth
615-485-6185
johnmruth@comcast.net

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