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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Dec 05, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2019 **  

12/3
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Quarterly Meeting on December 3, 2019 at the Barnabas Center.  The Barnabas Center is located at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064, which is behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Social hour from 6:00 -7:00 pm.  Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  At this meeting, Libby Harris from the Nashville Chapter will present her travels in Alaska, and we emphasize travel, not a cruise. Be prepared to share your choices for winter hikes and activities.

For our program Libby Francis and friends from the Nashville Chapter journey to Anchorage, Alaska, Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. NOT a cruise, but a two week journey by bush plane, rental car, Catamaran tour boat, school bus and train to see amazing mountains, glaciers, animals, migrating birds, quaint Russian Churches, scenic fishing villages, homesteads and Native American culture.  It will be an exciting way to spend the evening.

 

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com

12/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

December Hikes

December 3- Tuesday- Raccoon Mountain east rim overlook to switchyard and back. Easy to moderate about 4.5 miles. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30. Hike leader- Earl Helmer-770-877-0600

 Earl Helmer-770-877-0600

12/4
Wed

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park – Bird Mountain, Wartburg, TN.   We’ll hike 7.6 moderate sometimes strenuous miles with 1000’ elevation change making a loop on Lookout Tower West, North Bird Mountain and Bird Mountain Trails.  https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/09-frozen-head.jpg  Depart 8 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot. Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

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

12/5
Thu

Plateau

Christmas Party at the Fairfield Glade Library building on Lakewood Dr at 4pm.  Bring a dish to share plus a $15 nice gift for the non-mandatory dirty santa gift exchange.  BYOB. 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Bruce Whitehead. plateau@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

12/7
Sat

Clarksville

Nashville Urban Hike; 4.0 miles, easy to moderate; Start at Bicentennial Capitol Mall and hike along the Downtown Cumberland Greenway, cross John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge where there is a restroom. We will return to the mall through city streets and eat lunch at the Farmers Market; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 39 miles to trail head.  

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

12/7
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Warner Park Access Trail - 2.5 miles, moderate to strenuous (some rather steep inclines). 

Harpeth Woods Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.  Hike leader is Jane Coffey.  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Center at 8 a.m. and carpool to Edwin Warner Park.  If you want to meet at the trail head, contact the hike leader and plan to be there around 8:45 a.m.


Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551.

12/7
Sat

Highland Rim

South Rim Trail and Savage Falls. Savage Gulf State Natural Area, 3157 TN Hwy 399, Palmer, TN. 12 miles round trip. Flat. Good tread. Moderate. We will walk along cascading Savage Falls to visit beautiful Savage Falls and then continue on the South Rim Trail to enjoy several outstanding gulf views. We will turn around at Stage Road Camp Area. Please bring water, snacks, lunch, head lamp, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Michael Glennon at kb4jhu@gmail.com or 931-588-0302 to register and for more information. Meet Michael at the trailhead at 9:00 am CST.

 

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

12/7
Sat

Memphis

Dec 7, Sat.Tour de Wolf – Shelby Farms

More info to follow

 

Katie & Mike Gecewich, 1-712-251-7163

 

12/7
Sat

Nashville

CHAPTER NEWS December 2019 will be the eighteenth year we have been invited to wrap customer gifts at REI (Brentwood) in exchange for donations. We will again be wrapping gifts on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 to 6:00. This is a departure from the past, as it is not the same day as our Christmas party. So those of you who have not been able to participate in the past, feel free to join us this year! We need volunteers for 2 hour shifts to both wrap gifts and talk about TTA. The donations we receive are used to help with the completion of the Cumberland Trail. So come join in on this Fundraiser and volunteer for a 2 hour shift. 

 To volunteer:  Amy Sutton at 615 739-5858 or at amy109@gmail.com

12/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 7-Saturday- Lookout Mountain hike from the Garden Road Parking area to Jackson Gap and return. This hike is 9.1 miles and is rated as moderately strenuous. We will meet at the parking lot at Brown’s Ferry at 830am. Take a right and go past the La Quinta Inn to the large parking lot (on the left), near the drug store. Hike Leader- Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187.

Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

12/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn, Ga.  There are spectacular views of Cloudland Canyon as well as Trenton, Ga. and neighboring Sand Mountain.  We will hike on the Waterfalls trail down over 500 steps to 60 ft. Cherokee Falls and 90 ft. Hemlock Falls.  Weather permitting, we will then hike the Rim Trail (4.8 mi.) and if visibility is bad we will hike Sitton’s Gulch Trail, which follows Daniel Creek.  Either way we go it will be about 7 miles or less.  The hike is moderate to strenuous because of the number of steps up and down.  We can meet at 7:30 a.m. (central time) in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville, or at the U.S. Bank across from McDonalds in Sparta at 8:00 a.m.  (Trailhead in Ga. Between 10:00 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. central time).  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, water and lunch. After the hike, we will stop at "Sticky Fingers" in Chattanooga, Tn. for dinner. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

Pete

931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

12/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. This is our annual Christmas Party and it is different this year. We WILL NOT meet at the Wilderness Station, instead we will meet at The Station Grill in Murfreesboro at 2053 Lascassas Pk, 37130. The phone number is 615-295-2583. We will meet at 6PM for dinner and conversation and will stay until the last person leaves. The Station has a full menu and information as well as the menu can be found at stationgrill.azurewebsites.net. Please join us for some food, fun and conversation as we close 2019 and prepare for 2020. Please RSVP to Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or tonjon1968@gmail.com

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

12/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

December 10-Tuesday
We will hike the 4.5 mile Forestry Cabin/ Dotson Point loop portion of the Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  This route is along the bluff and is a nice easy rolling hike.  A short detour at the start will get us to the Forestry Cabin for a good view of the valley. Dotson Point further along the trail also offers a nice view, but note that the farthest rock out on Dotson Point is not for acrophobes. The payoff: Views from the Forestry Cabin and from Dotson Point are from opposite sides of Thumping Dick Cove, so you can see where you were or where you are going.

 
Meet at the parking lot behind La Quinta a Browns Ferry Rd. at 8:30 am.  Drive to trailhead is approximately 1 hour.  Contact Roy or Marti Owensby at sewmarti@aol.com or 423-309-0579 (text or voice) for additional information or questions.

Roy and Marti Owensby-423 386-5222 or 423 309-0579

12/11
Wed

Plateau

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.  We’ll walk around the nature center home to the red wolf then a 4 mi moderate loop hike of the Kiddie, Skyuka, Gum Spring, Bluff, Rifle Pit, Upper Truck trails. Carpool cost $8.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 8am from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South.  

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

12/14
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SP, Recovery Trail and prairie; 2.5 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 AM CT at the picnic table next to the parking lot.  

 

Cinde Jones 870-215-8993

12/14
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville Urban Wilderness - Western perimeter-Whaley-Will Skelton Trails.   This hike is between 5 and 6 miles,  mostly through the woods, with rolling hills, none very steep.  About 2 miles will be  along the French Broad River with good views.  The hike is rated easy.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus  sturdy hiking shoes,  other appropriate clothing,  a snack, a drink and a camera. We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am.  If you prefer to meet us at 9:30 am at the trailhead located at the parking lot at the end of McClure Lane.   McClure Lane is on the  left just after you pass the parking lot for Meads Quarry.  Don’t  forget to bring $$$ for carpooling. After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments,  perhaps at Calhoun’s  or somewhere in South Knoxville.   For specific information, please call Tom Cressler.

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

12/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Hike to Piney Point on the Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  2 miles. Easy.  Piney Point is a striking promontory that offers sweeping views out over Shakerag Hollow and Roark’s Cove.  Meet at Marcia Medford’s house, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee, TN at 3 pm CST before our Chapter Christmas Party.  Bring water, hiking sticks and a head lamp. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@ccomcast.net or 931-962-0811.  

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

12/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Chapter Christmas Party.  Gather at Marcia Medford’s house, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee TN at 5 pm CST after our hike to Piney Point.  Bring a wrapped gift valued about $10 if you wish to participate in a gift exchange.  Tom Hartvigsen will bring baked ham.  Please contact Marcia Medford concerning what food you plan to bring so she can coordinated our menu.  Marcia’s email is marciamedford@yahoo.com, or phone 931-598-5331.

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

12/14
Sat

Jackson

Urban Hike:  from The Peabody in Memphis across to Mud Island to see Christmas lights/Harbor Lights.  Meet in lobby of The Peabody at 5:00 p.m.

Terry Warren:   terrymccoy832@yahoo.com or 731-535-0625

12/14
Sat

Nashville

Lakes of Bowie Loop, Bowie Nature Park, Fairview, TN. 2.2 mile loop.  Easy.  This is a water and wildlife -lover’s walk that meanders by small lakes, beneath tall pines, and through quiet hollows.  Keep your eyes open as you walk along the edges of the lakes and edges where field and forest meet. There are additional trails, if you need to stretch your legs some more.  We will visit the Bowie Park Nature Center following the hike. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Christmas sweaters optional!!  Plan on joining us for lunch following the hike at a Fairview restaurant.  This is a joint Nashville Chapter and Columbia/Franklin Chapter hike.  

Libby Francis at libbyslibbys@comcast.net or text/call, 615-319-7501 for meeting time and carpool options.

12/14
Sat

Nashville

Nashville Chapter HOLIDAY PARTY.  We’ll start festivities at 6 PM CST at the home of Wendy and Frank Fish, 6532 Cornwall Ct., Nashville TN 37205, in the West Meade area of Nashville.   Bring a dish to share and BYOB.  Bring a friend too!  Our party takes the place of the monthly chapter meeting for December.  We’ll be back at REI in January.

For directions, contact Wendy Fish, 4fishies@comcast.net

12/14
Sat

Plateau

Little Cedar Mountain Trail, Rankin Cove, TN.  This is a 5 mile figure 8 hike rated moderate with a 400 ft elevation change along the Tennessee River.  Carpool cost $8.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 8am from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South. 

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

12/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 14 (Saturday) - John Politte -. 423-304-8327 leads a 7.6 mile hike. (The Oswald Dome Trail from the Quinn Springs Trailhead (Hiwassee River) to the Bean Mountain Lookout and return). Moderately Strenuous. Meet at Food City at Ooltewah at 8:30 am.

John Politte -. 423-304-8327

12/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Christmas party
Hike at Cumberland Mountain state park and lunch in restaurant on site.
Meet at Penny’s at 8:00 AM or restaurant parking lot at 9:00. 
Bring a $5 wrapped gift for game. 

To register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 



 Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

12/17
Tue

Clarksville

Christmas Party; 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

12/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

December 17- Tuesday- Turtletown Falls is an easy to moderate 3to4-mile loop trail with 2 waterfalls, one a gorgeous double waterfall in the Cherokee National Forest. There is some elevation gain. The trail is located just north of Ducktown on the far side of the Ocoee Gorge. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at 8:30 am. Hike leader, Sue Christensen and Gloria Nelson 423-645-9008

Sue Christensen and Gloria Nelson 423-645-9008

12/17
Tue

Sumner Trails

Tuesday. December 17. Bledsoe Creek State Park, High Ridge and Shoreline Trails Loop. 2.4 miles.  Easy to Moderate.  9:30am.  We will start and end at the Visitor Center/Park Office, 400 Ziegler Fort, Gallatin, TN.  Trail surface includes gravel, dirt, rocks and steep stairs.  Recommend water, hiking shoes and poles.  For questions contact Bob Dudney 615-415-7115 or rdudney@yahoo.com

 Bob Dudney 615-415-7115, rdudney@yahoo.com

12/18
Wed

Plateau

J Percy Priest Lake, Nashville, TN -- Bryant Grove Trail.  We’ll hike along the lake.  Short Hike- 4 moderate miles one way. Long Hike- 8 moderate miles in/out.  Depart 8 am CDST from the Crossville Cracker Barrel SW parking lot. Carpool cost is $8.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

12/21
Sat

Clarksville

 Clarksville Greenway hike from McGregor Park Pavilion out-and-back to where the Greenway will cross the Red River; 2.8 miles total, easy; Eat after the hike at Wendy’s on Riverside Drive; meet 9:00 AM CT at McGregor Park Pavilion on Riverside Drive.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484;

12/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  The University of the South.  Sewanee, TN.  9 miles.  Moderate to difficult because of distance, rocky areas and elevation change.  Joint hike with the Nashville Chapter.  We will begin at Green’s View and hike counterclockwise to a nice overlook before walking across the plateau on a forest road that passes by the Equestrian Center.  On the other side of the plateau we will hike down to Bridal Veil Falls and then across to the Memorial Cross.  From there we will walk across the University campus back to Green’s View.  Please bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks, head lamp and sturdy hiking boots.  Please contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or  931-924-7666 for more information.  

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

12/21
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 walking 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.  (But be sure to register in case the schedule has to be changed.) Meeting Time: 7:00 AM (Should be at trailhead around 9:30 AM).

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

12/21
Sat

Plateau

Rockwood Forest, Rockwood, TN -- Rockwood Forest Loop and Sevens Mounds Tails.    We’ll hike 7.2 moderate miles.  Depart at 8am from Dorton United Methodist Church 1 mile East of Peavine on HY 70E. Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

12/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 21- Saturday- Christmas Holidays- No Hike

12/21
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday, December 21. White House Greenway. 3 miles. Easy.  Join us for an easy out and back Winter Solstice Hike on the paved and mostly level White House Greenway along Honey Run Creek from the Tyree Springs trailhead at White House High School parking lot, 508 Tyree Springs Rd. (New Shackle Island Road) to the Veterans Memorial trailhead.  We will meet at the Kroger parking lot at Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville for carpooling at 10:00 am or at the high school at 10:30.  After the hike we will have lunch at the Colorado Grill Steakhouse, 2747 Hwy. 31 W in White House, about 1 mike from the trailhead.  For more information or questions, contact John Thomas at Johndt@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0517 or Donna Thomas at donnamt2@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0518

John Thomas  Johndt@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0517

 Donna Thomas  donnamt2@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0518

12/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 

December 24- Tuesday-No hike- Christmas Eve

12/28
Sat

Clarksville

LBL Pickett Loop area; 3.6, miles, moderate, meet 8:00 AM CT at Dover Crossing Kroger park lot. 45 miles to trail head.

 

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

12/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 28 (Saturday) - Tom McElhone- leads a 5.5 mile hike. (An in-and-out hike to the Small Wilds Campsite and return to the trailhead via the Climber’s Loop). Moderate. Meet at the Red Bank Food City at 830 am.

 

Tom McElhone-805-208-4654

12/28
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday, December 28. Holiday Tromp Hendersonville Greenway. 3 miles. Easy.  This will be a one-way walk starting on Stop 30 Road, connecting with the Hendersonville Greenway, then connecting with the Drakes Creek Greenway ending up at the ball fields.  Meet at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 650 East Main Street in Hendersonville at 10 am.  We will leave a car at the end of the walk to take the drivers back to St. Tim’s.  After the walk we will go to lunch at a local restaurant.  For further information contact St. Owl at ballallenger@aol.com or call/text 615-454-7673.

 

Al Ballenger ballallenger@aol.com 
call/text 615-454-7673.

 

12/29
Sun

Nashville

Stones River Greenway post-holiday hike. This is a chance to work off some of those holiday culinary indulgences. We’ll cover up to 8 miles of mostly easy terrain from Percy Priest to Wave Country. This will involve shuttling, and folks can choose shorter lengths using alternate trailheads as end points. A number of us will likely grab lunch afterwards. 

Please register and coordinate with Mark Hubbard at mark.hubbard@mhhub.us or 615-715-1517.

 

12/31
Tue

Clarksville

New Years Eve Hike; we will hike from McGregor Park Pavilion through downtown Clarksville; 3.5 miles, moderate; After the hike we will meet at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery for a New Year’s Eve Toast; meet 7:00 P.M. CT, McGregor Park Pavilion on Riverside Drive.

 

Lionel Senseney 931-551-6738

12/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

December 31- Tuesday- No hike- New Year’s Eve

    ** January 2020 **  

1/1
Wed

Clarksville

New Years Day hike, Montgomery Bell State Park, Montgomery Bell Trail, 5.4 miles, moderate;  we will have a potluck lunch near “The birthplace of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church ”; black eyed peas, cornbread, bowls, cups and plasticware will be provided for everyone; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, Big Lots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 33 miles to trail head. 

 

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

1/1
Wed

Highland Rim

New Year’s Day Hike and Potluck Feast. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN. Between Smithville and Cookville. All TTA Chapters, members and friends are invited. Meet at 10:00 am CST at the marina parking lot near the covered picnic shelter to sign in, drop off food and group photo. We will then carpool to the trailhead for a 2.5 mile hike on the Millennium Trail, rated easy to moderate. After the hike we will return to a blazing fire, hot beverages and a hearty lunch. Bring a prepared dish to share. The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park will provide the paper plates, cups and utensils. There are electric outlets. After our meal we will hike the Highland Rim Nature Trail next to the Visitor Center. This trail is a 2 mile loop rated easy to moderate. Please contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information and information on the event. You will need hiking sticks, hiking boots, warm clothing and water for the hikes. Joan’s email is jhartvigs@comcast.net, phone is 931-962-0811.

 

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

1/1
Wed

Murfreesboro

New Year’s Day Hike and Potluck Feast Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point, between Smithville and Cookeville. All chapters and members are invited to the New Year’s Day 1st hike and potluck feast at Edgar Evins State Park. Meet at 10:00 am CT in the marina parking lot next to the covered picnic shelters to sign in, drop off food, and a group picture. Then we’ll carpool to the trail head for an easy to moderate hike of 2.5 miles before returning to a blazing fire, hot beverages and a hearty lunch. Bring a prepared dish to share of foods you would normally enjoy New Year’s Day. Disposable plates, cups and utensils will be furnished by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. There are electrical outlets. After the meal those who wish to hike more may do the easy to moderate 2 mile Highland Rim Nature Trail next to the Visitors Center. 

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

1/1
Wed

Plateau

Bee Rock, Cane Creek Loop, and Cookeville City Lake Falls.  Hikes: .7 mi Bee Rock, 2 mi Cane Creek Blue and Red trails, 1.2 mi to the falls in/out.  Depart 8am from Tractor Supply on West Ave going North on HY 70N.  We will eat lunch in Cookeville. Carpool cost is $4.

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

1/4
Sat

Clarksville

McGregor Park Cumberland Riverwalk Pavilion, out and back, to Ft. Defiance, 2.7 total miles, moderate; Eat lunch after the hike at Wendy’s on Riverside Drive; JR Tate 931-220-1359; meet 9:00 A.M. CT., McGregor Park Cumberland Riverwalk Pavilion. This is where the flags are.

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

1/4
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cheeks Bend. Part of the Duck River State Natural Area Complex. The 1.8 mile balloon trail has scenic overlooks on the Duck River. The trail is relatively flat, so rated easy. There is also a short cave that leads to an overlook bluff. Bring water and snacks and wear good hiking shoes. After the hike, we can go to a local restaurant for lunch.

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

1/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

January 4 - Saturday- January 4, 2020 John Politte leads an 8.5 mile hike from the Retro Hughes Rd Trailhead to Immodium Falls and return. Moderately strenuous. Meet at the Soddy Daisy Durham Street ballfields parking lot at 830 am.

 

John Politte-423-304-8327

1/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 7- Tuesday- Enterprise South Meet at Trailhead down from visitors’ center at 8:30 am. Hike leader Will Smith- 423-580-2918

January 7- Tuesday- Enterprise South Meet at Trailhead down from visitors’ center at 8:30 am. Hike leader Will Smith- 423-580-2918

1/8
Wed

Plateau

CT Poplar Springs Section plus Mushroom Rock. Short Hike: 4mi strenuous in/out to mushroom rock then drive cars to Prentice Cooper Mullins Cove parking area then hike thru the Stone Door to the Indian Rockhouse to meet up with thru hikes. LONG HIKE:  8.9 mi moderately strenuous mushroom rock then thru hike the CT Poplar Springs Section.  Depart at 8am from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South. Carpool cost is $7.  

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

1/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Monthly Meeting. Meeting held6pm in the First Methodist Church Annex. Meet for dinner at 4:30pm Christy’s Grub Pub 69 S Main St.

1/11
Sat

Clarksville

Clarksville Greenway from Marys Oak Drive access, out and back, to Pollard Road access, 4.0 total miles, easy;  meet 8:30 A.M. CT at the Marys Oak Drive access. Note: In previous years we have met at Pollard Road access.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

1/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Collins Gulf Loop. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. We will meet at Collins West Trailhead, taking the Collins Gulf trail passing Suter Falls, then proceeding with a stop at Horsepound Falls, crossing Fall Creek sink, then continuing to Sawmill campsite. Proceeding on the connector trail to Stagecoach trail up the gulf to the Collins Rim trail. The hike is approximately 13 miles. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. 

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

1/11
Sat

Plateau

Cumberland Trail McGill Creek Section.  This will be a 5 mile moderate to strenuous in to McGill Creek and out.   Depart 7:30 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.  Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

1/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 11-Saturday- Tom McElhone leads a moderate hike of 5.8 miles, (the Prater Place and H…

 

Tom McElhone-

805-208-4654

1/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 14-Tuesday- Brush Creek Trail. US HWY 64, one mile East of Boyd’s Gap.  Map available via Cherokee Nat Forest  Forestry service. 5-6 total miles, in and out.  RATED EASY. Views of Ocoee Lake 2. 

Part of Tanasi Trail System. This trail can also be entered at Boyd’s Gap. Entering the trail from the Brush Creek trailhead is an ideal pick with very minimal elevation gains. The entire trail from Brush Creek Trailhead is about 4 to 6 miles
Meet at the Food City parking lot in Ooltewah at 830 am.
Bob McGavock- 423-667-2960

Bob McGavock- 423-667-2960

1/15
Wed

Plateau

BSF Middle Creek and Needle Arch. Hike is 6 miles, rated moderate. Hike includes Indian Rockhouse, other rockhouses, and Needle Arch. This hike will require a short car shuttle. Carpool cost $8.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart 8 am CDST from the Crossville Cracker Barrel SW parking lot. Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

1/18
Sat

Clarksville

Erin Rials to Trails, out and back, 4.0 total miles, paved, easy; we will eat  lunch somewhere in Erin; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; 25 miles to trail head. 

 

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

1/18-
1/20

Murfreesboro

Big South Fork Backpacking Trip. This 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip is a joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. We will drive up on Saturday and start the hike at Sawmill to Slave Falls, Jakes Place and then to Charit Creek Lodge and camp on the island. Total miles for Saturday is 5 miles. Sunday’s hike is the Twin Arches loop and hike the Black House Branch trail, Jacks Ridge Loop, West Bandy Creek bike trail to Laurel Fork Creek trail which is approximately 9-10 miles. Monday’s hike is 4 miles back to Sawmill to our cars. 

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

1/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 18- Saturday- John Politte leads an 8.0 mile hike at the Flipper Bend Loop. Moderately strenuous. Meet at the Soddy Daisy Walmart parking lot at 830 am just north of the gas station

John Politte -423-304-8327

1/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 21- Tuesday- Lookout Mtn Bluff Trail from Covenant College to Point Park. About 5 miles. Will stage a car at Point Park to return for drivers to pick up cars. Meet at Food City, Red Bank at 8:30 am or at Covenant College, Ochs Gateway at 9:00 am. Hike leader, Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

1/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 18 Twin Arches to Middle Creek. Big South Fork NRRA. This hike features the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee, Slave Falls, Needle Arch, rock houses, and other rock formations. Slave Falls is spectacular when frozen. The hike is about 11 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. There are options for a shorter hike. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking  lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

 Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

1/20
Mon

Clarksville

Martin Luther King’s Birthday; LBL, Canal Loop Trail; 11.0 miles, difficult due to length; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 77 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

1/21
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925.

1/22
Wed

Plateau

CT Edwards Point and Rainbow Lake Loop.  Short Hike 5mi moderate Rainbow Lake Loop. Long Hike 8mi moderate sometimes strenuous orange/blue/yellow trails including the lake loop. We’ll start from the Stadium Entrance Trailhead. Hike features Lockharts Arch, Edward’s Point, Rainbow Lake, rockhouses and bluffs. Carpool cost $7.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 8am from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South.  

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

1/25
Sat

Clarksville

LBL Honker Lake Trail, 4.5 miles, moderate;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 69 miles to trail head.

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

1/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness. This is a joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. A 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. It occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel and Richland Creeks. The site is named after 2 waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80ft) and Snow Falls (35ft), and features 2 prominent overlooks. The distance for both trails is about 9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. The bridge that was damaged by a falling tree has now been replaced by a new bridge. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water shoes since we do have to wade across Morgan Creek to see Snow Falls. Also bring snacks, water and lunch.  We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 central time. 

 

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

1/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 25- Saturday-  Tammy Hendrick leads an 8.8 mile  in and out hike (the Clemmer Trail) near the Ocoee River in the Cherokee Nat’l Forest. The hike is moderately strenuous. Meet at the Food City in Ooltewah at 830 am.

Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 25, Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness a 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. It occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel and Richland Creeks. The site is named after 2 waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80ft) and Snow Falls (35ft), and features 2 prominent overlooks. The distance for both trails is about 9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. The bridge that was damaged by a falling tree has now been replaced by a new bridge.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water shoes since we do have to wade across Morgan Creek to see Snow Falls. Also bring snacks, water and lunch.  We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 central time.  For carpool info, and to register for the hike, text Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

1/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 28- Tuesday- West side of Lookout Mountain. Lower Truck Trail to the Blue Blazes Trail, up Blue Blazes to the Skyuka Trail down to SkyukaSprings, returning by the Lower Truck Trail.  About a 5 mile loop.  Easy to moderate because of some rough footing on the Blue Blazes trail which is less than a mile. Meet at Food City, Red Bank at 8:30 am or at Reflection  Riding about 9 am. Hike leader, Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

1/29
Wed

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN.  Hidden Passage Loop with Double Falls - This hike incorporates part of a very long trail, the Sheltowee Trace, with a spur to a water feature, double falls, then a return loop that offers some views and a trip over a small arch. Rated difficult due to distance. Distance 9.4 miles including spur to double falls.  Short Hike:  In/out for 5mi.  Depart 8:00 AM from Cracker Barrel HY 127 N at I-40.  Carpool cost is $6. 

Bring water, lunch and snacks.  information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or  text/call 931-267-2243.

    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Dog Cove

Pete

2/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Annual Poteet’s Chilly Chili Hike.  More information soon.

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

2/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Plateau North Rim Savage Gulf, The Plateau to Rim Hike is located in Savage Gulf Wilderness Area. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups car pooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us ae Savage Ranger Station at 8:00 a.m. CT.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

2/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford, Big South Fork NRRA, Jamestown, TN. We will hike a section of the John Litton Loop, the Fall Branch Trail, and a portion of the Grand Gap Loop to Angel Falls Overlook - perhaps the finest overlook in the park. We will then descend to Leatherwood Ford via the John Muir Trail. Other highlights include the gorge of Fall Branch and a large rock house. The hike is about 9 miles and is rated moderate for uneven terrain, narrow ledges, boulder passages, and ladders. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 a.m. CT. or (Est time) 10:00 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  This hike will need a shuttle, please register with Richard.  For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com 

 






Richard Savage

 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

2/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

2/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Gulf

Mike Shane

    ** March 2020 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek

Janet, Cynthia and Judy

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wheeler Farm

Pete

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Firey gizzard

Gary

3/27-
3/29

Highland Rim

Mousetail Landing State Park Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  We have reserved four campsites at Spring Creek Campground inside Mousetail Landing State Park Friday and Saturday nights. The campsites are along the Tennessee River (aka Kentucky Lake). Perhaps we will kayak in Kentucky Lake.  Friday we will hike the three mile Scenic Trail and the half mile Spring Creek Trail.  Friday night we will enjoy a shared Potluck Dinner at our campsites. Saturday we are hiking the Eagle Point Trail, 7.5 lollipop loop, rated moderate and offers beautiful views of the Tennessee River.  Saturday night we can eat at nearby Parsons, TN or Linden, TN.  Sunday we are hiking the Lady’s Bluff Trail in the nearby TVA Small Wild Area.  This trail is 2.6 miles with moderate steep grades and spectacular views of the Tennessee River. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, 931-962-0811 or  jhartvigs@comcast.net to reserve a space in a campsite.  

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

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog ridge

Gary

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

4/10
Fri

Highland Rim

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg,TN. Good Friday Hike.  Joint Activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. Trail to be announced.  Options include a day hike or camping.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.




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

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/24-
4/26

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Trip.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Poillard.  Cades Cove Group Campsite.  We have reserved a gorgeous group campsite. Room for 10 small tents on the tent pads with more space on the gravel.  Covered picnic pavillion with picnic tables.  Flush toilets nearby and drinking water.  We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hikes to be announced.  Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming.  Reserve a space soon.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

    ** June 2020 **  

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle.  Suck Creek Ramp to Raccoon Mountain Ramp.  9 miles.  West of Chattanooga in Marion County. Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek Boat Ramp to TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera.  We will see Osprey and Bald Eagles.  One year a river otter swam next to my kayak!  You must wear your PFD.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net , 931-962-0811 to register.  The address for the Suck Creek Boat Ramp is 1900 Suck Creek Road, Chattanooga.  

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

6/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Jeanne Conatser. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so dress in quick dry clothes. Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. You will need your hiking boots and hiking sticks. Bring water and a lunch. Save room for Kemp Ice Cream, sold inside the Park at the Marina.

 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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