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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Dec 11, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2017 **  

12/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Holiday Potluck. 6:00 pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Invite your family and friends to our annual holiday event. If you want to participate in the Dirty Santa Gift Exchange, bring a wrapped gift valued at about $10. Also bring your favorite holiday dish to share. Chapter will provide utensils, plates, napkins and beverages. 

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

12/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Bluff Trail (Covenant College to Point Park).  Approximately 5 miles.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

12/13
Wed

Plateau

SCSP Fiery Gizzard Reroute.  The hike is 11.75 miles long and rated difficult due to the length and some strenuous climbshowever there several options to do shorter hikes like the 2 mi Grundy Day Loop or the 5.9 mi in and out Dog Hole Trail to Ravens Point . The hikes feature numerous waterfalls and scenic overlooks above deep gorges.

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

12/14
Thu

Memphis

Memphis Chapter Christmas Party and Potluck, Thursday, Dec 14

Margaret Smith will be hosting our annual party at Oaks at Woodchase Clubhouse, 1680 W Southfield Circle, Cordova.  Bring BYOB and your favorite festive dish to share with the group.  The club will supply ham. Socializing begins around 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.  We will supply plates, glasses, and eating utensils.  If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a $10 gift.

RSVP by December 12 spikie542003@yahoo.com  or text 901-210-6097.

12/16
Sat

Clarksville

Clarksville Greenway, 5.2 or 9.2 miles, easy to moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT at the end of Pollard Road

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

12/16
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville Urban Wilderness - This hike is about 6 miles, mostly through the woods, with rolling hills, one or two are steep but not very long.  The hike is rated as easy.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  You can view and print the map of the Urban Wilderness South Loop at the Outdoor Knoxville website (you will need the adobe PDF viewer to view and print the map).  The hike will be on the trails around Ross Marble Quarry and Mead’s Quarry.  The hike will include Imery’s, Turnbuckle, Burnett Ridge, Ross Marble and Tharp Trace trails.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00am ET.  If you prefer you can meet us at 9:30am ET at the parking lot for Meads Quarry (see the map referred to above).  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 about the hike, please call Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4955
cressler@utk.edu
865-588-5622 (leave message)

12/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Prentice Cooper State Forest, near Whitwell, TN.  Easy hike to Snoopers Rock on the Mullens Cove Trail, 6.8 miles roundtrip. This hike offers views of the Tennessee River Gorge, rock bluffs, and cascading streams.  The bare rock promontory of Snoopers Rock offers a wide view of the Tennessee River Gorge and a great lunch spot!  Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles and a light.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Contact our hike leader, Joan Hartvigsen, for carpool information, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

12/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett trailhead to Rock Creek bridge and back.  Moderate.  Approximately 6 miles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

12/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Virgin Falls,  DeRossett. This is a 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls, so the hike may be canceled or changed due to high water. Therefore, register with hike leader to be informed of possible cancelation or changes. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:00.  To register   contact  
  Louise Miniard  931-239-5425
John Nesbitt will be leading a backpacking group along with the hikers. The backpackers would begin hiking with the rest of the group. If you would like to backpack please contact John  John Nisbet <nisbetcle@gmail.com

Louise Miniard. 931-239-5425

12/19
Tue

Clarksville

Our Christmas party will be 5:00 P.M. CT, at the Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville.

Kathy Robertson, (931) 216-5797

 

12/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Blue Blazes Trail at Mocassin Bend.  Approximately 2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Will Smith (423-580-2918)

12/20
Wed

Plateau

Burnt Mill Bridge. Our hike will be the Burnt Mill Bridge loop near Rugby. It will be about 5 mi with moderate terrain. Depart from Cracker Barrel 127 North at I-40 rear parking lot at 8:00 am CT.  Gas cost $5. We will stop for lunch at R.M. Brooks General Store in Rugby (if they are open). 

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

12/23
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Christmas.

N/A

 

12/27
Wed

Plateau

Dec 27, 2017  –  Cumberland Cove.  We will hike various trails from Eagle Flight Park to 3 caves and The Sinks for approximately 4 moderate miles of which .52 mi is difficult. Depart 8 am CT from Tractor Supply HY 70 West.  Carpool cost is $3. Bring water and snacks.

 Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243

12/30
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN - Come and join us for a hike to Frozen Head after Christmas festivities and lots of food and fun. 
We will start at Shelter C and hike up the Spicewood trail for 2.5 miles.  Then take the Tower Road trail for 1.3 miles to the junction of South Old Mac.  It is another 1/2 mile to the Frozen Head Tower.  Hopefully we will have some great views.  After lunch, we will head down the South Old Mac trail back to Shelter C to our vehicles.  For those wanting to go on a shorter hike, they can hike only the Spicewood trail and turn around go back to the parking lot for a total of 6 miles.  Total miles is 8+.  Contact Carolyn Reeves to pre-register.

Carolyn Reeves
(865) 717-3528
crhiker03@gmail.com

12/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Fifth Saturday Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring water, snack and work gloves.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you can help.

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

12/30
Sat

Nashville

Bryant Grove Trail, Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage TN. 8 miles, moderate. This flat, winding trail connects the Couchville Lake area to Bryant Grove Recreation Area as it follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake. The path visits several unique habitats, including rare limestone glades. It crosses a wooden bridge above Bryant Grove Creek, where green heron are occasionally seen wading and feeding. The one-mile marker (coming from Couchville Lake) is a good "habitat edge" birding spot for warblers, vireos and other species.  Keep an eye out for owls, hawks and raccoons along the trail. No pets allowed. We’ll meet at 8:30 AM CST at the Park Visitor Center, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, Tennessee 37076.  

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

12/30
Sat

Plateau


Dec 30, 2017 – CT Black Mountain.  This will be an easy 2 mile loop below the boulders from the Spring House. We will also explore the new section of trail being built toward Ozone Falls and back, distance unknown.  Carpool cost is $2.  Bring water and snacks. Depart 8 am CT from the McDonalds at Peavine Rd & I-40 (exit 322).

 Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243

12/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

12/31
Sun

Clarksville

New Years Eve hike downtown Clarksville; 3.5 miles, moderate;  meet 9:00 P.M. CT, Cumberland River Pavilion, McGregor Park, Riverside Drive. After the hike bring a party snack and come to Jack and Suva Bastin’s house for a New Years Eve Party.

 

Lionel Senseney, 931-551-6738

    ** January 2018 **  

1/1
Mon

Clarksville

New Years Day hike, Montgomery Bell State, Park Montgomery Bell Trail, 5.4 miles, moderate; we will have a Pot Luck lunch on the trail; meet 9:00 A.M. CT,  BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 33 miles to trail head.

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

1/1
Mon

Highland Rim

 Annual Multi-Chapter New Year’s Day Hike.  Edgar Evins State Park.  Millennium Trail, 3.2 miles moderate and Highland Rim Nature Trail, 2 miles easy.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information at 931-962-08ll or jhartvigs@comcast.net.  We need to be at Edgar Evins’ covered picnic shelter at the marina parking lot at 10:00 a.m. CST to drop off our potluck food and carpool to the Millennium Trail Head.  We will then enjoy our potluck lunch under the covered picnic shelter with a warm fire in the fireplace.  After lunch we will hike the Highland Rim Nature Trail.

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

1/1
Mon

Murfreesboro

New Year’s Day Hike. Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point, between Smithville and Cookeville. ALL TTA CHAPTERS AND MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO THE NEW YEAR’S DAY 1ST HIKE AND FEAST AT EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK.  Meet at 10:00 am cst 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 a 2 ½ mile easy to moderate hike led by a Park Ranger on the Millennium Trail 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. 

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

1/2
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m. 

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271

1/3
Wed

Plateau

CT Mullins Cove Loop.  This is a 9.8 moderate to strenuous mile loop within the Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Those wishing a shorter hike may retrace their steps at any point either going east from the Trailhead to the Indian Rockhouse and Stone Door or west to follow Short Creek featuring a lot of rock hopping.  Depart 8 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South. Carpool cost is $8.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.New Hike Text

1/6
Sat

Clarksville

Clarksville Greenway, several distance options, easy to moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT at the end of Pollard Road. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

1/6
Sat

Highland Rim

Collins West Hike past Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls to Sawmill Campground and beyond depending on time and darkness.  South Cumberland State Park.  Gruetli Laager, TN.   Eight plus miles total mileage.  Moderate due to boulder hopping at the beginning and an 800 ft. elevation change.  Later the hike is very easy because it follows the river.   Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Bring water, lunch, snack, hiking sticks and head lamps.  Water shoes would be helpful for possible water crossings.  Email  Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or Jan Safavi, safavi.jan@gmail.com, to register and for more information.

 

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net

1/6
Sat

Murfreesboro

Collins Gulf West. South Cumberland State Park. 8 miles rated moderate difficult. Joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. Out and back to Sawmill campsite. We’ll hike past Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls, on to cross the Collins riverbed and proceed to Sawmill campsite.  We might go further if we have good weather, make good time and folks want to. Since we will be crossing the riverbed-you need to bring trekking poles and even water shoes would be a good idea. With winter weather there may be icy or snowy spots.  Even if the roads are clear the shaded areas along the trail can stay icy and slick.  Please come prepared by dressing in layers appropriate for the weather and bring water, snacks, trekking poles, water shoes and/or waterproof boots.  A headlamp is also a good idea as well. We’ll carpool from Murfreesboro and meet up with other folks at the Collins Gulf West parking area.

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

 

 

1/6
Sat

Nashville

Percy Warner Park, Nashville TN.  11.2 miles.  Strenuous for distance.  Come out and work off some of those Holiday goodies with a long walk in one of Nashville’s prettiest parks!   We will  meet at the newish Percy Warner Golf Club House,1221 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville TN 37205 and walk an 11.2 mile loop on the paved roads in the park.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, footwear for a long hike on asphalt roads, and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Option 1: There will be a 6-mile option for those who want to cut the loop short and know the route back.  Option 2: Stop for a warmup, refreshments, etc. about halfway along at the Harpeth Hills Golf Club House.  

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

1/6
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creeek (5 miles in and 5 miles out).  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

1/6
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 6,  DeRosset, Tn. Bridgestone Wildlife Management Area and Virgin Falls State Natural Area. We will hike the Amber’s Den Trail to Welch’s Point. Then we will descend under the bluff to visit some Doghole coal mines beneath the Welch’s Point bluffline via old roadbeds. Continuing along the roadbed we will reach Laurel Creek along the boundary between the WMA and Virgin Falls SNA. We will cross Laurel Creek at a location dependent upon water level and follow the Virgin Falls trail to the trail to Martha’s Pretty Point. Then we will follow the new ridgetop trail to the Virgin Falls parking lot. Hike will be about 8 miles, rated moderate and require a short shuttle. Depending on water level there may be a short walk through the woods without roadbed or trail. Roadbeds may be somewhat eroded; please wear hiking footware, bring lunch, snacks and water.  Meet at Penny’s in Cookeville at 8 am. For information and to register contact Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or eyintn@hotmail.com.

 

Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or eyintn@hotmail.com.

1/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting - 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Tony Jones will present a slide presentation on a recent trip to New York City. From Times Square to Central Park, Harlem, Ground Zero, Top of the Rock and much more.

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

1/9
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Nickajack Connector Trail.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

1/10
Wed

Plateau

CT Soddy Gorge North.  From the Little Soddy Trailhead we will travel North thru the old mining camp to the Deep Creek suspension bridge and back for 8 moderate miles.  Depart 8 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.   Carpool cost is $7.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.   

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

1/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting.   6pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Join us for dinner beforehand at 5pm CT at LaCosta Restaurant near Burkes.   Program: Blue Bird Monitoring by Don Hazel.  

Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  if you intend to join us for dinner.

1/13
Sat

Clarksville

Erin Rials to Trails, 4 miles, out-and-back, level and paved, easy; Eat lunch at Paul’s Pizza which is where our hike ends; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; 25 miles to trail head. 

 

Bob Lyon 931- 648-2354

1/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Sewanee Perimeter Trail Section.  Sewanee, TN.   Forestry Cabin (Gate 5) through Shakerag Hollow to eastern University Gates at Highway 41A.  Moderate.  Five miles.  We will leave vehicles at the eastern University Gates and begin our hike at Gate 5 off Brakefield Road.  We will enjoy many great views, including Cherry Point, Rutledge Point, KA Point.  We will hike down into Shakerag Hollow and see mature hardwood forests and tall cliffs and wet weather waterfalls.   Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Bring hiking poles and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at the Blue Chair Café, 35 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN at 9:00 a.m. CST.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. 

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

1/13
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf south rim (5 miles in and 5 miles out).  Moderate to strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 am.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

1/15
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

1/16
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

J.R. Tate 931-920-1359

1/16
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek to McGill Creek and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

1/17
Wed

Plateau

BSF Laurel Fork Creek Trail.   Via the West Entrance Trailhead this will be an 8.4 mile moderate in and out hike along the creek.  Depart from Cracker Barrel back parking lot at 8 am CT.  Carpool cost is $5.    Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

1/20
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of the MLK Day hike.

 

N/A

1/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Sixteenth Annual Poteets’ Chilly Chili Hike.  Sherwood Forest, Sewanee, TN.  Three miles, easy to moderate.   Join Marietta and Jim for their annual Chilly Chili Hike.   For the Chilly Chili hike, we will hike the new Sherwood Forest Acquisition, the latest land acquisition of the South Cumberland State Park.  We will hike the trail to a beautiful overlook of Lost Cove and to a natural bridge.  Following these points of interest, we will hike the partially complete trail around the ridge where we will continue to get spectacular views.  The trail is approximately 3 miles long rated easy to moderate due the trail being partially completed.  There will be a bail out place for those who do not want to walk the incomplete portion of trail.  For directions to the trailhead, email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net. Please meet at the trailhead at 9:00 a.m. CST.  If the weather turns bad, we will hike an alternate trail.  After our chilly hike we will proceed to the Poteets’ Monteagle home for chili, cornbread, brownies and fixin’s.   We will have a variety of drinks.   If you are not hiking please come to the Poteets’ home at 12:00 p.m. CST.  If you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share with hungry hikers.  Further information will be forthcoming.  Call or email Marietta at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net.   If possible, please let the Poteets know you plan to attend.  The Poteets live in Cliff Tops, 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN.

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

1/20
Sat

Memphis

Nesbit Park in Bartlett

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Nesbit Park parking lot.  We will hike the white trail with possible additions for a total of 4 to 6 miles.  Bring water and a snack, hiking boots suggested.  Allow 3 hours for this hike. Rain or snow will cancel this hike.  

Hike Location:  Nesbit Park is on Yale Road between Bartlett Blvd and Old Brownsville Rd on the north side of Yale.

Contact: charlie.bright2010@gmail.com 

1/20
Sat

Murfreesboro

16th Annual Poteet Chilly Chili Hike. Approximately 3 miles rated easy to moderate due the trail being partially completed. We will hike the Sherwood Forest, the latest land acquisition of the South Cumberland State Park. We hike the trail to a beautiful overlook of Lost Cove and to a natural bridge. After these points of interest, we will hike the partially completed trail around the ridge. There will be a bail out place for those who do not want to walk the incomplete section of the trail. Afterwards chili and drinks will be provided at the home of the Poteets. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am cst. For directions to the trailhead, email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net. Contact Sara Pollard if you are interested in carpooling from Murfreesboro.

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

1/20
Sat

Nashville

Carpool to the Poteet’s Chilly Chili Hike in Monteagle / Sewanee.  Hike the new Sherwood Forest Acquisition, the latest land acquisition of the South Cumberland State Park.  (See the Highland Rim Chapter section for full description, including for the chili and pot luck afterward.)  The hike starts at 9:00 AM in Franklin County.    

Doug Burroughs atdougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or leave a message at 615-587-0085 for more information about carpooling to this fun event.

1/20
Sat

Plateau

SCSP Denny Cove/Foster Falls.  Denny Cove is a 3 mile strenuous hike due to rock scrambling to a fabulous waterfall and rock climber cliffs.  Foster Falls is a 5 mile moderate hike. First we will hike down to view Foster Falls (if there is any water), then on along the bottom of the cliff (used for climbing or rappelling).  Depart 8 am CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.  Carpool cost is $8.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

1/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chickamauga Creek.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

1/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 20, Graysville, TN. We will hike 2.5 miles from the Roaring Creek parking area to McGill Creek on the Cumberland Trail. Returning to the parking area, we will hike up the Roaring Creek portion of the CT about ¾ mile where we will continue up the roadbed to a small waterfall. Hike is rated moderate and will total about 7.5 miles. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Meet at Penny’s in Cookeville at 8 am. For information and to register contact Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or eyintn@hotmail.com.

Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or eyintn@hotmail.com.

1/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Join us at 5:00 p.m. CST for dinner at Applebee’s Neighbor Grill & Bar, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  We will plan our hikes, floats, camping trips and all other fun activities.  Please bring your bucket list.  If you cannot make the meeting please email your ideas to Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net.

Mary Etta Ward
931-581-9906

1/23
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting. The Tennessee Naturalist program offers nature lovers the opportunity to advance their own knowledge and understanding of the natural world in our state, and to pass it on to others by volunteering. There are now eight chapters of Tennessee Naturalists around the state. Bill Loewer of Cedars of Lebanon State Park administers the chapter based at his park, and he will be describing the program at our January meeting. Find out how you can be certified as a Tennessee Naturalist and pay it forward.  Bring a nature-loving friend!

Nora Beck: 615-517-6486, norellibee@gmail.com

1/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Moderate to strenuous hike at 6.1 miles.  We will hike portions of the Sewanee Perimeter trail starting at the Univeristy Gate TH on Hwy 41.  We will descend onto the Shakerag Hollow section and hike to the intersection of the KA Point trail.  We will then hike to KA point.  We will return to the University Gate on the Breckwidth trail.   There will be an alternate trail for those that do not want to go up steps.  Meet at Publix parking lot on North Market Street at 9 a.m.

Delores Ladd (214-422-7206)

1/24
Wed

Plateau

Piney River Trail.  This will be a moderate to strenuous (due to rocks) 7.4 mile one-way requiring a car shuttle. Depart 8 am CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.  Carpool cost is $3.  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.

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

1/26-
1/28

Highland Rim

Brady Mountain Section of the Cumberland Trail. Hike on January 27.  Crossville, TN.  8 miles, moderately strenuous.  Some rocky steep sections. Cumulative elevation change of 2,000 ft.   Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Vehicle shuttle required. We will begin the hike at the Jewett Road Trailhead and hike north to the Brady Mountain trailhead at Route 68.  The Brady Mountain Section includes a beautiful ridge-line hike with a panoramic lookout over Grassy Cove at Brady Bluff overlook.  Register with our hike leader, Sara Pollard, sarabpollard@gmail.com or 615-714-3610 for the hike.  We have reserved Cabin #27 at Cumberland Mountain State Park Friday and Saturday nights.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 soon to reserve a space in the cabin.  Sunday morning we will visit nearby Ozone Falls State Natural Area for a half mile round trip hike to Ozone Falls.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610
Joan Hartvigsen
Cabin Reservation,  Cumberland Mountain State Park
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

1/27
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland  City Rails-to-Trails unpaved section, 6 miles out and back, moderate due to length; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; 18 miles to trail head.        

 

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

1/27
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Trail. Brady Mountain section. 8 miles rated moderately strenuous. Joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. We will begin our hike at the Jewett Road trailhead and hike north to the Brady Mountain trailhead at TN Highway 68. This section of the Cumberland Trail includes a beautiful ridge-line hike with a panoramic view of Grassy Cove at Brady Bluff. There’s the option of spending Friday and Saturday nights in a cabin at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville. Sunday morning we will visit nearby Ozone Falls State Natural Area for a half mile round trip to Ozone Falls. If interested in staying in the cabin, contact Joan Hartvigsen at 931-962-0811 or jhartvigs@comcast.net.

 

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

1/27
Sat

Nashville

Eagle Pass section of the Bicentennial Cumberland River Trail.  Ashland City, TN. 6.5 miles. Easy.  This is a beautiful time of year to hike this trail that runs alongside the Cumberland River.  With the leaves off the trees the river is visible for most of the 2.5 miles to the Corp of Engineers Campground at Lock A.  Wildfowl abound and the bluffs provide a nice backdrop to the river scene.  Once we arrive at the campground we will ascend a short 1.5 mile trail to a spectacular overlook and then wind our way back down to the Eagle Pass trail for the 2.5 mile return trip.  There is a nice picnic shelter at the campground where we can stop for snacks and refreshment before returning to our cars at the parking area on Chapmansboro Rd.  The trail is flat but it’s advisable to wear hiking boots or at least sturdy trail runners.  Bring water and snacks. You may also want to bring hiking poles and binoculars. 

Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811 or e-mail at njlj1011@gmail.com 

1/27
Sat

Plateau

SM - Gold Mine/Cane Creek Trail.   This will be an 11 mile (strenuous due to length and 300 elevation gain) in and out hike to an abandoned gold mine, site of the Monkey House, creek crossings, Buchanan cemetery, Hesse and Nebo Quartzite.  Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:15 am CT.  Carpool cost is $10.    Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243

1/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lula Lake.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

1/28
Sun

Upper Cumberland

January 28, Bear Waller Gap Hiking Trail, 11 Miles - Cordell Hull Lake is fortunate to offer the Bear Waller Gap Trail, widely recognized as one of the best hiking trails in Middle Tennessee. The trail offers panoramic overlook views of the lake, many diverse species of wildflowers (in season) and native wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. The secluded trail runs 5.5 miles between the Overlook Recreation Area (’Tater Knob) and the Defeated Creek campground on Cordell Hull Lake, and is considered moderate to difficult because of side-sloping trails.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended. It has been suggested to wear orange due to hunting season.  We will begin our hike at the Defeated Creek campground and plan to hike from one side to the other and back. However, a shuttle could be an option for those wishing to hike one way. You can meet us at 7:30am in the JC Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville, or at 8:00am at the McDonald’s in Gordonsville off of I-40 exit 258. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

 Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

1/30
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Easy.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at  9 a.m.

Ed Pyers (423-344-9271)

1/31
Wed

Plateau

Bearwaller Gap Trail.  This is a moderate 6 mile hike surrounding the Cordell Hull Dam in Carthage from the Bearwaller Gap Trail-Blue to Tater Knob overlook.  At the point near the Defeated Creek entrance to the trail, a rock outcropping overhanging the trail contains fossils of animals that lived 300 million yrs ago.  Between Two Prong and the overlook are many traces of early settlements.   Depart from Cracker Barrel back parking lot at 8 am CT.  Carpool cost is $8.  This hike will require a short car shuttle.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.

Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243

    ** May 2018 **  

5/11-
5/14

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002.   May 11, 12, 13.  These lovely, quiet campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek. Site G002 is in full shade.  Hikes will include the Cataloochee Divide Trail and others TBA.  We will view the Elk in the evenings and early mornings.   We may hike to Max Patch on the way out.  More details later.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve space in the two group campsites.  Site G002 is almost full but there is plenty of room in G001.  Cataloochee Creek runs along the back of Site G001.

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

 

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