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

5/19-
5/21

Highland Rim

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN.  Hiking and camping weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Jan Safavi and Marietta Poteet will co-lead a camp/hiking weekend at Frozen Head State Park.  The group campsite will hold fifteen people so first to reserve a place with Jan or Marietta will have a choice.  There is a fee to camp which will be divided up among the campers.  Saturday we will hike the Bird Mountain/Tower Trail Loop, which is about eleven miles.  It will be a strenuous hike so you must be up to a challenging hike.  Sunday we will hike the Old Mac Loop which is about six miles.  Each camper is responsible for her own dinner at the campsite Friday evening.  Saturday evening we will go to a Wartburg restaurant for dinner.  Also, campers are responsible for their own breakfast and lunch.  Please email Jan at safavi.jan@gmail.com or Marietta at nannietta@blomand.net to reserve a spot. 

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net

5/19-
5/21

Murfreesboro

Frozen Head State Park Weekend Camping. Joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. Marietta Poteet and Jan Safavi will co-lead this camping and hiking weekend. The group campsite holds 15 people so sign up early. The campsite reservation fee will be divided among the campers. Saturday’s hike will be the Bird Mountain Loop and Tower Trail - about 11 miles rated strenuous. Sunday’s hike will be the Old Mac Loop - 6.1 miles rated moderate.

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

5/20
Sat

Clarksville

Liberty Park, Clarksville; 3.5 miles, easy; meet 9:00 A.M. at the Liberty Park Pond parking area.      

 

Donna Fondren 931-472-5185

5/20
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Stillhouse Hollow Falls
The Columbia/Franklin Chapter of TTA will have a work day at Stillhouse Hollow Falls.  We will clear the trails and pick up any loose litter.  We do not need to be at the park until ~9:00 a.m.  Please bring a snack and some trail shoes in the event the creek is high and we need to make more than one crossing.  After working the trails, we can depart Stillhouse and possibly have lunch in Columbia.  Ellen Clark will lead this work day.  Please contact her to let her know if you will be working with us that day. 

We will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill at 4908 Columbia Hwy at 8:15 a.m.  If you would like to meet at the park, please let Ellen know that. 

Ellen Clark - ercclark@aol.com

5/20
Sat

East Tennessee

Ramsay Cascade and Plemmons Cemetery.  This hike starts in Greenbrier Cove and ends at Ramsay Cascade 4 miles away.  The hike to the cascade is almost all up hill, gaining about 2200 feet in 4 miles.  The hike difficulty is moderate to difficult.  On the way back we will stop and hike to Plemmons Cemetery - about 1 mile round trip with little or no elevation change.  The total hiking distance is about 9 miles.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and stop at the Cracker Barrel at Straw Plains Pike, leaving there at 9:00 am ET for those who would prefer to meet there.  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 and plenty of $$$’s for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike , please call Tom.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

5/20
Sat

Nashville

Mt. Olivet Cemetery. 1101 Lebanon Road, east of downtown Nashville. Easy.  It’s a beautiful garden cemetery opened in 1855 and situated on a hilltop with impressive statuary, crypts, and tombs. We’ll follow a marked walking tour including the Confederate Circle, discussing Nashville history and the monuments as we go.  If anyone’s interested, we can have brunch / lunch afterwards. 

Jackie York to sign up and get meeting time – (615) 294-8241  jac_yor@ msn.com.

5/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett Road to Rock Creek and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

5/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Bird Mountain, Frozen Head 12.8 miles rated strenuous. An alternate hike is offered for a total of 10.9 miles. For more information and to register, contact Jeff. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu 

5/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m.  Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Tom Gillard, Jr. will present a program on his recent hike up to Mount Washington in New Hampshire. 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

5/23
Tue

Nashville

Annual Nashville Chapter Picnic, Edwin Warner Park, Nashville TN.  Shelter 10, 4:00 pm CT until sunset.  Following a potluck meal at 6:00 pm, we’ll take a twilight walk on the park roads.  The chapter will provide tableware, napkins, and ice, but we encourage you to bring your own non-disposable "mess kits" as a more sustainable alternative.  If you have a camping lantern and folding chair, you may want to bring those also.  The shelters aren’t lighted.  For the walk, you will want a flashlight or headlamp.  Bring friends!  This is the only chapter meeting that also includes a hike, so bring along a friend who’s been thinking about going beyond walking in the neighborhood.  Directions from Nashville: Drive west on West End / Harding.  Turn left at the "split" in Belle Meade to go on Highway 100.  Continue on Highway 100 for 3.2 miles and turn left on Old Hickory.  Drive 0.7 miles over the ridge and turn right on Vaughn Road at the traffic light.  In about 0.3 miles, turn right into the Edwin Warner Park Picnic Area.  We will be at Shelter #10, almost at the end.  When you see a permanent rest room building, turn left and then left again at the fork immediately following.  

 Doug Burroughs atdougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085.

5/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Boathouse to Collidge Park/Renaissance Park and back on the Riverwalk.  Approximately 5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Boathouse parking lot off Amnicola Hwy at 8 a.m.

Donna Pyers - 423-344-9271

5/24
Wed

Nashville

Richland Creek Greenway, Nashville. 3 miles. Easy. This is a paved greenway connecting McCabe Park and the Sylvan Park neighborhood with White Bridge Pike, Harding Road, and Nashville State Community College.  We will meet at 6 PM at McCabe Community Center, 101 46th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209.  

Dianna Richter to register at 615-587-9633.

5/24
Wed

Plateau

Mountain Laurel hike at the Rugby State Natural Area, Rugby, TN.  Hope you join us for this 5-mile moderate hike. We will venture to the Massengale home place, around the Kellogg’s Crack Loop, back along the White Oak trail (where we expect to see the Mountain Laurel in bloom), up to the village, then Laurel Branch trail to Laurel Dale Cemetery and return along the quiet village lane. This hike is held in conjunction with the Morgan County Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival. Don’t feel like hiking the entire 5-miles? Not a problem, as there are multiple opportunities to peel off and head back to the village. Plateau Chapter will depart at 8 am CT from Cracker Barrell, 23 Executive Dr, Crossville.  We will meet Nancy at the Rugby Visitor’s Center at 9 am CT (10 am ET).  Plan to eat lunch afterwards at either the R.M. Brooks General Store or Harrow Cafe in Rugby.  

Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-74436 or thehecklers@charter.net
or the Rugby hike leader Nancy Dorman at 615-202-5891

5/27
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Memorial Day.

 

N/A

5/27
Sat

East Tennessee

Schoolhouse Gap/Turkeypen Ridge/Finley Cane/Bote Mountain Trails.  The hike will start at the Schoolhouse Gap trailhead on Laurel Creek Road and hike to Turkeypen Ridge trail, gaining about 200 feet in 1.1 miles.  We will then hike Turkeypen Ridge trail back to Laurel Creek Road, gaining about 300 feet then losing about 400 feet in 3.4 miles.  From Laurel Creek Road we will hike Finley Cane trail to Bote Mountain trail, gaining about 200 feet in 2.8 miles.  The Bote Moutain trail will take us back to Laurel Creek Road, losing about 300 feet in 1.3 miles.  This is an moderate 8.6 mile hike. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a lunch, something to drink, a camera and a windbreaker in case it rains.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 5 cents for each mile. Round trip distance from Knoxville is 88 miles ($.05 x 88 = $4.40) and from Browns Creek Shopping  Center, 48 miles ($.05 x 48=$2.40).  After the hike plan on stopping Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For more information, please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

5/27
Sat

Nashville

Taylor Hollow SNA. Sumner County near Westmoreland TN. 4 to 6 easy miles. Easy.   Great flowers (I hope) and beautiful woods.   

Karl Dupre, at karld@comcast.net, or 615-207-2250 for details.

 

5/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chick to Boston Overlook.  Approximately 5 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

5/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ross Gap, Frozen Head. Ross Gap to the Cumberland Trail Junction, Bird Mountain Junction, Lookout Tower Trail, Big Cover campground 13.4 miles. A shorter hike is an option for a total of 6.3 miles. Hike is rated strenuous. For information and to register, contact Jeff Graves. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

5/30
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Enterprise South parking lot at 8 a.m.

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

    ** June 2017 **  

6/3
Sat

Clarksville

 National Trails Day; Trail work on Dunbar Cave SNA Trails; meet 8:00 A.M. at Dunbar Cave SNA parking area.

 

 

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

6/3
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day.  Dedication of Bobo Creek Bridge, Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Meet at 9:45 a.m. in Short Springs parking lot for the 10:00 a.m. event.   Ceremony followed by hike led by Sam King, TDEC-Natural Areas Program.   For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

6/3
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Trails Day, Barfield Crescent Park. Come join us for trail maintenance at this beautiful park from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Bring gloves, snack, water and wear sturdy shoes.

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

6/3
Sat

Nashville

Collins Gulf Loop Trail, Gruetli-Laager, TN: 12 plus miles. This hike is rated difficult due to the distance, terrain, and elevation changes. For experienced hikers only.  We hike along the west rim of Collins Gulf and down the Old Stagecoach Road to Sawmill campground, then back up the east side, passing Horsepound Falls and Suter Falls back to the start.  Be sure to bring lunch, water, good hiking boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather.  

 Doug Burroughs atdougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085

6/3
Sat

Plateau

National Trails Day Cumberland Trail, Morgan County.    Daddy’s Creek South Trailhead on Firetower Road at Devils Breakfast Table. There is parking for about 15 cars. Trail is in the Catoosa Wildlife Mgmt Area so it is recommended hikers where orange shirt, vest or hat. From the parking lot, cross the one lane bridge walking up the road about 200 ft.  The trail is off to the left. The trail consists of a lot of rock stairs, stream crossings, waterfall, small stone door, and overlook.  The overlook is at 1.2 miles, the stream at 2.4 miles will eventually have a bridge but we will retrace our steps from here for a total of 4.8 miles.  We will depart the Crossville Outlet Center West parking lot on Interstate Drive in Crosville at 7:30am and meet the hikers in Fairfield Glade at 7:45 am at the 4-way stop parking area in Fairfield Glade Resort.  

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

6/3
Sat

Soddy Daisy

National Trails day.  Greenway Farms.  Meet at Log Cabin in Greenway Farms at 8 a.m.

Jean Smith (423-596-7681)

6/3
Sat

Sumner Trails

June 3rd-National Trails Day.  Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary will lead Sumner Trails Chapter and the public on Warrior Trail, near Whitten Elementary.  Meet at 9 AM CT at the trail head.  For more info contact Chapter Chair, Lynn Takacs.

Lynn Takacs at lynntakacs@comcast.net

6/4
Sun

Highland Rim

 Tennessee River Gorge Paddle, Nickajack Lake, west of Chattanooga in Marion County.  Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek to Raccoon Mountain, 9 miles.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and cameras.  We will see Osprey and perhaps a Bald Eagle.  A river otter swam alongside my kayak during a previous paddle!  Plan to wear your PFD.  We will meet at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.

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

6/6
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

We will again meet at the Barnabas Center behind St. Paul Episcopal Church in Franklin.  We will have a great program from Ellen Clark and Lou Laratta concerning their trip to Antarctica.  They will present a slide show and some interesting insights into the Southern Hemisphere.  Food will be provided if you wish to come between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.  The program will begin at 7:00 a.m.

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

6/6
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

6/7
Wed

Nashville

Cummins Falls State Park-390 Cummins Falls Lane, Cookeville, TN 38501.  2 miles. difficult for rock scrambling.  Cummins Falls is s 75 foot waterfall, located near on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. There is a one mile hike down the Downstream Trail to the gorge. Bring sturdy hiking boots, water shoes etc. for swimming, drinking water, lunch & snacks. Meet at FedEx/Kinkos on Donelson Pike at 8:30 for the hour and a half ride to the waterfall.

 Linda Latter at (615)419-4845

6/9-
6/12

Highland Rim

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Big Creek Campground June 9, 10 and June 11, Group Campsite GP01.  Friday:  Hike to Mouse Creek Falls on Big Creek Trail.  4 miles total out and back.  530 ft. elevation change.  Easy.   Saturday:  Hike to Mount Sterling via Mount Sterling Gap on the Mount Sterling Trail.  Return to Big Creek Campground via Baxter Creek Trail.  8.5 miles total.  Elevation gain of 1,950 ft. up to Mount Sterling Fire Tower.  Mount Sterling’s summit is 5,842 ft. above sea level.  Elevation loss of 4,100 ft. down Baxter Creek Trail to our campsite in Big Creek Campground.  Moderately strenuous.  Great 360-degree views on Mount Sterling Fire Tower of the Smokies and the meadow of Max Patch.  Old-growth forest on Baxter Creek Trail. Shuttle required to retrieve vehicles parked at Mount Sterling Gap.    Sunday:  Hike the Cataloochee Divide Trail to Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center.  Parking is very limited at trailhead so we will carpool using the Suburban (six hikers) and two other vehicles which can each transport five hikers.  We will leave our remaining vehicles at our Big Creek Campsite. GP01.  Checkout is Monday June 12, 12 p.m. ET.   The Science Center is located on 530 acres on a mountain top which provides a 360 degree view of surrounding mountains and valley.  8.4 miles round trip.  970 ft. elevation change.  Moderate.    Friday evening after our hike we will share a potluck dinner at Group Campsite GP01.  Saturday we might eat at the campground.  Each camper responsible for her own Saturday meal.  Or, we can drive to Ruby Tuesday or Monterrey Mexican Restaurant located at Exit 435 , Interstate 40.  Big Creek Campground is three miles from Interstate 40.  Total driving time to the Newport restaurants is thirty minutes.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to learn if there is available space.  The Group Campsite may be full.  Options include camping in nearby individual Big Creek campsite or waiting list for Group Campsite.

 

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

6/9-
6/11

Murfreesboro

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend. Camping in the Big Creek Campground. Friday: Hike to Moose Creek Falls on Big Creek Trail, 4 miles rated easy. Saturday: Hike to Mount Sterling via Mount Sterling Gap on the Mount Sterling Trail. Return to Big Creek Campground via Baxter Creek Trail, 8.5 miles rated moderately strenuous. Sunday: Hike the Cataloochee Divide Trail to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center. 8.4 miles rated moderate. Potluck dinner at the campground Friday, Saturday we may have dinner in a restaurant but each camper is responsible for their own Saturday meal. Space is limited in the group campsite. To reserve a campsite, contact Joan Hartvigsen at 931-962-0811 or jhartvigs@comcast.net.

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

6/10
Sat

Clarksville

 Black Mountain to Windless Cave and back, 4 miles, moderate; and Black Mountain Loop Trail, 1.7 miles, moderate. Next we will drive 9 miles to Ozone Falls SNA. There is a short easy hike to the falls;  meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 162 miles to trail head.  

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

6/10
Sat

Soddy Daisy

No hike scheduled

6/10
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Trillium Gap, Smoky Mountains. Trillium Gap to Grotto Falls, Brushy Mountain Trail to Mount LeConte Lodge 13.2 miles. A shorter hike is an option for a total of just over 6 miles. The hike is rated strenuous.  Contact Jeff for more information and to register. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu 

6/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Picnic. Pavilion #5. Barfield Crescent Park, 6:00 pm CDT. No business will be held and open to all TTA members, families and guests. There are picnic tables under the shelter and the chapter will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, utensils, napkins and ice. Lindsey and Hazel will be grilling for us again this year. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP to Sara Pollard. We want to make sure enough supplies are provided. Picnic is rain or shine.

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

6/13
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Signal Mountain H.S. to Middle Bridge and back.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

Boodie Fox (423-842-1178)

6/14
Wed

Nashville

kayak/canoe trip down the Harpeth River 4.7 miles from Hwy 100 put in, to Coley Davis (Metro Park). We would need to car shuttle back to Hwy 100. Bring or rent kayak, water, sunscreen, water shoes, lunch & snacks. Meet at Linda’s house in Bellevue at 8:30.

Linda Latter at (615)419-4845

6/17
Sat

Clarksville

LBL, Hematite Lake Trail 2.2 miles, Honker Lake Trail 4.3 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 69 miles to trail head.    

 

 Sandy Janus 931- 551-8523

6/17
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Paddle.  Tims Ford Dam to Farris Creek Bridge.  Easy in, easy out. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT at Sample’s Restaurant, 204 S. Main Street (Hwy 41A), Estill Springs, TN for breakfast.  Or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the put in below Tims Ford Dam off Hwy 50 to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen,  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.

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

6/17
Sat

Murfreesboro

Paddling the Elk River. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. Meet at 9:30 am at the put in below Tims Ford Dam on Highway 50 to organize a shuttle. We will paddle from Tims Ford Dam to the Farris Creek Bridge. 

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

6/17-
6/19

Nashville

Standing Stone State Park, Hillman TN (near Livingston). Camping and hiking weekend. 4.7 miles, moderate. Arrive Friday afternoon or evening if you are interested in camping. We will hike the Lake Trail which winds around beautiful Standing Stone Lake, on Saturday. We will camp Saturday night, and depart early Sunday morning.  Standing Stone has more than eight miles of day-use hiking trails, providing access to some of the park’s loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into virgin woods through vivid wildflowers and over-flowing streams. If you are not interested in camping you may meet us for Saturday’s hike at the Visitor’s Center at 9:00 CDT. Registration is a must if you are going to camp.

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

6/17
Sat

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg.  This is a moderate 6.4 mile hike on the South and North Old Mac Trails.  We will have a 1,000 ft elevation change on Old Mac Mountain.  Features include a thick walled building used to store explosives during the construction of trails in the 30’s, an overlook, Panther Gap Rockhouse, sandstone bluffs with fossils.  We will depart at 7:30 am CT from the Crossville Outlet Center West parking lot on Interstate Drive in Crossville.  

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

6/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

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

John Politte (423-304-8327)

6/17
Sat

Sumner Trails

June 17th Springfield Greenway - The scenic Springfield Greenway meanders along a lush tree-lined creek in northerm Springfield, just a half hour north of Nashville.  The pathway is paved, flat and smooth, making for easy walking or riding, and has only one street crossing.  Meet for carpooling at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 AM CT.  Contact Hike Leader, Shirley Hall for further info. 

Shirley Hall at shall958@bellsouth.net

6/18
Sun

East Tennessee

Gregory Bald hike -   This hike will be on Sunday because the loop road is closed until 10:00 AM (E.T.) on Saturdays making the start too late and leaving too little time at the top to enjoy the scenery.  Parsons Branch Road is open so we can hike Gregory Bald Trail, which is one mile shorter and 800 fewer feet to climb than the Gregory Ridge Trail.  The hike is moderately difficult to difficult, gaining about 2200 feet in about 4.5 miles (9 miles round trip).  This hike is famous for it’s "Flaming Azaleas".  Don’t forget your snacks, water, appropriate footwear and $$$ for carpooling.   Contact hike leader Tom Cressler for more information.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)

6/20
Tue

Clarksville

No Monthly Chapter Meeting.

N/A

6/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Upper Leggett to Lower Leggett.  Approximately 3.5 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Renee Grace (423-593-8128)

6/21
Wed

Nashville

Burgess Falls State Park-Sparta, TN-there are four waterfalls that cascade over 250 feet in elevation. The 1.5 mile round trip River Trail/Service Road Loop is a moderately strenuous hike going past waterfalls and into the gorge. Bring sturdy hiking boots, water shoes etc. for swimming, drinking water, lunch & snacks. Meet at FedEx/Kinkos on Donelson Pike at 8:30 for the hour and a half ride to the waterfalls.

Linda Latter at (615)419-4845.

6/24
Sat

Clarksville

Annual Picnic (bring a dish); Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville; 4:00 P.M. CT until dusk.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645-2849

6/24
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Daily Walking Tours

Knowledgeable guides lead leisurely walking tours every hour on the hour.

These 1½ mile walking tours feature incredible formations, an historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Difficulty Level:Level: Moderate
Time: 1.5 Hours

What To Expect:

Daily Walking Tours take about 1½  hours to complete. You need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to purchase tickets and visit the restroom. The cave is a constant and pleasant 56°, a light jacket may be needed.

Highlights:

  • View stalagmites and stalactites
  • The cave surface is dirt and rock, there are steps and slopes to walk up and down
  • Discover Tennessee’s largest show cave with the whole family
We will meet at 8:00 at Tollgate Medical Plaza, on Hwy 31 (Columbia Pike), just north of 840, drive to Cumberland Caverns (about one and 1/2 hours.  Bring picnic lunch (or if group desires we can eat out after the cave tour), water, etc. The cost of the cave walking trip is $21 per person payable to the cave.  Trails are moderate. Please call or email Cindy Whitt if you plan to join us. 

Phone 615.202.5761, email: Cindy.whitt@comcast.net

Please include a contact telephone number.

Cindy Whitt - cindy.whitt@comcast.net, 615.202.5761

6/24
Sat

East Tennessee

Cosby, TN - Gabes Mountain. Rated moderate.  This shuttle hike will take us through a forest of large trees and we’ll stop at one of the popular waterfalls along the way. Many former homesteads were in this area and are now piles of rocks. At 2.1 miles, we come to the spur trail that takes us to Hen Wallow Falls which is a great spot for a break.  At 4.8 miles, we arrive at campsite #34 where we’ll take another break. The next two creeks are rock hoppers, so pack water shoes just in case the water is high. At 6.6 miles, we come to an intersection of trails, and will turn right to walk the final mile to our car. Wear sturdy boots; bring water, lunch and money for carpooling. For more information and to register contact Garnett Rush.

Garnett Rush
rushga01@yahoo.com
615-210-0660

6/24
Sat

Highland Rim

Greeter Falls/Boardtree Falls Hike and Friends of South Cumberland State Park Picnic, Stone Door Picnic Shelter.  Meet Ranger Aaron Reed at 8:30 a.m. at the Greeter Falls parking lot for a hike to Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls.  Friends of South Cumberland State Park picnic is 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Stone Door Picnic Shelter.  A main course, probably chicken and/or barbecue, drinks and a cake will be provided.   Bring a side dish or dessert.   Rock Climbing Demonstration and “Try It Out” at Stone Door from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information and to register for the picnic so the Friends know how many people might be coming for lunch.

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

6/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

Window Cliffs State Natural Area. Located southwest of Cookeville. 8 miles rated difficult because of the elevation change and a number of crossings over Cane Creek. There is a bluff that separates the upstream and downstream parts of the creek. The bluff has eroded from both sides causing an opening to develop, which is how the name “Window Cliffs” came about. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

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

6/24
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chick to Stevens Branch and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

6/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Gregory Bald, Smoky Mountains. Hike is rated strenuous 12.4 miles. Gregory Ridge Trailhead to Backcountry Campsite 12, trail will climb 2000 feet for the next 3 miles reaching the Gregory Bald Trail junction. Register with Jeff. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

6/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.   Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Program:  Dr. Michael Bradley’s book “Death in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Most Popular Park.”   Dr. Bradley has taught United States History at Motlow College since 1970.  He has hiked and camped in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than 45 years.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

6/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Cravens House.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

Patricia Appleton (423-332-6517)

6/28
Wed

Nashville

 Vanderbilt University Campus, Nashville. An easy urban walk around the tree-shaded campus.  Route flexible  We will meet at 6 PM in the parking lot near Ted’s Montana Grill and Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, 2817 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.  

Dianna Richter to register at 615-587-9633.

    ** July 2017 **  

7/7-
7/9

Highland Rim

 Camping at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, TN.   Campsite G6, Gee Creek Campground.   Friday afternoon we will float the Hiwassee River from Reliance Bridge to Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, 5 miles.   Saturday we will float the lower Ocoee River.  We will put in at Sugarloaf Mountain Park Boat launch below Ocoee Dam #1 (Parksville Lake Dam).  Sugarloaf Mountain Park is located on US Hwy 64 near the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 314.  The take-out is on Hwy 411 at the Nancy Ward Gravesite.  The float is 7.5 miles.  The take-out at Nancy Ward Gravesite State Park boat ramp is on Hwy 411 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 411.   An alternative float is the Hiwassee River from Gee Creek Campground boat ramp to Old Patty Road access.  This float is 9 miles.  Sunday we will paddle on beautiful Parksville Lake (Lake Ocoee) against the backdrop of forested rolling hills in Cherokee National Forest.    We will use our own kayaks or canoes for all three activities.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 early to reserve your space in the Group Campsite G6.  Friday evening we will share a potluck dinner at our campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat dinner at a Etowah restaurant.

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

7/8
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Mt. LeConte 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

7/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Elk or Flint Float 

J. Carter

7/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Mount Sterling

Richard Savage

    ** August 2017 **  

8/26
Sat

Sumner Trails

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

Shirley Hall shall958@bellsouth.net

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

TTA

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Monteagle, TN

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