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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Nov 14, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** November 2019 **  

11/16
Sat

All

Geology presentation and hike at Cane Creek Canyon.  Sponsored by Faye and Jim Lacefield.  MUST HAVE A TICKET THRU EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND. Be at parking area of Cane Creek Canyon (near Sheffield, Alabama) at 9:00 a.m.  Jim will make presentation and then lead the hike.  Proceeds go to the maintenance of Cane Creek Canyon.

Terry Warren is going.

11/16
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

11/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Sherwood Forest Trail, South Cumberland State Park.  Near Sewanee, TN.  Out Hwy 156 past Franklin State Forest sign.   2.5 mile loop trail with spectacular views down into Lost Cove and Crow Creek watershed.  Fascinating natural bridge.  Easy to moderate.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and for carpool information.  We will meet at 9 am CST at the Shakerag Hollow Trailhead Parking Lot on 41A for carpool/caravan or 9:30 am at the Sherwood Forest Trailhead.  Directions to Sherwood Forest Trailhead:  Travel on Highway 156 South approximately 8 miles from the junction of Hwy 156 and Midway Road.  (The end of the Sewanee Airport Runway).  Turn right on Old CCC Road.  Travel two miles to the end of Old CCC Road and the parking lot of the Sherwood Forest Trailhead.  The Old CCC Road junction is 0.9 miles from the Franklin State Forest Sign and House.  There are no South Cumberland State Park Signs.  The turn is very easy to miss.  Turn around if you reach South Pittsburg, TN.

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

11/16
Sat

Memphis

Nov 16, Sat.Meeman-Shelby Forest – Chickasaw Bluff & Pioneer Springs

 More info to follow

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

11/16
Sat

Nashville

Bryant Grove Trail, Long Hunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076, 8:00 a.m. 8 or 4 miles. Easy to moderate.  This hike will begin at the trailhead in the Couchville Lake Day Use Area Two of Long Hunter State Park. The trailhead is near the playground on the right side of the parking area, and the trail heads east along the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake through cedar thickets, oak and hickory forests and cedar glades for 4 miles to reach the Bryant Grove Recreation Area, then back to the starting point. Options are 8 miles (to Bryant Grove Recreation Area and back)  or 4 miles (hike to 2-mile marker, then back). Trail is rated easy to moderate, terrain is flat and the trail surface includes gravel, rocks and dirt.

 

Betty Magee at (615) 319-5394 or e-mail: monetfan455@yahoo.com. or Doug King at (615) 542-0486 or e-mail: douglasmortonking@gmail.com

11/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy

November 16-Saturday-Hike is on the Brady Mountain Trail section of the Cumberland Trail. It is an in-and-out hike of 6.6 miles one way. It is rated moderately strenuous. Meet at the Durham Street parking lot near the ballfields at Soddy Daisy at 830 am. Hike leader is Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654.

11/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 

Nov 16  - Brady Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crossville, TN. 8 miles. Moderate to strenuous because of elevation gain. We will hike from the highway 68 trailhead to Lost Overlook and then return on the same route. Highlights of the hike include spectacular views of Grassy Cove and the mountains to the east from three overlooks. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 am CT. 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

11/17
Sun

Highland Rim

Ritchie Hollow Trail to Snooper’s Rock and back.  7 miles round trip.  Moderate. 1,200 feet elevation change.  17805 River Canyon Road, Whitwell,TN.   Features Blowing Winds Falls, views of the Tennessee River and mature hardwood forests.  This is the only trail which connects the Tennessee River to Pot Point Loop Trail on top Suck Creek Mountain inside Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a lot of water, lunch and hiking sticks and head lamp.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811, to register for this Sunday hike and for carpool information.  We will meet at 8:00 am CST at Monteagle Elementary School for a carpool.  Or, you can meet us at the Ritchie Hollow Trailhead at 9:00 am CST.

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

11/19
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

 

11/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

November 19- Tuesday- - John’s Mountain/ Keown Falls This is a double loop which is about 5.4 miles total. Hikers have the option to hike only the lower loop to the falls (easy), and/or also, the upper loop to John’s Mtn (Moderate to strenuous.) Meet at the old Food City in East Ridge at 8:30 am. Take the East Ridge exit off of I 24 and turn left across the bridge. Go about 3 city blocks and you will see it on the left. Park closer down toward the flea market. Need hike leader.

Need hike leader.

11/20
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork, Eye of the Needle Arch, Jamestown, TN. 8 miles. Moderate. Hike from the Honey Creek trailhead to Eye of Needle and back. Depart 8 am from Crossville Cracker Barrel back parking lot. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $6.

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

11/20
Wed

Sumner Trails

November 20. Wednesday. Warner Woods Trail at Percy Warner Park, Nashville – 3.5 miles, moderate. We will hike the 2.5 mile Warner Woods Trail plus ½ mile R/T access trail from the parking lot at the Deep Well Trailhead and the ½ mile loop side trail to Luke Lea overlook from which much of the Nashville area is visible.  The trail is in deep forest which provides shade in summer. The surface is mostly dirt with roots and rocks in a couple areas. Walking sticks, sturdy walking shoes, and water are recommended. There are a couple of portable restrooms along the entry road and at the trailhead, but the trailhead ones seem to be locked in winter months; try the first one you come to on the Deep Well entry road or drive to the nature center off Hwy 100 just after the junction with Old Hickory Blvd. before proceeding to the Deep Well Trailhead. We will plan to have lunch at the City Limits Bakery and Café, 361 Clofton Dr., Bellevue, about 2 miles from the trailhead. Meet for carpooling at 9:00 AM at the Glenbrook Kroger parking lot, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville. For information or if you plan to meet us at the trailhead at 10:00 AM, please call or text John or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0517 or 0518.

John or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0517 or
925-759-0518.

11/23
Sat

Clarksville

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Memorial Cross to Bridal Falls via Morgan’s Steep and back, 4 miles total, moderate. The 1 mile section to Morgan’s Steep has overlooks, waterfalls, sandstone overhangs and a stone tunnel. There is a 400 ft elevation change on the Bridal Falls Trail; meet 6:30 AM CT at Exit 11 park and ride near McDonalds. 129 miles to trail head.

 

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

11/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage, TN.  Volunteer Trail.  11 miles round trip, rated moderate.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  The terrain is generally flat and follows the rocky shoreline of Percy Priest Lake.  There is the option of hiking the shorter Volunteer Day Loop, which is four miles.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962–0811, to register and for carpool information.  Bring water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

11/23
Sat

Jackson

Nathan Bedfird State Park. 8 mile hike, moderate.  There is a shortcut for those that want a shorter hike (5 miles).  Meet and leave at Panera Bread in Jackson at 8:00 a.m. or meet at park headquarters/museum at 9:30 a.m.

Susan Woods

11/23
Sat

Memphis

Nov 23, Sat.Lucius Burch Natural Area, North off Walnut Grove

 

 

Marion Quinlen, 901-482-8640

11/23
Sat

Murfreesboro

Long Hunter State Park Volunteer Trail. Hermitage. 11 miles rated moderate due to length. Joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. The terrain is generally flat and follows the rocky shoreline of Percy Priest Lake. The Volunteer trail is a 5.5 mile “there and back”. There’s the option of hiking the shorter Volunteer Day Loop which is 4 miles. Bring water, snacks and lunch.

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

11/23
Sat

Plateau

Pogue Creek, Pickett State Park, Jamestown. This will be a 6.6 mile moderate hike in Pogue Creek Gorge to the Pickett SP picnic area which
will require a car shuttle. Features include rock houses, rock bluffs and an overlook. Depart 8 am from Crossville Cracker Barrel back parking lot. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $5.

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

11/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cumberland Trail SP. Hike is from the Suck Creek Road Trailhead to Signal Point on Signal Mountain. The hike is 8.4 miles and is rated as moderately strenuous. Meet at the Food City parking lot at the foot of Signal Mountain at 830 am. Vehicle staging is required.

John Politte
423-304-8327

11/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner is 5:00 pm at Red Lobster, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma. Our meeting is 7 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. Our program is health, nutrition, first aid, managing weather contingencies.

 

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

11/26
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Chapter Meeting. REI, Brentwood, TN. 7:00. Nancy Juodenas and Linda Latter will present a program about a month long adventure through Alaska and British Columbia taken by them and 3 other TTA members.  Part of the adventure was to hike the 30 mile infamous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway Alaska to Bennett, British Columbia.  This trail has been designated a National Historic Trail because of its rich history associated with the Klondike Gold Stampede of 1898. Come follow the group’s trek in the footsteps of the gold seekers, along with photos of bear sightings, glaciers, and pristine wilderness.  You will not be disappointed and you might even be inspired.

Doug Burroughs for meeting information: doug.burroughs@gmail.com

11/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

November 26- Tuesday-  Chickamauga Battlefield hike in the southern part of the park, about 3 miles. Hike Leader-Gloria Nelson-423-645-9008

Gloria Nelson-423-645-9008

11/27
Wed

Plateau

Scott Gulf, Poly Branch Trail, near Sparta, TN. 6 miles. Moderate. Features a walk through the woods with waterfalls, coal mines, and cascades with a
moderately difficult climb out. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost is $4.00

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

11/29
Fri

Highland Rim

After Thanksgiving Day Hike.  Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   4 miles, moderate.  Steep and eroded trails in a few sections.  Meet in front of the museum at 9 am CT.  Bring water and a snack.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone, Little Duck Loop, and the Old River Channel Trail.  We will see Blue Hole Falls, Big Falls, the confluence of the Little Duck and the Duck Rivers.  After the hike we will go to a local restaurant for lunch.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

11/29
Fri

Murfreesboro

After Thanksgiving Day Hike – Old Stone Fort Archaeological Park. Manchester - 4 miles rated moderate. Join us for our annual after Thanksgiving Day hike. This joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter is a family friendly hike. We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, River Fork Loop, Backbone, Little Duck Loop and the Old River Channel Trail. We will see Blue Hole Falls, Big Falls, the confluence of the Duck and Little Duck Rivers. After the hike we will go to a local restaurant for lunch. Meet in front of the museum at 9:00 am CT. Bring snacks and water. For carpool information from Murfreesboro contact Sara Pollard.

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

11/29
Fri

Nashville

Bells Bend / Beaman after-Thanksgiving hike.  Up to 10 miles.  Easy to moderate. We’ll hike off some of our holiday feasting at two scenic Nashville parks. We’ll meet up for carpooling at 9 AM (location TBD based on RSVPs), start with easy trails at Bells Bend, and continue with moderate trails at Beaman. Individuals can choose options for a total of up to roughly 10 miles. Pack a lunch to eat on the trail. 

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

11/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day. Meet at 9:00 am CT in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma. Bring water and work gloves and loppers and pruners. Specific tasks will be announced later. Please let Joan Hartvigsen know that you can help, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

11/30
Sat

Memphis

Nov 30, Sat.Meeman-Shelby Forest – Woodland Trail  

 More info to follow

TDB

11/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

November 30-Saturday-  Hike is on the Black Mountain Trail section of the Cumberland Trail. It is an in-and-out hike of 3.6 miles one way. It is rated moderate to difficult. Meet at the Durham Street parking lot near the ballfields at Soddy Daisy at 830 am. Hike leader is Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654.

11/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Sewanee Perimeter Trail-20 miles.  The hike is strenuous and will last about eight hours.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. CT in parking lot on Highway 41A across from the intersection of University Avenue and Highway 41A inSewanee.  We will start on the Mountain Goat Trail across from the Blue Chair Restaurant.  We will hike toward the Memorial Cross taking the Perimeter Trail around Sewanee.  We will have lunch at the Forestry Cabin.  We will continue to Shakerag Hollow back to the Mountain Goat Trail to our starting point.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Dinner in Sewanee after hike.  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

 

    ** December 2019 **  

12/1
Sun

East Tennessee

Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Rd, Knoxville, TN 37912.  Join us for a celebration for a successful 2019 hiking year. We’ll start by meeting at Victor Ashe Park off Pleasant Ridge Road at 2:00 pm for chili and fixins. Next we’ll plan our 2020 hikes. Be sure to bring your favorite hikes to put on our schedule. As usual "nothing is set in stone", just come with your great ideas and we’ll do the rest. Last but not least, we’ll take a 2 mile walk past little creeks, some small farm animals and very nice residential areas.  Any questions, call Rosie.

Rosie Marshall
865-985-9144
rosemary_l@hotmail.com

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. 10 miles round trip. Flat. Good tread. Moderate. We will visit beautiful Savage Falls and then continue on the South Rim Trail to enjoy several outstanding gulf views. The mileage can be less by visiting less overlooks.  Please bring water, snacks, lunch, head lamp, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

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. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. This is our annual Christmas celebration. Please bring your family and a covered dish or dessert to share for our Christmas dinner. Chapter will provide utensils, plates, napkins and beverages. 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- Hike near Sewanee- This hike will be 4 to 5 miles. Meet at the parking lot behind La Quinta a Browns Ferry Rd. at 8:30 am. Hike Leaders  Roy and Marti Owensby-423 386-5222 or 423 309-0579

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

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

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

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.

 

12/31
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

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

1/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Bear Creek Backcountry Trail.  Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton Georgia.  8 miles, moderate. Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  Steep in sections.  Possible water crossing.  Gorgeous views down into the canyon.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net , 931-962-0811 for more information.

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

1/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Twin Arches to Middle Creek

Richard

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Laurel Snow

Gary Kimbrell

    ** 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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