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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Mar 24, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2019 **  

3/21
Thu

Sumner Trails


Thursday. March 21. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails.   3.2 or 7.3 miles. Hike begins 9:30 AM at Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling,  meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or meet at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center.

Les Cleveland
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

3/23
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I24 exit 11 Park & Ride, near Subway; 50 miles to trail head.

 

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/23
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

March 23, 2019 - Cummins Falls - Ranger Led Hike.  All Booked.  No more vacancies.

Janeth McKendrick:  janethmck@aol.com or 615.591.9352.

3/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  We have a Short Springs Work Day four times per year.   In return for our volunteer work at Short Springs the City of Tullahoma does not charge rent for our monthly meeting at D. W. Wilson Community Center.  Folks with all skilled levels are needed.  We need volunteers to help carry equipment to the work site, prune back vegetation from trails, pick up trash
Specific tasks will be announced later.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you can help.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma, TN

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

3/23
Sat

Memphis

Mar 23, T.O. Fuller State Park – Spring Flowers

Meet at the visitor center to 9:00 a.m.  The hike will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.  The 4-mile hike covers moderate to rugged terrain with some wet land and a possible stream crossing.  Hiking boots or sturdy shoes recommended.  Bring water and a snack. The Discovery Loop Trail includes part of the Nature Bluff Trail of the Chucalissa Indian Village.  Time Frame: 2.5 hours. 

Directions:  I-240 West to I-55 North; Exit 7 South to Highway 61 (3rd Street).  Drive approximately 1 mile.  Turn right onto Mitchell Road; continue 3 miles west to the T. 0. Fuller Park sign.  Turn right into the visitor center parking lot. 

Contact for information:  Marion at 901-482-8640

3/23
Sat

Nashville

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns TN. Overnight Trail. 10.5 miles. (This is  a rescheduling of the January Hike that was to be led by Doug Burroughs but was cancelled for weather).  Strenuous. Wooded terrain with some hills. The trail passes by several lakes, a historic cabin and church, and historic iron ore pits. Bring water, snacks/lunch, boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day. There is an option after the hike to stop for food at the State Park Inn dining room or somewhere on the way back to town.  Meeting Place: WalMart near 7044 Charlotte Pike parking lot just north of I-40. Meeting Time: 7:30 am. Or meet at the park at 8:30.

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

3/23
Sat

Plateau

Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN - Porter’s Creek Trail.   This is a moderate 8.5 mile hike with a 1500’ climb over 3.5 miles to a campsite and then return the same way back. This is a great spring wildflower hike with 60’ Fern Branch Falls in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies. The forest floor can literally be carpeted with bloodroot, hepaticas, white fringed phacelia, violets, white trilliums and many other varieties. There are several old stone walls that are remnants from the Elbert Cantrell farmstead, who settled in the Porters Creek community in the early 1900s. We will also visit Ownby Cemetery, which also dates back to the early part of the 20th century. A short spur trail takes you to John Messer farm site, which includes a cantilevered barn that was built by John Whaley around 1875 and a cabin that was built by the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club in the mid-1930s.    Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, Southwest parking lot. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunch. We’ll stop for dinner on the way home. 

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

3/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 23- Hike from Lower Leggett Road Rd trailhead to the Retro Hughes Rd trailhead (about 7.5 miles). Vehicle staging will be required. - Meet at Durham St. parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 Hike Leader-

John Politte. 423-304-8327

3/23
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday March 23, Pilot Knob Ridge Trail, 3.2 miles, Moderate.
Located in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, near Camden, TN.  The hike starts at the Pilot Knob Trailhead and the Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center, which features displays on musseling, crafts, and commercial fishing.  After hiking down a short steep hill,  we will hike along a ridge with beautiful views of the Tennessee River.  We will continue along a level section  and gradually go uphill to complete the loop.  We will be on part of and near the Trail of Tears.  Pilot Knob Ridge Trail consists of rocks, dirt, and roots with  sections of wide, easy trails.  Please bring hiking shoes, hiking poles, snacks, and water.  After the hike we will eat lunch at the Country and Western Steakhouse in Camden.  Meet at 8:30 CST at the Kroger-Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville or at the Interpretive Center at 10:30.  Contact Les Cleveland at lescleve@gmail.com or text/call 615-719-0031.  

 lescleve@gmail.com or
text/call 615-719-0031.  

3/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 23 Ray Branch –This hike will start at 8:30 am from the Tim’s Ford Visitor Center located in Winchester, TN.  The hike is 12 miles long and is rated moderate to strenuous due to distance.  The trail wraps around Tim’s Ford lake for the majority of the 12 miles and has some of the most awesome lake views around.  Rolling  hills and the lack of major hills or valleys make for the perfect long distance casual hike. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and a snack for your hike leader Mike Shane. For information about the hike or to register please contact Mike Shane  931 446-4306 

Mike Shane  931 446-4306

3/25
Mon

Highland Rim

 Chapter Meeting.  Dinner 5:00 pm at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our program is “What’s Happening in Tennessee Plant Conservation” by Mary Priestley and Dennis Horn.  Dennis and Mary are members of the new Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance.  Joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs.

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

3/25
Mon

Sumner Trails

Easy Greenway Hike


Monday. March 25th.  10:30. Town Creek Greenway,  Gallatin. 3.8 miles. Easy. We will start in downtown Gallatin at the Municipal Parking lot, continue onto the new section of Town Creek Greenway for 1.9 miles to the entrance at Triple Creek Park, and return to downtown. After the hike, we  will eat at Swaney Swift’s on the square. The Greenway walking surface is composed of concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. Dress warmly. Meet at the Municipal Parking lot, which is between City Hall, 132 W Main St., and Chubb’s Restaurant, 122 W Franklin St. For more more information or questions, contact 

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

3/26
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Meeting 7 pm in the Community Room at REI, 261 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027. Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Backpack. If the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, this program is for you!  This past October, four Nashville TTA Chapter members, organized by Nancy Juodenas, backpacked for 4 days and 3 nights from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  They encountered snow, rain, and sunshine along the way.  This trip was with an outfitter, so their expert guide helped to identify the geology, plants, and animals, as well as Native American artifacts and history, along the way.  They will present a slideshow and bring informational materials about the hike and the area.  See you there.

Contact Doug Burroughs at 615-587-0085 or Nancy Juodenas at 615-319-8811

3/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 26- Lookout Mountain Kiddie Trail to Craven’s House led by Jim Ogden, the historian at the Battlefield. This is the second in the historical series of hikes. We probably will stage a car for drivers at Craven’s House since we will spend time with Jim’s narration along the way. About 4 miles, moderate because of elevation gain. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 or Reflection Riding at 9am.  Hike leader, Jim Ogden. Contact Trish Appleton- 240-240-3443.

 

 Trish Appleton- 423-240-3443. and Sue Christensen 423-580-5595

3/27
Wed

Plateau

Standing Stone State Forest, Hilham, TN. - Join us on a 5 mile wildflower hike around the Lake.  Option: We can add one of the other short trails in the park.  The park takes its name from a 12 foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey. Depart 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel. Pack water, snacks and lunch (option: eat late lunch in Cookeville).  Carpool cost is $6.  
 
 

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

3/28
Thu

Sumner Trails


Thursday. March 28. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails. 3.2 or 7.3  Hike begins at 9:30 AM.  Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling, meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center.

Les Cleveland
e-mail: 
lescleve@gmail.com
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

3/28
Thu

Upper Cumberland

Virgin Falls. 8 miles. Hike with Katheleen Sullivan and Pete Broehl

Moderate to difficult. We will go to several falls, including Big Branch, Big Laurel, Lower Sheep Falls and Sheep Falls, on to Virgin Falls, a 100 foot drop and one of the most unique and enchanted falls in the state.
come hike with Kathleen while she is visiting from Portland.
Meet at the US bank  across from McDonald’s  Hwy 111 in Sparta at 8:00 AM.
pabroehl@blomand.net

pabroehl@blomand.net
931.738.3551

3/29-
3/31

Highland Rim

CANCELED.  CAMPGROUND AND HIKING TRAILS FLOODED BY TENNESSEE RIVER.  Mousetail Landing State Park  Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  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 Chili 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 for camping information.  More information soon.

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

3/29-
3/31

Murfreesboro

 Mousetail Landing State Park Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  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 Chili 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 for camping information.
Murfreesboro Members that want to attend this event, please contact Joan for sign up but contact Tony Jones for carpool information from Murfreesboro. More info to follow.

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

3/30
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland City Rails to Trails, paved section; 7.4 mikes out and back, moderate; ; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, old Madison Street Kmart parking lot at the corner of Madison St. and Highway 41A Bypass, Clarksville; 23 miles to trail head.

 

Bob Lyon 931-216-5897

3/30
Sat

East Tennessee

River Bluff Trail - Norris Dam  We will park at the trailhead on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris River, less than 2 miles each way.  The walk along the river is relatively flat.  Where we will turn around the trail goes up the bluff to make a loop.  The total distance, about 4 miles, is about the same either way.  The hike difficulty is rated easy.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet at the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for carpooling and leave at 9:00 am ET and stop at Ingles Market, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville, leaving at 9:15 am ET for those that prefer to meet there.  Also, you may meet us at the southeast end of the Wal-Mart parking lot at the I-75 / State 61 intersection near Norris, leaving there at 9:45 am ET.  Please bring $$ for carpooling.  This is a short hike.  On the way home, depending on the time, we may stop for lunch and/or beverages at Harrison’s Grill and Bar in Clinton.  For additional information on this hike  contact Tom Cressler before March 29.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
cressler@utk.edu
865.588.5622 (leave message)

3/30
Sat

Nashville

Grand Gap Loop. Big South Fork NRA. Jamestown TN. 6.6 mies. Moderate.  The Grand Gap Loop goes along the rim of the Big South Fork river gorge. Since you are atop the Plateau the entire way, changes in elevation are minimal, making the 6.6 mile hike doable by anyone in decent hiking shape. There are two beautiful overlooks on this hike. The hike will take about 3 hours. Bring water, sturdy hiking boots, hiking poles, snacks and lunch.  Meet at The Fed Ex parking lot on Donelson Pike. 


Doug King cell 615-542-0486 for more information and to register 

 

3/30
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 30 – Lower Leggit Rd Connector Loop (6.4 miles) Meet at Soddy Daisy Ballfields Park (adjacent to Soddy Creek) @ 0830 am. Hike Leader John Politte. 423-304-8327

 

John Politte. 423-304-8327

3/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 March 30 Meet at 9:00 at Old Stone Fort museum parking area. We will start at the top of the falls walk down to the bottom, make a loop back to the top. Nice view of two rivers that meet at the bottom.  About 4 miles. Rated easy to moderate.  Bring snacks and water. Several restaurants near by for those who want to go for lunch or bring a sack lunch if you want to eat at the park after. Contact Cindy Watson 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com to register. 
 

Cindy Watson 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com to register. 

    ** April 2019 **  

4/1
Mon

All

Collins Gulf

Sara Rognstad ( 206-553-9334) or Glen Rognstad (731-217-5966) 

4/1
Mon

All

Cane Creek Canyon. south of Tuscucmbia,Alabama. Details in Apri newsletter.  Jackson chapter will meet at Panera Bread in Jackson at 8:00 a.m. for carpooling.

Sara Rognstad (206-553-9334) & Glen Rognstad (73`-217-5966)

4/1
Mon

Plateau

Apr 3, Wednesday – CT New Section of Trail, Hebbettsburg, TN.  Long Hike: This will be an in/out 6-7 miles of newly built trial off Peavine Rd heading North toward Devils Breakfast Table.  The trail ends at a water crossing.  Short Hike:  3-4+ miles in/out.
Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive. Gas cost is $3. Those in the Fairfield Glade area may join the caravan at 7:45 am at the 4-way stop at the intersection of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive. Carpool cost is $2. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.
 
Apr 6, Saturday – Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN-  Middle Creek and Slave Falls hike is 7 miles, rated moderate. The hike includes multiple un-named  rockhouses, Slave Falls, Indian Rockhouse and Needle Arch. This hike will require a short car shuttle. Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Depart from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot at 7:45 a.m. CDT. Gas reimburse is $6.00.   Carpool cost is $6. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.
 
Apr 10 – Wednesday – Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN-  John Muir Trail to Maude’s Crack. This will be a moderate 6 mile loop hike along No Business Creek.  Bring water shoes to wade through water.     https://www.nps.gov/biso/learn/historyculture/nobusiness.htm.   This loop that takes us in and out of No Business Gorge and past some of the most interesting natural and historical features found in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, including a 100 feet climb through Maude’s Crack. There are relics of an early 20th century settlement along No Business Creek. The hike is rated moderate because of the rugged terrain, a stream crossing, and a 100’ climb or descent through Maude’s Crack.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 
 
Apr 11, Thurs – Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This a working meeting for the Annual Conference.  Bring your ideas for fundraising, hike suggestions and speakers. Bring your own dinner.  Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.
 
Apr 17, Wednesday – CT Black Mountain New Section to Ozone, Crab Orchard, TN -  We will explore hiking total of 6 mi down/up Black Mountain toward Ozone Falls.  There is 1.8mi finished trail then a .5 gap, follow flags, to 1.2 mi of another section of finished trail. Short Hike:  Turn around at the end of l.8mi section.  Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:30am CT.  Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243 for more info.
 
Apr 24 – Wedneday – Private Land Hike near Pine Orchard, TN.   We will be exploring private property.   Depart Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.
 

Apr 27, Saturday – Smokie Mountains National Park -  Long Hike: 7 moderate miles making a loop on Little River, Husky Gap and Sugarland MT Trails.   Short Hike:  In and out 4.8 easy miles on Little River Trail.  Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $10. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  We will stop to eat dinner on the way home.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator Deb Westervelt, via text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

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

4/2
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 2, Tuesday- Big Soddy Creek to the Bridge and back. Hope to catch the Phacelia in bloom. Easy to moderate, about 5 miles. Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30am. Hike Leader, Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

 Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

4/4
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. April 4. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails.   3.2 or 7.3 miles. Hike begins 9:30 AM at Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling,  meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or meet at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center. Les Clevelandve-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or call/text at 615-719-0031. 

Les Cleveland
e-mail: 
lescleve@gmail.com 
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

4/6
Sat

Clarksville

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Green’s View along the Perimeter Trail to Piney Point Trail; hike out and back to Piney Point; return to Green’s View via Beckwith’s Point; 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 129 miles to trail head. 

t

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/6
Sat

Highland Rim

Shakerag Hollow Wildflower Hike.  Sewanee Perimeter Trail. Sewanee TN.  The University of the South Domain.  Roark’s Cove Road to the eastern University Gates.  Two miles total.  450 foot elevation change.   Vehicle shuttle required.  This hike omits the dangerous, scary climb up Green’s View Cliff.  Bring water, snacks, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Joan Hartvigsen and Yolande Gottfried will lead this hike.  Yolande Gottfried is a Botanist and Associate Curator of the Sewanee Herbarium.  She has been leading wildflower walks for the Herbarium and the Smokies Wildflower Pilgrimage for many years.  We will see a great diversity of spring wildflowers.  Shakerag Hollow is considered one of the best wildflower areas in the Southeast.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.    

Yolande Gottfried
931-598-5327
Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

4/6
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 6-

- From Heiss Mtn Rd Trailhead to Retro Hughes Rd Trailhead. Moderately strenuous. About 9.7 miles. Meet at Durham Street, Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Vehicle staging required. John Politte hike leader. 423-304-8327

John Politte hike leader. 423-304-8327

4/6
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 6 Standing Stone State Park is located several miles west of Tn. Hwy 52, between Livingston and Celina. The Lake Loop trailhead is opposite the Visitor’s Center parking lot. The 4.8 mile moderate to strenuous trail consists of a steep descent to the impressive C.C.C. dam, and a steep ascent that levels off before passing the historic Moses Fiske Home. There are several less strenuous elevation changes before arriving at the Overton Lodge. From here a narrow trail treads alongside the steep bank above a segment of the 69 acre lake. On the return leg of the hike we pass two boathouses before returning to the dam, and the steep ascent back to the visitor center. This late season hike should provide great viewing opportunities but trails may be muddy or slippery. Sturdy footwear is essential. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Meet at 8:00 am at J.C. Penney’s in Cookeville to carpool, or at 9:15 at the Standing Stone State Park Visitor’s Center. To register Lillian Ey contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615-478-7461.

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

4/7
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

April 7, 2019 – Short Springs.  Combined hike with Highland Rim Chapter of TTA. 

Short Springs is a 420-acre natural area located in Coffee County approximately three and a half miles northeast of Tullahoma. The natural area provides an excellent contrast between Highland Rim and Central Basin geology and vegetation. When descending along the Machine Falls trail, a visitor can observe exposed black Chattanooga shale at mid-slope, which is a formation that delineates the Central Basin from the Highland Rim. Thickets of mountain laurel grow on the upper slopes under a dry oak-hickory forest canopy that is characteristic of Highland Rim vegetation. The lower slopes and riparian areas along Bobo Creek support towering sycamore, buckeye, magnolia, beech, and tulip poplar trees with a rich shrub layer and herbaceous cover.

Today’s hike will be approximately 3 miles, moderate because of steep, rough footing.  Dennis Horn, an editor of “Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the South Appalachians”, will lead this 2:00 pm Sunday wildflower hike.  After the wildflower hike we will visit Machine Falls, Upper and Lower Busby Cascades, and Laurel Bluff Trail where we will view Laurel Falls.  Bring water, snack, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  This is a joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. 

Please contact Ray Edge for carpool information at 931.286.5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com.

Ray Edge:  931.286.5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com.

4/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Short Springs Wildflowers and Waterfalls Hikes.  Short Springs State Natural Area, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.   Tod Crabtree, State Botanist, will lead the Sunday 10:00 a.m. hike.  Dennis Horn, an editor of “Wildflowers of Tennessee”, will lead the Sunday 2:00 p.m. wildflower hike.  Jason E. Wells, new State Natural Area Administrator, and Joan Hartvigsen will attend both hikes.  The morning hike is about two miles.  The afternoon hike is less than four miles.  Steep and rocky in places.  Bring water and snack.  You will need hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for more information.

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

4/8
Mon

Sumner Trails


 

Easy Greenway Hike


Monday. April 8th.  10:30. Town Creek Greenway,  Gallatin. 3.8 miles. Easy. We will start in downtown Gallatin at the Municipal Parking lot, continue onto the new section of Town Creek Greenway for 1.9 miles to the entrance at Triple Creek Park, and return to downtown. After the hike, we  will eat at Swaney Swift’s on the square. The Greenway walking surface is composed of concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. Dress warmly. Meet at the Municipal Parking lot, which is between City Hall, 132 W Main St., and Chubb’s Restaurant, 122 W Franklin St. For more more information or questions, contact 
Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

4/9
Tue

Memphis

Mar 9, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park - Woodland Trail

Moderately strenuous with four mile and six mile options

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center (please avoid parking right at the door) and walk to the trailhead.  The first section of the trail has some very steep hills.  At about two miles, we will stop at the Woodland Shelter for a quick snack.  From here, those choosing the longer version will hike down the bicycle trail to where it meets the Pioneer Springs Trail and use that trail to return up the hill to the Shelter.  From the Shelter we will take the lower, flatter side of the Woodland Trail back to the Visitor Center. Those choosing the shorter version will skip the bicycle/Pioneer Springs portion of the hike.

 

For more information, contact Wayne Simpson at 901-385-1988 or w.simpson1@comcast.net.  In the event of bad weather, call or email to get information regarding a possible cancellation.

4/9
Tue

Memphis

New Hike Text

4/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting.
7PM Barfield Crescent Park
Wilderness Station

Our speaker is to be determined. BUT WE WILL HAVE ONE!

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

4/9
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 9, Tuesday- Shakerag Hollow Loop- Monteagle, about 4.5 miles easy to moderate with one short climb through the rocks. We hope to catch the wildflowers at peak bloom here as they are spectacular. Hike Leaders, Roy and Marti Owensby 423-386-5222

Roy and Marti Owensby 423-386-5222

4/9
Tue

Sumner Trails

April 9. Tuesday. Radnor Lake 1.5, 3 or 4.5 miles. Moderate with a difficult hill. The Lake Trail is an easy 1.35 miles, is fairly level, and is partly on a paved road. The Ganier Ridge Trail adds another 1.64 miles and is moderate with a steep hill. For those wanting even more mileage, we can turn onto the South Cove Trail for an additional 1.4 miles. This also appears to be moderate. Bring good walking shoes or hiking boots. The trail may be muddy if there is recent rain. Watch the weather and equip accordingly. Water is essential, and you may want to bring hiking poles. We will go to lunch after the hike . For those who are carpooling, we will meet at Glenbrook Kroger’s parking lot and leave there at 9:00 AM, or you can meet us at the Radnor Lake visitors center by 10:00. If you have questions, contact Marcia Powell at 217-855-3013

 

Marcia Powell at 217-855-3013

 

4/11
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. April 11. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails.   3.2 or 7.3 miles. Hike begins 9:30 AM at Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling,  meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or meet at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center. Les Clevelandve-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or call/text at 615-719-0031.

Les Cleveland
e-mail: 
lescleve@gmail.com 
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

4/12-
4/14

Highland Rim

Trails & Trilliums sponsored by Friends of South Cumberland State Park. DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN. Three days of hiking in South Cumberland State Park. Proceeds from this festival go to support the park. Highland Rim Hike leaders include Marietta Poteet, Yolande Gottfried, Nathaniel Mann. Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath will lead hikes and present a program. Hikes include Foster Falls Climbers Loop, Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven’s Point, Sherwood Forest, Denny Cove, Collins Gulf, Shakerag Hollow, Greeter Falls, Stone Door and Laurel Falls. Go to Trails and Trilliums for complete schedule and to register for the hikes and programs. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 if there are questions.

 

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

4/12-
4/14

Memphis

Hike in the vicinity of Jasper, AR

Our spring weekend trip will be April 12-14. We will be traveling to Jasper, Arkansas and hiking trails along the Buffalo National River. A final determination of the trails hasn’t been made, but you can expect something like this:

Friday afternoon – 4-5 miles

Saturday – There will be a long hike of 8-9 miles with a shorter option for those who choose it.

Sunday morning – 4 miles

There are a variety of accommodations in Jasper, most of them rather small. There are inns, motels, cabins and camping. If you are thinking of going, it would be a good idea to start thinking about where you want to stay and making reservations. This is not a complete list of places, but it will give you an idea of what is available. The first three are in Jasper, the others are a bit out of town. 

Arkansas House: http://www.thearkhouse.com/ Gordon Motel: https://www.gordonmotel.com/ Riverview Motel: http://www.riverviewmotelandcanoe.com/

Cliff House Inn and Cabins: http://www.ozarkcabins.com/ozarkmountaincabins/

Little Switzerland Cabins: https://www.cabinsintheozarks.com/

Dogwood Springs Cabins and Campground: http://jasperdogwoodcabinsandrv.com/ 

 

If you have questions or need more information, contact Wayne Simpson at w.simpson1@comcast.net or

901 385-1988.

4/12-
4/14

Memphis

Hike in the vicinity of Jasper, AR

Our spring weekend trip will be April 12-14. We will be traveling to Jasper, Arkansas and hiking trails along the Buffalo National River. A final determination of the trails hasn’t been made, but you can expect something like this:

Friday afternoon – 4-5 miles

Saturday – There will be a long hike of 8-9 miles with a shorter option for those who choose it.

Sunday morning – 4 miles

There are a variety of accommodations in Jasper, most of them rather small. There are inns, motels, cabins and camping. If you are thinking of going, it would be a good idea to start thinking about where you want to stay and making reservations. This is not a complete list of places, but it will give you an idea of what is available. The first three are in Jasper, the others are a bit out of town. 

Arkansas House: http://www.thearkhouse.com/ Gordon Motel: https://www.gordonmotel.com/ Riverview Motel: http://www.riverviewmotelandcanoe.com/

Cliff House Inn and Cabins: http://www.ozarkcabins.com/ozarkmountaincabins/

Little Switzerland Cabins: https://www.cabinsintheozarks.com/

Dogwood Springs Cabins and Campground: http://jasperdogwoodcabinsandrv.com/ 

 

If you have questions or need more information, contact Wayne Simpson at w.simpson1@comcast.net or

901 385-1988.

4/13
Sat

Clarksville

 Warner Park’s Connector and Mossy Ridge Trails, 6.5 miles, moderate;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 50 miles to trail head. 

 

Ryan Dowdy 615-925-1796

4/13
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Porter Creek and Plemmons Cemetery.  Porter Creek is known for its spring wildflower displays.The variety of wildflowers and native plants number between 30 and 40.  The first mile is a graveled jeep road.  All along the right side of trail are stone walls, chimneys, foundations and occasional stairways - all signs of the families who made their homes here before the National Park Service moved in during the 1930s.  The foundation of Cantwell house is on the right at mile 0.4.  At mile 0.7 the trail crosses Long Branch.  Up the hill from the bridge and to the right look for cement block steps leading up the bank to the Ownby Cemetery.  There’s a skeleton of an old car to the right of the trail just beyond the cemetery.  Settled by members of the Whaley family in the early 1800s, the Greenbriar area supported 26 families before it became part of the national park, according to the late Carson Brewer.  At its peak of development, Brewer reported, Greenbriar Cove supported four grist mills powered by the rushing streams, two churches, two stores and two blacksmith shops.  At 1.0 mile the road ends in a turnaround.  Porter’s Creek Trail continues on to the left.  To the right is a spur trail to the Historic Farm Site and John Messer’s cantilevered barn and the cabin constructed from the remains of old structures in the area.  The cabin was once headquarters of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and is maintained by the park for historic purposes.  Once you leave the gravel road the trail becomes narrow and winds through deeply shaded forest dominated by hemlocks, magnolia and a heavy undergrowth of rhododendron.  The wildflowers thrive in the deep shade.  At about 1.4 miles a crooked bridge of two split tree trunks form an angle at a boulder about midway crosses Porter Creek.  On the other side are lot of boulders, a great place for a break next to the creek.  The variety of wildflowers picks up again after the footbridge, with wild ginger, white and purple-fringed phacelia and many others carpeting the ground here and there among massive buckeye trees and soaring tulip poplars.  At 1.9 miles, just after the trail levels, you’ll come to a side trail on the left.  It leads to Fern Branch Falls, just 100 or so yards away.  The fall slides 40 to 50 feet down the boulders to a  fern-filled valley below.  The elevation gain to this point is about 600 feet.  If time permits we will visit Plemmons Cemetry near the intersection of Middle Fork and Porters Creek, where you turn to go toward Ramsay Cascade.  Plemmons Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the Park.  This additional hike adds about one mile and is relatively flat.  The total distance is about 5 miles.  The hike difficulty 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.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden of  parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am ET and stop at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains Pike, leaving at 9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there.  Please bring $$$ for car-pooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please contact Tom Cressler.

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

4/13
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 13-Saturday 

Frozen Head State Park. Spicewood Branch Trail. About 7.2 miles. Moderately strenuous. Meet at Durham Street, Soddy Daisy at 830 am. Tom Mc Elhone hike leader. 805-208-4654

 

Tom Mc Elhone hike leader. 805-208-4654

4/13
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 13 Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. Highlights of this hike include Horsepound and Suter Falls, numerous overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach Road built in the 1830s. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail to Suter and Horsepound Falls. (Those wanting a shorter hike can return to the beginning from Horsepound Falls for a total hiking distance of 5 miles which is rated moderate). We will continue by ascending from the gulf on the Stagecoach Road and then follow the Collins Gulf loop to the beginning. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, headlamp, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30. You can also meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

4/15
Mon

Sumner Trails


Easy Greenway Hike


Monday. April 15th.  10:30. Town Creek Greenway,  Gallatin. 3.8 miles. Easy. We will start in downtown Gallatin at the Municipal Parking lot, continue onto the new section of Town Creek Greenway for 1.9 miles to the entrance at Triple Creek Park, and return to downtown. After the hike, we  will eat at Swaney Swift’s on the square. The Greenway walking surface is composed of concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. Dress warmly. Meet at the Municipal Parking lot, which is between City Hall, 132 W Main St., and Chubb’s Restaurant, 122 W Franklin St. For more more information or questions, contact 

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

4/16
Tue

Clarksville

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

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

4/16
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 16, Tuesday- Cloudland Canyon Sitton Gulf.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.  Hike leader:  Ed and Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

Ed and Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

4/18
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. April 18. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails.   3.2 or 7.3 miles. Hike begins 9:30 AM at Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling,  meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or meet at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center.

Les Cleveland
e-mail: 
lescleve@gmail.com 
call/text at 615-719-0031. 

4/19
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Trail.  Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.  8 miles, moderate.  Steep in places.  Spring wildflowers and awesome views of Center Hill Lake.  Sara Pollard, Murfreesboro Chapter, and Joan Hartvigsen are the hike leaders.  Contact Joan at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and learn carpool plans.   

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

4/19
Fri

Murfreesboro

GOOD FRIDAY HIKE. 
Millennium and Merrit Ridge Trails, Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point. 8 miles. Moderate.
This is a joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. This hike is on a beautiful trail along the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake. We will encounter rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs and wooded hollows. Lunch will be near the water’s edge where we should be able to see Center Hill Lake. It is possible we will see some early wildflowers too.
To register or for more information contact Sara Pollard.

Sara Pollard
615-714-3630
sarabpollard@gmail.com

4/20
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Rock Island Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hike. Rock Island State Park. North of McMinnville, TN. 4.8 total miles, moderate. Downstream Gorge Trail is a 1.6 mile lollipop. It departs from Twin Falls Overlook and continues along the very steep bluff line bordering the Caney Fork River. It features views of the Blue Hole and the Caney Fork River below, Twin Falls, Little Falls and various seeps, as well as many spring wildflowers and rock formations. The trail ends at a lovely beach on Center Hill Lake. Next we hike the Eagle Trail, 1.5 mile round trip, located on the opposite side of Caney Fork River. This trail has an abundant array of wildflowers and songbirds and views of cascades on Caney Fork River. Lunch is at Badger Flat picnic area next to Caney Fork River. After lunch we’ll hike the Bluff Trail, a 1.7 mile lollipop which leads to an overlook of Center Hill Lake. In 2018 TTA donated money to purchase land in this area to be included in the Park. We will also visit Great Falls. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and for carpool information. If the group is interested we can have dinner at nearby Foglight Foodhouse Restaurant, which is located on the Caney Fork River.

 

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

4/20
Sat

Nashville

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva, TN. 10 miles, moderate.  The park is located on the western bank of Kentucky Lake. Within the park is the Tennessee River Folklife Center and Pilot Knob, one of the highest points in West Tennessee, standing 665 feet above sea level.  The fertile ridges of this area abound in hardwoods and beneath them a wide variety of ferns, mosses, shrubs and wildflowers.  We will hike the 10 mile “red” trail which is described as being a “good day trail of moderate difficulty.”  The Lake is visible from the trail for the first mile or so, after which it descends, ascends and criss crosses ridges, hollows, streams and hillsides.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, water, lunch and a hiking pole. Meet at 7:30 am,  at The Well Coffeehouse at One Bellevue Place. Opens for coffee at 7 am! (7618 Hwy 70 S suite 107, Nashville, TN 37221).  

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

4/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 20, Saturday- Roaring Creek to Gilbreath Branch and return. About 9.2 miles. Meet at Durham Street, Soddy Daisy at 830 am. Moderately Strenuous. Tom McElhone hike leader.  805-208-4654

Tom McElhone hike leader.  805-208-4654

4/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Altamont, TN. Highlights of this hike include six of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. The hike begins at the Greeter Falls parking lot. We will see Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before descending into the gulf and taking the side trip to Ranger Falls. We will then continue along the Big Creek Gulf and Connector Trails before ascending from the gulf on the Collins Gulf Trail past Horsepound and Suter Falls. The hike is about 14 miles and rated strenuous. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

April 20,2019

931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

4/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner is 5:00 p.m. at Los Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma. The restaurant is near Kroger. The meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. Rosanna Ohlson will present a program on exotic invasive plants. She will also speak about her photography and other topics. Rosanna is an Artist, Photographer, Conservationist, Environmentalist and Writer.

 

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net
931-455-5849
931-273-6344

4/22
Mon

Sumner Trails

Easy Greenway Hike


Monday. April 22.  10:30. Town Creek Greenway,  Gallatin. 3.8 miles. Easy. We will start in downtown Gallatin at the Municipal Parking lot, continue onto the new section of Town Creek Greenway for 1.9 miles to the entrance at Triple Creek Park, and return to downtown. After the hike, we  will eat at Swaney Swift’s on the square. The Greenway walking surface is composed of concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. Dress warmly. Meet at the Municipal Parking lot, which is between City Hall, 132 W Main St., and Chubb’s Restaurant, 122 W Franklin St. For more more information or questions, contact Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

4/23
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting.  REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00.  Program: Brazilian Adventure on the Rio Negro presented by Kevin Bowden and Danny Shelton.  In 2018, Kevin and Danny hiked and birded the largest fresh water archipelago in the world. They lived on a river boat which led them to incredible specialty island birds found nowhere else. Pink Amazon Dolphins were numerous and Giant Otters came in close, all captured on video. You won’t want to miss this program!  Bring a friend.

Doug Burroughs: 615-587-0085

4/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 23, Tuesday-- Ritchie Hollow Trail.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Boulders, river views, water fall, old moonshine stills.  Hike will begin at the Pot Point Cabin at 17805 River Canyon Road (on the river) and end where it intersects the Pot Point Loop Trail near the top the Tennessee Gorge.  Meet at Walmart on Signal Mountain Boulevard parking lot where it borders the old railroad tracks.   Hike leader:  Trish Appleton 423-332-6517 or 423-240-3443

Trish Appleton 423-332-6517 or 423-240-3443

4/24
Wed

Sumner Trails

April 24. Wednesday.  Burch Woods Trail, Edwin Warner Park, Nashville. 3 miles. Moderate. Dogs are  not allowed on this trail but are allowed on other trails.  There are restrooms and interesting displays at the Nature Center. We will take a connector trail to the Burch Woods Trail that leads off from the parking lot behind the Nature Center, crossing Hwy. 100 at a stoplight and connecting to the trailhead in the new Burch Reserve (opened 2018).  There is also a parking lot at the trailhead. The Burch Woods Trail is all unpaved and easy on the feet with little in the way of rocks or roots. There are some moderate uphill sections, but the trail is generally easy and is mostly in forest. If you are up to more hiking, you can add the 2 mile Harpeth Woods Trail (dogs on leash allowed) which also leads off from the Nature Center. It takes about the same amount of time as the Burch Woods Trail (1 1/2 hours) and is generally more steep, more rocky and full of roots with some muddy areas when weather is wet. After the hike, we will eat lunch at City Limits Bakery and Cafe, 361 Clofton Dr., Nashville 37221  Meet at 9:30 at the Glenbrook Kroger parking lot, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville or car pooling, or meet us at 1015 at the Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy 100, near Old Hickory Blvd.(Bellevue), about 2 miles from the Nature Center. If you have questions, contact Donna Thomas at donnamt2@sbcglobal.net or 925-759-0518; or John Thomas at johndt@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0517.

 

Donna Thomas at donnamt2@sbcglobal.net or 925-759-0518; 
John Thomas at johndt@sbcglobal.net, 925-759-0517.

4/25
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. April 25. Sedge Hill, Henry Hollow, and Ridge Top Trails.   3.2 or 7.3 miles. Hike begins 9:30 AM at Beaman Park, Nashville. (Northwestern Davidson County). We will hike together on the Sedge Hill Trail and the Henry Hollow Loop Trail.  Hikers doing the 3.2 mile option will complete the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and return to the Nature Center.  For hikers doing the 7.3 mile option,  we will continue on and return on the Ridge Top Trail before completing the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and  returning to the Nature Center.  The rating is moderate with 380 ft. assent on the 3.2 mile option and 600 ft. assent on the 7.3 mile option.  Trail consists of roots, gravel, rocks, and dirt.  The trail features forested slopes and drier ridge tops.  The park is drained on the north by the Little Marrowbone Creek.  The park features diverse vegetation with forests of oak/hardwood on mid to upper slopes and alluvial hardwood at lower elevations.  Bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and hiking poles.  Those carpooling,  meet at 9am at the Kroger,  Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile or meet at the Beaman Park Nature Center at 9:30.  The Nature Center address is 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.  Exit west off of I-65 at 0ld Hickory Blvd. (the part north of Nashville), go west for 11 miles and turn right into the Nature Center.

Les Cleveland
lescleve@gmail.com
 or 
text/call 615-719-0031. 

4/26-
4/28

Highland Rim

Big South Fork National Recreation Area Camp and Hike Weekend.  Jamestown, TN.  Joint Activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camp at Bandy Creek Campground in A Loop. We have reserved several campsites.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for a site, jhartvigs@comcast.net. Hikes include Angel Falls Overlook Hike, Burnt Mill Bridge Loop and Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop.  Angel Falls Overlook Hike is 6 miles round trip,  400 ft. Elevation change, moderate.  Burnt Mill Bridge Loop is 4.3 miles,200 ft. Elevation change. Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop is 4.6 miles, 400 ft. Elevation change, moderate.   More information on our meals soon,  Tony Jones is the Murfreesboro Chapter contact, tonjon1968@gmail.com

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

4/26-
4/28

Murfreesboro

Big South Fork National Recreation Area Camp and Hike Weekend. Jamestown, TN. 
This is a joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. 
We will camp at Bandy Creek Campground in A Loop. We have reserved several campsites. You will need to contact Joan Hartvigsen to secure a campsite. (Joan Hartvigsen  jhartvigs@comcast.net )
Hikes include Angel Falls Overlook Hike, Burnt Mill Bridge Loop and Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop. Angel Falls Overlook Hike is 6 miles round trip with 400 ft. elevation change, moderate.
Burnt Mill Bridge Loop is 4.3 miles with 200 ft elevation change and
Twin Arches/Charit Creek is 4.6 miles with 400 ft elevation change, moderate.

More information regarding meals will be coming soon.

Everyone who registers for a campsite need to contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net

From Murfreesboro (after securing your campsite) contact Tony Jones to coordinate carpool from Murfreesboro

For Campsite information: Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

Murfreesboro Carpool Coordination: Tony Jones
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

4/27
Sat

Clarksville

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Hidden Springs Trail, 5 miles easy, and Cedar Forest Trail, 2 miles, easy;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 69 miles to trail head.

 

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

4/27
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville - Third Creek Greenway walk.  This scenic walk is about 5 miles total.  We will meet at the parking area across from the tennis courts in Tyson Park at 9:00 am ET and walk the Greenway to Earth Fair.  We’ll have a snack and head back to our cars.  This greenway is heavily travelled with bicycles, so we’ll be very alert.  If you have any questions, please call Lesley Price.

Lesley Price
865-254-1193

4/27-
4/29

Nashville

Overnight Backpack on the Obed River section of the Cumberland Trail. Wartburg, TN. 14 miles. Strenuous.  The backpack will start on Saturday, April 27 from the the Nemo trailhead on the beautiful Emory River, near Wartburg, TN. The trail will follow the bluffs along the Emory until we reach the confluence of the Emory and the Obed Rivers. From there it follows the Obed upstream to Daddy’s Creek. We will hike up Daddy’s Creek to Daddy’s Creek Traihead, where we will shuttle back to Nemo Trailhead. This is about a thirty minute shuttle. I am not sure where we will camp Saturday night but I’m sure that it will be lovely. We will try to do the greatest part of the 14 miles on Saturday so that we can get off the trail early on Sunday and head home. The hike is rated strenuous because of stretches of rough terrain, otherwise, 14 miles in two days should be easy.  

Karl Dupre at Karld@comcast.net or 615-207-2250.

4/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 27, Saturday-

 Frozen Head State Park. Bird Mountain Trail. About 7.1 miles. Meet at Durham Street, Soddy Daisy at 830 am. Hard. John Politte hike leader. 805-208-4654

John Politte hike leader. 805-208-4654

4/27
Sat

Sumner Trails

April 27. Saturday. Marshall Knobs and Valley View Trails, Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro. 3.5 miles. Easy to moderate. Along these two loop trails, we’ll see cedar glades, limestone outcroppings, sinkholes and a long limestone fence of uncertain origin and purpose. Hiking boots and poles are suggested due to uneven terrain and the possibility of damp trails and slippery rock if recent rains. We’ll have a late lunch at The Alley following the hike so bring a snack for the trail if you wish.  Meet at 900 AM CT at the Kroger, Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville  for carpooling or at the park’s Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37128  at 10:15 am CT. If you need more information or if you are meeting the group at the Wilderness Station, contact Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002 or judy_jenkins@comcast.net

 

 

 

 Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002 or judy_jenkins@comcast.net

 

 

 

4/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 April 27 Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail.  The view from the top is wonderful. We will lunch at the top and those who want a shorter hike can then retreat along the ridge top to the Spicewood Branch Trail for a total distance of about 9.1 miles.  Those wanting a longer hike can proceed to the Lookout Tower for some more great views from atop Frozen Head mountain returning via the North Old Mac trail for a total distance of 12 miles.  Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots.  Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT. We will begin the hike from the Frozen Head ranger station around 9:00am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.co

 Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.co

4/28
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

April 28, 2019 – Mossy Ridge Trail in Percy Warner Park – Deep Well Entrance

Also known as the red trail, due to its identifying red blazes, this 4.5 mile scenic loop has been ranked among the best hiking trails in the entire country. Moderate difficulty. The trail winds up and down wooded hills and hollows, crosses several springs and open meadows and offers users a unique opportunity to see the wide variety of plants and animals that may be found in the Park. Two especially nice features are a short spur trail that leads to a “quiet point” and a steep, rocky ridge near Scott Hollow with trail sides carpeted in moss. The Mossy Ridge Trail can be accessed from the Deep Well Picnic Area or the Connector Trail from the Warner Park Nature Center.
If you would like to carpool to this hike, please contact Jane Coffey at jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551.  We will meet at Tollgate Medical Center at 12:45 pm or at the trail head at 1:45 pm

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551.

4/29
Mon

Soddy Daisy

April 29, 30,  and May 1st- Spring Trip to Highlands, North Carolina

4/29
Mon

Sumner Trails

Easy Greenway Hike


Monday. April 29.  10:30. Town Creek Greenway,  Gallatin. 3.8 miles. Easy. We will start in downtown Gallatin at the Municipal Parking lot, continue onto the new section of Town Creek Greenway for 1.9 miles to the entrance at Triple Creek Park, and return to downtown. After the hike, we  will eat at Swaney Swift’s on the square. The Greenway walking surface is composed of concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. Dress warmly. Meet at the Municipal Parking lot, which is between City Hall, 132 W Main St., and Chubb’s Restaurant, 122 W Franklin St. For more more information or questions, contact Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

Les Cleveland 
e-mail: lescleve@gmail.com or 
call/text at 615-719-0031.

    ** May 2019 **  

5/4
Sat

TTA

1:00 pm Second Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

5/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Yearly meeting of the  Upper Cumberland membership 
Details coming

5/8
Wed

Sumner Trails

 

Wednesday, May 8th.  Sumner  Trails Quarterly Chapter Meeting, Easy Hike, and Lunch.  10:00 - 11:00 am CST chapter meeting. Meet at the Hendersonville Public Library for the Quarterly Chapter meeting, 140 Saundersville Rd. Park.  At 11:00 am, we will start hiking at the Hendersonville Public library and hike 1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back on the Indian Lakes East Greenway and the Drakes Creek Greenway Loop.  We will then eat at Sam’s Sports Bar, which is a very short drive from the library. The surface is concrete and asphalt. Walking shoes are fine. For information, please contact Les Cleveland at lescleve@gmail.com or text/phone at 615-719-0031. 

 

 

Les Cleveland at lescleve@gmail.com or text/phone at 615-719-0031

5/11
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Stillhouse Hollow Falls - work detail.  Please bring small tools, garbage bags, gloves for working to clean up and restore parts of the trail.  We will meet at the McDonald’s at 5431 Main Street in Maury County at 8:00 a.m. or at the trail head at 8:45 a.m.

Marvin Caine:  931.626.2754 or mlcaine@aol.com

5/17-
5/19

Highland Rim

 Camping at Mile High Campground off Heintooga Ridge Road near Maggie Valley, NC at southern end of Blue Ridge Parkway.  Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and off Blue Ridge Parkway. Full Moon. Joint activity with the Murfreesbro Chapter.  Hikes include Balsam Mountain Nature Trail inside Balsam Mountain Campground or Flat Creek Trail to Heintooga Overlook and beyond on Friday.  Rough Fork Trail, Caldwell Fork Trail, Hemphill Bald Trail Loop Hike on Saturday.  Black Balsam Knob High Loop (Investor Gap Trail, Art Loeb Trail, Art Loeb Spur Trail) on Sunday. The Balsam Mountain Nature Trail is easy 1 mile RT.  The Flat Creek Trail to Heintooga Overlook and beyond is about 2 miles RT, depending on how much time we have.   Saturday’s hike is a 13.7 mile loop, 2,000 ft.elevation change, moderate.   Sunday’s hike is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 420, Forest Road 816.  Sunday’s hike is a five mile moderate  loop and offers panoramic views from Tennet Mountain and Black Balsam Knob.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811 to reserve a spot in Mile High Campground.  More information later. Non campers can stay in nearby Maggie Valley, NC.  Friday night we will share a meal at the campground.  Saturday night we will eat at J. Arthurs Restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC

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

5/19
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve - Tuscumbia, AL
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is a 413-acre private nature preserve in Colbert County, Alabama, south of Tuscumbia that opened in 1986 and is owned by Jim and Faye Lacefield. The couple purchased 40 acres of land in 1979 and gradually added land, growing to over 700 acres.  Of the many nature sites in the state, this one is a little different. Its 713 acres in Colbert County were purchased, made accessible and opened to the public free of charge by an idealistic and service-minded couple, retired educators Jim and Faye Lacefield. The Lacefields opened the preserve in 1996 and in 2007 placed it in a conservation easement with the Alabama Nature Conservancy so it will remain in its natural state, undeveloped, after they are gone.

Ray Edge:  931.286.5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com

    ** June 2019 **  

6/7-
6/9

Nashville

Roan Mountain Camping Weekend.  The group camp has been reserved for this weekend when the rhododendrons should be starting to bloom.  We will have one group dinner and one dinner out in the NC town of Banner Elk.  Hikes will include a short hike on Friday around the park, Carver’s Gap and the Over-mountain Trail on Saturday and a yet to be determined hike on Sunday.  Checking out on Monday.  This trip will be limited to ten campers/hikers, so get your reservation in early.

for reservations call or email Nancy Juodenas at njlj1011@gmail.com or 615-319-8811.

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

TTA

1:00 pm Third Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

    ** October 2019 **  

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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