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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Jan 19, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** January 2017 **  

1/21
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

Kathy Robinson 931-216-5797

1/21
Sat

East Tennessee

Alley Ford at Obed - The Obed Wild & Scenic River Park consists of four streams that have cut into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau creating rugged landscape of wild land and water.  There are spectacular gorges with 400 foot cliffs above the streams, and huge sandstone boulders dotting the streams creating large whitewater rapids in the rushing water.  We will hike approximately 5 miles in and out to Alley Ford.  The trail head begins at the Rock Creek Campground adjacent to Nemo.  Pre-registration is required due to the weather conditions.  We will have 2 meeting places.  The first meeting place will be at the Ingles parking lot at Merchants Rd Exit off I-75 North at 9:00am ET. Another meeting place will be at 9:30am ET at the Oak Ridge Museum of Science parking area.  Please register with Sherry Barber.

Sherry Barber
sherry.kerr.barber@gmail.com
865-209-6189

1/21
Sat

Jackson

Johnsonville SP Most of us have never hiked in Johnsonville SP.  Susan Woods has, and will be your hike leader; she can be reached  at woodsbob@bellsouth.net or 731-441-8066.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 8:00 am or arrange with Susan to meet us at the park around 9:30.

Susan Woods
woodsbob@bellsouth.net 
731-441-8066

1/21
Sat

Memphis

Nesbit Park in Bartlett – White & Wino Trail
Meet at 8:45 a.m. in Nesbit Park parking lot.  We will hike the white trail with possible additions for a total of 6 to 6.5 miles. One ravine crossing is part of this trail so wear hiking boots and bring water and a snack and allow 3 hours for this hike. Nesbit Park is on Yale Road in Bartlett between Bartlett Blvd and Old Brownsville Rd on the north side of Yale. Rain will cancel this hike. 
Contact: Lynne at 901-230-1501

Contact: Lynne at 901-230-1501

1/21
Sat

Nashville

Urban hike in East Nashville. 7-9 miles. Easy to moderate The exact itinerary is to be determined but it will include much of the Historic Edgefield area, parts of Shelby Park, Five Points, and parts of Shelby Heights. We will park at the ball fields in Shelby Park. 

 Karl and Kathie Dupre  karld@comcast.net or call  at (615) 207-2250

1/21
Sat

Plateau

Hebbitsburg Daddy’s Creek, Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard. An in/out hike from Yellow gate to Keyes-Harrison TWA and back for a total of 7 miles.  Enjoy a nice overlook of Crab Orchard Mountains and Daddys Creek.

Sigrun Brickle
sigrun.brickle@gmail.com
(931) 787-7267

1/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Devil’s Breakfast table (Crab Orchard).  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

1/21
Sat

Sumner Trails

JAN 21 - HENDERSONVILLE GREENWAY - 3.5 miles. EASY.  Actually this hike is a combination of Hendersonville trails and byways.  Our hike starts t St. Timoothy Lutheran Church at Gallatin Rd and Stop 30 Rd.  We will walk down the little traveled Stop 30 Rd. and cross over the railroad track on the pedestrian bridge, then connect to the Hendersonville Greenway past the Library and continue on the Drakes Creek Greenway - then connect with the Memorial Park trail which crosses the bridge over to the little island, follows the lakefront and ends up at the Hendersonville High School School parking lot on Cherokee Rd.  After the hike we’ll go to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch.  Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church at 10 AM CT or at St. Timothy’s at 10:15 AM CT. For further into please contact Wild Owl. 

Al Ballenger  ballallenger@aol.com 

1/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pickett State Park - The hike is about 6 miles and rated easy, and will include a collection of short but scenic trails. Contact Kathleen Sullivan to register. 

Kathleen Sullivan
katsully4@gmail.com
931.284.7822 

1/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Red Lobster, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. Chapter members Marcia Medford, Linda Hudson, Ruth Wells and Marietta Poteet will present a program on their hike on the Dingle Way in Ireland. They also travelled by a horse drawn Gypsy Wagon.  The Dingle Way is a long-distance trail around the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.  It is a 162 kilometer circular route that begins and ends in Tralee, Ireland.

Mary Etta Ward
931-455-4609
maryettaward@gmail.com

1/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Big Soddy Gulf to Big Soddy Creek bridge and back.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

1/3

Columbia/ Franklin

No Meeting/Program Planned for January 2017.  Next meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March 2017.

Will announce hikes for January and February on the calendar and via email.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com

1/28
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 4 mile Loop, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.  

 

 

Renate Gillis; 931.648.1448

1/28
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Columbia/Franklin Hike on January 28, 2017.  Land Between The Lakes (LBL) is a 170,000-acre national recreation area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee located near I-24, about 90 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just south of Paducah, KY.

HISTORY: Land Between The Lakes is an inland peninsula formed when the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers were impounded, creating Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley -- one of the world’s largest man-made bodies of water. One stunning feature is The Elk and Bison Prairie which is a 700-acre restoration of Kentucky’s native habitat. It was created as a restoration project for the species. A gentle winding road will guide you through this remarkable habitat restoration effort.

We will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Tollgate Medical Plaza on Route 31 in Thompson’s Station.  You may want to bring a change of clothes, snacks and water for the hike.  If we are able to view the eagles, then we may want to shorten the hike to enjoy the bird watching. 

Robert Consalvo will lead the hike.  Please contact him at rconsalvo@aol.com or 615.519.5584.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather. 

Robert Consalvo:  615.519.5584 or rconsalvo@aol.com.  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

1/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Chilly Chili Hike.  Hike to Lake Dimmick, Sewanee TN.  About 5 miles round trip. Flat. Easy. Everyone is welcome to the Poteet’s 15th Annual Chilly Chili Hike.  We will meet at the parking lot near the 41A and University Avenue intersection in downtown Sewanee at the head of the Mountain Goat Trail on January 28 at 9:00 a.m. CST.  We will hike the Mountain Goat Trail to the Lake Dimmick Trail out to Lake Dimmick.  We will assemble back at the Poteet’s home at 12 Noon for chili, cornbread, brownies and fixin’s.  If you would like to contribute something to the meal, please feel free.  We will have a variety of drinks.  You can call Marietta for the gate code or Marietta will have it at the hike.  If possible, let Marietta know you are coming.  Contact Marietta at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net.  The Poteets live in Cliff Tops, 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN. 

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

1/28
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Horse Trail (7 miles)

Join us for a moderately strenuous 7 mile hiker/horse loop trail over a mixture of hills and flat areas around Poplar Tree Lake. We will meet at the parking lot near the stables at 9:15 a.m.  There will be restrooms available next to the parking lot.  Hike will leave promptly at 9:30.  Bring water and snacks.  Hiking boots are recommended. Rain or snow will cancel. For additional information, contact Marion at mquinlen@gmail.com or at 256-273-9720

Marion at mquinlen@gmail.com or at 256-273-9720

1/28
Sat

Nashville

Beaman Park, Joelton, TN. 6 miles. Moderate. Hike leader anniversary hike-it’s been a whole year since Linda led her first hike so come on out and celebrate the occasion with a hike on the lovely hills and dales of Beaman Park. Last year, it was 10 degrees and the ground was frozen so we walked a couple of miles then got some coffee to warm up. Nestled in the northwest corner of Davidson County, the area was once known as Paradise Ridge, named for the Paradise brothers. It has morphed from a homesteading and moonshing area, to a hunting preserve to what it is today: a wild & rugged Metro Park where opportunities to enjoy nature abound. Come experience the solitude and serenity while hiking the forested slopes of Beaman Park. Bring water, snacks and wear hiking boots. Meet at the Nature Center at 8:00 CT.  

Linda Latter at 615-419-4845 or lindaalatter@yahoo.com.

1/28
Sat

Plateau

Piney Falls and Stinging Fork State Natural Areas, Grandview and Spring City.
These two hikes are being combined to give a total hiking distance of about 7 miles.
Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls.
Stinging Fork State Natural Area is about 10 miles from Piney Falls and features a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the 1 ½ mile trail. 
Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate. Wear boots, and bring water, lunch and snacks. Meet at 8:00 AM CT at Trinity Tabernacle on Highway 127 South. 

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information and to register.

1/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett Road to Rock Creek and back.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

1/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Bear Waller Loop - The hike is 11 miles and rated moderate to difficult because of side-sloping trails. This trail is recognized as one of the best hiking trails in Middle TN. For more information and to register contact Jeff Graves. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu.


1/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

Ed Pyers - 423-344-9271

    ** February 2017 **  

2/4
Sat

Clarksville

Stones River Battlefield, hike the Loop Trail 2.4 mile, easy; and visit the museum; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼69 miles to trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645.284

2/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

North Chickamauga Creek to Stevens Branch and back.  Approximately 9 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

2/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Polly Branch - River Trail, Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Sparta, TN. The hike is about 8-10 miles and is rated moderate. An alternate hike is available for those wanting a shorter hike. Contact Pete Broehl for more information and to register. 

Pete Broehl
931.738.3551
pabroehl@blomand.net

2/7
Tue

Jackson

Feb 7, 2017  Chapter Meeting  Come join us at Perkins Restaurant in Jackson at 6 pm for dinner, followed by a short meeting at 7 pm.

2/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

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

 

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-843-2619 

 

 

 

2/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Meeting. 6:00 PM. Program: Iceland by Joe Matlock and Rita Senko 
First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

2/11
Sat

Clarksville

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, hike around the battlefield and out  and back to the Fort Donelson National Cemetery, 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼30 miles to trail head. 

 

 J.R.Tate 931- 220-1359

2/11
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

The first February hike in 2017 will take place on February 11th at A. G. Beaman Park – 5911 Old Hickory Blvd, 37015.  This wild and rugged land is a unique treasure in Nashville’s park system. The area was once known as Paradise Ridge, and while the beauty of the land might inspire one to envision paradise, the name actually comes from two early settlers, the Paradise brothers. In the 1970s the 1500-acre parcel that is now Beaman Park was purchased by a group of doctors.  In 1996, the Partners sold their preserve to the Metro Nashville government for roughly half of its appraised value. The land purchase was made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Sally Beaman in honor of her husband, Alvin G. Beaman, a prominent Nashville businessman and civic leader who served on the Park Board from 1955 to 1963.

Beaman Park lies on the Highland Rim, just outside of the Nashville Basin, in the northwest edge of Davidson County. Its terrain features steep, forested slopes, with drier ridge tops and elevations just under 1000 feet. Deep hollows contain pristine springs and streams. Most of the park is drained by Little Marrowbone Creek on the north and Bull Run Creek on the south. The surface geology exhibits limestone, cherty limestone, shale, siltstone and a unique mudstone that is often a beautiful yellow or rust color.  The vegetation is incredibly diverse. Oak/hardwood forests dominate the mid to upper slopes while mixed alluvial hardwoods lie in the creek bottoms. A rare community type, known as woodland barrens, occurs and contains post oak trees and native perennial grasses.  

Leader:            Jane Coffey:   615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.  We will leave from Tollgate Medical Plaza on Route 31 in Thompson’s Station at 8:15 a.m.  Interested parties could also meet us at the Beaman Park Nature Center.

 

Jane Coffey:  615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com

2/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville Urban Wilderness - Urban Wilderness South Loop.  The 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 as easy.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  You can view and print the Urban Wilderness South Loop map on the Outdoor Knoxville website. The hike will be on the trails on the side of the map along the French Broad River in the Wildlife Management Area.  One of our hike trails follows the west boundary of the shaded area, West Boundary Trail, and the remainder follows the purple trails.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am.  If you prefer you can meet us at 9:30 am at the trail head 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 (see the map referred to above).  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments, perhaps at Calhoun’s or somewhere is South Knoxville. For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4955
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu (before February 10th)

2/11
Sat

Highland Rim

Foster Falls to Laurel Gorge on Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park.  6 miles total mileage.  Easy.  Many sweeping panoramic overlooks and views of awesome Foster Falls.  Lunch near the Laurel Gorge Bridge.  Bring water and lunch and headlamp and hiking poles.  Wear study hiking boots.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

2/11
Sat

Jackson

Feb 11, 2017 - Natchez Trace SP  Kathleen Baczynski will lead us on a walk in the Natchez Trace SP area where she will provide us with an introduction to geocaching.  Kat can be reached at baczynskik@bethelu.edu.  Please contact her if you are interested in learning more about the event.


Kathleen Baczynski
baczynskik@bethelu.edu

2/11
Sat

Murfreesboro

Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Ranger Creek Falls and Laurel Falls. 6.9 miles total rated moderate. We’ll start our hike at the Stone Door ranger station and descend past the site of an old gristmill before reaching the 25-foot fall Laurel Creek Waterfall and enjoy the view from a platform before returning to the ranger station. This 0.3 mile loop is rated easy. Then we’ll continue to the Great Stone Door Overlook and cut through the Stone Door, a crack in a cliff line allowing access to Big Creek. We’ll take the Big Creek Gulf Trail and descend to Big Creek, reaching Ranger Creek. The hike to Ranger Creek Falls from the Stone Door ranger station is 6.6 miles there and back rated moderate. 

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

2/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Roaring Creek.  Approximately 12 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

2/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf History Hike. Richard will lead a history hike beginning at Stone Door joining up with several trails stopping to see points of interests along the way. The hike is about 7.5 miles and is rated strenuous. For more information and to register contact Richard Savage. 

Richard Savage 
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com 

2/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Marietta Poteet of the Highland Rim chapter will do a presentation on her hike around the Ireland Dingle Peninsula (110 miles), driving a horse caravan near Dingle for 5 days and hiking around Killarney for a week in Ireland.

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

2/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Hwy 111 to Big Soddy Gulf.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Willl stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

 

 

2/18
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA Hike, Recovery Trail; 2 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

2/18
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville Urban Wilderness - Baker Creek Preserve trail.  This trail system is located in the S. Knoxville Urban Wilderness area.  After exploring the lower trails, Redbud Crest, Floyd Fox and Sycamore Loop, we have the option to climb the Best Medicine trail to Pappy’s Knob. Here we can get a 360 degree view of Knoxville, the Cumberland Mts. and the Smoky Mts.  Length not more than 5 miles.  Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 1516 Taylor Rd at 12 PM (noon).  You can view and print the map of the Baker Creek Preserve trail on the Outdoor Knoxville website.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

2/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike-Eat Hike, Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  Five miles:  four miles easy and one mile moderate. Vehicle shuttle.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee for breakfast or 9:30 a.m. if you just want to hike. We will begin our hike at Gate 5 on Brakefield Road.  We will hike to the Forestry Cabin, which overlooks Thumping Dick Cove.  Then we will hike to KA Point for a great overlook of Roark’s Cove and a snack/early lunch.  After crossing Roark’s Cove Road we will descend into Shakerag Hollow.  We will hike the entire length of Shakerag Hollow, ending our hike at the east University Gates. Perhaps we will see Hepatica, an early wildflower!  This hike does not involve climbing up scary cliffs!    Bring water, snacks and lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots. If the group is interested, we can eat at a local restaurant.  We could try The Sewanee Inn. Please register with our hike leader, Joan Hartigsen, jhartigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

2/18-
2/20

Highland Rim

Backpacking Trip.  Franklin State Forest near Sewanee  or Savage Gulf.  Franklin State Forest easier than Savage Gulf.  If backpackers prefer, we could just do a Saturday/Sunday Hike with one overnight for new or inexperience backpackers.  Contact Michael Glennon, kb4jhu@gmail.com or 931-588-0302.           

 

Michael Glennon
jb4jhu@gmail.com
931-588-0302

2/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Will be hiking with the Plateau Chapter from Crossville.   Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 10:00 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

2/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lone Mountain Loop Trail - The hike is about 10 miles and is rated strenuous because of elevation change and the numerous steep pitches. For more information and to register contact Jennifer Carroll. 

Jennifer Carroll 
jennifer.carrolldb@yahoo.com 

2/21
Tue

Clarksville

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

Ken Johnson Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

2/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Black Mountain loop.  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

2/25
Sat

Clarksville

ndian Town Bluff, near Ashland City, TN; 4 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart, Clarksville, TN; ∼28 miles to the trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

2/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  8 miles, moderate to strenuous. De Rossett, TN.  (11 miles east of Sparta).  Joint Hike with the Nashville Chapter.  Marietta Poteet will lead this wonderful winter hike in Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  This is a beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Sheep Falls, ending down at 110 ft. Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is a beautiful and interesting waterfall emerging from a cave to flow and fall 110 feet into another cave.  Hopefully it will be icy around the falls which further enhances its beauty.  This hike is rated moderate to strenuous because of the 8 mile total length and 800 ft. NET elevation change.   Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near De Rossett, TN at 9:00 a.m.  Please call Marietta Poteet at 931-924-7666 or email at nannietta@blomand.net to register and gain further information.

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

2/25
Sat

Jackson

Feb 25 -  Big Hill Pond SP  This will be a walk in the park on trails that you might not have seen before. This hike will be about 7 miles long, with little elevation change. Don Dresser will lead the hike, and can be reached at donald_dresser@usit.net or 731 694 0146.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 8 am, so that we can carpool together, or arrange to meet us at the park around 9:30.

Don Dresser
donald_dresser@usit.net
731 694 0146

2/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte - 423-304-8327

2/25
Sat

Sumner Trails

FEB 25 SHELBY BOTTOMS GREENWAY 4.5 miles EASY  This is a good wintertime walk since it can be real steamy in the summertime.  This is a pretty flat walk on 8 ft. wide paved greenway and follows the west bank of the Cumberland river.  We will start at the Forest Green trailhead and walk downstream, ending up at the Nature Center in shelby Park - this hike will require us to do a shuttle.  After the hike we’ll have lunch at a Nashville classic: - The Gerst House- before returning to Hendersonville.  Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 AM CT for carpooling or at the Forest Green Trailhead at 9:45 CT.  For further info contact River Rat Al.

Al Ballenger at ballallenger@aol.com  

2/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collin’s Gulf Loop - The hike includes several waterfalls, overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach road. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. There is an alternative hike rated moderate for a total of 5 miles. Contact Gary Kimbrell for more information and to register. 

Gary Kimbrell 
931.215.9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com


2/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Tennessee State Park Ranger Josh Waggoner will speak on “Old Stone Fort’s Confederate Powder Mill.”

 

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

2/7

Columbia/ Franklin

No Meeting/Program Planned for February 2017.  Next meeting is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March 2017.

Will announce hikes for January and February on the calendar and via email.  Thank you.

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com

2/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Raccoon Mountain.  Approximately 4 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

    ** March 2017 **  

3/7
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

First Tuesday Program meeting. The meeting will be held at will be meeting at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064 on March 7.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin.  The Barnabas Center has a small working kitchen so you can bring your own food and microwave it if you choose.  If you like, you can join us earlier than the 7:00 p.m. meeting time to eat and chat with other members of the chapter.

Jane Coffey: jecoffey0644@gmail.com

3/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting. 6:00 PM. Program: Wildflowers by Karla Miller

First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.

Dinner at LaCosta’s Restaurant, The Crossings, Crossville at 4:45 pm CT.

Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

3/11-
3/19

Jackson

March 11-19 - Natchez Trace SP.  Join project leader DIck McKeen, SP Ranger Greg Taylor, and volunteers from the American Hiking Society in rebuilding the Cub Lake Trail. For additional information or to register, please contact Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

Dick McKeen at sprucemountain@Eplus.net or 720 469 0619.

3/16-
3/19

Highland Rim

Four day, three night Backpack Trip.  Benton MacKaye Trail or Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area near Jamestown, TN.  More details later.  Register with Michael Glennon, kb4jhu@gmail.com or 931-588-0302.

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

3/25-
3/26

Jackson

March 25-26 - Smoky Mtn hike near Cades Cove. The March 25 hike will be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will hike to Spence Field via the Anthony Creek Trail, which begins at the Case Cove Picnic Area. The round trip distance is 10.3 miles.  The trail is strenuous, gaining 2842 feet in the 5.15 miles to the top. It is worth it; if there is good visibility, there are great views to the east into the North Carolina side of the Smokies. A side trip option would add an additional 1.2 miles to Rocky Top.
 
For those interested, we might take a Sunday morning walk to Abrams Falls, 5 miles round trip. For directions, places to stay, additional information or to register, please contact Jeff Chambers at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

Jeff Chambers
chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

    ** April 2017 **  

4/1
Sat

Jackson

April 1 - Bite-size walk This will be a short 3 mile walk around Pinson Mounds, specially created for newcomers to our group.  Please let your friends know about the outing.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 10 am, so that we can carpool together, or arrange to meet us at the visitor center around 10:30 am.  For additional information, please call or write either me or Melinda Pearson, who can be reached at hurstme@bellsouth.net or 731 225 4293.

Melinda Pearson
hurstme@bellsouth.net
731 225 4293

4/7-
4/9

Highland Rim

Trails and Trilliums.  Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle, TN. A Three Day Festival Celebrating the Natural Wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau.   A weekend enjoying nature with proceeds benefitting Friends of South Cumberland State Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Event highlights:  guided hikes in South Cumberland State Park, Shakerag Hollow and MSSA, live music, native plant sale, programs and workshops, ART for the PARK Sale,  wine & wildflowers, vendors and food. Guided hikes include Stone Door, Lost Cove, Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Grundy Lakes, Greeter Falls  and Hawkins Cove.  For more information and to preregister for hikes:  www.trailsandtrilliums.org and Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com.

 

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

4/8
Sat

Jackson

April 8 - Wildflowers  Glen Rognstad will lead us on our annual wildflower hike, probably to Stillhouse Hollow Falls NA.  For additional information or to register, please contact Glen at glenrognstad@gmail.com or 731 - 217-5966.

Glen Rognstad
glenrognstad@gmail.com
731 - 217-5966

4/29-
4/30

Jackson

April 29-30 - Walls of Jericho NA Plans are being made for a trip to Jericho and Stevens Gap Cave.

 

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