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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Feb 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2020 **  

Memphis

Memphis

Tour de Wolf Trail – Shelby Farms

This is a 6-mile easy trail in Shelby Farms.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot across from the Woodland Discovery Playground just north of the Visitor’s Center.  Trail is not paved so wear sturdy shoes or boots.  Bring water and snacks. Rain will cancel the hike.

 For information contact Margaret Caufield, 205-447-5918.


2/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner 5:00 p.m. Red Lobster, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jim Czarnezki will present the program “A Glimpse into Life in Alaska”.  The presentation is a brief overview of what the Czarnezkis experienced while living in Alaska for eight years.  While in Alaska Jim worked for the Kenai Watershed Forum as their Water Quality Coordinator.  Jim also worked as a Water Quality/Stream Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 27 years.

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

2/25
Tue

Nashville

Monthly program meeting. REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00 pm.  The Cumberland Trail began as a concept for a long-distance hiking trail traversing Tennessee from top to bottom, connecting the Cumberland Gap with Chattanooga. That was in the mid-1970s. TTA played a key role in initiating the project and generated a sub-organization - the Cumberland Trail Conference - to take on the project and its specific mission. TTA volunteers have contributed both funds and sweat equity over the years, and TTA’s Evan Means grants have supported the work significantly. CTC volunteer Nora Beck will bring us up to date on this long trail’s long history and current status.

2/25
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 

February 25 Tuesday - Chickamauga Battlefield- Park historian Jim Ogden will lead the hike and give commentary about the battle in the area. Meet at the lower parking lot at the visitors’ center at 8:30 am. 423-332-6517

Jim Ogden- Park Historian

2/26
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail, Crab Orchard- Black Mountain.   We’llhike in/out approximately 6 miles rated moderate to difficult (it’s the CT) starting from a side road halfway up the mountain for a short walk to the trail which heads towards Ozone.  Depart from the Dorton United Methodist Church 3405 HY 70E, one mile East of Peavine Rd at 7:30 a.m CDST.   The Church is next door to Certified Cylinder.  Carpool cost is $1. 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. 

2/29
Sat

Clarksville

Bells Bend Loop Trail; 4.4 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 AM CT at Madison Street Food Lion parking lot;39 miles to the trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931-216-0325

2/29
Sat

Highland Rim

 Short Springs Work Day.  Fifth Saturday.  Meet at 9:00 am in Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Tasks will be determined.  Please bring water and work gloves.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know you can help, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  At 12 Noon we will hike the Laurel Bluff Trail with Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Lyle Russell.  Please register for the Laurel Bluff Hike by calling 931-455-1121.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

2/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Laurel Bluff Hike, Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Easy.  Hike is a joint hike with Tullahoma Parks and Recreation, Lyle Russell.  Please register for this hike by calling 931-455-1121.  Hike features Busby Falls, Bobo Creek, Cedar Glade and overlooks. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Meet in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, at 12 Noon.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

2/29
Sat

Jackson

Timberlands Park near Franklin, TN.  Approximately 5 miles.  Meandering trails crisscross and loop through a forrested area.  Scenic lake makes a great place for lunch break. Meet at Panera Bread at 8:00 for carpooling or at park museum at 10:30 a.m. Several intersecting loop trails for approximately 5 miles.  Located on the Natchez Trace Parkway mile marker 437.2, south of Hwy 96 entrance (double arch bridge).  We plan to eat after the hike at Pinewood Grocery & Restaurant in Nunnelly.  I-40 exit 163.  

Anne Goodson 731-616-1631 or 731-664-1556 or email to goodam3551@gmail.com

2/29
Sat

Memphis


Arkabutla State Park – Coldwater, MS

Join us for an easy 5-mile hike through Coldwater River Bottomlands with woods, swamp and large trees.  Trail is level, wear hiking boots as parts could be muddy and bring snacks and water. If the group wants, we could hike the half mile nature trail afterwards.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the trailhead at the recreation area below the dam.  Rain will cancel the hike.

Questions: call Freddi Felt 901-288-5581 or email fjfelt@att.net.

2/29
Sat

Murfreesboro

HIKE IS CANCELLED. Across the Gulf. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. 17 miles rated strenuous due to distance and terrain. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. We will hike from Stone Door across the gulf using the Stone Door trail to the Connector Trail, Hobbs Cabin, then on the North Rim Trail to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. There will be a shuttle back to Stone Door. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. Contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

2/29
Sat

Nashville

Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness. DeRossett TN. 8 miles. Moderate to strenuous.  Doug Burroughs (Nashville) and Marietta Poteet (Highland Rim) will co-lead a hike to Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area.  It is a most beautiful trek passing Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Falls, ending up at 110’ high Virgin Falls.  This wonderful waterfall is one of the most beautiful and interesting falls around, falling from one cave 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 because of the 800 elevation change. (We’ll be hiking uphill on the way out.) Please bring snacks, lunch, boots, sticks, and clothing suitable for the weather there that day.  We will carpool from the Kroger / Panera parking lot in Hermitage (5552 Old Hickory, Hermitage TN 370706) at 7 AM or you can meet us at the Virgin Falls parking lot located near DeRossett, TN at 9:00 AM.  

Please contact Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or 615-587-0085 to register and get further  information.

2/29
Sat

Plateau

Dog Cove Loop, Sparta, TN.  We will hike 6 moderate to strenuous miles loop trail up Lower Gap Trail to a small arch then past 2 old homesteads. Carpool cost $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 8am CT from Tractor Supply on West Ave. 

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

2/29
Sat

Soddy Daisy

February 29- Saturday

- A  5.8 mile hike on Prater Place Trail that is rated as moderate. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 830am. Hike Leader- Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654

 

Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654

2/29
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday, February 29 - LEAP Day Hike the Hendersonville Greenway. 4 miles. Easy. 

Let’s enjoy a 4 mile stroll together celebrating our extra day this year! Meet at the Hendersonville Public Library (140 Saundersville Rd) at 10 am. We will hike from the library 2 miles over to the Drakes Creek Ballpark area and return back 2 miles to the Library. This paved trail goes along the creek for much of the way for a scenic stroll. For more information please contact Jenny Fitzgerald at mrzfitz@gmail.com or 615-517-8185. We hope you will join us!

 

 Jenny Fitzgerald  mrzfitz@gmail.com
 615-517-8185

2/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Contact MIke for descripition


Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

    ** March 2020 **  

3/1
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

Columbia/Franklin Chapter - March 10, 2020.
Columbia/Franklin Quarterly Meeting at Barnabas Center in Franklin.  We socialize from 6:00-7:00 pm, and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  We will be discussing spring/summer hiking schedule.  Please bring ideas for hikes and for meetings.  Hope to see you there.

Marvin Caine/Jane Coffey

3/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 

March 3, Tuesday- Laurel-Snow Trail hike to Laurel Falls.  Hike is listed as a moderate 6.1 mile in and out hike.  Meet at the Durham Street parking lot at 8:30. Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

3/5
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday, March 5, Quarterly Sumner Trails Chapter Meeting. 10:00 am Hendersonville Library at 150 Saundersville Road.  Join us for the meeting and then stay for a walk along the Hendersonville Greenway. We will discuss possible future hikes and hear a report from Jenny and John on the planning meeting for the Annual Conference in October at Montgomery Bell State Park. We may go to lunch after the meeting if there is interest. For more information call Marcia Powell 217-855-3013

Marcia Powell 217-855-3013

3/7
Sat

Clarksville

LBL, a portion of Ft. Henry Trail and Pickett Loop Trail, 4.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 51 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/7
Sat

Highland Rim

"Weed Wrangle”, 8 am at Tims Ford State Park, 1 pm at Old Stone Fort State Park.    “Weed Wrangle” is a state-wide clean-up event dedicated to ridding Tennessee of non-native invasive plants such as Bradford Pear, Chinese Privet and multiflora rose.  Contact Ranger Dalton Smith, dalton.smith@tn.gov Tims Ford State Park and Ranger Leigh Gardner, Leigh.gardner@tn.gov, Old Stone Fort State Park.  If you have questions you can also contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net

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

3/7
Sat

Jackson

Big Hill Pond near Shiloh, TN. The trails consist of a variety of terrains: upland, meadow and wetlands. The observation tower is the highest peak at 611 feet, optional to climb. We will hike on ridges, cross Dismal Swamp, and hike along the lake shores. The diversity in landscape provides for a diversity of plant and bird life. We will see chestnut oak, blackjack oak, black gum, willow, elm, tulip poplar, birch, oak, tonwood, cedar, pine, pin oak, weeping, alders, bitternut, sweetgum and tupelo trees. May also see armadillos among the wildlife.  Please contact Howard Ropp if you plan to hike:  731-693-4248.  We will meet at Panera Bread at 7:45 a.m. and leave at 8:00 am. or meet at trailhead/boat dock area at 9:30 a.m

Howard Ropp 731-693-4248

3/7
Sat

Murfreesboro

Big Frog Mountain. Southeastern Tennessee located in the Cherokee National Forest. This hike is up Big Frog Mountain 5.5 miles, 5.5 miles back for a total of 11 miles with a 2,000 feet elevation gain. Rated difficult because of elevation and distance. The hike begins at the trailhead just above Thunder Rock Campground off U.S. Hwy 64 that runs along the Ocoee River near the Whitewater Center. This is a joint hike with the Nashville Chapter. 

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

3/7
Sat

Nashville

Monte Sano State Park. Moderately strenuous. 5 or 8 miles. This park is uniquely located right in the city of Huntsville and features a combination of interesting geographic features and great views. Plans (subject to trail conditions) are to hike two combination routes based on the McKay Hollow and Stone Cuts trails (moderately strenuous for relatively steep inclines, rocky segments, and rugged footing.) We’ll likely encounter muddy segments and shallow water crossings so choose your footwear accordingly. We’ll meet up 7:00 AM and have lunch on the trail. Those interested will have dinner locally and should arrive back by around 7 PM. 

Contact Mark Hubbard for meetup location and details: mark.hubbard@mhhub.us 615-715-1517.

 

3/7
Sat

Nashville

Big Frog Mountain. 11 miles. Difficult.  This hike is up Big Frog Mountain-5.5 miles up, 5.5 miles back-11 miles total with a 2000 foot elevation gain. Rated difficult because of elevation and distance.  Hike begins at the trailhead just above Thunder Rock Campground off of U.S. Hwy. 64 that runs along the Ocoee river near the Whitewater center. This is a joint hike with the Murfreesboro chapter. 

 

Contact Kathy Woods: kwoodz@comcast.net or 615-473-6824 for further details.

3/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 7, Saturday- a 9.3 mile moderately strenuous hike at Flipper Bend. We will meet in the Soddy Daisy Walmart parking lot just north of the service station at 830 am. Hike Leader-

John Politte-423-304-8327

John Politte-423-304-8327

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Saturday March 7 Pogue Creek Canyon, Fentress County near Pickett State Park 6.5 miles moderate to strenuous. Pogue creek is a surprise with many outstanding features and beauty.bluffs and cliffs ,rock houses,overlooks and displays of reddish-orange and yellow layers of sandstone throughout the gorge which  contribute to a special hike well worth exploring. Meet at JC Penny’s Cookeville at 8:00 AM side parking lot . Contact and register with Cynthia at +19313033409. Ckpennvalley@gmail.com

Janet, Cynthia

3/8
Sun

TTA

Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2am Local Time. Spring Forward!

3/9
Mon

Sumner Trails

Monday, March 9, Beaman Park, 3.2 miles. Nashville 9:30 am. Easy to moderate with a couple of hills. Join us on a 3.2 Mile loop that leaves from the Beaman Park Nature Center (5911 Old Hickory Blvd). We will follow the Sedge Hill Trail down to the Creek and take the Henry Hollow Loop Trail up across the ridge and back down to the creek, returning back along the Sedge Hill Trail to the Nature Center.  Hiking poles recommended. Those who wish to carpool, please meet us at the Kroger in the Glenbrook Shopping Center at 9:00 am (1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville) or meet at the park Nature Center at 9:30. For more information please contact Jenny Fitzgerald at mrzfitz@gmail.com or 615-517-8185. We hope you will join us!   

 

Jenny Fitzgerald  mrzfitz@gmail.com
615-517-8185.

 

3/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Kelli Handley will be our guest speaker. Kelli will explain the benefits of hiking for mental and physical health and will demonstrate a fitness program to help hikers of all fitness levels prepare for day hikes, multi-day hikes, and backpacking. She will include exercise modifications for beginners and those with special considerations. Additionally, she will explain how certain exercises may help prepare hikers for various terrains and obstacles that they may experience on the trail. There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a short ’master class’ consisting of a few of the recommended exercises. Participation isn’t required. Wear attire appropriate for light movement if you want to participate. Kelli is an avid hiker who, along with her husband, hits the trails as frequently as possible. She holds a Masters of Science from MTSU and has been a health and fitness consultant, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor for over 20 years.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

3/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 10, Tuesday- Harrison Bay State Park Hike Leader Nancy Allen - 423-987-0941

Nancy Allen - 423-987-0941

3/14
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland SP, Fiery Gizzard Trail to Ravins Point via the Dog Hole Trail out and back, 8.8 total miles, difficult; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, at I24 exit 11 commuter parking lot near McDonalds; 134 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/14
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Roaring Fork Nature Trail to Grapeyard Ridge Trail.  The hike is a moderate 7.9 miles with elevation gain of 1300 ft over 6 miles.  On this hike we’ll see stone foundations, rock walls, cemeteries, train engine remains, babbling creek and quiet woods.  We will begin our hike from Roaring Fork Nature Trail close to the Bud Ogle Cabin.  This is a 10 mile shuttle, hence it is very important to pre-register by March 9.  The meeting time and places are to be determined upon registration.  Contact Rosie for more information. 

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

3/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Millennium Loop Trail and Merritt Ridge Loop Trail Hike.  Edgar Evins State Park.  Silver Point, TN. 8 miles.  Moderate. Steep in places.  Joint hike with the Soddy-Daisy Chapter, John Politte.  Meet at 8:30 am CDT at the park’s visitor center.  This hike features wildflowers, huge beautiful hardwood trees along the high ridges and awesome views of Center Hill Lake.  Bring water, snack, lunch, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen to register and for information on a carpool from the Manchester Cracker Barrel Restaurant,jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  

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

3/14
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness. Located in the 10,000 acre Wildlife Management area in White County, Tennessee. Approximately 12 miles rated moderate to strenuous. We will meet at the Polly Branch Falls trailhead, hiking the Polly Branch Trail to the River Trail, with stops at Upper and Lower Polly Branch Falls. We will then take the Caney Fork River Trail to Joe Holloway Rock House, and road walk about 1/2mile to the Yellow Bluff trailhead. Then proceeding on the Yellow Bluff Trail, with a side trail to the Overlook, then back to the Polly Branch Falls Trail. There are a couple of stream crossings so bring water shoes, in addition to hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

 

3/14
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series. Two for one - Montgomery Bell State and Narrows of the Harpeth State Parks. 4 miles total rated easy. Bring your State Park Passport book. We’ll hike the Ore Pit Trail Loop that passes the historic church site by the Visitors’ Center. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am, or email Jeanne if you are interested in carpooling or be part of a caravan from Smyrna. Then on to the Narrows of the Harpeth to hike 2 miles out and back on the bluff trails and by the old tunnel. Both are rated easy, natural surface trails, about 2 miles each for a total of 4 miles. This is a family friendly hike and a chance to visit two state parks in one day. Bring snacks and water. Please RSVP by email to Jeanne Conatser at djconatser@comcast.net in case we cancel for weather.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

3/14
Sat

Nashville

Nashville Urban Hike - 4-5 miles. easy.  Start time is 8:00 am at the Carillon Bells, north end of Bicentennial Mall (near Farmers’ Market and Tn State Museum.)   We will follow greenways a good deal of the way.  The route will head east, next to the 1st Tennessee Ballpark, leading to the Cumberland River Greenway.   We will follow the edge of the river, heading south to Ft. Nashboro and then past Broadway at the Music City Star depot and up the hill to explore the Betty Brown Tree Trail near Ascend Amphitheatre, and on past where Pinewood Social is.  With a great view of the river, this is our turn-around point.  We’ll proceed towards Husk restaurant on Rutledge Hill and appreciate the Victorian architecture, then downhill to the edge to the honky-tonk district.   We walk the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge with some great city views towards Nissan Stadium and go north along its side.  Turning towards downtown we cross Woodland Street Bridge, pass city hall and continue to the state capitol for another special view.  Here we return to our starting point, although an optional extra mile or so is available into Germantown.  Planned distance is approximately 4-5 miles.  We are hiking on pavement.  Bring water or plan to purchase some along the way.  Our treat for finishing up will be an optional visit to Farmer’s Market by lunchtime for some fresh fruit and possibly an ice cream at Jeni’s.   The Tn State Museum is also an excellent visit and with free parking. 

Contact Tom Vickstrom: 615-405-6713 or tomzinger55@gmail.com

3/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 14, Saturday- We jointly hike with the Highland Rim TTA group on an 8 mile hike ( the Millennium and Merritt Ridge Loop) at Edgar Evans State Park. The hike is described as moderate, but steep in places. We will meet the Highland Rim TTA  group at 830 am Central Time at the park’s visitor center. Thus, we must depart the Soddy Daisy ballfields promptly at 730 am Eastern Time. Call John Politte-423-304-8327

John Politte-423-304-8327

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Mar 14 Wheeler Farm Loop, Spencer TN 3.5 miles, Moderate. We’ll hike
to Medley Arch, a unique 90’ high arch/natural bridge. Then depending
on weather we’ll hike off trail to a multi-level waterfall that
emerges from the side of a cliff and disappears at its bottom. We’//
hike to the back side of Medley Arch. We’ll then return to the trail
and descend to Cane Creek Valley were we’ll take a side trail to view
Cane Creek. From Cane Creek we go up the valley to Wheeler Falls, a
120 foot tiered waterfall with 2 separate sources at the upper level.
Continuing down the valley we will visit the remains of the bottomland
farm home site. We retrace are steps back to Wheeler Falls and ascend
the old farm road to complete the loop. A total elevation gain/loss of
400 feet. Bring lunch, snacks, water and wear good hike boots and
dress for the weather. We will meet at U.S. Bank, Hwy 111, Sparta
(across from McDonalds) at 8am CT. Contact Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551
or email at: pabroehl@blomand.net to register.
 
 

 Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551
or email at: pabroehl@blomand.net to register.
 

3/17
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

 

3/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 17 Tuesday-

We will hike the 4.5 mile Forestry Cabin/ Dotson Point loop portion of the Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  This route is along the bluff and is a nice easy rolling hike.  A short detour at the start will get us to the Forestry Cabin for a good view of the valley. Dotson Point further along the trail also offers a nice view but note that the farthest rock out on Dotson Point is not for acrophobes. The payoff: Views from the Forestry Cabin and from Dotson Point are from opposite sides of Thumping Dick Cove, so you can see where you were or where you are going.

Meet at the parking lot behind La Quinta a Browns Ferry Rd. at 8:30 am.  Drive to trailhead is approximately 1 hour.  Contact Roy or Marti Owensby at sewmarti@aol.com or 423-309-0579 (text or voice) for additional information or questions.

 

 

 Contact Roy or Marti Owensby at sewmarti@aol.com or 423-309-0579 (text or voice) for additional information or questions.

3/18
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday, March, 18. 10:00 AM. 2.4 miles.  Easy to moderate. BLEDSOE CREEK STATE PARK, High Ridge and Shoreline Trails Loop.   At 10:00 am we will start the hike from the Visitor Center/Park Office, 400 Ziegler Fort, Gallatin, TN.  Trail surface includes gravel, dirt, rocks and steep stairs. Recommend water, hiking shoes and poles. For questions contact Bob Dudney at 615-415-7115 or rsdudney@comcast.net.

Bob Dudney 615-415-7115 
rsdudney@comcast.net
.

3/21
Sat

Clarksville

Stones River Greenway from Kohl’s Hermitage Trailhead to Percy Priest Dam out & back, 4.8 total miles, easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot near McDonalds; 47 miles to trail head.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

3/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door Trail to Greeter Falls via Big Creek Rim Trail and return via Laurel Falls Trail.  South Cumberland State Park.  Stone Door Ranger Station, 1183 Stone Door Road,  Beersheba, TN. 9.5 miles.   Easy to Moderate.  Bring water, snacks, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.  This hike offers awesome overlooks at Stone Door and along the Big Creek Rim Trail and the fabulous Greeter Falls.

 

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

3/21
Sat

Jackson

Walls of Jericho - south of Manchester/Monteagle, TN. rated difficult, 6 mile hike. Beginning is mostly downhill with the return trip mostly uphill.  Hoping to see spring wildflowers along the trails. Meet at Waffle House in Monteagle (near Interstate 24) at 8 am or at the Alabama trailhead at 9 am.  Glen Rognstand will lead the hike.  Please contact Glen at 731-217-5966 if you plan to attend.  Most people will travel to Monteagle on Friday night.  An additional possibility is that on Sunday, March 22 we will hike Sherwood Forest or Shakerag Hollow in Sewanee
.either of these hikes are 2 - 2 1/2 miles long.

Glen Rognstad 731-217-5966

3/21
Sat

Nashville

Johnsonville State Historic Park is a day-use park named for former President Andrew Johnson who also served as the Union Military Governor of Tennessee during the Civil War. This 1,075-acre park located in Humphreys County commemorates the site of the Johnsonville Depot, the Battle of Johnsonville and the historic town site of Johnsonville that existed from 1864-1944 prior to the formation of Kentucky Lake. In 2012, the park opened a new welcome center which features a museum, theater and gift shop that offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Johnsonville Depot and the 1864 Battle of Johnsonville. There is also information about the 80 year history of Old Johnsonville, the town that grew up around the Union supply depot in 1864 and was flooded by Kentucky Lake in the spring of 1944. There are approximately 10 miles of well-maintained trails: • Historic Johnsonville Trail is 8 miles long • African-American Cemetery Loop Trail is 0.5 miles long • Civil War Forts Trail The park is on the Tennessee River, an hour and a half due west of Nashville. 

Contact Karl Dupre for travel details at: karld@comcast.net 615-207-2250

3/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 21, Saturday-Two moderate hikes totaling 5 miles. First we’ll do the Denny Cove Trail ( 2.8 miles), followed by a hike to do the Climbers Loop Trail (2.2 miles). We will depart the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 830 am. Hike Leader- Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 21, 2020 Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park. Tracy City, TN. We will do the 9 mile loop beginning at the Grundy Forest Trailhead.  We will hike down in the gulf out to Raven’s Point and return on the Dog Hole trail.  Strenuous because of boulder fields, stream crossings and steep ascents and descents. Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT.  There is an option to hike the Dog Hole trail out to Raven’s Point and back to the Grundy trailhead using the Dog Hole trail.  Both options are around 9 miles. Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp and hiking boots. Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell garykimbrell1@gmail.com or text 931 215-9520.

Gary
garykimbrell1@gmail.com or text 931 215-9520.

3/23
Mon

Highland Rim

TTA Chapter Meeting and   Friends of Short Springs Membership Meeting.  Dinner is 5 pm at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 North Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our program is “Review of Spring Wildflowers and Conservation Issues” by Dennis Horn.

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

3/24
Tue

Nashville

Monthly program meeting. REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00 pm.  Day Hiking in Southern France - in the land of the Cathars.  Three Nashville Chapter members signed up with an adventure company last year for a 10-day guided hike and tour in southwestern France.  We hiked through the hilly countryside as well as small villages and towns.  We learned about local wine and cheese production directly from the producers.  And we learned about the medieval history of the castles perched on the steep peaks throughout the area.  Bring a friend!

 

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Doug Burroughs: wm.doug.burrooughs@gmail.com

3/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 24, Tuesday- Brush Creek Trail 5 - 6 miles, in and out, rated EASY.  This trail is also shared with bicyclists. The Trailhead/ Kiosk is located at a small parking area on US 64, one mile East of Boyd Gap  ( on the Left). The trail will start out on the North side of US 64, then double back under the highway to meander easily above Brush Creek, and finally offer views of #2 Ocoee Lake.  We’ll meet at Ooltewah Food City pkg lot at 8:30AM or at the trailhead at 9:15AM. Hikers that want to meet and double-up at Hixson Target at 8:00AM must call me the day before to confirm. Hike Leader- Bob McGavock-423-667-2960

 Bob McGavock-423-667-2960

3/25-
3/26

Sumner Trails

Wednesday, March 25. Narrows of the Harpeth. 2 to 4 miles. Moderate. This hike follows alongside the river, passing through an area known as "The Narrows". Here, the Harpeth River in a 5 mile bend nearly curves back on itself. Highlights include a panoramic view of the area, and a man-made tunnel that goes about 100 yards through the bluff at the narrowest point. Back in 1890 Montgomery Bell, using slave labor bored the tunnel to provide water power for his iron ore mill. We usually see lots of wildflowers so bring your books, also footwear you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, and walking sticks for some slippery sections. Meet for carpooling at the Glenbrook Kroger parking lot, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville at 9:00 AM CST or at the Harris-Street Bridge trailhead at 10:00 am CT. After the hike, we’ll have lunch at Carl’s Perfect Pig in White Bluff. For further info contact Judy Jenkins at judy_jenkins@comcast.net or 615-403-0002.

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

3/28
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SP, Long Trail, 2.5 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT at the trail head picnic table.

 

 Paula  Sanders 954-993-5541

3/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Dam - River Bluff Trail.  We will park at the trailhead on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris River, less than two 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.  Some may want to walk the loop.  The total distance, about 4 miles, is about the same either way. The hike difficulty is rated as 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 car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am and stop at Ingles Market, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville, leaving at 9:15 am 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. This is a short hike.  On the way home, depending on the time, we may stop for lunch and/or beverages at a place near I-75 at Clinton, Harrisons Grill.  For additional information on this hike, contact Tom Cressler before March 27th.  If you want to meet us at the trailhead take I-75N to exit 122; turn right on TN-61; about 1.4 miles turn left on to US 441 and proceed across the dam; turn left on to Dabney Road, the first road on the left after the second hair-pin turn, staying left, going downhill, to the parking area.

Tom Cressler
cressler@utk.edu
865-588-5622

3/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Bear Creek Backcountry  Loop Trail, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  8 miles, moderate.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  Celia Jeffrey will assist.  The focus of Cloudland Canyon State Park is a deep gorge carved by Sitton Gulch Creek.  Bear Creek Backcountry Trail  drops down from the East Rim of the gorge  to cross Bear Creek.  This forested walk takes us into  seldom seen areas, offering several beautiful vistas of East and West Rims of the gorge.  Consider bringing water shoes for crossing Bear Creek.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  We will meet at 7:45 am CDT at Monteagle Elementary School or 9:00 am CDT at the Cloudland Canyon State Park Visitor Center.

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

3/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bear Creek Backcountry Loop Trail. Cloudland Canyon State Park. Trenton, Georgia. 8 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. The focus of Cloudland Canyon State Park is a deep gorge carved by Sitton Gulch Creek. The Bear Creek Backcountry Trail drops down from the East Rim of the gorge to cross Bear Creek. This hike takes us into seldom seen areas, offering several beautiful vistas of the East and West Rims of the gorge and fascinating geology. Consider bringing water shoes for crossing Bear Creek. Bring water, snacks and lunch. We will meet the Highland Rim Chapter hikers at 7:45 am Central Time at Monteagle Elementary School or 9:00 am Central Time at the Cloudland Canyon State Park Visitor Center. To register or for information on the carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

 

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

3/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

March 28, Saturday- A 7 mile moderately strenuous hike on Soak Creek between Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead and the Piney River Trailhead. Vehicle staging required. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 8:30 am. Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 28, 2020 Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN. We will ascend Mount Cammerer along the Groundhog Ridge Trail. This trail is not maintained but is generally easy to follow. The upper parts of the trail are steep and in places trees have fallen across the trail. There is also some rock scrambling near the top. The hike is 8 to 9 miles and is rated very strenuous. We will be rewarded with outstanding views from the upper parts of the trail and from the Mount Cammerer lookout tower. We will return by taking the Mount Cammerer Trail to its junction with the Appalachian Trail. We will hike on the A. T., descending to the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail, then to its junction with the Groundhog Ridge Trail and then back to the beginning.   Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT at the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail

 

Gary

3/30
Mon

Sumner Trails

 

Monday, March 30, Spring Wildflower Hike on the Jones Mill Trail (Long Hunter State Park) Easy to moderate. Join us on the trail as it meanders through several cedar glades and wooded trails and boasts an impressive array of spring wildflowers. We’ll hike the outer loop which ascends Bald Knob, the highest overlook on Percy Priest Lake and circle back for a 3.5 mile trek. While we will keep the hike moving, there will be occasional stops to observe various Spring wildflowers that are in early bloom. Be advised this is also a mountain bike trail, and the occasional bike(s) get first right of way. Carpool will leave the Glenbrook Kroger at 8:45 am, or meet us at Jones Mill Trail head at 9:30 am, located at 9933 Barnett Road, Mt Juliet TN (use this address as trail head is a different location than main entrance to the park). We’ll have lunch at the Margarita House Mexican Restaurant before carpooling home. Contact Jenny Fitzgerald at (615) 517-8185 or mrzfitz@gmail.com with questions. Hope you can join us! 

 

Jenny Fitzgerald  (615) 517-8185 
mrzfitz@gmail.com

3/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

March 31, Tuesday- Glen Falls- Will start from the parking lot across from Ruby Falls. 4 to 5 miles round trip. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am or at trailhead at 9:00 Hike leader- Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 4, Saturday-- We will hike the Beach Bottom Trail (9.1 miles) near Dalton, Ga on Saturday, 4/4/20. Strenuous because of length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. If you have not done this hike you are in for a real treat. It is the one trail that goes to Jacks River Falls without multiple stream crossings. Hike Leader- Betsy Darken-423-718-2060

Betsy Darken-423-718-2060

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

4/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 7, Tuesday- Trip to Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama near Desoto State Park. We will hike several short trails to view the spring wildflowers and the exceptional falls. The hike will be led by a ranger from the park. Meet at the Brown’s Ferry Rd exit parking lot at 8:30 am. Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443

Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443

4/9-
4/11

Highland Rim

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg,TN. Camping and Hiking. We have reserved a group campsite in Flat Creek Group Campground for Thursday and Friday nights. We will hike Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot in the campground, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Thursday’s hike: Emory Gap Trail to Falls and Judge Branch Trail, 3 miles. Flat. Friday’s hike: North Old Mac and South Old Mac Loop with visit to Lookout Tower, 8 miles. 1,800 feet elevation change. Saturday’s hike: West Lookout Tower Trail and Bird Mountain Trail Loop, 7 miles. Steep.

 

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

4/10
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike.  Frozen Head State Park.  Wartburg,TN.  North Old Mac Trail and South Old Mac Trail Loop with a visit to the Lookout Tower.  Eight miles, total.  1,800 feet elevation change.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. This hike features spring wildflowers, hemlocks, creeks and awesome mountain views.  There is the option of camping at Flat Creek Group Campground Thursday and Friday nights.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811,  to reserve a spot in Flat Creek Campground and information on meeting time and place for the hike.

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

4/11
Sat

Nashville


April 11 - Washmorgan Hollow & Beyond Wildflower Day Trip. Moderate, 3 or 6 miles. 
A profusion of wildflowers will provide the setting for this day trip both on the drive and on the trails. Washmorgan Hollow State Natural Area in Jackson County is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee and its relatively undisturbed forest supports a rarely matched spring wildflower population - we’re likely to see several dozen varieties blooming. The hike will not be interpreted but we will move at a pace that allows us to appreciate what we’re seeing as we approach the waterfall feeding the hollow’s stream. Next, we’ll visit and have a potluck lunch with a true friend of nature and community elder, Hector Black, who donated the land for Washmorgan. Hector has invited us to hike on his land afterwards. This second hike features 4 waterfalls of varying sizes and a hoodoo, Hardscrabble Pinnacle, carved by two streams that meet and tumble into the creek of our approach.

 For much of the time we’ll be on mostly dry rocky creek beds; they aren’t strenuous in terms of length or elevation change but include some rugged footing and at the end of the second segment there is a bit of rock hopping. An optional climb to the pinnacle is challenging. There could be a significant number of shallow creek crossings so hiking sandals may come in handy. Please let us know what you plan to bring to share during lunch – healthier choices are appreciated but not required. We’ll meet up in Nashville at 7:00 AM and expect to be on the road home by dinner time. 

 

 



 
 
 
 
 

Contact Mark Hubbard to coordinate: mark.hubbard@mhhub.us 615-715-1517.

4/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 11, Saturday- An 11.2mile hike in and out on the Frog Mtn. Trail in the Ocoee area. Strenuous due to length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. Hike Leader is Tom McElhone-805-208-3400.

Tom McElhone-805-208-3400

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 14, 15, 16- Spring hiking trip to the Smokies

4/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

April 18, Saturday- We will hike the Laurel/ Snow Falls Trail (9.6 miles) (with optional 1.4 miles to add on to Laurel Falls if desired by the hikers) Meet at the parking lot by the ball fields on Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Strenuous. Hike Leader-John Politte-423-304-8327

John Politte-423-304-8327

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 

April 21, Tuesday-West half of Gahuti Loop at Fort Mountain State Park, moderate because of some rocks. Mostly downhill. About 4 miles. Meet at East Ridge Exit off I-75 behind the closed Wendy’s at 8:30 am. Will stage cars. Hike Leader is Joan Hartvigson-931-636-2914

Joan Hartvigson-931-636-2914

4/24-
4/26

Highland Rim

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove. Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  We have reserved a gorgeous group campsite in Cades Cove Campground.  Room for 10 small tents on the tent pads with more space on the gravel.    Flush toilets and drinking water nearby. We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Friday we will hike a section of the Anthony Creek Trail.  Saturday we will hike the Gregory Ridge Trail. Sunday we will hike to Abrams Falls and back.  Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming.  Reserve your spot soon.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Friday we will share a dinner at our campsite.  Saturday we have the option of having dinner in Townsend.

 

 

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

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/24-
4/26

Memphis

April 24-26, Cumberland Trail Hike, Soddy-Daisy, TN.

This will be our spring weekend trip. Details will come later, but it will be much like previous trips. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning will have 4-5 mile hikes and Saturday will be a 7 mile hike with an option to shorten it to 5 miles. There is only one hotel in Soddy-Daisy, so you might want to reserve early. It is the Hometown Inn, http://www.hometowninnsoddydaisy.com/, (423) 332-7755. TripAdvisor gives it 3 stars out of 5, and the current price is $85. 

Hike Leader: Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, (901) 385-1988 (land line; do not text).

4/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

April 25, Saturday-Virgin Falls Trail & Martha’s Pretty Point. 9.5 miles, strenuous. Meet at Durham St, Soddy Daisy 8:30- Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187

Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

4/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

April 28, Tuesday- Cumberland State Park- We will hike the Pioneer Short Loop and the Pioneer Trail for a total of 5 - miles. Lunch at the lodge afterward. Meet at the Durham St. parking lot in Soddy Daisyat 8:30 am. Hike leaders are Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

    ** June 2020 **  

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle.  Suck Creek Ramp to Raccoon Mountain Ramp.  9 miles.  West of Chattanooga in Marion County. Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek Boat Ramp to TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera.  We will see Osprey and Bald Eagles.  One year a river otter swam next to my kayak!  You must wear your PFD.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net , 931-962-0811 to register.  The address for the Suck Creek Boat Ramp is 1900 Suck Creek Road, Chattanooga.  

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

6/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Jeanne Conatser. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so dress in quick dry clothes. Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. You will need your hiking boots and hiking sticks. Bring water and a lunch. Save room for Kemp Ice Cream, sold inside the Park at the Marina.

 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/16-
10/18

Murfreesboro

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Robbinsville, NC. Camping and hiking weekend.  Rattler Ford Group Camp Site #3 has been reserved. Save the date and more details will follow.

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

10/23-
10/25

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