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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Dec 10, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2018 **  

12/15
Sat

Clarksville

 McGregor Park to Ft. Defiance and back. Eat breakfast after the hike at Wendy’s on Riverside; 2.7 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT.

 

 

J.R. Tate 931-220-1359

12/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Chapter Christmas Party.  Gather at Marcia Medford’s home, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee, TN at 5:00 pm CST after Marietta Poteet’s hike to Piney Point.  Bring a wrapped gift valued about $10.00 if you wish to participate in the Dirty Santa Gift Exchange.  Tom Hartvigsen will bring baked ham.  Contact Marcia Medford at 931-598-5331 or marciamedford@yahoo.com to let her know what food you plan to bring so Marcia can coordinate the menu.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

12/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Hike to Piney Point on the Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  2 miles. Easy.  Piney Point is a striking promontory that boasts a sweeping view out over Shakerag Hollow and Roark’s Cove.  Meet at 3:00 p.m. CST at Marcia Medford’s home, 112 Midway Road, Sewanee.  Marietta Poteet will lead the hike before our Chapter Christmas Party at Marcia Medford’s home.  Bring water and a snack and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a head lamp or other light source.  Contact Marietta Poteet at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net

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

12/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Greenway -4 miles round trip rated easy. We will be leaving from the Fortress Rosecrans trail head in Old Fort Park and will walk to Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village. There we will explore the historic village. We will then return to Fortress Rosecrans where those interested can enjoy a short interpretive loop around the remains of the fort.
Bring water and snacks and good walking shoes. This will be a hike on concrete.

Contact Jennifer for more information

Jennifer Zahn
jenzahn@gmail.com
615-943-8853

12/15
Sat

Nashville

Bells Bend Park, Nashville TN. Moderate. This includes over 7 miles of wonderful trails. We will walk several of the trails in a large loop around the park.  This will be a moderate winter hike through a lot of open fields.  Bring binoculars if you want, as well as the usual sturdy shoes or boots, plenty of water, snacks, and clothing appropriate for the weather.  We will also have the options for food after the hike.  Contact   Meeting Place: East end of the Richland Park Library parking lot at 46th & Charlotte.  Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (or 8:30 AM at the Bells Bend Park Nature Center).

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or 615-587-0085 (leave a message) for more information and to register.

12/15
Sat

Plateau

Lost Cove to Virgin Falls.  We’ll take the new trail which is 4.5 mi North to the falls.  I’ll assume it is moderate to strenuous for the 9 mi round trip.  Depart 8:00 AM CT from Tractor Supply. Carpool cost is $6. Bring water, lunch and snacks.  

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

12/15
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 15, Saturday-Trail from Soddy Gulf Trailhead to Deep Creek and return. About 7 miles. Moderately strenuous. Meet at Durham St, Soddy Daisy @ 8:30am. Hike leader, John Politte @ 423 304 83

John Politte @ 423 304 83

12/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Short hike 5-7  miles followed by christmas Party at the home of Janet’s daughter. 
Pot lunch 1-4
Details to follow
Call or text Janet
931.644.1207

Janet
931.644.1207

12/18
Tue

Clarksville

Christmas Party; 6:00 P.M. CT, Crow Community Center, 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville.

 

J.R. Tate 931-220-1359

12/18
Tue

Soddy Daisy

December 18, Tuesday- Turtletown Falls is an easy to moderate 3.4-mile loop trail with 2 waterfalls, one a gorgeous double waterfall in the Cherokee National Forest. There is some elevation gain. The trail is located just north of Ducktown on the far side of the Ocoee Gorge. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at 8:30am. Hike leader, Sue Christiansen and Gloria Nelson 423-645-9008

Sue Christiansen  423-580-5595 and Gloria Nelson 423-645-9008

12/19
Wed

Plateau

CT Possum Creek Gorge Section, Heiss Mountain, Graysville, TN.  This scenic 8.8 mile hike from the Retro Hughes Trailhead going South on the Cumberland Trail to Imodium Falls, and back. We’ll follow Coalbank Branch to waterfalls, overlooks, an abandoned coal mine, bluff lines, and steam crossings. Rated strenuous due to length and elevation changes. Shorter hike option: 6 mile in/out to the junction of Coalbank Branch and Hughes Branch. Wear boots, bring lunch, water and snacks. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Rt 127 South, in Crossville at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water and snack.  

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

12/20
Thu

Columbia/ Franklin

Edwin Warner Park Annex at Burch Reserve.
We are having a hike on a Thursday. The Burch Reserve is a place for wildlife and quiet hikes, according to Edwin Warner Park Nature Center Director Vera Roberts. The web site also states, "It adds another 3 miles of primitive trails to Warner Parks, lots of habitat for wildlife and just increased green space for the city of Nashville," Roberts said Friday, a day before the grand opening of the park.  The hike has some altitude change and also provides good exercise.

We will meet at Williamson County McDonald’s (4908 Main Street), Spring Hill at 10:00 am.  If anyone wants to meet us there, please plan on 11:00 a.m. at the Warner Park Nature Center.  We will cross Hwy 100 and start from the trail head.

Jane Coffey - 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com

12/22
Sat

Clarksville

 No hike because of Christmas.

 

N/A

12/22
Sat

Soddy Daisy

December 22, Saturday-  Harrison Bay, meet at Trailhead at 8:30am, Hike Leader- Nancy Allen, 423-344-1118

 

Nancy Allen, 423-344-1118

12/25
Tue

Nashville

Christmas Day Hike, 1:00 pm. Hidden Lakes, Pegram, TN. Easy.  Meet in the parking lot at 1:00 pm for a short and refreshing Christmas Day hike.  We will hike the double loop trail of fields, bluffs, river and lake views and woods, for about 2 miles.  We can hike it twice for more mileage if the group would like. Directions:  From I-40, take exit 192. Follow McCrory Lane north for 0.9 miles, crossing the Harpeth River, then immediately look left for the trail head  parking lot. 

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

12/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Fifth Saturday Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring water, snack and work gloves.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you can help.

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

12/29
Sat

Sumner Trails

SATURDAY DECEMBER 29.   AFTER CHRISTMAS RAMBLE.  3 miles EASY.  10 AM CT. We will meet at St. Timothy Lutheran church, walk Stop 30 road alongside Bluegrass fairways #3 and #15, cross over the CSX rail line on the pedestrian bridge, and then take the Hendersonville Greenway to connect to the Drakes Creek Greenway ending up at the parking lot next to the baseball field by Drakes Creek where we will have left a car to take the drivers back to St. Tim’s.  Then we will go to Sam’s Sports Bar & Grill at The Streets of Indian Lake for lunch. Meet at 10 AM CT at St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 650 East Main Street in Hendersonville.  For further info contact Grinchy Al at ballallenger@aol.com

Grinchy Al at ballallenger@aol.com

12/30
Sun

Soddy Daisy

 December 29, Saturday- Raccoon Mountain east rim overlook to switchyard and back. Easy to moderate about 4.5 miles. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30. Hike leader- George Bonneau. 423-645-9029

 George Bonneau. 423-645-9029

12/31
Mon

Clarksville

New Years Eve hike downtown Clarksville; 3.5 miles, moderate; After the hike we will meet at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery for a New Year’s Eve Toast; meet 7:00 P.M. CT, Cumberland River Pavilion, McGregor Park, Riverside Drive.

 

 Lionel Senseney 931-551-6738

12/31
Mon

Plateau

Pickett State Park.  Hike into the New Year.  Kick off the New Year right with a night of astronomy and hiking. The Friends of Pickett State Park will have a 9pm CT potluck dinner at the Group Camp. There will also be an astronomy program in the ball field behind the Group Camp. At 11:00PM, we will hike our way into 2019! This hike will be an easy 2 mile round-trip hike to Crystal Falls  and all ages are welcome! Register for this event at the following link https://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/pickett/#/?event=new-years-eve-hike-PSP-2019.  Then notify Deb that you plan to go. We’ll Depart 8:00 pm CT from the Cracker Barrel HY 127 N at I-40 SW corner of back parking lot.Carpool cost is $6. 

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

    ** January 2019 **  

1/1
Tue

Clarksville

New Years Day hike, Montgomery Bell State, Park Montgomery Bell Trail, 5.4 miles, moderate; we will have a Pot Luck lunch near “The birthplace of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1810 ”; blackeyed peas, cornbread, bowls, cups and plasticware will be provided for everyone; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, Big Lots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 33 miles to trail head. 

 

 Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

1/1
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

We are supporting the annual New Year’s Day hike and feast at Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.   Millennium Trail, 2.5 miles easy and Highland Rim Nature Trail, 2 miles easy.  We need to be at Edgar Evin’s covered picnic shelter at the marina parking lot at 10:00 a.m. CT to drop off our potluck food and carpool to the Millennium Trailhead.  After our hike we will enjoy our potluck lunch under the covered picnic shelter with a warm fire in the fireplace.  If wanted, we will hike the Highland Rim Nature Trail after lunch. If you want to join us for this hike, we can meeet at Tollgate Medical Center at 8:15 a.m. and carpool from there. The drive is approximately 90 minutes. This hike will give you a chance to meet and hike with others from many TTA chapters.  Contact Marvin Caine or Jane Coffey.

Jane Coffey - 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com
Marvin Caine - 931.626.2754 or mlcaine@aol.com

1/1
Tue

Highland Rim

Annual Multi-Chapter New Year’s Day Hike and Feast.  Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.   Millennium Trail, 2.5 miles easy and Highland Rim Nature Trail, 2 miles easy.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information. We need to be at Edgar Evin’s covered picnic shelter at the marina parking lot at 10:00 a.m. CT to drop off our potluck food and carpool to the Millennium Trailhead.  After our hike we will enjoy our potluck lunch under the covered picnic shelter with a warm fire in the fireplace.  After lunch we will hike the Highland Rim Nature Trail. Hike Text

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

1/1
Tue

Murfreesboro

New Years Day Hike- Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point between Smithville and Cookeville. ALL TTA CHAPTERS AND MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO THE NEW YEAR’S DAY 1ST HIKE AND FEAST AT EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK. Meet at 10AM (central) in the marina parking lot next to the covered picnic shelters to sign in, drop off food, and get a group picture.
Then we will carpool to the trail head for an easy to moderate hike of 2.5 miles before returning to a blazing fire, hot beverages and a hearty lunch.
Bring a prepared dish to share of foods you would normally enjoy on New Years’s Day. Disposable plates, cups and utensils will be furnished by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. There are electrical outlets. After the meal those who wish to hike more may do the easy to moderate 2 mile Highland Rim Nature Trail next to the visitors center.
For more information contact Fount or Anna.

Fount and Anna Bertram
fwbertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

1/1
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 

FIRST HIKE - Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 - Lula Lake.  Approximately 4 1/2 mi
  Moderate.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8.30a.m. or at Lula Lake entrance gate at 9:00.  RT 50. - $2. - Hike Leader Nancy Allen(423-344-1118)

Nancy Allen, 423-344-1118

1/2-
1/30

Nashville

Wednesdays (January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) 7 am Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville TN. 5 miles. Moderate.  Standing hike.  Meet by the Visitor Center, West Parking Lot, off Granny White, 1160 Otter Creek Rd.  The hike is 5 miles covering both Ganier Ridge and South Cove trails at a brisk pace.  We usually finish up around 9 am.  Easy options if you want to make it a shorter hike.  

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

1/2
Wed

Plateau

CT Brady Mountain Section, Grassy Cove, TN.  Long hike: The Brady Mountain hike is approximately 5.4 moderate, sometimes difficult (first half mile is steep grade up) miles with a 1,000 foot altitude change. The hike includes nice overlooks, rock formations, and a small arch. Shorthike:  For those wanting an easier hike walk across HY 68 to the Black Mountain trail head and hike 2.1 miles to Windless Cave and back for 4.2 total mi.  Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00am CT, or meet us at the Hwy 68 trail-head/pullout just before Grassy Cove. Gas cost is $2. Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Depart 8 am CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South. 

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

1/5
Sat

Clarksville

Beaman Park, Highland Trail, 5.8 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 32 miles to trail head.

 

Lili Ball 931-552-2773

1/5
Sat

Nashville

Warner Parks, Nashville, TN. 9 miles. Moderate. Hike 3 trails. Meet at Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221 at 7:00 am. First trail is Harpeth Woods 2.5 miles, to Cane Connector 1 mile, to Mossy Ridge 4.5 miles, then Cane Connector 1 mile back to Nature Center. 

Betty Magee. 615-319-5394, e-mail monetfan455@yahoo.com.

1/5
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 5, Saturday- Booker T. Washington  Park, 5801 Champion Road.   H i ke the outer loop which is approximately 3.5 miles , easy.   M eet at 8:30 am at  the park,  near the swimming pool.   Hike leader- Jean Smith (423-596-7681) 

Jean Smith (423-596-7681)

1/8
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Columbia/Franklin Chapter Meeting - Barnabas Center (behind St. Paul Episcopal Church), 506 Fair Street, Franklin.  Please be prepared to discuss potential hikes for the first half of 2019.  Social hour from 6 pm to 7 pm.  Actual meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year. 

Marvin Caine - 931.626.2754 or mlcaine@aol.com

1/8
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 8, Tuesday- Lower Trailhead on Shut-in Gap Rd. to Piney River Bridge and back. About 5 miles. Meet at Durham St. at 8:30am., Soddy Daisy. Hike Leader, Trish Appleton. 423-332-6517

Trish Appleton. 423-332-6517

1/9
Wed

Plateau

BSF Oscar Blevins Farm Loop, Jamestown, TN.  Long hike:  We begin at the West Entrance trailhead with 2.2 miles of hiking through a peaceful wooded setting before we join the 3.7 mile Oscar Blevins loop that features the old log cabin where Oscar was born in 1915. Other features along the trail include Muleshoe Rock Shelter, bluffs, old fields and a wet-weather waterfall. After completing the loop, we return on the West Entrance trail for a total of 8 moderate miles. Short hike: Drive down West Brandy Creek Rd to the farm then hike the 3.7 moderate mile Oscar Blevins Loop Trail. Bring lunch and water. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT.  Carpool cost is $6.

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

1/10
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter Meeting, First Methodist Church Annex, Neecham St, Crossville, TN.  This will be a working committees meeting for the Annual Conference that we will host in October.  We need all members to come and brainstorm ideas to make the conference fun as well as raise money. The Chapter will furnish pizzas.  Bring your own non-alcohol beverage. Please arrive by 5pm so we can work while we eat.

Contact Bruce Whitehead -plateau@tennesseetrails.org or trailwalker80@gmail.com  - 941-716-3620 that you will attend so he is able to buy enough pizzas.

1/12
Sat

Clarksville

 Erin Rials to Trails, 4 miles, out-and-back, level and paved, easy; Eat lunch at Paul’s Pizza which is where our hike ends; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; 25 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

1/12
Sat

Highland Rim

West Collins Trail to Horsepound Falls. West Collins Trailhead. South Cumberland State Park, Gruetli-Laager,TN. 5 miles round trip, moderate to strenuous because of 800 foot elevation change and a boulder field. Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter. There are two beautiful waterfalls, Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls, which should be running high at this time of year. Hopefully there will be snow and ice for a winter wonderland but our footing might be trickier. Dress for the weather and bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking sticks and hiking boots.

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

1/12
Sat

Nashville

Johnsonville State Historic Park,  New Johnsonville TN.  6 miles.  Moderate to easy.  It is the site of a Civil War fort and battle and is historically interesting and has nice views of the Tennessee River. We will meet at the MTA Bellevue Park and Ride at 7 AM for the one hour and a half drive.  This is a link to their website: 

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/johnsonville

Karl and Kathie Dupre: karld@comcast.net or by phone at 615-207-2250

 

1/12
Sat

Nashville

Warner Parks. BEGINNER HIKE-Nashville TN. 2 miles. easy. 1:00 pm-Meet at Warner Park Nature Center-This is a beginner hike, great for people new to hiking,  We will hike a 2 mile loop from the Nature Center on the trail and on the greenway. Good for people of all ages so bring the kids! Everyone should wear hiking boots, and bring water and a snack. 

Linda Latter, hike leader: 615-419-4845 or lindaalatter@yahoo.com.

1/12
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 12, Saturday- Saturday. Roaring Creek. About 6 miles in and out. Moderately Strenuous. Meet @ Durham St., Soddy Daisy @8:30 AM. Hike leader - John Politte. 423-304-8327

John Politte. 423-304-8327

1/15
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

 

1/15
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 15, Tuesday- Lookout Mtn Bluff Trail from Covenant College to Point Park. About 5 miles. Will stage a car at Point Park to return for drivers to pick up cars. Meet at Food City, Red Bank at 8:30 am or at Covenant College, Ochs Gateway at 9:00 am. Hike leader, Gloria Nelson

 G;oria Nelson 423-645-9008

1/16
Wed

Plateau

Prentice Cooper State Forest, CT Mullins Cove Loop.  New hike doing the west half of the loop.  This is a 6.3, moderate to difficult, mile hike following Short Creek featuring a lot of rock hopping and overlook.  Those wishing a shorter hike may retrace their steps at any point or going east from the Trailhead to the Indian Rockhouse and Stone Door then drive to the next trailhead where you can walk to Snoopers Rock Overlook. Depart 8 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South. Carpool cost is $8.  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.

1/19
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA, Discovery Trail, 2.5 miles, moderate; meet 8:30A.M. CT at the trail head near the picnic table.

 

Dona Fondren 931-472-5185

1/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Big Frog Trail to summit of Big Frog Mountain. Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee District. 10 miles round trip, moderate. This ridge line hike offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, including the Cohutta Wilderness to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the west. The trailhead is located off Hwy 64 near Ocoee Powerhouse No. 2 and Thunder Rock Campground. Contact Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information. Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots. Dress for the weather!

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

1/19
Sat

Memphis

Jan 19, Nesbit Park in Bartlett

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 (we may have to cross through water) so wear hiking boots.  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.  

After the hike all are welcome to come to Sweetpeas’ (home cooking) in Bartlett for lunch.

Hike Location:  Nesbit Park is on Yale Road between Bartlett Blvd and Old Brownsville Rd on the north side of Yale.

 

 Contact: charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

1/19
Sat

Nashville

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns TN. Overnight Trail. 10.5 miles. 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 .

 

Contact Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085 (leave a message) for more information and to register.

1/19
Sat

Plateau

East Lakeshore Trail, Jackson Bend Branch, Tellico Lake, Lenoir City. This is a new hike for us. This is a 5.2 mile moderate hike along the lake. Depart from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive at 8:00 am CT.  Carpool cost is $6. Bring water, lunch and snacks.

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

1/19
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 19, Saturday Prentice Cooper (Snoopers Rock to Natural Bridge & return). Moderately Strenuous. About 6 miles. Meet at Red Bank Food City @ 8:30 am. Hike Leader - Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654

Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654

1/21
Mon

Clarksville

Martin Luther King’s Birthday; LBL, Canal Loop Trail; 11.0 miles, difficult due to length; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 77 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

1/22
Tue

Nashville

Program Meeting. REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00. Randy Hedgepath, State Naturalist for the Tennessee State Parks will show slides and talk about his favorite State Parks.  If you’ve hiked with Randy or heard one of his talks, you know you have something to look forward to.  If you haven’t heard him, come to the meeting and learn how Randy earned his reputation!

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

1/22
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 22, Tuesday- East segment of Gahuti Loop at Ft. Mtn. Will leave a car at the bottom of the mountain so drivers can return to get cars at the top. Meet at Food City, East Ridge at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Sue Christiansen and Trish Appleton 423-332-6517

Sue Christiansen and Trish Appleton 423-332-6517

1/23
Wed

Plateau

CT Devils Breakfast Table North, Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, Crossville, TN.  We will hike 7 miles into the Daddy’s Creek Gorge and arrange for a 1 mile car shuttle so that we do not have to retrace our steps. The trail is difficult due to the elevation change and lots of rock steps. From the trailhead, the trail proceeds down "a thousand steps" through Daddy’s Creek gorge under sheer bluffs. After a mile, the trail rises out of the canyon and remains on the top of the bluff. There are a couple of overlooks that provide a view of the gorge before the trail goes back down into the gorge on the way to the junction of Daddy’s Creek and the Obed River. Wear good hiking shoes or boots; bring water, lunch and snacks.  Depart from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost is $3. Those in the Fairfield Glade area may join the caravan at 8:15 am at the 4-way stop at the intersection of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive. 

Contact Curt Thomas for more info at: curtethomas@frontiernet.net or Phone: 931-260-2140.

1/26
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 3 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

   

 

Renatte Gillis 931-624-3148

1/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Jim & Marietta Poteet’s 17th Annual Chilly Chili Hike. We will meet at the Sherwood Forest Trailhead at 10:00 a.m. CT. Directions will be sent out later. Be prepared for possible bushwhacking. The hike is 3 miles and rated moderate because a portion of the hike may be off trail. Sherwood Forest Trail is the newest trail in South Cumberland State Park. There are fabulous views of Lost Cove. If you are not hiking please meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Poteet’s house for our chili lunch. The gate code to enter Cliff Tops will be sent later. We will serve three different kinds of chili, cornbread and brownies with several kinds of beverages (soda, coffee, beer, wine). Please email or call Marietta if you plan to attend. Please feel free to bring a side dish to go with the above menu or a dessert. If you are hiking, bring water and a snack, hiking sticks and hiking boots and dress for the weather. The Poteets’ address inside Cliff Tops is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN.

931-924-7666
nannietta@blomand.net

1/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Dinner & Chapter Meeting.

Dinner at 5:00 p.m. One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.

Meeting at  7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. We will plan hikes, camping trips and floats for 2019.

1/26
Sat

Nashville

Carpool to the Poteets’ Chilly Chili Hike in Monteagle / Sewanee.  Hike the new Sherwood Forest Acquisition, the latest land acquisition of the South Cumberland State Park.  (See the Highland Rim Chapter section for full description, including for the chili and pot luck afterward.)  For car pooling, meet at 8:00 AM at the Floor & Decor (formerly Target) parking lot off exit 59, I-24 - 5330 Cane Ridge Rd, Antioch, TN 37013.    

Doug Burroughs at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or leave a message at 615-587-0085 for more information about carpooling 

1/26
Sat

Plateau

Grassy Cove History Tour and Hike. Martha Kemmer Hale will tell us the history of Grassy Cove. Martha is fifth generation living in the cove. Then we will hike to Banshee Cave and to the Salt Peter Cave (if we can find it) at the base of Brady Mountain. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Rt 127 South, in Crossville at 9:00am CT. Carpool cost is $2.

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

1/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 26, Saturday. Flippers Bend. About 8 miles. Moderately Strenuous. Meet at Soddy Daisy Walmart @ 8:30 am. Hike Leader - John Politte. 423-304-8327.

 John Politte. 423-304-8327.

1/26
Sat

Sumner Trails

SATURDAY JANUARY 26, 2019: ASHLAND CITY BICENTENNIAL GREENWAY. 4 miles - EASY. Meet 9:00 AM. This hike is a classic Rails-To-Trails Greenway.  Back in the early 1900’s the Tennessee Central Railroad chugged along this route going from Nashville to Clarksville where it connected to the big Illinois Central Railway. The old T.C. ceased operating in 1968, but you can still see evidence of the railway which eventually became the greenway. This greenway is as flat as any hike you have ever been on and paved all the way, which makes it a nice winter walk. For the first portion of the trai,l there is swamp on the left and steep bluff on the right, but then the trail enters more of an open landscape for the last portion crossing several bridges over creeks and over water from the Sycamore Creek embayment. The highlight of this trail is the iconic large iron trestle bridge over Sycamore Creek.  After the hike, we’ll go to lunch at Riverview Restauant overlooking the Cumberland River. Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 AM CT or at the Mark’s Creek trailhead at 10 AM CT . For directions or further info contact Choo Choo Al at ballallenger@aol.com.

 

Choo Choo Al at ballallenger@aol.com

1/29
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 29, Tuesday- Lower trails at Reflection Riding with Chickamauga Park Historian, Jim Ogden giving commentary on events that took place in this area leading up to The Battle of Lookout Mountain.  This will be followed next month by a hike from Reflection Riding to Craven’s House also with commentary by Jim on the battle that took place in that area. Meet at Food City Red Bank at 8:30 am or Reflection Riding at 9:00 am. Hike leader Jim Ogden. Contact Trish at 332-6517.

1/30
Wed

Plateau

Stinging Fork State Natural Areas and Soak Creek, Spring City, TN. These two hikes are being combined to give a total hiking distance of about 7 miles or less.  Stinging Fork State Natural Area 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 to difficult.  Wear boots, bring lunch, water and snacks. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Rt 127 South, in Crossville at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $4. Pack water and snack.

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

    ** February 2019 **  

2/2
Sat

Soddy Daisy

February 2, Saturday - Retro Hughes Rd to Rock Creek Bridge and return. Moderately strenuous. About 5 miles. Meet at Durham Street Soddy Daisy @830 am. Hike leader is Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

2/5
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 5, Tuesday- John Muir Trail from Childer’s Creek TH to picnic area and back. About 5 miles easy. Drive to Powerhouse and cross bridge to explore more of the Hiwassee area. Meet at Food City Ooltewah at 8:30 am. Hike Leader, Trish Appleton- 332-6517.

Trish Appleton- 332-6517.

2/7
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. February 7. 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. 

2/9
Sat

Soddy Daisy

February 9, Saturday - Heiss Mtn Rd to Little Possum Creek bridge and return. Moderately strenuous. About 7.5 miles. Meet at Durham St., Soddy Daisy, Tn @ 8:30 am. Hike leader John Politte. 423-304-8327.

John Politte. 423-304-8327.

2/12
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 12, Tuesday- Piney River Trail from Newby Branch Forrest Camp to Spider’s Den and back. About 5 miles, moderate.  Meet at Durham St. Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am Hike Leader Trish Appleton-332-6517.

 Trish Appleton-332-6517.

2/14
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. February 14. 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 9 am 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. 

2/16
Sat

Murfreesboro

Stone Door to Greeter Falls- We will meet at the Stone Door Ranger Station to arrange a shuttle to Greeter Falls Parking Area and then begin our hike at the Stone Door Ranger station and hike 1 mile to the Great Stone Door Overlook, from there we will hike the Big Creek Rim trail 3.2 miles to the Alum Campsite where we will have lunch. (There is an outhouse at Alum for those that just can’t wait). After lunch, we will continue on 2 miles to Greeter Falls where we will enjoy beautiful winter time views of the falls.
***Depending on weather, the metal spiral staircase leading to the falls may be slippery, so caution is a must***
The hike is rated moderate due to terrain and unstable rocks. 
Meeting times and carpool information will be given when registering.

For more information, or to register, contact Tony Jones

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

2/16
Sat

Soddy Daisy


February 16, Saturday - Laurel Falls and return @ Dayton, Tn. About 7.0 miles. Moderately strenuous. Meet @ Durham St., Soddy Daisy @ 8:30am. Hike leader Tom McElhone, 805-208-4654

Tom McElhone, 805-208-4654

2/19
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 19, Tuesday- Hike from Reflection Riding to Craven’s House with NPS Historian Jim Ogden with commentary on the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Moderate because of elevation gain. About 4 miles. Meet at 8:30 am at Red Bank Food City or Reflection Riding at 9am    Hike Leader Jim Ogden. Contact Trish at 332-6517

Jim Ogden. Contact Trish at 332-6517

2/21
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. February 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 9 am 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. 

2/23
Sat

Murfreesboro

Virgin Falls-- This is a difficult hike of 8 miles. We will meet in the parking lot at Virgin Falls State Natural Area and hike 4 miles to Virgin Falls. Along the way we will stop at Laurel Falls and will pass Sheep Cave Falls before reaching our destination.
We will have lunch at Virgin Falls and spend a while there exploring before returning the same way back out to the parking area.

Please wear sturdy shoes, bring hiking poles, plenty of water and lunch. Be prepared for the cold.
Meeting times will be given when registering.
For more information or to register, contact Tony Jones

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

2/23
Sat

Soddy Daisy


February 23, Saturday - Heiss Mtn Rd to Retro Hughes Rd. Moderately Strenuous. About 9.7 miles. Meet @ Durham St., Soddy Daisy @ 8:30am. Vehicle Staging required. Hike leader John Politte. 423-304-8327.

John Politte. 423-304-8327.

2/26
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 26, Tuesday- Laurel Falls Loop, and then to the overlook at the Stone Door and out along the bluff on the perimeter trail and return. Meet at 8:30 am at Red Bank Food City. About 4 miles. Easy. Hike Leader, Trish Appleton-332-6517.

Trish Appleton-332-6517

2/28
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday. February 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 or call/text at 615-719-0031. 

    ** May 2019 **  

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 Blue Ridge Parkway. Full Moon. Joint activity with the Murfreesbro Chapter.  Hikes include Balsam Mountain Nature Trail inside Balsam Mountain Campground 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. Friday’s hike is easy 1 mile RT.  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

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

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