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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Jan 28, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** January 2020 **  

1/25
Sat

Clarksville

LBL Honker Lake Trail, 4.5 miles, moderate;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 69 miles to trail head.

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

1/25
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

January 25, 2020.  Hidden Lake State Park, Pegram, TN .  Easy Hike. 
Cancelled due to weather.  Will be rescheduled.

An easy .7 mile out-and-back trail in the Hidden Lake tract of Harpeth Valley State Park (1.4 miles total). The trailhead is clearly marked at the parking lot and begins by heading away from the Harpeth River into a marked path through tall grass. We will connect with some of the other trails to increase the mileage to ~3.0 miles.  Time and carpool information will be posted shortly.

Contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.

1/25
Sat

Jackson

Tishomingo State Park, Tishomingo, MS.  The state park trails are at the foothills of the Appalachian trails (according to website).  Hike will be 6-8 miles depending how long group wants to hike.  Rated Moderate.  Used by the Chickasaw Indians.  There are large rock ourcroppings, beautiful spring fed streams, splendid view of valley and a swinging bridge.  Meet at Panera Bread at 8:00 a.m. for departure at 8:05 a.m.

Sara Rognstad 206-553-9334

1/25
Sat

Memphis

 Jan 25, Meeman-Shelby – Horse Trail (7 mile)
 
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 9:00 a.m.  There will be restrooms available next to the parking lot.  Hike will leave promptly at 9:15.  Plan to hike about 4 hours.  Bring water and snacks.  Hiking boots are recommended.  Rain or snow will cancel.  
 

Contact:  Lynne at 901-230-1501

1/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness. This is a joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. A 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. It occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel and Richland Creeks. The site is named after 2 waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80ft) and Snow Falls (35ft), and features 2 prominent overlooks. The distance for both trails is about 9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. The bridge that was damaged by a falling tree has now been replaced by a new bridge. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water shoes since we do have to wade across Morgan Creek to see Snow Falls. Also bring snacks, water and lunch.  We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 central time. 

 

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

1/25
Sat

Nashville

Urban Hike. Hillsboro-Belmont neighborhood. Nashville  About 5 miles. Easy. We will meet at 10:00am and begin the walk at the Green Hills Library.  The walk will include explorations of 12th South, Belmont University Campus, and Hillsboro Village. We’ll also take a look at the exterior of Belmont Mansion, the historic home of Adelicia Acklen and the many historic signs and landmarks along the way.

There are many places on our way to stop for refreshment and nourishment if the group desires.  Plan on an outing of about 3 to 3.5 hours.  

 Glen Sisk at glenhillsboro@outlook.com or 615-647-7736, 615-720-6140.  To register and for more information

1/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

January 25- Saturday-  Tammy Hendrick leads an 8.8 mile  in and out hike (the Clemmer Trail) near the Ocoee River in the Cherokee Nat’l Forest. The hike is moderately strenuous. Meet at the Food City in Ooltewah at 830 am.

Tammy Hendrick-315-949-8187

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 25, Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness a 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. It occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel and Richland Creeks. The site is named after 2 waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80ft) and Snow Falls (35ft), and features 2 prominent overlooks. The distance for both trails is about 9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. The bridge that was damaged by a falling tree has now been replaced by a new bridge.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water shoes since we do have to wade across Morgan Creek to see Snow Falls. Also bring snacks, water and lunch.  We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 central time.  For carpool info, and to register for the hike, text Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

1/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner 5:00 p.m. One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Meeting is 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. We will plan hikes, camping trips and floats for 2020.

 

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

1/28
Tue

Nashville

Program Meeting. REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00 pmRandy Hedgepath, State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks, will show slides and talk about South Cumberland 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 at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com or (615) 587-0085 (leave a message) for more information.

1/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

January 28- Tuesday- West side of Lookout Mountain. Lower Truck Trail to the Blue Blazes Trail, up Blue Blazes to the Skyuka Trail down to SkyukaSprings, returning by the Lower Truck Trail.  About a 5 mile loop.  Easy to moderate because of some rough footing on the Blue Blazes trail which is less than a mile. Meet at Food City, Red Bank at 8:30 am or at Reflection  Riding about 9 am. Hike leader, Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008

1/29
Wed

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN.  Hidden Passage Loop with Double Falls - This hike incorporates part of a very long trail, the Sheltowee Trace, with a spur to a water feature, double falls, then a return loop that offers some views and a trip over a small arch. Rated difficult due to distance. Distance 9.4 miles including spur to double falls.  Short Hike:  In/out for 5mi.  Depart 8:00 AM from Cracker Barrel HY 127 N at I-40.  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.

    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Clarksville

Rotary Park, Clarksville, 3 miles, moderate; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, first shelter on left after entering park.

 

Renate Gillis 931-624-3148

2/1
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bearwaller Gap. Carthage. 6 miles rated moderate to difficult. The Bearwaller Gap trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in Middle Tennessee. It goes along the shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake near Carthage. Cordell Hull Lake is situated among the rolling hills covered in a mix of shady maple, hickory, oak, beech and chestnut trees. Wildlife is also abundant around the lake. We will pass rock gardens, old home sites, and see frequent glimpses of the lake. We will start at the Defeated Creek campground area and hike to the outstanding view at Tater Knob Overlook. Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

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

2/1
Sat

Soddy Daisy

February 1- Saturday-

A 9.8 mile in and out hike at Roaring Creek (near Graysville). The hike is moderately strenuous.  We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 830 am. Hike Leader- John Pollitte-423-304-8327

 

 John Pollitte-423-304-8327

2/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

February 1 Dog Cove State Natural Area.  No trail map available. We will hike 4 to 6 miles. Water Shoes needed. Depending on trails we do hiking will be easy to strenuous. Dress for the weather. Bring water, snacks,and lunch. Meet at 8am at U.S. Bank, Hwy 111 Sparta, across from MacDonald’s. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net

Pete Broehl 9317383551
pabroehl@blomand.net

2/3
Mon

Jackson

Monthly meeting at Panera Bread in Jackson. 6 pm.  

2/3
Mon

Sumner Trails

Monday, February 3. 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. 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

2/4
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 4Tuesday- 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.

 

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

2/5
Wed

Plateau

CT North Soddy Gorge Central Section, Soddy Daisy, TN.  SHORT moderate to strenuous 4 mile hike on the Soddy Gorge segment from the Little Soddy Trailhead to the Climbers Trailhead.  LONG hike is approximately 8 sometimes strenuous miles from the Little Soddy Gulf Trailhead to the Little Soddy Trailhead crossing several streams and an old mine. There will be a short shuttle.  Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8am CT. Carpool cost $6. 

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

2/8
Sat

Clarksville

      

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, hike around the battlefield. Also hike out and back to the Fort Donelson National Cemetery, 7 miles total, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville;
30 miles to trail head.

Cinde Jones 870-215-8993

2/8
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

 

February 1, 2020.  Timberland Trail - Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 437.2 (South of the SR Highway 96 entrance), Franklin, TN 37064 

This hike was originally scheduled for January 11, 2020, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Timberland Park, opened in the fall of 2014, sits on 72 acres adjacent to the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 437.2 less than a mile south of the Tennessee Highway 96 (Double Arch Bridge) entrance to the parkway. The park is maintained and staffed by Williamson County Parks & Recreation.  It is an easy to moderate hike. 

Timberland Park features a 2000 sq ft interpretive center that uses solar panels that stores the energy in batteries for electricity, rain water is collected for irrigation, propane for a fireplace and a septic system for waste. Visitors will enjoy hiking, bird watching and wildlife observation (deer, raccoon, fox, wild turkey and squirrel). Walking sticks made from trees on the property are available for use by hikers.  For generations, the wooded property comprising Timberland Park was logged by hand and loaded onto wagons pulled by mules and horses. Most of the lumber was used to build homes and buildings in nearby Franklin. The old logging roads are now trails!  For the Columbia/Spring Hill members, we will meet behind McDonald’s (4910 Main Street, Spring Hill) at 8:30 a.m.  Other hikers can meet us at 9:00 a.m. at the trail head. 

Contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.

2/8
Sat

Nashville

Pogue Creek Canyon, Fentress County near Pickett State Park. 6.5 miles, moderate to strenuous.  The hike is fairly strenuous with some steep climbs and 1,500’ of elevation loss and gain. The area is named for Pogue Creek which, along with its tributaries, forms and traverses the deep, magnificent gorge that makes this area so special. The area has abundant, immense, sheer bluffs and cliffs that provide wonderous displays of exposed, reddish-orange and yellow layers of sandstone. Multiple rockhouses and sandstone formations occur along the hiking trail and provide astonishing, picturesque rock structures  and overlooks to marvel at and photograph. It is one of the most interesting hikes on the Plateau.  We will meet at the Kroger Supermarket at 5544 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076 at 6:30 A M. It is a 2.5 hour drive to the trailhead.

 

Karl Dupre @ karld@comcast.net or 615-207-2250.

2/8
Sat

Plateau

South Cumberland State Park, Greeter Falls to Big Stone Door, Altamont, TN.  Greeter Falls to Big Stone Door with scenic overlooks along the way. Approximately 7 miles. Moderate.  Depart at 8am from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South. Carpool cost is $7. 

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

2/8
Sat

Soddy Daisy

February 8- Saturday-Tammy Hendrick leads a 7 mile hike through Fenton Forest on Bauxite Ridge. The hike is rated as easy to moderate. We will meet at the parking lot in Enterprise South Park at 830 am. Hike leader Tammy Hendrick-315 949 8187.

 Tammy Hendrick-315 949 8187

2/11
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 11 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

2/12
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail North Soddy Gorge Section, Soddy Daisy, TN .  We’ll thru hike the Soddy Gorge segment of the CT from the Mowbray Pike Trailhead to the Little Soddy Trailhead. The hike is approximately 5 moderate to strenuous miles crossing several streams, a waterfall, passing thru Little Stone Door, an Indian Rockhouse, an old mining camp, and a natural stone bench. There will be a short shuttle. We can extend the hike 1 mile by doing the Historic Mining Loop. SHORT hike is the mining loop plus a portion of the CT and back.  Depart 8am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church HY 127 South.  Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

2/12
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday. February 12. 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 at 615-415-7115
 rsdudney@comcast.net

2/13
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Monthly Meeting. Meeting held6pm in the First Methodist Church Annex. Meet for dinner at 4:30pm Beef and Barrel on West Ave.  

Please let Norm know you are coming to dinner, (931) 202 - 2338

2/15
Sat

Clarksville

Johnsonville State Historic Park; 4.6 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 55 miles to the trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

2/15
Sat

East Tennessee

Knoxville Urban Wilderness, Knoxville TN. The hike is about 6 miles, mostly through the woods, with rolling hills, one or two are steep but not very long. The hike is rated as moderate difficulty. 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 the map by going to www.outdoorknoxville.com, select Urban Wilderness at the top of the page and then under printable maps, Urban Wilderness South Loop. The hike will be on the trails around Ross Marble Quarry and Mead’s Quarry. The hike will include Imery’s, Turnbuckle, Burnett Ridge, Ross Marble and Tharp Trace 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 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 in South Knoxville. For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

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

2/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Jim & Marietta Poteet’s 18th Annual Chilly Chili Hike.  The Chilly Hike is the Caldwell Rim Trail, a 2.4 mile loop.  Meet at 10:00 am CST at Farmers’ Market parking lot on Highway 41A just before entering Sewanee.  The trail follows a bluff above the northernmost section of Lost Cove.  If you are not hiking please meet between 12:00 pm and 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 at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net.  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. 

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

2/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Jim & Marietta Poteet’s 18th Annual Chilly Chili Hike. Monteagle. The chilly hike is the Caldwell Rim Trail, a 2.4 mile loop rated easy. Meet at 10:00 am CT at the Farmers’ Market parking lot on Highway 41A just before entering Sewanee. The trail follows a bluff above the northernmost section of Lost Cove. If you are not hiking, meet at the Poteets’ house between 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm for the chili lunch. The gate code to enter Cliff Tops will be sent later. Three different kinds of chili will be offered, plus cornbread and brownies with several kinds of beverages (soda, coffee, beer, wine). Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to go with the above menu. Please email or call Marietta if you plan to attend at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net. If you are hiking, bring water and dress for the weather. The Poteets’ address inside Cliff Tops is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle. To carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

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

2/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Plateau to Rim. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail. This will take us back to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which we will take back to Savage Gulf Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups carpooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 8:00 am CT or contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

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

2/15
Sat

Nashville

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, Brentwood TN.  Easy 1.36 miles. This is an easy hike on flat land with great views across the pastures.  If we all have the energy we can hike the trail a second time.  Afterwards, for those who want to, we can choose one of the many restaurants in the area and go to lunch! Meet at the large noticeboard, near the trailhead and main parking lot, at 9 am. 

June Callahan at 615-945-7462 to register and for more information

2/15
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

 

February 15- Saturday- An 8.7 mile loop trail hike on the Big Creek Loop trail. The hike is rated as moderate. We will meet at the Red Bank Food City parking lot at 8:30 am. Hike Leader is Tom McElhone-- 805-208-4654

 

Tom McElhone-- 805-208-4654

2/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 2/15/ 2020 North Plateau North Rim Savage Gulf, The Plateau to Rim Hike is located in Savage Gulf Wilderness Area. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups car pooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us ae Savage Ranger Station at 8:00 a.m. CT.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

2/18
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925

2/18
Tue

Soddy Daisy

February 18- Tuesday – Enterprise South Meet at the lower visitor’s center parking lot at 8:30 am. Hike Leader- Nancy Allen-423-987-0941

 

 

 Nancy Allen-423-987-0941

 

2/19
Wed

Plateau

Old Stone Fort and Short Springs, Manchester, TN.   We will have two hikes for a total of 6 -7 miles of moderate hiking (each hike is approximately 3.5 miles in length). The Old Stone Fort is a loop trail circling a two thousand year old stone wall built by ancient American natives. There is also a nice museum. The Short Springs hike features a short hike to a waterfall. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8 am CT. We will eat lunch at Jiffy Burger in Manchester. Carpool cost is $7. 

For additional information contact Bill Harris 931-484-9152 or Howard Owen 931-484-1328.

2/20
Thu

Sumner Trails

Thursday, February 20. The Hermitage - Home of President Andrew Jackson

Let’s visit the Historic home of President Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage. On this walking tour we will first enjoy the visitor center exhibit to learn some of Jackson’s amazing story. Then after about 30 minutes we will gather together and walk the smooth asphalt road up to the Hermitage Mansion for an interpreter-led tour inside his beautiful, two-story historic home to experience an important piece of Tennessee and our nation’s history. After the mansion tour we will walk out back to explore the gardens, grounds, creek and other historic buildings at our own pace before returning to the Gift shop as we finish up the tour. Tickets are $22/or $19 for Seniors. Please RSVP with me and if we have 15 or more I can obtain a group discount. Otherwise, we can purchase our tickets individually online or in-person the day of tour. After the tour we will stop to enjoy lunch on the lake at Sam’s Sports Grill (2001 Lakeshore Dr, Old Hickory, TN). 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 Hermitage entrance at 9:30.  See TheHermitage.com for details and contact Jenny Fitzgerald at 615-517-8185 or mrzfitz@gmail.com with questions or to RSVP.

 

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

2/22
Sat

Clarksville

Connector Trail and Mossy Ridge Trail, Warner Park 6.5 miles, moderate: meet 8:00 A.M. CT at I 24 park and ride near Mc Donalds;53 miles to the trail head. 

 

Cinde Jones 870-215-8993

2/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Franklin State Forest, Sewanee, TN. 4.8 miles.  Easy to Moderate.  Joint hike with the Nashville Chapter, Doug King. This hike is an underutilized outdoor destination and is in a land of hardwood forests, high sandstone bluffs, waterfalls and scenic overlooks on the Cumberland Plateau.  The highlight is reaching Stromeyer Overlook at 2.4 miles, which is our turnaround point.  Bring water and lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

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

2/22
Sat

Highland Rim

HIKE CHANGED TO FRANKLIN STATE FOREST, SEWANEE, TN.  LED BY MARIETTA POTEET
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester. Enclosure Trail, Nature Trail, Garrison Road Trail. Three miles total. Easy. Flat. No Rocks. No Roots. After we enjoy our lunch in the group campsite off the Nature Trail we can hike the new Chumbley Woods Trail, 1.6 miles. 

2/22
Sat

Jackson

Cub Lake Trail.  Survival course offered by ranger at Natchez Trace State Park.  time to be announced.

Teerry Warren at 731-535-0625.  Contact Terry for more information.

2/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series. Radnor Lake State Park. Nashville. 2.75 miles rated easy. Every month in 2020, our chapter will choose a Tennessee State Park to hike. We will take the loop around the lake, Spillway and Lake Trail, then Otter Creek Road. Hike should be easy and partially paved. We can add the Ganier Ridge Trail, which adds 1.65 miles with some terrain and a virtual geocache at the top! Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am CT and bring your State Parks Passport book.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net
615-971-8894

2/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford. Big South Fork NRRA. Jamestown. 9 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. We will hike a section of the John Litton Loop, the Fall Branch Trail, and a portion of the Grand Gap Loop to Angel Falls Overlook. Angel Falls Overlook is perhaps the finest overlook in the park. We will then descend to Leatherwood Ford via the John Muir Trail. Highlights include the gorge of Fall Branch and a large rock house. The hike is about 9 miles and is rated moderate for uneven terrain, narrow ledges, boulder passages, and ladders. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. This hike will require a shuttle. You can meet us at 10:00 am CT at the trailhead or contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

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

2/22
Sat

Nashville

Franklin State Forest. Sewanee, TN.  4.8 miles.  Easy to moderate.This hike is an underutilized outdoor destination and is in a land of hardwood forests, high sandstone bluffs, waterfalls and scenic overlooks on the Cumberland Plateau. The highlight is reaching Stromeyer Overlook at 2.4 miles which is our turnaround point.  

 

For more information and to register call Doug King at 615-542-0486.

2/22
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

February 22- Saturday- A 7.1 mile loop hike at Frozenhead State Park  ( the Bird Mountain Trail) . The trail is rated as difficult by All Trails. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields parking lot at 830am. Hike Leader John Politte- 423-304-8327

 

John Politte- 423-304-8327

2/22
Sat

Sumner Trails

February 22. Saturday. ASHLAND CITY BICENTENNIAL GREENWAY.  4 MILES EASY. Back in the early 1900’s the Tennessee Central Railroad chugged along this route going from Nashville to Clarksville where it connected with the giant Illinois Central Railroad. The old TC ceased operating in 1968 but you can still see evidence of the railway which eventually became the Greenway. This hike is a classic Rails-To-Trails Greenway and follows the old railroad grade on a paved surface which makes it a nice flat winter hike. For the first portion of the hike there is a swamp on the left and a steep bluff on the right but then enters a more open landscape for the last portion, crossing several bridges over creeks and over lake water from the Sycamore Creek embayment. The highlight of this trail is the iconic large iron trestle over Sycamore Creek. You won’t need your boots or poles for this one.  We will have lunch at Riverview Restaurant after the hike. Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church, 172 W. Main parking lot at 9:00 am. For further info contact Chugging Al at ballallenger@aol.com or call/text (615) 454-7673

 Chugging Al  ballallenger@aol.com
 (615) 454-7673

2/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

2/22/2020 Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford, Big South Fork NRRA, Jamestown, TN. We will hike a section of the John Litton Loop, the Fall Branch Trail, and a portion of the Grand Gap Loop to Angel Falls Overlook - perhaps the finest overlook in the park. We will then descend to Leatherwood Ford via the John Muir Trail. Other highlights include the gorge of Fall Branch and a large rock house. The hike is about 9 miles and is rated moderate for uneven terrain, narrow ledges, boulder passages, and ladders. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 a.m. CT. or (Est time) 10:00 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  This hike will need a shuttle, please register with Richard.  For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com 

 






Richard Savage

 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

2/24
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

Murfreesboro

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 FedEx/Kinko on Donelson Road 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

Gulf

Mike Shane

    ** March 2020 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek

Janet, Cynthia and Judy

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wheeler Farm

Pete

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Firey gizzard

Gary

3/27-
3/29

Highland Rim

Mousetail Landing State Park Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  We have reserved four campsites at Spring Creek Campground inside Mousetail Landing State Park Friday and Saturday nights. The campsites are along the Tennessee River (aka Kentucky Lake). Friday we will hike the three mile Scenic Trail and the half mile Spring Creek Trail.  Friday night we will enjoy a shared Potluck Dinner at our campsites. Saturday we are hiking the Eagle Point Trail, 7.5 lollipop loop, rated moderate and offers beautiful views of the Tennessee River.  Saturday night we can eat at nearby Linden, TN.  Sunday we are hiking the Lady’s Bluff Trail in the nearby TVA Small Wild Area.  This trail is 2.6 miles with moderate steep grades and spectacular views of the Tennessee River. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, 931-962-0811 or  jhartvigs@comcast.net for camping information.  More information soon.

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

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog ridge

Gary

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

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

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/24-
4/26

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 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.  Covered picnic pavilion with picnic tables.  Flush toilets and drinking water nearby. We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Possible hikes include Anthony Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail, Abrams Falls Trail, Rich Mountain Loop,Spence Field and Russell Field Loop…!  Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming.  Reserve your spot soon.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

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

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

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

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

    ** June 2020 **  

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

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

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

6/13
Sat

Highland Rim

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

 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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