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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Feb 17, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2018 **  

2/17
Sat

Clarksville

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, Brentwood, TN; 5 miles, moderate, trail is unpaved with a few slick and steep sections; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at the I24 exit 11 park and ride paring lot behind Subway; 57 miles to the trail head.    

 

 Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

2/17
Sat

East Tennessee

Coytee Loop Branch and Glendale Branch Trails, Tellico Lake - The hike will start at the Coytee Loop Branch trailhead parking lot and connect with the Glendale Branch trail. The trail basically follows the shoreline of Tellico Lake and the total distance is about 5.4 miles. The trails are relatively flat, a few hills but nothing difficult. A loop hike is not practical because of the terrain and road system.  We will need to park one vehicle at the Glendale Branch trailhead to shuttle us back to the Coytee Loop Branch trailhead when we have finished the hike. The hike difficulty is rated as easy. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Walmart parking lot in Lenoir City, 911, TN 321 N, nearest the Murphy Gas Station*.  We will leave there at 9:00 am.  We should be at the trail head by 9:45. Please remember to bring $$$ for carpooling. After the hike plan on stopping at the Gondolier in Lenoir City on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom before the 16th.

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

2/17
Sat

Highland Rim

CANCELLED due to weather forecast of rain and cold temperatures.  Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  8.4  miles, strenuous. 800+ft. elevation change.  De Rossett, TN.  (11 miles east of Sparta).  Joint Hike with the Nashville Chapter.  Marietta Poteet and Doug Burroughs from the Nashville Chapter will lead this wonderful winter hike in Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  Virgin Falls is a classic hikers’ trail and is one of the most beautiful in the State of Tennessee.  We will pass three waterfalls:  Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave and Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is a 110 ft. beautiful falls which flows out of one cave and falls down into another cave. This hike is rated strenuous because of the 8.4 miles total distance, rocky trail and the 800+ ft. elevation change.  You will need to bring water, snacks, lunch, head lamps, and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  To register for the hike, email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or Doug at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net

2/17
Sat

Memphis

Ft. Pillow State Park, Henning, TN

We will hike most of the Red Trail (omitting the long road walk), a seven
mile loop. The trail begins at the Interpretive Center and is rated
strenuous by West Tennessee standards.  Early in the hike we visit the site
of the historic fort, scene of a well-known Civil War battle.  We will have
lunch overlooking Fort Pillow Lake.  After lunch there will be an option to
take the shorter Yellow Trail back to the Interpretive Center, shortening
the hike by a mile or two. While there are some steep hills on the trails
before lunch, the worst of the climbs can be avoided by taking the shorter
trail.  Meet at the park Visitor/Interpretive Center and be ready to hike at
9:30. Good boots suggested. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.  Rain or snow
will cancel.

 
 

 Contact:  Wayne Simpson, 901-385-1988 or w.simpson1@comcast.net

 

2/17
Sat

Nashville

CANCELED due to weather forecast of 90%-100% chance of rain Saturday with a high in the mid-40s.
Doug Burroughs from the Nashville Chapter will co-lead with Marietta Poteet of the Highland Rim Chapter on a hike to Virgin Falls in DeRossett, TN. Virgin Falls is a classic hikers trail which has an 800+ feet of elevation change and is considered strenuous. The hike is one of the most beautiful in the state. We will pass 3 waterfalls, Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave, and Virgin Falls - a 110’ beautiful falls which flows out of one cave and falls down into another cave. It is considered strenuous due to the 8.4 mile distance, rocky trail, and the elevation change. Virgin Falls is a pocket wilderness. You will need to bring water, snacks, and lunch. To register for the hike, email Marietta at nannietta@blomand.net or Doug at dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com

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

2/17
Sat

Plateau

Smokie Mts-Little River Trail & Cucumber Gap Trail.  Option 1: Easy to moderate 12 mile total hike on Cucumber Gap Trail then the length of the Little River Trail and back.  Option 2:  Hike a loop total of 5 easy to moderate miles on the Cucumber Gap Trail & Little River Trail.     Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $9.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

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

2/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Signal Point to Signal Mountain High School.  Approximately 5 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Kathy Daniels (931-265-1661)

2/17
Sat

Sumner Trails

HIKE CANCELLED-  Feb 17 - EAGLE PASS SECTION OF CUMBERLAND RIVER BICENTENNIAL TRAIL -3.5 MILES, EASY.  We will start from the Sycamore Harbor trailhead which is on Chapmansboro Rd about 3.5 miles from Hwy 12.  We will leave a car at the end of the trail near Cheatham lock and Dam to bring the drivers  back to the trailhead after the hike. - during this shuttle time we can hike South on the paved greenway to the classic trestle over Sycamore Creek embackment.  The Eagle Pass trail is a rails-to-rails greenway on gravel and dirt surface and mostly on a bluff overlooking the Cheatham Lake part of the Cumberland River with nice views - in late November we saw a flock of seagulls out on the lake and I have heard reports that white Pelicans were spotted on their migration way back South - and who knows, we might spot the eagle that the trail was named after.  Meet at the Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 AM CT for carpooling - we will make a pit stop at McDonalds in Ashland City about 9:45 or so.  After the hike we will have lunch at Riverview Restaurant across the river from Ashland City.  For further infor contact River Rat Al.

Al Ballenger     ballallenger@aol.com

2/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

February 17 Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. Highlights of this hike include Horsepound and Suter Falls, numerous overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach Road built in the 1830s. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail to Suter and Horsepound Falls. (Those wanting a shorter hike can return to the beginning from Horsepound Falls for a total hiking distance of 5 miles which is rated moderate). We will continue by ascending from the gulf on the Stagecoach Road and then follow the Collins Gulf loop to the beginning. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, headlamp, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30. You can also meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520

2/20
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

2/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Lower West Side of Lookout Mountain and Nature Center.  Park at the parking lot across from the Kiddie Trail on Garden Road shortly before you get to the Nature Center.  We will start on the Kiddie trail which is very steep but is short and will last only about 10 minutes till we reach the Skyuka Trail.   From here we go right till we meet the intersection with the Light’s Mill Trail which goes down into the Nature Center to the gazebo and we will return through the Nature Center property.  Except tor the beginning, this trail is either flat or a gradual downhill.  Rated moderate because of the first section.   Approximately 4 miles.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m. or at the parking lot for the Kiddie trail at 9:30

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

2/21
Wed

Plateau

Pickett SP-John Muir & Hidden Passage Trails.  This will be a moderate 7.05 mile requiring a short car shuttle. Depart from back parking lot of Cracker Barrel, junction of HY 127 N & I-40, at 8 am CT.   Carpool cost is $5.  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.

2/24
Sat

Clarksville

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

Paul Schwab 931.801.9484

2/24
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Long Hunter State Park -Saturday - February 24, 2018
The 2,600 acres which make up this area became a state park in 1974 and has four sections, Couchville, Baker’s Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Long Hunter State Park offers a variety of recreational activities.  The more than 20 miles of hiking trails provide a variety of terrain and habitats and range from pleasant strolls to longer jaunts for the more adventurous. Trails include a self-guided, paved arboretum trail and the five and a half -mile Volunteer Trail that follows the lakeshore.

Sella’s Farm State Archaeological Area is a family-friendly attraction for history enthusiasts interested in learning more about this area. Sellars Farm is one of the few Native American mounds in Tennessee that is protected under government ownership. Based on artifacts discovered at Sellars Farm, the community appears to have been occupied during the Mississippian Period around 900 AD until about 1500 AD. There’s a short loop trail around the farm which is a good hike for guests with children and offers a unique learning experience. Sellars Farm is located on Poplar Hill Road, Watertown, Tenn. 37184 and is a satellite of Long Hunter State Park.  The leader of the hike will select the hiking trail for this hike.

We will meet at Tollgate Medical Center, Thompson’s Station, TN at 8:00 a.m. to carpool to Long Hunter State Park.  If anyone cares to join us, we should be able to meet at the trailhead at 9:15 a.m.

Joel Peavyhouse -

jpvhouse@comcast.net or 615.477.6545

2/24
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 or snow will cancel the hike.

 Directions: take I- 55 south from Memphis, turn right (West) on I-69, drive to HWY 301, turn left (south) on 301, follow 301 into the park, go through the camping area , turn into the day use area by the spillway to trailhead. 

 

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

2/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cheeks Bend, 1.8 mile balloon loop rated easy.
Cheeks Bend is part of the Duck River State Natural Area Complex and the Yannali Wildlife Area. The trail is relatively flat and rated easy. There is a small cave that leads to a bluff overlooking the Duck River. Bring water, snacks and good hiking shoes. After the hike we will go to a local restauraunt for lunch.

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

2/24
Sat

Nashville

Panther Branch and Spicewood Trails, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. 9 miles. STRENUOUS. This hike to Frozen Head Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Cumberlands and features nice views. We will ascend the mountain on the Panther Branch Trail and descend using the Spicewood Trail. The hike is 9 miles and is rated STRENUOUS because of the elevation change of almost 2000 feet. Bring snacks, lunch, and water. We would meet at the FedEx office at 540 Donelson Pike at 6 AM. Call Karl Dupre at 615-207-2250(karld@comcast.net) for information or to join the hike.

 Karl Dupre at 615-207-2250 or karld@comcast.net for information or to join the hike.

2/24
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Road to the Rock Climbers parking lot via Deep Creek.  Approximately 7 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at the Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

2/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

February 24 Panther Branch and Spicewood Trails, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN.  9 miles.  STRENUOUS. This hike to Frozen Head Mountain, is one of the highest peaks in the Cumberland’s, and features nice views.  We will ascend the mountain on the Panther Branch Trail and descend using the Spicewood Trail.  The hike is 9 miles and is rated STRENUOUS because of the elevation change of almost 2000 feet.  Bring snacks, lunch, and water.  You can meet us at 7:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville.   For information and to contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

Richard Savage at 931-526-2035

2/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Marcia Medford will present a  program on her recent trip to Newfoundland, Canada.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

2/27
Tue

Memphis

Tour de Wolf Trail – Shelby Farms

Woody will lead a 6 mile, easy hike along the Tour de Wolf "off road" bicycle course.  This trail is not paved; so, wear sturdy shoes or boots.  We will meet at the Shelby Farms Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  Rain or snow will cancel the hike.  
 
 
 

For information, contact Woody Pierce at 901-755-5635 or woodypierce2@gmail.com
 
 
 

2/27
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 - 900 PM.  Joan Bentley will be sharing pictures and stories from her trip to India in the winter of 2017. She traveled as a participant with Friendship Force International. She spent time in several cities that included Nashik, Mumbai, Mysore, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Her presentation will share both the richness and poverty of this exotic country. Bring a friend!  REI in Brentwood TN: 261 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

Nora Beck

2/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Little Cedar Mountain.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes (423-756-8219)

2/28
Wed

Plateau

Cherokee NF-Bald River Gorge Trail.   OPTION 1: This is a moderate 6 mile one-way hike from the Holly Flats Campsite on Forest Road 126 to Bald River Falls.  Plan for a long car shuttle.  OPTION 2:  For a shorter in-and-out hike to the falls drop off one-way hikers at Holly Flats then driver to Bald River Falls Trailhead.  Depart VF Outlet Mall at 8am CT.  Carpool cost is $10.    Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243 for more info.

 

    ** March 2018 **  

3/3
Sat

Clarksville

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

Renate Gillis 931-624-3148

3/3
Sat

Highland Rim

Joette’s Wolf Cove Cave Hike.   Franklin County, TN.  Near Winchester, TN.   6 to 7 miles, strenuous, off trail.  Meet Joette Carter at 9:30 am CT on Highway 16 south on left marked with pink flagging about 1 mile south of hunter checking station (station just past mile marker 23).  Joette will lead this interesting, beautiful hike on her land to see caves, waterfalls and overlooks.  There is a possibility of short cave excursions.  Bring two sources of light, lunch and water.  Contact Joette Carter at 256-509-0918.  Highway 16 is the road to Walls of Jericho.

Joette Carter
256-509-0918

3/3
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville

 

Liinda Red 901-489-9157Linda Red 901-489-9157

 

3/3
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville
Here’s an easy 6-mile hike around the lake and through the woods.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the lake and bring snacks and water.  Rain will cancel.

  For questions contact Linda Red, 901-489-9157.

3/3
Sat

Nashville

Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. 4.5 miles. Strenuous but short. This trail starts at the main entrance to Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area on Highway 154, just west of the entrance to Pickett State Park. It will require a very brief shuttle to/from the trailhead just around the corner on Blackhouse Mountain Road. The trail is strenuous due to lots of elevation changes; it takes us through some spectacular terrain and beautiful views. Pogue Creek Canyon photos will inspire you. check it out at http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/article/na-na-pogue-creek-canyon and search on Pogue Creek Canyon. Speed will not be a priority. Sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles or a good hiking stick, snacks and water; layers for temperature changes. Rain will cancel. Contact

 Nora Beck, 615-517-6486 or norellibee@gmail.comto register and for complete logistics.

3/3
Sat

Plateau

Mar 3 – Cumberland Trail DevilsRacetrack.  This is 7 mile moderate hike. We will do a car shuttle to Eagle Bluff then hike the Cumberland Mountain ridge top back to Bruce Gap Trailhead near Cove Lake State Park. There are many overlooks and interesting rock formations along the trail, including the "Devil’s Racetrack" plus many waterfalls. Pack your lunch and bring water and enjoy the views with us!   Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:30 am CT.  Carpool cost is $8.   Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243 for more info.

3/3
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cloudland Canyon State Park (west rim trail).   Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - 423-842-3619)

3/3
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 3  Wolf Cove meet 9:30 hwy 16 SAL City is the trailhead and can be googled or go south on TN hwy 16 from Winchester and after mile marker 23 there will be a grey cement block checking station on left continue .8 mile farther south and trailhead is marked on left with pink flagging 6 to 7 mile strenuous, off trail to see caves, waterfalls, and views. Possible short cave excursions. Bring 2 sources of light, lunch, water contact Joette Carter 256.509.0918 for more information.

 

Joette Carter

3/6
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Old Copper Road to Thunder Rock Campground.  This trail begins at Boyd Gap, goes down to the Old Copper Road to The Whitewater Center, crosses the bridge, picks up the Rhododendron Trail ending at Thunder Rock Campground for a total of about 4 easy miles right along the Ocoee River.  This will require a short shuttle leaving l car at Thunder Rock for the driver’s to return and get the other cars at Boyd Gap.  Meeting place will be the Food City at Exit 11 in Ooltewah at 9:30 am.  When you get off I-75 go east to the first traffic light and turn left.  Food City is located in the rear parking lot.  For the ones that want to meet at Target on Hwy 153, meet at 9 a.m.

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

3/7
Wed

Plateau

Mar 7  – Martha’sPretty Point.  We will hike 4.5 moderate miles on the new rerouted trail.  Depart 8 am CT from Tractor Supply on West Ave.   Carpool cost is $3.  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

3/8
Thu

Plateau

Mar 8 -– Chapter Meeting.   6pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Program will be on TWRA and wildlife by Míme Barnes, Wildlife Information Specialist.  Join us for dinner beforehand at 5pm CT at Abuela’s Cuban on Main St downtown. 


 

 Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  if you intend to join us for dinner.

3/8
Thu

Sumner Trails

Mar 8 - Station Camp Greenway Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening (with a walk to follow).  Location:  Corner of Lower Station Camp Creek Rd and Bison Trail. Meet at 10 am.  We hope to see you there, rain or shine!  Lead by:  Anthony Holt, Sumner county Executive.

Anthony Holt contact lynn takacs  lynntakacs@comcast.net

3/10
Sat

Clarksville

Montgomery Bell State, Park Montgomery Bell Trail, 5.4 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT,  BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 33 miles to trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931-645-2849

3/10
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

March 10, 2018 Hike at Henry Horton State Park with Swan Conservation Trust and TTA Natural Areas

Enjoy a 3.5-mile round-trip hike through cedar glades, hardwood forest, and wetlands. A 20 foot observation tower along the way offers great views of the Duck River. This is a moderately difficult hike so remember to bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, and a snack. It might be chilly so don’t forget to layer up with warm clothes. We will meet at the Park Restaurant located in Henry Horton State Park (4209 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034).  We will disembark from there at 10:00 a.m. CST. Come ready for an adventure! Erin Singer, biologist with the Natural Areas Program, will provide nature interpretation. 

If you are carpooling with the Columbia/Franklin Chapter, Ron Neissen will be coordinating the hike for us.  The others can meet us at Henry Horton State Park Restaurant at 10 a.m.  Please let Ron Neissen know if you will be attending (931.797.8834 or rjneissen@hotmail.com).  We will be meeting behind the McDonald’s in north Spring Hill (4908 Main Street, SH) at 9:00 a.m.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Ron Neissen:  931.797.8834 or rjneissen@hotmail.com

3/10
Sat

East Tennessee

Knox County - House Mountain.  We will hike to the west overlook at the top of the mountain gaining about 900 feet in about 1 mile.  After we reach the top we will hike along the crest to the east overlook, about 1.6 miles then about 2.3 miles back to the parking lot for a total of about 4.9 miles. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate primarily due to the climb to the west overlook.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and leave the trailhead at 9:15 am.  After the hike, depending on the time, we may stop on the way back for a meal and/or refreshments.

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

3/10
Sat

Highland Rim

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.   North Battlefield Loop.  4.8 mile double loop.  Easy.  This mostly level hike starts at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center then explores the hills, creeks, forests, and the monuments and historical features of this Civil War site.  Before our hike we will view the excellent video in the Visitor Center describing the history leading up to the Battle of Chickamauga and its significance. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, for information on carpool from Monteagle Elementary School.  Bring water and lunch.  Wear hiking boots. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

3/10
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest - Chickasaw Bluff and Pioneer Springs Trails
6-7 miles, Moderate. Meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at Poplar Tree Lake (NOT the Visitor Center) at 9:00. To get to the meeting point, go out North Watkins until it ends at Locke-Cuba Road and turn left. Drive 2.3 miles (go straight ahead past the General Store), then turn right into the park on Grassy Lake Road. Go straight ahead, 1.7 miles to a stop sign. Turn left and the parking lot will be on your right.

We will shuttle approximately six miles to the north trail head of the Chickasaw Bluff Trail. The trail head, at about 417 feet, is one of the highest points in Shelby County. The trail quickly descends below 300 feet and follows a creek down to the Mississippi flood plain. Here we often see evidence of the wild pigs that have inhabited the park for the last few years. After crossing Beaver Creek at about 2.5 miles, we encounter a few rolling hills before climbing a short but steep hill up to the Woodland Shelter (approximately mile 3.5) where we will have lunch. From the shelter we join up with the Pioneer Springs Trail which through a series of rolling hills drops back down into the flood plain. We’ll pass the spring before ending with a gentle uphill back to the parking lot. 

Bring hiking boots, water, and lunch. 

For more information, contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net901-385-1988.

3/10
Sat

Murfreesboro

Long Hunter State Park Day Loop; 4.5 miles easy to moderate.
This loop trail winds its way through mature oak-hickory forest and offers scenic bluff views of Percy Priest Lake. We may see some wildflowers in bloom. Bring water, lunch and snacks. We will meet at the trailhead off Bakers Grove Lane at 9:00 AM. If you need directions, want to carpool from Murfreesboro or want more information contact Jennifer Zahn.

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

3/10
Sat

Nashville

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns TN.  Overnight Trail.  This is a strenuous hike due to the length of 10.5 miles.  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.

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

3/10
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls (walk along lake - in and out).  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Gail Stokes (423-756-8219)

3/10
Sat

Sumner Trails

Mar 10 - Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park!  10 am - 2pm  Celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at the County Sumner Irish Festival.  Guided hikes of the Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park trail will be led at the top of each hour.  Live Irish music will be performed outdoors by the Belmont Trio and Kettle of Fish!  (Bring chairs and/or blankets to watch from the lawn.) Beer will be on tap and for purchase from Half Batch Brewing, who will be serving up a special Irish brew!  Food will be available from the food truck Delaney’s Street Eats!  Tours will be given of the Rogan cottage an authentic Irish dwelling built C.1800!  Irish ghost stories will be told from the porch of the Parker cabin by Brian Allison, author of the book.  Murder & Mayhem in Nashville.  At noon the Nashville Garlic Athletic Club will start exhibition games of hurling and Gaelic football!  Watch the games and learn more about these Irish sports and this great organization!  A costume contest will be held for the best festive outfits and prizes will be awarded!  Please Note: Cost $5 per vehicle.  Meet for carpooling at 9 AM CT at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville.  For further info contact Lynn Takacs.

Lynn Takacs -  lynntakacs@comcast.net

3/10
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Greeter Falls to Savage Ranger station via South Rim trail, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Beersheba Springs, TN. This hike begins at Greeter Falls parking lot and ends at the Savage Gulf Ranger station. We will begin hiking at 8am CT and will visit Greeter Falls. Then we will hike to Alum Gap, down into the Big Creek Gulf over to Sawmill campground. We may shorten the hike from Alum Gap to Sawmill depending on water levels in Big Creek. At Sawmill campground we will hike on the Connecter trail to Stagecoach road up to the South Rim trail. We will follow the South Rim trail to the Savage Day Loop, then hike on the Savage Day Loop to the Savage Gulf Ranger station. This hike is rated strenuous, and is around 17.2 miles. Those wanting a shorter hike can exit at the Stone Door Ranger station. Another shuttle would be necessary. Please bring head lamp, lunch and snacks, water, good hiking boots, and raingear. For information about the hike, carpooling, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@gmail.com. 

 Gary Kimbrell

3/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
7:00 PM
Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

The Murfreesboro Police Department will be speaking on hiker safety and what to do in event of a medical concern while hiking as well as various websites and applications that update current crime statistics in our area.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

3/13
Tue

Soddy Daisy

West side of Lookout Mountain, starting on the Lower Truck Trail for .45 miles to the old Blue Beaver Trail.  This trail climbs .73 miles to the Skyuka trail with a few rocks which can be easily be avoided.  Here we will turn right on a very nice footpath for 2.6 miles on a mostly gentle downslope to Skyuka Springs.  After a stop here to enjoy the springs we will return by way of the Lower Truck Trail, a very flat and wide easy walk along Lookout Creek.  The total is 6.08 miles.  Meet at Reflection Riding at 9:30 or Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m. 

Trish Appleton (423-332-6517)

3/14
Wed

Plateau

Mar 14 – Cumberland Trail McGill Creek Section.  This will be a 4.8 mile moderate to strenuous in to McGill Creek and out.   Depart 7:30 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on 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.

3/17
Sat

Clarksville

Irish Day Parade and Arts & Crafts Festival, Erin TN, wear green; there will be food venders;  meet 8:00 AM CT,  BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville, TN; 25 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/17
Sat

Highland Rim

Little Cedar Mountain Trail.  Nickajack Lake/Tennessee River. Jasper, TN.  4 miles. Easy except for a few steep sections. This trail, located within TVA’s Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area, provides several opportunities for scenic overlooks of Nickajack Lake and the Tennessee River Gorge. From the spectacular panoramic view atop Gray’s bluff we will see across the lake towards Sands Mountain. The trail leads through a pine/hardwood forest and past impressive geological features.  We will visit a forested wetland pond at the top of Cedar Mountain.  Our hike leader, Nathaniel Mann, is a Naturalist and will help us identify the rare John Beck’s Leafcup and the amphibians in the pond.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at Monteagle Elementary School to organize a carpool or 9:30 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  Trailhead is located off Interstate 24 Exit 158 on TVA Road.  Bring water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Nathaniel Mann, thany@blomand.net.

Nathaniel Mann
thany@blomand.net

3/17
Sat

Memphis

 Cane Creek Nature Preserve, Tuscumbia, Alabama.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED
The preserve has some of the most awesome canyon scenery you’ll find anywhere - rock shelters, over hanging rocks, rock formations and waterfalls.  The strenuous (steep hills, ledges) 8-9 mile hike will take us to Devil’s Hollow with several waterfalls, and several large Native American Rock Shelters and a beautiful overlook called The Point.  Bring hiking boots, lunch and plenty of water.  Rain will cancel the hike.  

For information and to register, contact Wayne Simpson at w.simpson1@comcast.net or 901-385-1988.

3/17
Sat

Murfreesboro

ANNUAL WATERFALL TOUR BY FRIENDS OF EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK, MARCH 17TH

 

Reservations are now open for The 17th Annual Waterfall Tour by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park on Saturday, March 17th, from 8 A.M. to about 3:30 P.M., round trip. Transportation will be on a school bus from Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, to Falls Creek Falls State Park, Spencer. The cost is $15 per person, plus your lunch in the park’s inn.

 

It’s easy to make online reservations through the website www.foeesp.com/waterfall-tour/  There is a link to click that will open the reservation site. If assistance is needed phone the park office for contact information for Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. He or Mrs. Bertram will  be glad to help.  The park phone numbers are: (931) 858-2114 or toll free at 1-800-250-8619.

 

Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park. It’s main falls, for which the park is named, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States.  Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. The tour will include short walks to at least 3 falls, breath taking overlooks and lunch in the park inn’s cafeteria. This will be a last chance to eat in the inn as the facility is scheduled for demolition in April to make way for a new building. 

 

Edgar Evins State Park is located at 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road, Silver Point, TN 38582. The entrance is in DeKalb County, approximately 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville and 60 miles east of Nashville.  From I-40 take exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.  The entrance is, across the highway from the Big Rock Market and Caney Fork Outdoors.

 

The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the sole purpose of helping the park. All profits from the tour will go toward the park. For more information about the organization visit friendsofeesp on Facebook and our website at www.foeesp.com.  

 

If you wish to make this an overnight or weekend outing there are campgrounds and cabins at the park. Phone the park office or go online at  http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins to make reservations for lodging. 

 

Anna Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

3/17-
3/18

Plateau

Mar  17-18 – Savage Gulf Backpack To Hobbs Cabin.   Day hikers will hike in 3 miles and return while our overnight backpackers will continue on to Hobbs Cabin for a total of 9 miles on Sat and 8 miles on Sun.   Depart 7:30 am CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South.  Backpackers must contact Deb in order to reserve enough campsites. Carpool cost is $7.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  


 

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

3/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

)Brady Mountain (Hwy 68 to two overlooks.  Approximately 5-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Boodie Fox (423-842-1178)

3/17
Sat

Sumner Trails

Mar 17 - Standing Stone State Park. 3 miles Easy.  You will have to decide for yourself it’s worth a 2 hour drive each way for a 3 mile hike.  If so, we will hike a section of the Lake Trail, check out the Visitor’s Center and explore the damm (dam) area.  Back in the 50’s I led all day hikes in the park for YMCA Camp Widjiwagon before it moved to Nashville.  After the hike we will have a late lunch at Ollie’s Place in Celina on the way home.  Meet for carpooling (wearing your green of course) at 9 am ct at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville.  For further info contact Irish Al.

Al Ballenger  ballallenger@aol.com

3/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

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

3/20
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

3/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Heiss Mountain to Big Possum Creek and back.  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisyat 9 a.m.

Renee Grace (423-332-3863)

3/21
Wed

Plateau

Mar 21 – Big South South -John Muir Trail to Maude’s Crack.  This will be a moderate 6 mile hike along No Business Creek.  Climbing up the crack is strenuous. Depart from back parking lot of Cracker Barrel, junction of HY 127 N & I-40, at 7:30 am CT.   Carpool cost is $6.  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.

3/24
Sat

Clarksville

 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.

 

 John Harris 270-227-9871

3/24
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

March 24- Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Shakerag Hollow at Sewanee. Combined Hikes about 4 miles. Easy to moderate.

Blue Bell Island is a small island located in the Elk River known for its spectacular display of wildflowers, particularly Virginia bluebells. The Island was purchased by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust in order to preserve this botanical treasure. The land trust has a once-a-year hike to the Island during the spring bloom. We will join the hike led by naturalists with the Land Trust. The hike to the Island is an easy mile in and out, but to get on the Island requires traversing fallen logs over the Elk River. Ropes are put up to help with the crossing. After enjoying the beauty of Blue Bell Island we will stop and have lunch at the Blue Chair Cafe at Sewanee followed by hiking a portion of the Shakerag Hollow trail in Sewanee, also known for its wildflowers. 

We will meet at 7:45am in the Tollgate Village parking lotColumbia Ave and I-840 in front of the Medical Center. We will leave promptly at 8:00am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register call or text Ellen Clark at 615-482-3605 or e-mail at ERCclark@aol.com.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Ellen Clark:  ercclark@aol.com or 615.482.3605.

3/24
Sat

East Tennessee

Vonore - Ft Loudon State Park Loop.  This is always a nice place to explore but today we can see the fort in action. It is Garrison day at the fort. Our hike will be a loop out of the picnic area, coming back to the visitor center and around the outside of the fort. Total distance about 5 miles.  We can add another 1.5 miles if we hike the trail at the Sequoyah museum. Meet at the Maryville Food Lion in Browns Ferry shopping center.  The carpool leaves at 9A. Driving distance  40 miles round trip.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

3/24
Sat

Highland Rim

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, located on Highway 16 near Belvidere, TN.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Marietta Poteet and Jan Safavi are our hike leaders. The Walls of Jericho is a moderate to difficult hike which is 7 miles long.  We will enter the Tennessee side and exit the Alabama side.  The hike itself is 1,000 ft. downhill to cross Mill Creek after crossing several creeks and streams.  The trail continues along Turkey Creek which is often muddy and slippery.  There is another creek crossing to get to the end of the trail.  The Walls are a natural beautiful amphitheater which require some rock hopping to see the waterfalls.  The amphitheater has two main waterfalls.  The rock work in the amphitheater is fascinating.  We will return via the Alabama trailhead which is a 1,000 ft. very steep climb.  Please bring water shoes for possible water crossings at the Walls.  Email Marietta, nannietta@blomand.net or Jan, safavi.jan@gmail.com for more information and to register.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
Jan Safavi
safavi.jan@gmail.com

3/24
Sat

Memphis

T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell Road – Spring Flowers
Meet at the visitor center to 9:00 a.m.  The hike will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.  The 4-mile hike covers moderate to rugged terrain with some wet land and a possible stream crossing.  Hiking boots or sturdy shoes recommended.  Bring water and a snack. The Discovery Loop Trail includes part of the Nature Bluff Trail of the Chucalissa Indian Village.  Time Frame: 2.5 hours.continue 3 miles west to the T. 0. Fuller Park sign.  Turn right into the visitor center parking lot. 

Directions:  I-240 West to I-55 North; Exit 7 South to Highway 61 (3rd Street).  Drive  approximately 1 mile.  Turn right onto Mitchell Road.

Contact for information:  Lynne Witherington,901-230-1501

 

3/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

Walls of Jericho; 6 miles rated difficult.
This is a joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will enter the Tennessee trailhead and exit the Alabama trailhead with roughly 1,000 feet elevation change.
There is likely to be muddy, slippery areas with the spring rains and some water crossings. The way out is a steep climb and although it is only 6 miles it is a ROUGH 6 miles, especially coming out.
We should see some early wildflowers.
Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring hiking poles, lunch, water and snacks. For carpool information from Murfreesboro contact Jan Safavi.

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

3/24
Sat

Nashville

Hidden Lakes, Harpeth River State Park, Pegram TN. 4 miles, easy.  Come discover a hidden jewel near Bellevue/Nashville.  We will  meet at the Hidden Lakes parking lot at 9:00 CT. and hike a series of intertwining loops for a total of 4 miles.  This is not a strenuous hike, but hiking poles and  boots or trailrunners with good tred are advisable.  There are some narrow and rocky ledges to navigate.     http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/harpeth-river    

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

3/24
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek Bridge and back.  Approximately 5-1/2 miles.  Slightly strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

3/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

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 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 Gary.Kimbrell@gmail.com.

Gary Kimbrell

3/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs State Natural Area.  Dinner at 5:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street,Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Dennis Horn will present a  spring wildflower program.

 

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

3/27
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting. In September 2017, five Nashville women and a Nashville expat hiked from the west coast of England east to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. It brought them 192 miles worth of adventure. June Callahan and Marietta Poteet will present their accounts of this epic trip at our March meeting. Prepare to be inspired and amazed. Bring a friend.

 

Nora Beck, 615-517-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com

3/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Enterprise South.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at  Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m or meet at Visitor’s Center at 9:30 a.m.

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

3/28
Wed

Plateau

Mar 28 – Cumberland Trail DevilsBreakfast Table to Turkey Creek.  This is a 9 mile moderate to strenuous hike along Daddys Creek and Obed River requiring a car shuttle. Pack your lunch and bring water.   Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:30 am meeting Fairfield hikers at 7:45 am at the Peavine/Stonehenge 4-way stop. Carpool cost is $8. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243 for more info.

3/29-
3/31

Highland Rim

Camping and Hiking, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Good Friday Hike.  Lookout Tower Trail and Bird Mountain Trail Loop. 8 miles.  Steep.  Moderate. Trailhead located at the back of Big Cove Campground.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Awesome vistas.  Fascinating geologic formations at Castle Rock.   Hike leaders are Joan Hartvigsen and Sara Pollard.  Camping at Flat Fork Primitive Group Camp Site on March 29 and March 30. Email Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, to reserve a space in the Flat Fork Group Campsite.  Register for the Good Friday hike with Joan or Sara Pollard, sarabpollard@gmail.com.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com

3/30
Fri

Murfreesboro

Frozen Head State Park. Wartburg, 8 mile loop rated moderate.
Good Friday joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will start at te Big Cove campground trailhead and hike the Lookout Tower trail. We will return along the Bird Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail.
There are beautiful views and we will pass the unusual rock formation called Castle Rock.
Pack lunch, water, snacks and hiking poles are recommended. Hikers have the option to camp March 29 & 30 at the primitive group campsite along Flat Fork Road. Please contact Sara Pollard for information or to register.

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

3/31
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Easter.

 

N/A

3/31
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.  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.  This is a short hike.  On the way home, depending on the time, we may stop for lunch and/or beverages at Harrison’s Grill and Bar in Clinton.  For additional information on this hike, contact Tom Cressler before the 30th.

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

3/31
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Work day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring water, snack and work gloves.  Specific tasks will be announced later.  Please email Tom Hartvigsen, thartvigs@comcast.net to let him know you can help. 

Tom Hartvigsen
thartvigs@comcast.net

3/31
Sat

Memphis

Mar 31, Lovitt Trail behind Lowe’s off Germantown Road
Join us for a 6-mile hike across flat terrain in the woods along the Wolf River.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the lumber entrance of Lowe’s Home Improvement at 430 South Germantown Pkwy, Cordova.  This is the northeast corner of the parking lot.  Wear hiking boots and brings snacks and water.  Rain will cancel. 
 
 

 Contact charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

3/31
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Booker T. Washington State Park.  Approximately 7 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 am. or at swimming pool parking lot at the state park at 9:30 a.m.

Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

3/31
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Edgar Evins 8 Miles - We will hike the 5.5 mile Merritt Ridge Trail, which rises upon the ridges from an intersection along the 2.5 mile Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail Loop. We will combine the two trails and enjoy approximately 8 miles of diverse terrain. Both the Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail share the same trail head, which is located on the left just beyond the Maintenance Center on the right. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. It has been suggested to wear orange due to hunting season.You can meet us as in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:30 AM or at the Edgar Evins Trailhead around 9 AM. Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu.

 

Jeff Graves

    ** April 2018 **  

4/6-
4/8

Memphis

Petit Jean Mountain State Park  Overnight car camping

 

Susan Iverson

4/6-
4/8

Memphis

Apr 6 - 8, Fri-Sun, Petit Jean Mountain State Park, Morrilton, AR
If you plan to stay in a lodge, cabin or camp it is wise to make reservations as soon as possible.  Petit Jean books up quickly because of the waterfall.  Call 1-501-727-5431 to book lodging.
Watch for hike information in April Newsletter and TTA websit

Leader info will follow.

4/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
7:00 PM
Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

Our presentation will be the history of Middle Tennessee State University’s College Radio Station (WMTS 88.3 FM) with a powerpoint program on its start and how it has progressed to its current totally separate radio station.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

4/14
Sat

Memphis

International Harvester Lakeland

Marion Quinlen, 256-273- 9720

4/14
Sat

Murfreesboro

Edgar Evins State Park
Celebration of Spring

More complete information to follow soon

Anna Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

4/21
Sat

Memphis

Shiloh Historical Hike – Charlie Spearman

 

Charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

4/28
Sat

Memphis

Chewalla State Park – Holly Springs, MS

Chewalla State Park – Holly Springs, MS
Janet Sheahan, 901-761- 0705

    ** May 2018 **  

5/5
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville
Julie Nicol, julieknicol@gmail.com, 901-413- 8157

5/8
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
6:00 PM
Barfield Cresent Park Wilderness Station

NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE. This is our six month PLANNING meeting. We will be planning our hikes for July through December 2018. So please come with hikes in mind and volunteer to lead a hike. If you do not wish to lead hikes, please come with hike suggestions and we can find a hike leader. Also, this is a finger food meeting so please bring something quick and easy to share. The chapter will provide drinks and utensils.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

5/11-
5/14

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002.   May 11, 12, 13.  These lovely, quiet campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek. Site G002 is in full shade.  Hikes will include the Cataloochee Divide Trail and others TBA.  We will view the Elk in the evenings and early mornings.   We may hike to Max Patch on the way out.  More details later.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve space in the two group campsites.  Site G002 is almost full but there is plenty of room in G001.  Cataloochee Creek runs along the back of Site G001.

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

5/12
Sat

Memphis

Hike & Chapter Picnic

Marion Quinlen, 256-273- 9720

5/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Duck River Float.  Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge.  5 miles to Dement Bridge.  8.5 miles to Three Forks Bridge. Joint float with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Portage required around Cortner Mill.  Lunch on sandbars immediately downstream from Cortner Mill Dam.  Bring sack lunch and water.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the put-in below Normandy Dam to organize a vehicle shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net to register for the paddle.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

5/19
Sat

Murfreesboro

Duck River Float
We will put in below Normandy Dam at 9AM (to arrange a shuttle) and will float about 6 miles from Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge. There is a possibility that we can make it 8.5 miles to Three Forks if there are folks who want to do that as well.
This is a joint float with the Highland Rim Chapter.

We will have lunch in the water on little rock sandbars behind Cortner Mill

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

    ** June 2018 **  

6/2
Sat

Murfreesboro

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
We are fortunate to have a location to meet for our chapter inside Barfield Crescent Park and we give back to the park each year with trail maintenance.
Trail work location within the park to be announced at a later date!

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

6/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
6PM
Barfield Crescent Park PAVILLION #5

NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!
This is our annual summer picnic. The chapter will be cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers and will also provide drinks and the necessary utensils. Please bring a side dish to share and your family for a fun evening of food and friendship.
The event will occur at Barfield Park at Pavillion 5 instead of our usual meeting place at the Wilderness Station. This will be a RAIN or SHINE event as the pavillion is covered and comfortable. So please plan to come and bring your family!

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

6/22-
6/24

Highland Rim

Roan Mountain State Park, near Johnson City, TN.  Camping and hiking trip.    Contact  Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve a spot in the Group Campground, jhartvigs@comcast.net.  Famous for its Catawba Rhododendron gardens and forests of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir.  Hikes will include Roan Mountain Gardens Trail, Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff,  Segment of Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap to Round Bald.  Information on hikes, meals, etc. will be announced. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** September 2018 **  

9/14-
9/16

Highland Rim

Ghost River Paddle Adventure.  Camping in Big Hill Pond State Park, Pocahontas, TN.  Paddling in the Ghost River State Natural Area, near La Grange, TN on Saturday.  Ghost River State Natural Area is a 2,200 acre section of the Wolf River in Fayette County.  The Ghost River section of the Wolf River meanders through bottomland hardwood forests of large oaks, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes.   The Ghost River provides excellent unique opportunities for observing birds including Snowy Egrets and other wildlife.  The paddle is 9 miles and should take about 6 hours.  The Ghost River Section of the Wolf River received its name from the loss of river current as the water “flows” through open marshes and bald cypress-water tupelo swamps.  Some paddlers have seen ghosts in the gloomy, spooky swamp.  The marked canoe trail follows the river from Yager Road Bridge in LaGrange to Bateman Road Bridge. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning we will explore the hiking trails in Big Hill Pond State Park.  Park highlights include the 70 foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of Travis McNatt Lake and surrounding area and the long boardwalk that wends through Dismal Swamp.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, early to get a space in one of the 6 sites we have reserved.  Also contact Joan if you plan to just join us for the paddle.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/29
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR
Freddi Felt, 901-288- 5581

Freddi Felt, 901-288- 5581

    ** October 2018 **  

10/6
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area Wolf River South of Walnut Grove

 

Linda Red, 901-489- 9157

10/13
Sat

Memphis

Big Hill Pond State Park

 

Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, 901-385- 1988

10/20
Sat

Memphis

Wolf River Wildlife Area–Horse Trail Collierville-Arlington Rd

 

Janet Sheahan, 901-761- 0705

    ** November 2018 **  

11/3
Sat

Memphis

Nesbit Park – Bartlett

 

Lynne Witherington, 901-230- 1501

11/10
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park

Kam Hipkins, 901-299- 8359

11/17
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest - Woodland Trail

 

Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net, 901-385- 1988

11/24
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Horse Trail

Marion Quinlen, 256-273- 9720

    ** December 2018 **  

12/1
Sat

Memphis

Chewalla State Park – Holly Springs, MS

Lynne Witherington, 901-230- 1501

 

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