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    Calendar updated Jul 14, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** July 2018 **  

7/14
Sat

Clarksville

Cummins Falls State Park, hike and swim, 2 miles out and back, difficult; meet 8:00 A.M. CT; I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 119 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

7/14
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Roundtop Trail.  Join the hardy souls on a hike in the Smoky Mountains.  The hike is 7.5 miles and is generally easy, gaining about 850 feet in the first 2.4 miles then losing about 1550 feet in the next 5.1 miles for a total of 7.5 miles. There is one fairly steep descent and poison ivy in places on the trail – long pants might be appropriate. At the end of the trail we will have to wade across Little River.  We will take our time and at the end of the hike you can put your feet and body in the water while waiting for the transportation to return from Metcalf Bottoms. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate. 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 leave a car at the Wye and start the hike at the trailhead on Wear Cove Gap Road near Metcalf Bottoms. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes and shoes to wade the creek, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to 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 Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am.  Don’t forget $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call or email Tom before the 13th, or leave a message.

Tom Cressler
865.974.4422
cressler@utk.edu
865.588.5622 (leave message)

7/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Paddle.  Shiloh Bridge to Dickey Bridge.  Kelso, TN.  7.4 miles.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Contact Tom Bentley at 931-455-5849, 931-273-6344, or htbentley@lighttube.net. Group activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. CDT at Shiloh Bridge on Champ Road in Kelso.  Elk River Canoe Rental in Kelso rents canoes and kayaks, 931-937-6886.

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net
931-455-5849
931-273-6344

7/14
Sat

Nashville

Honey Creek / Big South Fork National Recreation Area near Rugby TN. 5 miles. Strenuous.  This is a difficult hike through creeks, over boulders, and up steep and rugged terrain.  But, there will also be great overviews, waterfalls, and interesting geological features. Bring water, snacks/lunch, waterproof boots with ankle support, and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food along the road back to Nashville. The total time commitment could be up to 12 hours: Driving up, hiking 5 difficult miles, dinner, and then driving back.  

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

7/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snoopers Rock to Natural Bridge and back. 6 miles RT

Park at the Snooper’s Rock parking area in Prentice Cooper State Forest. Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am. Moderate to strenuous.

John Politte

7/14
Sat

Sumner Trails

 

July 14  - Dunbar Cave Recovery Trail and Lake Trail, Clarksville, TN. 2.5 miles. Moderate. At Dunbar State Natural Area, we will hike the shaded Recovery Trail which has a small hill and will end the hike along the easy Lake Trail with a visit to the historic Dunbar Cave entrance. There we will see the site of the old dance floor where big bands like Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey played. Dunbar Cave is the 280th largest cave complex in the world. You may want to bring water and hiking poles and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  We will eat at Liberty Park Grill in Clarksville after the hike. Meet at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville at 9 am CT for carpooling to Dunbar Cave. For more information call Ron or  Judy Jenkins at 615-403-0002.

Ron and  Judy Jenkins at 615-403-0002.

7/14
Sat

TTA

Volunteer Day at Greeter Falls, South Cumberland SP.

On Saturday, July 14, from noon to 2:30 pm, come lend a hand picking up trash along the Greeter Falls trail! Wear sturdy shoes, work clothes, and bring gloves for picking up trash. Be sure to bring along plenty of water and a high-energy snack. Trash bags will be provided, but feel free to bring extra bags and/or buckets for gathering trash.

For more information about volunteer activities, visit the Friends website or email Marietta Poteet or phone at 931-924-7666

7/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 14 - Brushy Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains - 11.8 Miles
We will begin our hike following the Porters Creek Trail.  We will pass several old stone walls and the Ownby cemetery before reaching a footbridge (mile 1.0).  Those who want may take a short detour from here to visit the historic John Messer farm site.  Continuing along the Brushy Mountain Trail, we will begin are ascent up the northern slopes of Mt. LeConte.  After approximately 4.5 miles we will reach the Trillium Gap trail junction (mile 5.5).  Turning right and following the Brushy Mountain Trail will lead us through a tunnel of rhododendron and mountain laurel before reaching Brushy Mountain summit (mile 5.9).  Brushy Mountain offers spectacular views of the eastern flank of the Great Smokey Mountains, including Charlies Bunion and Greenbrier valley.  We will return along the same trail for a total of 11.8 miles.  Those interested in a shorter hike may choose to remain on the Porters Creek Trail following it past Fern Branch Falls to Backcountry Campsite 31 for a total of 7.4 miles. This hike is rated strenuous due to distance and elevation gain.  Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. The hike leader will be traveling from Oak Ridge, so please register to be informed of possible changes or cancellations.  You can meet for carpooling at the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00am CT.  For information and to register, contac

jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

Jeff Graves at jagraves 21@students.tntech.edu

7/15
Sun

Columbia/ Franklin

Bowie Nature Area in Fairview, TN. – Sunday, July 15, 2018

We will start the hike at 2:00 pm.  We are planning the hike to be ~4.5 miles.  We’ll meet at shelter#2.  This is an easy to moderate hike that takes us through old growth hardwood and mixed pine forest.  We will cross little Turnbull Creek twice by footbridge and once by foot and Hickman’s branch.  This park contains 6 lakes, 5 are on our route - they are Lake Van, Hidden Lake, Upper Lake, Lake Byrd and Lake Anna.  Please wear water proof hiking boots and expect mud if we have had recent rain.  Hiking poles/sticks are recommended. Bring water on hike and snacks.  We will end our hike back at shelter#2.  Heavy rain or the threat of severe weather will cancel the hike plans.  Feel free to call me or email me at 931-286-5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com.  Thanks, hope to see you there.

Ray Edge:  931.286.5020 or edgewoodray0514@gmail.com

7/17
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

7/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Fall Creek Falls Hike

Caney Creek Visitors Center to Fall Creek Falls and back. Can include a hike to bottom of falls. Easy to moderate 4 miles 
Meet at Durham Street in Soddy Daisy at 8 am.

Hike Leader Trish Appleton 332-6517

7/19
Thu

Sumner Trails

July 19. Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Ziegler Fort Rd,Gallatin, TN 37066

 


Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call at 615-719-0031

7/20
Fri

Sumner Trails

July 20. Long Hunter State Park (2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage) Couchville Lake. 2 miles  Marcia Powell and Rich Lake will lead an easy 2-mile hike around Couchville Lake in 80% shade at 10 am.  If anyone is interested in renting a kayak or canoe an hour before the 10 am hike for $10/hour, be sure to let us know no later than 24 hours in advance, and we will meet you at the boat rental at 9 am.  There is a restroom at the boat rental, and you might want to bring a change of shorts in case yours get wet while kayaking.   Those wanting to carpool to the hike at 10 am can meet at 9 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville.  When you turn into the park entrance, go straight until you see the sign to the boat rentals.  The trailhead is at the boat rental/restroom area so meet there for the hike.  We will have lunch after the hike in Mt Juliet. Contact Marcia, (217) 855-3013 or email mpow1221@gmail.com about meeting place and times.

 

Marcia Powell (217) 855-3013 or mpow1221@gmail.com

7/21
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

Dona Fondren 931-472-5185;


7/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door to Greeter Falls via Big Creek Gulf Trail and Alum Gap.  7 to 9 miles.  This is a joint hike with the Nashville Chapter. Vehicle shuttle is required.  It’s July and it will be hot, so we will go by Ranger Falls, the Sinks and Greeter Falls to take a swim.  The hike will be moderate to difficult as it is a steep rocky descent into Big Creek Gulf and a steep rocky ascent up to Alum Gap.  Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Hiking sticks recommended.  Email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666.

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

7/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Escape the Heat at CUMBERLAND CAVERNS. Join us for a 1.5 mile subterrenean adventure at the souths largest underground showplace. The lighted "Commercial" Tour is a nice walk in 56 degree year round comfort. The cave is located in McMinnville, TN and a carpool will be organized from Murfreesboro. We will also have a meeting time set up at the cave for those coming from other points than Murfreesboro.
We will leave Murfreesboro at 9am and the tours at the cave leave every hour on the hour and take about 90 minutes to complete. There are working restrooms inside the cave and in the gift shop area.
There is a cost of 21.50 for each adult and 13.50 for each child UNDER 13. Children are welcome on this adventure but NO PETS. You might want to bring a light jacket for the underground air conditioning.

You can get more information about Cumberland Caverns at https://cumberlandcaverns.com

For more information or to register contact Tony Jones

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

7/21
Sat

Nashville

  • Stone Door/Big Creek/Alum Gap/Greeter Falls. South Cumberland State Park, Monteagle,TN. 7-9 miles. Moderate to difficult. Highland Rim and Nashville chapters of TTA will lead a joint hike to Stone Door down Big Creek Gulf Trail to Alum Gap. It will require a shuttle as we will go from Alum Gap to Greeter Falls.  It’s July and it will be hot, so we will go by Ranger Falls, the Sinks and Greeter Falls to take a swim.  The hike will be moderate to difficult as it is a steep rocky descent into Big Creek Gorge and a steep rocky ascent up to Alum Gap.  Bring lots of water and snacks.  

 

7/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Snow Falls trail across bridge to where the trail starts up the Mountain or to Buzzard Point if so desired.  Moderate  5 miles RT

John Politte

7/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 21. Siler’s Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. We will hike a section of the Appalachian Trail from the Clingman’s Dome parking lot to Siler’s Bald. There are spectacular sections of the trail along a narrow ridge top. The hike is 9 1/2 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

7/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.     Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our speakers are Libby Francis and Elizabeth Gerlock, members of the Nashville Chapter of Tennessee Trails Association.  Their program is about their trip to Peru and Ecuador.  Libby and Elizabeth visited Lima, the Amazon River, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in Peru and Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

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

7/24
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Nashville Chapter Meeting. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. REI Community Room, 261 Franklin Road, Brentwood TN.
Doug Burroughs, Dianna Richter, and Betty Magee will discuss our May hike on the Dingle Way in Ireland.

Doug Burroughs
nashville@tenneseetrails.org

7/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Greeter Falls Day Loop, 3.2 miles near Altamont, TN

Rated as moderate, this hike features 2 waterfalls. It does involve a climb down some metal stairs. Scenery is exceptional. Easy to moderate. Meet at the Food City in Red Bank at 8:00 am.

Trish Appleton

7/26
Thu

Sumner Trails

July 26. Bledsoe Creek State Park. Shoreline Trail 2.6 and possible additional 2.4  We will meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office and hike the Shoreline Trail (easy) and back for 2.6 miles. If interested, we will hike an additional 2.4 miles on the High Ridge Trail (moderate) and Shoreline Trail. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt and rocks. Please bring water!  Recommended: hiking shoes, hiking poles, sunscreen, insect repellent. 

Meet: Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Ziegler Fort Rd,Gallatin, TN 37066

 

Les Cleveland email: lescleve@gmail.com or text/call: 615-719-0031.

7/28
Sat

Clarksville

Hopefully;Cooling at the Cave’; Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville; Music, Board Games, Fellowship, Refreshments; 3:00 P.M. CT until 6:00 P.M.If the park doesn’t have ‘Cooling at the Cave’ this year, hike with another chapter.

Suva Bastin 931-216-0325

7/28
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Burch Reserve Connector – Edwin Warner Park – Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Burch Reserve is a new addition to Edwin Warner Park located north of Highway 100, across from the Nature Center. The approximately 250-acre tract includes gently rolling fields and steep forested slopes that are slated for hiking trails. The Burch Reserve Connector will provide public access to the site as well as a pedestrian connector to the nature center. The project was completed in two phases. Phase One, which included a parking lot and trailhead, entry monuments, traffic signal improvements and connector trail, was completed in Fall 2015. Phase Two includes a tunnel under the CSX railroad tracks and a trail from the Phase One parking through the tunnel and on to the hiking trails on the Burch Reserve.  We will meet at McDonald’s (4908 N. Main St., Spring Hill) at 8:00 am.  If anyone wants to hike and would rather meet at Edwin Warner Park.  We will meet at the Nature Center at 9:00 am.    Contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

7/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Bluff Trail, Lookout Mtn. 5 miles, Will stage cars at Point Park and Ochs Gateway. Meet at Food City in St. Elmo.

Need Hike Leader

7/31
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf Day Loop, 3 miles

Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:00 am. Moderate Hike Leader

Trish Appleton 332-6517

    ** August 2018 **  

8/1
Wed

Plateau

AUG 1 – Cardwell Mountain, McMinnville, Tn  Cardwell Mountain is a detached piece of the Cumberland Plateau that rises 1000 feet above the scenic Collins River. A part of the historic Trail of Tears, the trail climbs to the massive bluffs and boulders atop the mountain. It is a 5.5 mile loop hike rated moderate to difficult. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool is $6.  Bring lunch, water and snacks. 

For additional information and contact Bruce Whitehead at trailwalker80@Gmail.com.

On-going

TTA

The South Cumberland State Park needs volunteers:

Help Ranger Jason Reynolds build a NEW trail in the recently-acquired Sherwood Forest area of the park! This amazing new trail will be a 3-mile day loop, with incredible bluff views and a natural bridge! 

Trail work in Denny Cove is making good progress, but key sections are still incomplete. Our Seasonal Ranger, Spencer Baxter, needs your help to complete a sustainable, long-lasting trail system in this new area of the park! Trail work will last approximately four hours.

Not all trail projects involve moving rocks! There are plenty of less strenuous jobs, like brush trimming, raking trail corridor, and leveling soil. If you would like to volunteer to help get any of these trails in shape, contact the rangers-in-charge or visit the Volunteer Opportunities page of the Friends’ website. Be sure to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your favorite pair of work gloves, water, snacks and/or lunch. Necessary tools and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite tool!

For more information about volunteer activities, visit the Friends website or email Marietta Poteet or phone at 931-924-7666

8/4
Sat

Clarksville

Beaman Park, Highland Trail, 5.8 miles, moderate; meet 8:30 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot; 32 miles to trail head.

Lili Ball 931-552-2773

8/4
Sat

Nashville

Couchville Lake Loop, Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN.  2 miles, easy.  11:00 AM.  This paved trail circles Couchville Lake, which lies adjacent to Percy Priest Lake.  The path winds through woods and has many side trails leading to small piers on the lake’s edge.  Tree and plant-identification signs enhance the experience. A 300-foot bridge spans the lake and offers panoramic views.  We will travel through a cedar glade and may see wildlife on the lake and in the woods.  Bring a sack lunch and we will picnic in the park after the hike.  The TTA Board meeting will follow this hike at the Visitor’s Center. 

 

Libby Francis, 615-319-7501 for more info.  

 

8/4
Sat

Plateau

Aug 4 –  Big South Fork, Stearns, Ky.  We will hike in and out to Bear Creek Overlook  .6 mi and Split Bow Arch .8 mi then hike Bear Creek Loop Trail along the Big South Fork Cumberland River for approx 2 mi before retracing our steps for 5.5 moderate mi in total.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall.  Carpool cost is $10.  

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

8/4
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Saturday, August 4- Savage Gulf- North Rim in and out. Up to 10 miles depending on how far you choose to go. Meet at Durham Street Soddy Daisy at 8 am.

New Hike Text

Need hike leader

8/5
Sun

Highland Rim

Normandy Lake Paddle.  This is a joint Sunday activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   We will paddle from Ward’s Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake to Short Springs State Natural Area’s Machine Falls then paddle to Ovoca Falls. Or, we can paddle from Ward’s Chapel Boat Ramp toward Old Stone Fort State Park and visit Crumpton Creek Falls and other waterfalls flowing into Normandy Lake. Meet at 8:00 a.m. CDT at Dollar General Store, 1832 McArthur Street, Manchester, TN.  McArthur Street is Highway 55.    Register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. In addition to your kayak, paddle and PFD, bring lunch and plenty of water.  You will need sunscreen, hat, sun glasses.  Paddle gloves are recommended.

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

8/5
Sun

Murfreesboro

Normandy Lake Canoe/Kayak Paddle.

This is a joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. Joan Hartvigsen of HR will lead us on the paddle from the warren Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake to Short Springs State Natural Area’s Machine Falls and Ovoca Falls. Another option is to paddle from the boat ramp toward Old Stone Fort State Park and visit Crumpton Creek Falls and other waterfalls flowing into Normandy Lake.

Meet at 8:00 AM at the Dollar General Store at 1832 McArthur St (HWY 55) to caravan to the put in. Bring lunch and plenty of water.

For info or to sign up contact Sara Pollard

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

8/7
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Quarterly Meeting - August 7, 2018

Meets quarterly at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064. The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Social hour from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Meeting at 7:00 pm.  This meeting is for the second half hike planning.  The normal July meeting was cancelled due to the 4th of July holiday.

 

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

8/7
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Tuesday, August 7 - Laurel Falls- 4 miles RT, easy to moderate, Meet at Durham Street in Soddy Daisy at 8 am.( Rene Grace, 423-593-8128)

Rene Grace

8/8
Wed

Plateau

AUG 8 – O&W Bridge / Devil’s Den in Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN  This is a 5-6 mile moderate to difficult hike with a strenuous 1/2 mile ascent to Devil’s Den. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CDST.  Gas cost $7. Bring water, lunch and snacks. 

For additional information contact Bruce Whitehead at trailwalker80@Gmail.com.

8/9
Thu

Plateau

Aug 9 - Plateau Chapter Meeting 6pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Program will be on Camp Ozone by Brent Woodward. Join us for dinner beforehand at 5pm CT at Bootleggers Bar and Grill, 287 HY 70 E (across from Big John’s BBQ).  

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

8/11
Sat

Clarksville

Liberty Park, Clarksville; 3.5 miles, easy; meet 9:00 A.M. at the Liberty Park Pond parking area.

 

J.R. Tate 931-220-1359

8/11
Sat

East Tennessee

Virgin Falls - Virgin Falls is a Tenn. Natural Area which was purchased from private landowners by the State in 2012.  The hike is 8.2 miles and if we decide to take two side trails. the total distance would be 9.5 miles.  Unlike most trails we hike this one goes down first and then up for the return.  There is about a 700 foot elevation loss from the parking lot to just below the falls, about 4.25 miles, and that has to be regained going back.  Due to the length and elevation gain/loss the hike difficulty is rated as moderate.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink an a camera.  Because of the distance we will meet earlier than normal.  We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car pooling and leave at 7:30 am ET stopping in Oak Ridge at Books a million, 310 South Illinois Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  We will leave there at 8:00 am ET for those who would prefer to meet there.  Round trip distance from Knoxville is 210 miles, so be sure to bring gas money.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information,  please email or call Tom before the 10th, or leave a message.

Tom Cressler
865.974.4422
cressler@utk.edu
865.588.5622 (leave message)

8/11
Sat

Highland Rim

Greeter Falls Loop Hike and Blue Hole Swim. South Cumberland State Park, Altamont, TN.  4 miles. Moderate.  Firescald Creek flows over the Falls, which consist of a 15 ft. upper section and a 50 ft. lower Falls on its way to merge with Big Creek.  A short spur trail leads to the site of the old Greeter Homeplace, which was occupied in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  After visiting Upper and Lower Greeter Falls we will continue on the loop to the right, traversing over rocks, through hemlocks and beneath towering overhangs, passing Boardtree Falls on the right.  Just past Boardtree Falls, we will take the Greeter Trail to the right over a suspension bridge and on for another 0.8 miles to a short spur on the right for the Big Bluff Overlook.  This Overlook offers a view of the upper end of Big Creek Gulf and a fine lunch spot!  We will then retrace our steps and visit the Blue Hole for a refreshing swim in spring fed clear cool water.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and for carpool information.  Bring lunch and a lot of water.  Wear sturdy hiking boots. Hiking sticks are recommended.  Wear clothes you can swim in

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

8/11
Sat

Nashville

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

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

8/11
Sat

Plateau

Aug 11 –CT Daddys Creek Section - Crab Orchard, TN  Hike is 7.5 moderate miles through the woods passing a rock house and walking along Daddys Creek. The southern trailhead on Hebbertsburg Road is near the TVA power lines to the trailhead at East Keyes Road.  There is an elevation change of 324 feet. This hike will require a 8 mi car shuttle.  Depart at 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall.  Carpool cost $2.

  For additional information, contact Bruce Whitehead at trailwalker80@Gmail.com or Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charternet.net.

8/11
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Saturday, August 11- Cumberland Trail- Sluder Lane to Deep Creek returning to Sluder Lane via the rock climbers lot. About 7 miles/ (Hike leader John Politte) 423-304-8327 Meet at Durham Street in Soddy Daisy at 8am.

John Politte

8/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.

Dr. Ryan Otter from Middle Tennessee State University will be our guest speaker on the subject of coal ash.

Title: Is coal ash toxic?  Investigations from the ash spill in Kingston Tennessee
 
Coal burning power plants are responsible for the production of ~40% of the electricity in the US. As a by-product of this process millions of tons of residual fly ash are also produced.  On December 22, 2008, an impoundment failure at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant (Kingston, Tennessee) resulted in the largest coal ash spill in US history releasing approximately 1,000,000,000 gallons of coal ash into the Emory River.  As a result a full scale sampling campaign was conducted to assess what constituents of coal ash were of concern and whether they were at concentrations considered to be toxic.  During this presentation Dr. Ryan R. Otter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University, will discuss his findings and those from other scientists that investigated this spill. 
 

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

8/14
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Tuesday, August 14--Lula Lake Property, Ford Trail/North Creek Trail/Lula Falls Trail/ High Adventure and back by the      Middle Creek Trail.  4 miles, moderate. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8am. Hike Leader – Trish Appleton

Trish Appleton

8/15
Wed

Plateau

AUG 15 –  Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN  Collins River Loop Trail for an easy 2.7 mi then 1.4 mi on Eagle Trail to the Blue Hole then drive to the other side of the river and hike another mile or so on the upstream and/or the downstream trails.  Bring lunch and water. If the group wants we can stop at RI gas station restaurant for dessert after the hikes. Depart Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CDST.  Carpool cost is $7.  

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

8/18
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave SNA, Butterfly & Hummingbird Festival.Hummingbird banding demonstration, guided hikes, pollinator gardening tips, children’s arts and craft activities and more. The festival will start at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

 

N/A

8/18
Sat

Highland Rim

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, Baxter, TN, 18 miles southwest of Cookeville near Burgess Falls State Park.  5.5 miles, difficult. Steep.  Located on Cane Creek, Window Cliffs is named for a narrow limestone ridge that contains a couple of natural bridges or “windows”.  Cane Creek, with a 20 ft. waterfall and a number of smaller cascades, flows for 2.4 miles through the natural area.  Roundtrip requires 18 creek crossings.  There are no bridges but only cables and rock crossings. The water can be knee deep or higher.  Hiking boots are recommended for hiking the trail and water shoes are suggested for the creek crossings.  Hiking sticks recommended.  Bring water and lunch.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to register and for carpool information, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.   Trailhead address is 8400 Old Cane Creek Rd., Baxter, TN.  After our hike, we may visit nearby Burgess Falls State Park.

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

8/18
Sat

Murfreesboro

Buggytop Trail and Natural Bridge. Sewanee. 4.5 miles rated moderate.

We will hike to Lost Cove Cave’s Buggytop enttrance. This is one of the plateau’s most impressive cave entrances. The mouth of the cave is carved out of a 150 foot cliff. After hiking Buggytop Trail, we will stop at the Sewanee Natural Bridge State Natural Area to see the largest known natural bridge in the South Cumberland area. The University of the South donated the bridge property which has a span of 50 feet and a height of 27 feet. There is a view of Lost Cove from the top.

We plan to have lunch in Sewanee at Shenanigans Restaurant. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard

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

8/18
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Saturday, August 18- Pot Point Nature Trail starts from the parking lot across the road from the Pot House. The trailhead is on the left. 4.3 miles, moderate with an 800 ft climb, looping back down to cross the road where it runs along the river with beautiful views. Can be muddy on the river segment after a flooding rain. Meet at Food City on Signal Mtn Blvd at 8 am. ( Need Hike Leader) 

Need a hike leader

8/21
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

8/21
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Tuesday, August 21- - Piney Falls- North of Spring City, On Firetower Rd. 3 miles easy     except for one rock where you have to sit down but not a problem. Goes to a beautiful water fall you can walk behind Meet at Durham St. Soddy Daisy at 8 am. (Hike Leader Trish Appleton)

Trish Appleton

8/22
Wed

Plateau

AUG 22  – Scott’s Gulf, DeRossett, TN. Welch’s Overlook, Joe Holloway Rockhouse, and Yellow Bluff trail for 4-5 moderate hiking miles.  Bring lunch, water and snacks. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $5. ForAUG 22  – Scott’s Gulf, DeRossett, TN. Welch’s Overlook, Joe Holloway Rockhouse, and Yellow Bluff trail for 4-5 moderate hiking miles.  Bring lunch, water and snacks. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8:00 am CT. Carpool cost is $4.

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

8/24-
8/26

Highland Rim

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park, Delano, TN.  Camp, “duckie”, hike and kayak weekend.  We have reserved four campsites which accommodates 8 small tents.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen early to reserve a spot, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Friday afternoon we will use our kayaks to float the Hiwassee from the Reliance Bridge to the ramp inside our campground.  Saturday we will rent inflatable Funyaks (“Duckie”) from Hiwassee Outfitters, (423)338-8115, to float the Hiwassee River from below the Appalachia Powerhouse to the Reliance Bridge.  $30.00 plus tax to rent a one person “Duckie”.    Our group will go on the 2:00 p.m. “duckie” float.  Please call to reserve your own “duckie” for the 2:00 pm Saturday float.  We will go on a short hike prior to our afternoon float.  We will hike “Falls of the Scenic Spur”, 3 miles round trip.   Sunday we will float the lower Ocoee River from Sugarloaf Mountain Park boat launch to Nancy Ward Boat Launch. Sugarloaf Mountain Park is located on U.S. Hwy 64 near the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 314.  The takeout is at Nancy Ward Gravesite State Park on Hwy 411, 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 411.  The float is 7.5 miles and we will need to wait until late morning for good water flow.  Then the float will only take about 3.5 hours.     Friday and Saturday evenings we will share a community meal. Details later. Remember hiking boots and sticks for the hike as well as water shoes and everything else needed for whitewater “duckie” float and the kayak floats on the Hiwassee and lower Ocoee Rivers. Remember food for breakfasts and lunches.

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

8/24-
8/26

Murfreesboro

Hiwassee/Ocoee Secenic Rivers State Park, Delano, TN. Camp, "duckie", hike and kayak weekend.

We have reserved four campsites which accomodates 8 small tents. Contact Joan Hartvigsen (highland Rim) 931-962-0811 or jharvigs@comcast.net early to reserve a spot.

This is a joint activity with the Murfreesboro and Highland Rim Chapters.

(PLEASE SEE THE FULL DESCRIPTION IN THE HIGHLAND RIM LISTING)

Tony Jones (Murfreesboro)
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

8/25
Sat

Clarksville

Kohl’s Trail Head to Percy Priest Dam and back, 5.8 miles; meet 8;00 A.M. CT, I24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ~ 42 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

8/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Saturday, August 25 - Cumberland Trail from Mowbray Pike to Sluder Lane. About 5 miles. Meet at Durham Street in Soddy Daisy at 8am. / (Hike leader John Politte 423-304-8327)

John Politte

8/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center,501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  John Greeter will give a program on the history of the Greeter Family. The Greeters emigrated from Switzerland to middle Tennessee.  The Greeters were in the lumber and hardware business. At one time, the Greeters owned Greeter Falls. The old Greeter Homeplace, occupied in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is located on a short spur trail off the main trail leading to Greeter Falls

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

8/28
Tue

Nashville

Chapter Meeting - REI, Brentwood TN. 7:00.  It’s time for our annual Show and Tell meeting!  Members and friends ARE the program - along with pictures of your adventures on trails, from Tennessee to Timbuktu.   You’re welcome to bring your photos on a thumb drive (best), CD or hard copy. The more the merrier! Please sign up in advance for this with Nora Beck (norellibee@gmail.com  or 615-517-6486) so we can apportion time fairly to all who want to show photos. Bring friends, too, and prepare to be inspired as the prospect of cooler weather brings new incentive to get out there.

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

8/28
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Tuesday, August 28- Signal Point to Rainbow Lake looping back to Rainbow Falls Trailhead., 3 miles, Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8am.  Stage Cars (Trish Appleton 423-332-6517)

Trish Appleton

8/29
Wed

Plateau

AUG 29 – Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN.  The Rock Creek Loop is a 7 mile moderate hike.  The hike follows Rock Creek and an old railroad bed.  We depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CDST. Carpool cost is $7.  

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

    ** September 2018 **  

9/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station


Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower of the Evolution and Ecology Group will be our guest speaker for a wonderful program descripted below:


Andy Brower is a professor of biology at MTSU.  He earned his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, studying the evolution of mimicry in Neotropical Heliconius butterflies.  He has always had a fondness for the local lepidopteran fauna, and has been collecting moths at the porch lights of his house for several years.  Our program will cover some of the highlights of local moth diversity, and we will have some lights set up in the woods and maybe some trees with bait painted on them, to see if we can observe any living specimens in the environs of the Nature Center.
 
 
 
 

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

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.  We will share community evening meals Friday and Saturday evenings at our campsites

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

9/14-
9/16

Murfreesboro

Ghost River Paddle Adventure/Camping in Big Hill Pond State Park. Pocahontas, TN.

This is a joint activity with Murfreesboro and Highland Rim chapters. 

Contact Joan Hartvigsen (Highland Rim) at jhartvigs@comcast.net early to secure space in one of the six sites we have reserved.

Tony Jones is the local Murfreesboro contact for carpool information only. Please contact Joan for reservations.

PLEASE SEE THE FULL DESCRIPTION IN THE HIGHLAND RIM LISTING

Tony Jones (Murfreesboro Carpool contact only)
615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

9/21-
9/23

Highland Rim

Camping at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, TN. Hikes to be announced.  The hikes will probably be 7 to 9 miles in length.   Joint activity with Nashville Chapter, Doug Burroughs.  More information later.  We have reserved three campsites in Pickett CCC Campground.   Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 if interested in staying in one of the campsites and to register for the hikes.

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

9/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Sharp Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

10/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

We will have a regular business meeting tonight and instead of our usual program, we will enjoy an evening hike along the paved portion of the Marshall Knobs Trail to banks of the river and back to the wilderness station. So wear a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy a splendid meeting on the trail!

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

10/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Raccoon Mountain Hike. 13 miles loop, little elevation change.  Marion County, west of Chattanooga.  Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  The trail system winds around TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility.  The trail offers a variety of wooded settings and natural features, including spectacular vistas of the Tennessee River Valley and Gorge.  Please register with Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

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

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

11/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
6PM. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This is our six month hike planning meeting where we will fill our calendars from January to June 2019. So bring a finger food snack to share, and lots of ideas on places to hike and volunteer to lead one! 
Drinks, ice, plates, untensils and cups will be provided by the chapter.

WE WILL ALSO BE SELECTING OUR 2019 CHAPTER OFFICERS

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

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

12/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AND FEAST
6PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This will be our annual Christmas celebration. Please bring your family and a covered dish or dessert (or both) to share for our Christmas Feast. If you wish to participate in this year’s Dirty Santa, bring a small gift to share.

Drinks, Ice, Plates, Utensils, Cups and Napkins will be provided by the chapter.

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

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