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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Apr 14, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2018 **  

4/17
Tue

Clarksville

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

 

JR Tate 931-220-1359

4/18
Wed

Plateau

Walls of Jerico TN Trailead - We will hike an 8 mile strenuous loop on difficult rocky trails. We’ll cross the creek bottoms passng a cemetary then a low wide waterfall and 30’ Tunnel Falls.  Carpool cost is $10.   Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Depart from Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CT. 

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

4/20-
4/22

Plateau

Apr 20-22. – Spring Getaway to Brevard County NC.  Depart VF Outlet Mall at 7:30 am CT.   Carpool cost est $20-25.   Pack clothes, water, snacks and lunch for 3 days.  

Friday, Black Balsam Knob trailhead 
https://www.romanticasheville.com/black_balsam.htm
off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (198 miles; 3 h 20 min drive plus one potty stop).   Hike to the first bald at 1 mile and eat lunch; continue on for a 5 mile loop    For those wanting a shorter hike they can hike to the 1.5 mile sign and return for a 3 mile hike.  

Saturday, High Falls Trailhead at the Dupont State Recreational Forest Visitor Center.  Stop at the Hooker Falls parking area on the way for a short walk to Hooker Falls and back to car then driving on to the Visitor Center.  Hike the 7 mile hike described in link below with a shorter hike just doing the Triple Falls and High Falls loop for a 3 mile hike.  Hike description:  
https://www.romanticasheville.com/dupont_waterfall_hike.htm 

Sunday, we have a choice of:

1)  hike the 4 mile Graveyard Fields & Waterfall Loop, hike description:  https://www.romanticasheville.com/graveyard.htm or
2)  hike 4 miles total for an in and back hike to see Rainbow Falls, Turtle back Falls, Stairway Falls, and Hidden Falls. hike description:https://www.romanticasheville.com/rainbow_falls.htm

We can opt to drive eight miles past Gorges State Park to see Upper Whitewater Falls, part of the highest waterfall in the eastern USA.  It is a short walk and description below.  hike description:
https://www.romanticasheville.com/whitewater_falls.htm

For more information contact and to sign up contact Cheryl Heckler ASAP 931 -200-7436 or thehecklers@charter.net .

4/21
Sat

Clarksville

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Green’s View along the Perimeter Trail to Piney Point Trail; hike out and back to Piney Point; return to Green’s View via Beckwith’s Point; 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I24 exit 11 Park & Ride, near Subway; 129 miles to trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area. 8.4  miles, strenuous. 800+ft. elevation change.  De Rossett, TN.  (11 miles east of Sparta).  .  Marietta Poteet will lead this wonderful spring 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 and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Bring water shoes for creek crossings. To register for the hike email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net. Trailhead address:  2080 Scotts Gulf Road, Sparta, TN.  38583.

 

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net

4/21
Sat

Memphis

 Shiloh National Battlefield Park  Note Changes as-of 4-15

Meet at Shiloh Visitor Center at 9:30am.  Sign-up required (See below)  I will be in front of the visitor center with a orange cap.

This will be a historical hike following the route of Albert Sidney Johnston across Shiloh on April 6, 1862.
 
To help us understand the complexities will be lead by Charlie Spearman, Interpretive Ranger at Shiloh.  Charlie will lead us from General Johnston’s starting point at what is the southwest corner of Shiloh and end near Spain’s field where General Johnston died at about 2pm.
 
Charlie is a wonderful story teller and historian of what happened at Shiloh.  
 
The hike will involve some bushwhacking.  It will be about five miles.  We will conclude the hike at about 2pm
 
We will meet at the visitor center at 9:30.  (Changed from 9:00)
 
For questions or to sign-up contact Charlie Bright at charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

 

Charlie.bright2010@gmail.com

4/21-
4/22

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Trail Backpack. Possum Creek and Rock Creek Gorge Sections.
14.9 miles total for this two day, 1 night backpacking trip.
Saturday, we will start at the Heiss Mountain Road trailhead off Highway 111 near Soddy Daisy and hike 7.1 miles to the Little Possum North campsite.
On the way to the campsite we will pass a beautiful view from Perkins Point, Imodium Falls over Little Possum Creek, and cross the stunning Big Possum Creek and Little Possum Creek bridges. The campsite has water available from the Little Possum Creek.
The next day from our campsite, we’ll hike out 2.4 miles to the Retro Hughes Trailhead and continue for 5.4 miles to the Upper Leggett Road trailhead in Sale Creek.
Elevation gain and loss on the Possum Creek Gorge section is 1,000 feet and the elevation change on the Rock Creek Gorge section is 300 feet.
We will also see lots of wildflowers and overlooks that offer spectacular views of the gorge into the Tennessee River Valley and opportunities to see hawks and eagles.
This backpacking trip will be challenging but everyone will go at their own pace and enjoy the scenic views and rock formations.

For more info or to register contact Sara Pollard

Sara Pollard
615-714-3610

sarabpollard@gmail.com

4/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  This hike will cover the west side of the Battlefield taking in Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge, going across Dyer Field near a small cemetery.  The trail will cross Lafayette Road and loop back to Battlefield Road and to the parking lot.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m. or at the visitor center lower parking lot at 9:30 a.m. 

Gloria Nelson (423-645-9008)

4/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 April 21 - Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. Highlights of this hike include nine of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then continue past the Catur Savage cabin and the Sycamore Sink on Big Creek. We will then use a portion of Grassy Ridge Road to join the Connector Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls we will visit Upper and Lower Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s about 7:20, or at the Greeter Falls parking lot about 8:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

4/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.   Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center.  Program:  Sally Hubbard will speak about her Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage (The Way of Saint James) long distance hike in Spain.

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

4/24
Tue

Nashville

April 24- Chapter meeting. This country’s national wildlife refuges are seldom crowded and are great places to explore. Most have no admission charges, and many have hiking trails that lead to unique vistas and observation points,  Nora Beck will describe some of the trails and special places in the National Wildlife Refuge system in Tennessee and other regions of the country. 

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

4/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Stinging Fork Pocket Wilderness in Spring City.  Easy to moderate.  Between 3 and 4 miles first part and last part is really easy.  People can stay on the bluff if they want or go down in the gorge for the waterfall.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

Trish Appleton (423-240-3443)

4/25
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork Leatherwood, Sunset Overlook Trail, East Rim Overlook.   This will be a 7 mile moderate hike.  Pack your lunch, snacks and bring water.   Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $6. 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.

4/28
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I24 exit 11 Park & Ride, near Subway; 50 miles to trail head.

 

 Suva Bastin 931-216-0325

4/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Crab Orchard, TN - Black Mountain.  This hike will be a little different this year as we will start at the Brady Mountain trailhead on Highway 68 close to Crab Orchard.  It’s the same hike as the one starting from Black Mountain trailhead - just reversed.  The trail ascends gradually (for 1.5 miles) to Windless Cave.  Then, on to Black Mountain for a total of 4.5 miles.  There is a one-mile loop trail at the top on which there are two really nice overlooks viewing Grassy Cove (very scenic). The southen portion of this loop is actually part of the Cumberland Trail. There are large-sized rock formations at the top of Black Mountain that are worth seeing.  There are abundant spring beauty wildflowers here in full bloom at this time of the year.  Come join us for a nice hiking adventure.  We will return the same way on this hike back to Highway 68.  Total miles:  9 (10 including the loop),  Rated:  Moderately difficult.  Meet at ORNL Federal Credit Union in Kingston at 9:00.  Contact Carolyn Reeves for more information.

Carolyn Reeves
865-399-2972
crhiker03@gmail.com

4/28
Sat

Highland Rim

Sewanee Perimeter Trail Section.  Sewanee, TN.   Forestry Cabin (Gate 5) through Shakerag Hollow to eastern University Gates at Highway 41A.  Moderate.  Five miles.  We will leave vehicles at the eastern University Gates and begin our hike at Gate 5 off Brakefield Road.  We will enjoy many great views, including Cherry Point, Rutledge Point, KA Point.  We will hike down into Shakerag Hollow and see mature hardwood forests and tall cliffs and wet weather waterfalls.  And we will enjoy spring wildflowers.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Bring hiking poles and wear sturdy hiking boots.  Meet at the Blue Chair Café, 35 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN at 9:00 a.m. CT.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. 

 

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

4/28
Sat

Memphis

Apr 28, Chewalla Lake Recreation Area - near Holly Springs, MS
This is a 7-mile moderate hike through woods, along the Chewalla Road Trail to the Pine Mountain Road.  Meet at 9:30 a.m.  We start at the trail head from the MSL-Chewalla Lake Road.  Park along the road, near the trail head.  Wear boots, bring water and snack.  Rain cancels the hike. For more information call Janet at 901-494-4452.

Directions:  From US HYW 78 take the Lake Center exit, turn west onto HWY 178, turn north onto Higdon Road and drive 3 miles to the entrance.

 



Janet Sheahan, 901-761- 0705

4/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

Stones River National Battlefield.
This 3.6 mile loop trail is relatively flat and easy and there are several access points along the way to exit the trail if needed. This loop hike goes throughout the preserved portion of the battlefield where the Union and Confederacy battled for control of the road and railroad connecting Nashville with the states to the south.
With troops totalling more than 80,000 men combined, the two armies fought during the three day period, beginning December 31, 1862.
If time permits, we will visit the Visitors Center for a slide show and displays about the battle and the Civil War. Pack lunch, water and snacks.
For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Zahn

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

4/28
Sat

Nashville

Bike Ride.  Bicentennial Cumberland River Trail, Ashland City, TN. 20 miles. Easy.We will meet at the Mark’s Creek Trailhead on Chapmansboro Rd.  The first section of the ride consists of 4 miles of paved greenway along the Cumberland River.  We will ride over multiple bridges, including a spectacular trestle bridge, spanning Sycamore Creek.  On the way we will see remnants of the old railroad bed, and possibly wildfowl on the river. The second section of the ride is the Eagle Pass section which is not paved but consists of very fine, crushed gravel.  Because of this section it is better to have a hybrid type bike rather than a road bike.  We will ride all the way and through Lock A Campground to the Cheatham Dam.  At this point we will turn around and retrace our route back to the trailhead.  Bring water, snacks and of course your bike and helmet.  We will eat lunch in Ashland City after the ride.

 

Nancy Juodenas by email: njlj1011@gmail.com or phone: 615-319-8811

4/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Cloudland Canyon Sitton Gulch.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  $5 parking fee.  Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

Ed and Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

4/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 28, 2018 Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail.  The view from the top is wonderful. We will lunch at the top and those who want a shorter hike can then retreat along the ridge top to the Spicewood Branch Trail for a total distance of about 9.1 miles.  Those wanting a longer hike can proceed to the Lookout Tower for some more great views from atop Frozen Head Mountain returning via the North Old Mac trail for a total distance of 12 miles.  Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots.  Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT. We will begin the hike from the Frozen Head ranger station around 9:00am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or  Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

    ** May 2018 **  

5/1
Tue

Jackson

May 1 – Chapter Meeting  Please join us for dinner at Perkins Restaurant, starting at 6 pm, followed by a meeting to plan our remaining hikes for this spring and consider what hikes we would like to take in the fall.

5/1
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Foster Falls and Loop.  Foster Falls State Park is part of the South Cumberland State Park system.  A short 45-minute drive from Chattanooga.  Foster Falls boasts a stunning 60-foot waterfall.  The trailhead for ther 2-mile hike starts from the Foster Falls parking lot and follows the rim of the gorge.  On your way you will pass a viewing platform that provides you with a nice view of the falls from above.  Continue along the trail until it makes an abrupt right to drop down into the gorge.  While not an extreme hike the path is quite rocky and uneven so be careful.  Follow the path down and cross over a swinging bridge taking you across the river and to the base of the falls.  Fom here you can return to the top and hike the flat rim trail or take the circular path that moves up the opposite rim of the canyon through a large boulder field where another spectacular view of Foster Falls awaits.  You will then return aong the rim trail.  For those who do not wish to hike to the bottom of the falls, you may want to stay on top and hike the rim trail. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

Trish Appleton (423-240-3433)

5/5
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Spring Fling at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area.    

 

N/A

5/5
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - Bird Mountain, Cumberland Trail.  Join us on a hike in the Cumberland Mountains.  We will park at the Park Headquarters and hike the road and the Bird Mountain trail to the top of Bird Mountain and the Cumberland trail, about 3 miles, gaining about 1400 feet.  We will follow the Cumberland trail south for about 1.5 miles to Ross Gap, losing about 200 feet, then turn down the mountain on an old coal haul road to an un-named trail which we will follow to Flat Fork Creek, losing about 1200 feet.  Depending on the water level in Flat Fork Creek we may or may not ford the creek on our way back to the vehicles.   The total hiking distance is about 7.5 miles. The distances are estimates based on conversations with park rangers. 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 meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am 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 9:00 am.  Don’t forget $$$ for carpooling.

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

5/5
Sat

Memphis

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

5/5
Sat

Murfreesboro

Barfield Wilderness Loop Trail. Barfield Crescent Park. Murfreesboro. 4 miles of wooded trail with only a small hill at the beginning. This trail consists of two loops inside of a main loop for a total of four miles, rated easy. Contact Jennifer Zahn for additional information.

Jennifer Zahn
jenzahn@gmail.com

615-943-8853

5/5
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf south rim.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

George Bonneau (423-842-3619)

5/5
Sat

TTA

1-4 pm. TTA Second Quarter Board meeting. Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37218.

Directions: From I-40 take exit # 204 and go north on Briley Parkway. Take exit # 24 and turn left onto State Rt. 12. – toward Ashland City. Go over 2 miles and turn left at the stop light onto Old Hickory Blvd. Go 4 miles, the entrance to Bells Bend Park (trailhead) is on your right. Go to the second Park entrance for the Bells Bend Outdoor Center.

Carolyn Miller. TTA President.

5/5
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 5, 2018 Cane Creek Park     Cookeville Tennessee Yearly meeting and pot luck. Meet near boat ramp 10:00 A.M. to hike.  We can walk both loops for about 4.7 miles.  BRING CHAIRS Pot luck and meeting will began around 11:30. Calendar and old hike descriptions will be available. Please come with ideas and dates to led hikes. Contact Jennifer Carroll to sign up for food and attendance
          Jennifer.carrolldb@yahoo.com

5/6
Sun

Highland Rim

Ritchie Hollow Trail, 17805 River Canyon Road, Chattanooga.  5 miles round trip, 1,000 ft. elevation change, moderate.  This new trail opened in January 2018.  Local partnerships between the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Prentice Cooper State Forest, TVA, Rock/Creek, the Riverview Foundation, the Benwood Foundation, the Southeast Conservation Corps, the Chattanooga Hiking Club and the UTC GIS Lab made this trail possible. This pretty trail starts at the Tennessee River near Pot Point Cabin and climbs Suck Creek Mountain in the eastern edge of Prentice Cooper State Forest.  The trail connects with the Pot Point Loop Trail inside Prentice Cooper State. Forest.  From this junction Snoopers Rock (a stunning overlook of the Tennessee River Gorge) is 1.6 miles one way.  This hike provides views of the Tennessee River Gorge, surrounding mountains, mountain streams, 30 ft. Blowing Wind Falls, wildflowers and hardwood forests. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Meet at 7:45 a.m. CDT at Monteagle Elementary School to form a carpool or 9:00 a.m. CDT at the trailhead.  Bring water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots. If the group wants a longer hike we can hike to Snoopers Rock and back for an 8 mile hike instead of a 5 mile hike.  Or we could hike the 3.5 mile Pot Point Nature Trail after we hike the Ritchie Hollow Trail.  The Pot Point Nature Trail trailhead is located on the opposite side of the Ritchie Hollow parking lot.  On this trail we will see native azaleas, wildflowers, wildlife including beaver and osprey.  We will enjoy views of the Tennessee River and hike through Mike Linger Butterfly Meadow.   

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

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

5/8
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Ritchie Hollow Trail.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Boulders, river views, waterfall, old moonshine stills.  Hike will begin at the Pot Point Cabin at 17805 Canyon Road (on the river) and end where it intersects the Pot Point Loop Trail near the top of the Tennessee Gorge.  Meet at WalMart on Signal Mountain Boulevard parking lot where it borders the old railroad tracks at 8 a.m.

Bob McGavock (423-667-2960)

5/11-
5/14

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cataloochee Valley, NC.    Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002 on May 11, 12, 13.  These lovely, quiet campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek.  Friday we will hike a short section of Boogerman Trail. Saturday we will hike a 9.3 mile loop consisting of sections of three trails:  Rough Fork, Caldwell Fork and Big Fork Ridge Trails, 1,200 ft. elevation change.  Sunday we will hike Cataloochee Divide Trail to Appalachians Highlands Science Center, 8.4 miles round trip, 800 ft. elevation change.  Bring water shoes.  We will view the Elk in the evenings and early mornings.  For those camping Sunday night, we may hike to Max Patch on Monday on the way home.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve space in the two group campsites.  Friday evening we will share an evening meal.  Bring your own food for the remaining meals.  We may not be able to eat at a restaurant  because of this remote location. Bring drinking water. No drinking water available at Cataloochee Group Campground.  Drinking water is available 1.6 miles away at the Cataloochee Campground

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

5/11-
5/13

Murfreesboro

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter with the option to stay until Monday, May 14.
Camping in the Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002. These campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek. Hikes will include the Rough Fork, Caldwell Fork, Big Fork Ridge Trails Loop Hike and the Cataloochee Divide Trail.
Friday evening we will enjoy a group dinner, bring a dish to share. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD FOR THE REMAINING MEALS. We may not be able to eat at a local restauraunt because of this remote location. This trip will fill up quickly so reserve your spot now by contacting Joan Hartvigsen of the Highland Rim Chapter jhartvigs@comcast.net.
If interested in carpooling from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard sarabpollard@gmail.com or 615-714-3610. YOU MUST CONTACT JOAN TO RESERVE A CAMPING SPOT!

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

5/12
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland State Park, Collins Gulf Trail, 11.5 miles, difficult;  meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 142 miles to trail head.  

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

5/12
Sat

East Tennessee

Big Ridge State Park.  We will walk a 6.5 mile loop in the park by combining several trails.  There will be some up and down  and we will get some good views of Norris Lake as well.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water, it will probably be quite warm by then.  We will meet at KARM on Merchants rd. at 9A.  KARM is located at exit 108 off 275 North.  It is next to the Outback Steakhouse. 

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

5/12
Sat

Memphis

Hike & Chapter Picnic

Marion Quinlen, 256-273- 9720

5/12
Sat

Nashville

Nashville Urban Hike. 5 miles. Easy.  We will meet at 9:00 am at the Carillon Bells located on the north end of Bicentennial Mall, nearest to Jefferson Street, not far from the Farmer’s Market.   Arrive early to locate free parking along 5th or 6th Avenues or park at Farmer’s market.   The hike will lead into downtown following the state historical markers of Bicentennial Mall, and we will then climb the hill to the state Capitol and see that up close.  Next, across War Memorial Plaza and east on Union Street, we will pass Printer’s Alley and make our way to 1st Avenue N where the rebuilt Fort Nashborough is open to the public. Continuing to lower Broadway we’ll enjoy the flavor of that district and work our way past the symphony hall and up to Rolling Mill Hill, briefly enjoying the greenway and a fine view of the Cumberland River. We continue uphill and across the Richard Fulton campus then go west on Middleton and Ash streets eventually reaching the somewhat new Division Street connector and will be rewarded with some different views of downtown. This route will lead us across town to the Gulch, and we will hike along 12th and 11th Avenue S and onto the Gulch Greenway to Charlotte Avenue, thence to our starting point.  Optional lunch at choices at nearby Farmer’s Market or in Germantown. 

Tom Vickstrom – tomzinger55@gmail.com  615-405-6713

5/12
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lower Leggett to Rock Creek bridge and back.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

5/12
Sat

Sumner Trails

  MAY 12  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 our trailhead after the hike - during this shuttle time we can hike south on the paved greenway to the classic railroad trestle over the Sycamore Creek Embayment.  The Eagle Pass Trail is a rails-to-trails greenway on gravel and dirt surface and mostly follows a bluff overlooking the Cheatham Lake part of the Cumberland River with nice views and very little elevation change.  Perhaps we can spot the eagle that the trail was named after.  Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 am CT.  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 info contact Bicentennial Al.

Al Ballallenger@aol.com

5/12
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 12
Burgess Falls and Cummings Falls
Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

5/12
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 12
Burgess Falls and Cummings Falls
  Burgess Falls from trailhead (parking lot ) we will hike to dam and back to trailhead, then to base of Burgess Falls and back up to Ridge Trail and back to cars.  (Two miles.)We will then drive to Cummins Falls and take the trail to top of Falls and over to overlook. We will then take trail to base of the Falls including ½ mile hike up river ( if water is not too high) Four miles round trip. Bring swim wear/water shoes, water, lunch (at Cummings trailhead) meet at Penny’s in Cookeville at 8:00 AM or Burgess Falls trailhead at 8:30 A.M. Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net or 931-738-3551

Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

5/15
Tue

Clarksville

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

JR Tate 931-220-1359

5/15
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Radnor Lake Hike - May 15, 2018
Joint hike.  There will be two hikes running concurrently.  Fred Warner will lead a hike which will include Ganier Ridge and South Cove Ridge.  Meeting times and locations will be presented closer to the hiking date.

Fred Warner:  fredhwarner@gmail.com

5/15
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Black Mountain loop.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 .m.

Boodie Fox (423-842-1178)

5/19
Sat

Clarksville

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

 Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

5/19
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Stillhouse Hollow Falls - Cleanup/Maintenance Hike
The Columbia/Franklin chapter will host a maintenance hike at Stillhouse Hollow Falls.  Bring gloves and plastic bags for cleanup.  Ellen Clark will lead this hike.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at McDonald’s in Spring Hill (4908 Columbia Pike, Spring Hill) at 9:00 a.m.  If you would prefer to meet at Stillhouse Hollow Falls, then please plan to meet at 10:00 a.m. at the trail head.  Contact Ellen Clark if you plan to attend:  ercclark@aol.com or 615.482.3605.  Please leave contact information in case of inclement weather.

Ellen Clark:  615.482.3605 or ercclark@aol.com

5/19
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Charlie’s Bunion Trail.  It’s one of the most popular hikes in the Smokies because it is part of the Appalachian Trail.  We’ll begin our hike at Newfound Gap and hike 4 miles to a spectacular overlook rock.  After a short break, we will return those same 4 miles to our cars.  The total distance for this hike is 8 miles and rated moderate.  This hike has very little elevation gain and loss.  Our meeting place will be Ingles parking area on Cedar Lane at Merchant’s Rd Exit at 8:00 am ET.  For those who prefer to meet at the trailhead, we will begin our hike at 10:00 am ET.  Wear your hiking boot and bring snacks and water.  Don’t forget your $$$ for carpooling.

Rosie
865.985.9144
rosemary_L@hotmail.com

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

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
931-962-0811

5/19-
5/20

Jackson

May 19 – Cumberland Mountain State Park We will walk a 8 mile moderately difficult trail called the Overnight Loop.  Those who wish to camp Friday or Saturday night are encouraged to do so. Our hike leader will be Jeff Chambers.  For additional information, please contact Jeff at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

5/19
Sat

Murfreesboro

Duck River Float (5 or 8.5 mile Float)
We will put in below Normandy Dam at 9AM (to arrange a shuttle) and will float about 8.5 miles from Normandy Dam to Three Forks Bridge.
IF you desire a 5 mile float, we can stop off at Dement Bridge for you to depart to your waiting transportation.
This is a joint float with the Highland Rim Chapter.

We will have lunch in the water on little rock sandbars behind Cortner Mill where a portage will be required.

During the shuttle, those who only want the 5 miler will park at Dement Bridge, those that want to do the full 8.5 will park at Three Forks Bridge. We will ALL return together to Normandy Dam to start the float.

For more information or to register contact Tony Jones. There may be a carpool from Murfreesboro to Normandy as well if there is interest.

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

5/19
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Flipper Bend.  Approximately 11 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at WalMart in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

John Politte (423-304-8327)

5/19
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 19  Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, a huge rock outcrop with views all around.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. Bring snacks, headlamp, water, lunch, raingear and good hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT.  For information and to register, contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com.

5/20
Sun

Nashville

Hidden Springs Trail, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN.  4.2 Miles. Easy.  This leisurely afternoon hike loops through a geologically interesting landscape full of rock formations and sinks.  There are shady thickets of cedar trees and meadow-like cedar glades.  We will be examining the plant growth found only in the thin soils of the glades and nowhere else in the world.  

For meeting times and places and to register for this hike please contact Libby Francis, 615-319-7501 or Kate Perry, 615-226-7139.  

5/21
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting .  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West Restaurant, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.    Marietta Poteet will present a program on her 192 mile hike across England on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast Trail from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, starting at St. Bees Head and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay.  Marietta hiked with five friends from the Nashville Chapter of TTA

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

5/22
Tue

Nashville

Annual Nashville Chapter Picnic, Edwin Warner Park, Nashville TN.Shelter 10, 4:00 pm CDT until sunset.  Following a potluck meal at 6:00 pm, we’ll take a twilight walk on the park roads.  The chapter will provide tableware, napkins, and ice, but we encourage you to bring your own non-disposable "mess kits" as a more sustainable alternative.  If you have a camping lantern and folding chair, you may want to bring those also.  The shelters aren’t lighted.  For the walk, you will want a flashlight or headlamp.  Bring friends!  This is the only chapter meeting that also includes a hike, so bring along a friend who’s been thinking about going beyond walking in the neighborhood.  Directions from Nashville: Drive west on West End / Harding.  Turn left at the "split" in Belle Meade to go on Highway 100.  Continue on Highway 100 for 3.2 miles and turn left on Old Hickory.  Drive 0.7 miles over the ridge and turn right on Vaughn Road at the traffic light.  In about 0.3 miles, turn right into the Edwin Warner Park Picnic Area.  We will be at Shelter #10, almost at the end.  When you see a permanent rest room building, turn left and then left again at the fork immediately following.  

For more information, contact Libby Francis at LibbysLibbys@comcast.net or (615) 319-7501

5/22
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Harrison Bay State Park.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Easy.  Meet at Target on Hwy 153 at 8 a.m. or at the trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

Ed and Donna Pyers (423-344-9271)

5/26
Sat

Clarksville

 No hike because of Memorial Day Weekend.

 

N/A

5/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, part of the Cumberland Trail.   Dayton, TN.   10.5 miles.  Moderate to difficult because of distance and stream crossings. Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will follow the main trail along Richland Creek, then proceed on to Snow Falls  We will visit Dunn Overlook on the way out and Buzzard Point on the way back. The hike has a beautiful beginning section along Richland Creek, which is a large creek featuring cascades and huge boulders along with that musical sound of falling water. We will need to cross Laurel Creek since there is no bridge at this time. This could mean rock hopping or stream fording, depending on the water level.  So all hikers need to come prepared with water shoes and trekking poles for balance. An impressive suspension bridge spans Richland Creek a little further on. Expect some moderate climbs. At the campsite near Snow Falls we have a view of the falls, but to proceed to the actual falls we must cross Morgan Creek.  This might be a difficult crossing because the water can become quite deep and swift with seasonal rains. It’s possible we’ll have to turn back at this point if it’s not fordable. On the return we’ll go out to Buzzard Point along a side dirt road. This is a magnificent rocky overlook jutting out over the gorges created by Morgan Creek and Richland Creek. We can see where both gorges come together from this view point. Then we’ll return to the main trail via a short side trail and return the way we came from that point on. Come prepared with plenty of water for an all day hike, hearty snacks and/or lunch. Hiking boots, trekking poles and water shoes are a must. Contact Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

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

5/26
Sat

Murfreesboro

Snow Falls Hike/Laurel-Snow State Natural Area. This is rated moderate to difficullt due to distance and stream crossings. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. This hike is just slightly over 10 miles.
The plan is to leave from the Dayton, TN trail head and follow the main trail along Richland Creek, which is a large creek featuring mini falls and huge boulders along with the musical sounds of falling water.
We will need to cross Laurel Creek since there is no bridge at this time. This could mean rock hopping or stream fording, depending on the water level, so all hikers need to come prepared with water shoes and trekking poles for balance.
An impressive suspension bridge spans Richland Creek a little further on. There is evidence along the way of past logging and mining activity and we will pass the remains of a dam that was used to create a water reservoir for the city of Dayton.
Expect some moderate climbs. Also, once we arrive at the campsite near Snow Falls we will have a view of the falls, but to proceed to the actual falls will require crossing Morgan Creek. This could be a difficult crossing as the water can become quite deep and swift with seasonal rains. It is possible that we will be forced to turn back at this point if it is not fordable.
The campsite will provide a good lunch spot.
On the return, we will go out to Buzzard Point along a side dirt road. This is a magnificent rocky overlook jutting out over the gorges created by Morgan Creek and Richland Creek. You can see where both gorges come together from this viewpoint. Then we will return to the main trail via a short side trail and return the way we came from that point on.
Come prepared with plenty of water for an all day hike, hearty snacks and/or lunch. Good hiking boots, water shoes and trekking poles are a must.
Contact Jan Safavi for any questions or for carpool information.

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

5/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lula Lake.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 8 a.m.

Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

5/29
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Big Soody Gulf to Cumberland Mountain trail and back.  Approximately 4 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 8 a.m.

Bob McGavock (423-667-2960)

    ** 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

6/2-
6/3

Plateau

Savage Gulf Backpack Trip To Hobbs Cabin, Beersheba Springs, TN  Day hikers will hike in 3-4 miles and return while our overnight backpackers will continue on to Hobbs Cabin for 8 miles on Sat and 9 miles on Sun.  We have reserved Hobbs Cabin which sleeps 6.  Depart 7:30 am CDST 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, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

6/6
Wed

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Pogue Creek, Jamestown, TN.  This will be a 6.6 mile moderate hike in Pogue Creek Gorge to the Pickett SP picnic area which will require a car shuttle.  Features include rock houses, rock bluffs and an overlook.   Depart 8am from Cracker Barrel.  Carpool cost is $6. 

Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

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

6/13
Wed

Plateau

Savage Gulf – Collins West, Gruetli-Laager, TN .  This is a strenuous 7 mile hike with spectacular scenery such as waterfalls, bluff overlooks, and rock formations. There should also be diverse and abundant wild flowers. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CDST. Carpool cost $7.  

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

6/16
Sat

Plateau

Great Smokey National Park - Andrews Bald/Clingmans Dome.  We’ll hike from the Clingmans Dome Parking Area down Forney Ridge Trail 1.5 mi to Andrews Bald for the views and azaleas in bloom.  Retrace our steps to the Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail which will lead us to the AT and over to Clingmans Dome Observation Tower for a total of 4.5 strenuous miles with an elevation change of 2400’.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $10.  

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

6/20
Wed

Plateau

Fall Creek Falls- Prater Place Trail and Wheeler Farm Loop, Spencer, TN.  Prater Place trail is 6 moderate miles, total in and out, to Hemlock Falls. The farm loop is only 1.5 moderate miles with 400 ft elevation loss/gain to Medley Arch, a unique 90’ high arch/natural bridge, 120 foot tiered Wheeler Falls, and the remains of a bottomland farm.  Depart 8 AM CT Trinity Tabernacle Church on Hwy 127 South.  Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

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

6/27
Wed

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park – Bird Mountain, Wartburg, TN.   We’ll hike 7.6 moderate sometimes strenuous miles with 1000’ elevation change making a loop on Lookout Tower West, North Bird Mountain and Bird Mountain Trails. https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/park-maps/09-frozen-head.jpg  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot.Carpool cost is $6.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

6/30
Sat

Plateau

Great Smokey National Park – Ramsey Cascades Cosby, TN.  We’ll hike the Ramsey Cascades Trail for 4 moderate to strenuous miles along Middle Prong creek to the 90’ cascades and back for 8 miles total and a 2300’ elevation change. Look for painted trillium, bee balm, rhododendron, mountain laurel, salamanders and tadpoles.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

Deb Westervelt, emailplateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

    ** 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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