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    Calendar updated Aug 22, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2019 **  

8/21
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN - Angel Falls Overlook.  6 Mile hike from Duncan Hollow Rd we’ll start on John Litton Farm Loop 1.7 mi to Fall Branch Trail for 1.8 mi then turn right on the John Muir/Sheltowee Trace 1.3 mi to Angel Falls Overlook, which is a massive rock outcropping several hundred feet above the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.  We then return to the junction with Fall Branch where the cars will be. Short Hike: drive all cars further up Duncan Hollow Rd to a right turn on Alfred Smith Rd till it ends at the John Muir/Sheltowee Trace and an easy 1.3 mi to the Overlook and back for 2.6 total mi.  Depart Cracker Barrel I-40 and HY 127 at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost is $6. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

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

8/23-
8/25

Highland Rim

 Obey River and Cumberland River Floats.  Camping at Dale Hollow Dam Campground, U.S. Army  Corps of Engineers.  Celina, TN.  Joint outing with the Upper Cumberland Chapter, Judy Fries.  We have reserved three campsites at Dale Hollow Dam Campground.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen to stay in one of these three campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Saturday we will float the Obey River from Dale Hollow Dam to Donaldson Park in Celina.  This 6.5 mile section of the Obey has a moderate to swift dam controlled current and offers a reliable cold water float through a tree lined corridor.  We will see impressive 400 foot sheer rock bluffs on this Obey float.  The river is 140 feet wide.  Saturday afternoon after the Obey River Float we will tour the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.  Sunday we will float the Cumberland River from Donaldson Park Ramp to Butlers Landing Ramp. We will share a meal Friday evening at the campground.  We may eat in nearby Celina on Saturday night.  Bring your  National Senior Interagency Pass.   More information soon.  Non-campers can meet us at 9:00 am CDT at the Dale Hollow Dam ramp  on Saturday and 9:00 am CDT Sunday at the Donaldson Park ramp in Celina. Notify Judy Fries, fries.judy22@gmail.com or Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net.  

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Judy Fries
fries.judy22@gmail.com

8/23
Fri

Sumner Trails

Friday, August 23rd. Hendersonville Greenway. 4 miles. Easy stroll at 9:30 am along a partially shady path. Meet at the Hendersonville Public Library (140 Saundersville Rd) We will hike from the library 2  miles over to the Drakes Creek ballpark area and return back 2 miles to the Library. The paved trail goes along the creek for part of the way. Pets welcome. For more information please contact Jenny Fitzgerald at mrzfitz@gmail.com or text/phone 615/517-8185.

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

8/23-
8/25

Upper Cumberland

 

August 23-25 – Camp and Float Weekend. Obey River and Cumberland River Float, Dale Hollow Lake Paddle. Camping at Dale Hollow Damsite Campground, U.S. Core of Engineers. Celina, TN. Joint outing with the Upper Cumberland Chapter, Judy Fries. We have reserved three campsites at Dale Hollow Damsite Campground. Please contact Joan Hartvigsen to stay in one of these three campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Saturday we will float the Obey River from Dale Hollow Dam to Donaldson Park. This 6 mile float takes only 2 hours when the generators are running. The group may decide instead to take out further downstream on the Cumberland River, Cordell Hull WMA boat ramp off Tinsley Bottom Road. Friday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning we can paddle Dale Hollow Lake from Pleasant Grove Recreation Area. We will share a meal Friday evening at the campground. More information soon.

8/24
Sat

Clarksville

Long Hunter State Park, Day loop Trail, 4 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A,M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot near McDonalds; 63 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

8/24
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Devil’s Back Bone Trail on the Natchez Trace – August 24, 2019
Devil’s Backbone is a 950-acre natural area in Lewis County. Devil’s Backbone offers a visitor the opportunity for a quiet hike adjacent the Natchez Trace Parkway. The trail follows the ridges of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and drops down along a creek into a hollow and back again along the ridge. This inviting walk provides time for enjoying nature and quiet reflection. The approximately three mile trail is a moderately strenuous loop with about 200 feet of elevation change.

Not many high quality examples of Western Highland Rim forest communities are known to exist because of present and past land use patterns. While Devil’s Backbone represents second or third growth forest, it is unlikely many other sites on the Western Highland Rim will be identified that better represent the region’s upland vegetative types. This opportunity is enhanced because of its location along the Natchez Trace Parkway near Hohenwald, TN.

Please plan to meet at McDonald’s (4908 Columbia Hwy., Spring Hill, TN in Williamson County) at 7:30 a.m.

 

Jane Coffey:  615.516.6551 or jecoffey0644@gmail.com.

8/24
Sat

Plateau

Big South Fork, Rugby, TN - Burnt Mill Bridge. Our hike will be the Burnt Mill Bridge loop near Rugby. It will be about 5 mi with moderate terrain. Depart 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   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.

8/24
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 24- Saturday- Hughes Road Trailhead to Immodium Falls and return (about 8.5 miles). Strenuous. Meet at Durham St. ballfields in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. John Politte @ 423 304-8327.

John Politte @ 423 304-8327.

8/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.   Dinner, 5 p.m. at Whiskey Trail BBQ and Steak House, 413 Wilson Avenue, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Marcia Medford will present a program on Antarctica.  In 1989 she was chosen by ITT Antarctica Services to be part of the winter-over crew at Palmer Station, where she served as the lab manager.  This job lasted from June to October.  While at the station there was not much opportunity to travel around, but she will show what life is like at a remote research station.  It wasn’t as austere as it sounds.  In addition to Antarctica, Marcia will show some of her photos from her trip to Brazil last year, including Carnaval in Rio and Iguassu Falls.

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

8/26
Mon

Sumner Trails

Popup Kayaking and Canoeing Trip
Monday. August 26. Kayaking/canoeing on the Piney River. Nunnelly, TN. 6 Mile float
.  For those carpooling, we will be leaving at 8:00 am from the Glenbrook Kroger parking lot in Hendersonville on Monday, August 26 to drive to Pinewood Canoe and Camp.  It is about an hour and a half drive. The float on Piney River is approximately 3 hours or more depending on how much paddling we do and the current. If we are able to get on the river by 10:00 am, then we might be done by 1:00 or 1:30 pm.  After we get off the river, we will go for lunch and hope to return to Hendersonville before rush hour traffic

maybe.  
 There is a link below this email so that you can read the information on the Pinewood Canoe and Camp website.  
     You may want to bring water, sunscreen, hat, dry clothes, shoes to wear kayaking and dry shoes,a snack to eat while kayaking, swimsuit and towel. No glass bottles allowed. The kayaks rent for $30 for a one seater.  They take cash or credit cards, and we pay when we get there.  There are restroom facilities at Pineywood’s office area.  Their website says not to use GPS for directions, but to go I-40 toward Memphis and take exit 163.  At exit 163, turn south (left) on highway 48 and go 6.6 miles, then turn right onto Cash Hollow Road and go a mile down Cash Hollow Road.  Please let Marcia Powell know no later than 2:00 pm Sunday, August 25 if you are joining us.  Email Marcia at mpow1221@gmail.com or call or text me at 217-855-3013.

http://pinewoodcanoecamp.com/

Marica Powell

mpow1221@gmail.com

217-855-3013

8/27
Tue

Nashville

Nashville Chapter Monthly Meeting.
7-9 PM in the Community Room at the back of the REI store in Brentwood TN: 261 Franklin Rd.
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 Doug Burroughs (dougburroughs@tennessee.usa.com), 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.

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

8/27
Tue

Soddy Daisy

August 27- Tuesday- Greenway Farms- About 3 miles. Meet at the parking lot off Hamill Rd. at 8:30 am. Hike Leader- Trish Appleton 332-6517

Trish Appleton 332-6517

8/28
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork, Stearns, KY - Blue Heron Loop. This is a moderately difficult 6.4 mile hike. Short Hike :  4 mi in/out from Natural Bridge to Devil’s Jump Overlook.  The loop features two of the best river gorge overlooks in the Big South Fork area. Two other interesting features along the trail are the Devils Jump rapids and Crack-in-the-Rock. The trail passes through the Blue Heron coal mining exhibit that serves as the terminus for the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. Depart from Vanity Fair at 7:30 am CT.  Carpool cost is $8. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. 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.

8/28
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday. August 28.  Hendersonville Arboretum.  2 miles MODERATE.  Beginning from the ESA parking lot, we will hike the Arboretum on a paved trail and then the U.S. Corp of Engineers Environmental Study area on a foot trail, which is unimproved and convoluted. We will return via the Arboretum trail back to the ESA parking lot (very little elevation change on this hike).  We will get an advanced view of a new walking trail proposed (but not yet approved) across a cove from the Arboretum. Since part of this hike takes us on an unimproved foot trail. you might want to wear long pants to discourage ticks, chiggers and poison ivy and wear footwear you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Also suggested: water, sunscreen, insect repellant, hiking poles. Meet at 9am at the big ESA parking lot, 502-498 Walton Ferry Road which is 1.7  miles from Gallatin Road on the right ( GPS and Google map coordinates 36.280507 - 86.623728). After the hike, we will go for brunch/lunch at a local restaurant. For further info, contact Jim at jimfuqua@gmail.com or text/call him at (615) 822-4400 or  Al at ballallenger@aol.com or call/text at (615) 454-7673

ballallenger@aol.com or call/text at (615) 454-7673

8/31
Sat

Clarksville

Meriwether Lewis National Park Foot Trail, 6 miles, moderate; swim in the Buffalo River after the hike; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, BigLots parking area, Riverside Drive, Clarksville; 87 miles to trail head.   

 

 

Ryan Dowdy 615-925-1796

8/31
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day. Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma, TN. Bring a lot of water. Bring work gloves, pruner, loppers, water shoes, weed eater. Tasks include placing stepping stones in the creek downstream from Machine Falls, trimming foliage back away for the trails, cutting away dead falls to clear trails, weed eating……. Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you can help. We appreciate the help from folks with all skill levels, including assistance to carry in equipment to the work sites.

 

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

8/31
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 31- Saturday- Roaring Creek Trailhead @ Graysville, Tn to Gilbreath Branch and return. The hike is 9.6 miles and is moderately strenuous. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields on  Durham  Street at 830 am. Hike leader is John Politte @ 423- 304- 8327.

John Politte @ 423- 304- 8327.

    ** September 2019 **  

9/3
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

Columbia/Franklin Chapter TTA - September Quarterly Meeting
Rick Lausten will present "Hiking in Western Ireland".  He and his group hiked along the Cliffs of Moher, 47-miles of the West Connemara Way and 52 miles of the Dingle Way.  They also took a tour of the "Ring of Kerry", explored Killarney and had a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle.  Come see why Ireland is a favorite destination for many people.

We meet at the Barnabas Center (506 N. Fair Street, Franklin 37064) located behind St. Paul Episcopal Church.  Social hour begins at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 7:00 pm.  Please bring ideas for fourth quarter 2019 hikes.  See you in September.

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

9/3
Tue

Soddy Daisy

September 3, Tuesday- Stinging Fork Trail to falls and then to Hinch Mtn. and back.  About 5 miles round trip. Easy to moderate because of the trail down into the gorge and back up which is steep and a bit rocky. Meet at Durham St. Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Hike Leader- Rene Grace and Tammy Hendrick- @ 315 949 8187.

Rene Grace and Tammy Hendrick- @ 315 949 8187.

9/4-
9/6

Highland Rim

Santeetlah Lake Paddle and Camping  and hiking in Nantahala National Forest Trip.  Camp at Cheoah Point Campground.  1373 Thunderbird Mt. Road, Robbinsville, NC.  U.S Forest Service Campground. Right off U.S. Hwy 129 near the eastern end of Cherohala Skyway.    Cheoah Point Campground has seventeen non-electric sites which cannot be reserved in advance.   Six sites are electric and can be reserved.  Many of the sites have awesome views of Santeetlah Lake, which is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest.  The campground has a boat ramp and swimming beach.  When not paddling, we can hike in the Nantahala National  Forest, trails off Cherohala Skyway or the Fontana/Twenty Mile Area of Great Smoky Mountains.  Points of interest include nearby Yellow Creek Falls and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and Shuckstack on the Appalachian Trail near Fontana Lake.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. 

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

9/4
Wed

Nashville

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25-Weekly Wednesday Hikes- Radnor Lake State Park, Nashville TN. 5 miles.  Moderate. Start time is 7 AM.  Meet by the Visitor Center, West Parking Lot off Granny White: 1160 Otter Creek Road.  The hike has elevation gains on both Ganier Ridge and South Cove Trails.  We usually walk at a moderate pace and finish up around 9 AM.  There are several opportunities to take shorter and flatter alternatives if you want to make it an easier hike.

Contact Doug Burroughs at 615-587-0085

9/6
Fri

Sumner Trails

 

Friday. September 6. Winding Stairs Trail. Lafayette, TN. 3 mile. Moderate. Elevation Gain 400 feet. Several small waterfalls and beautiful rock formations.  Trail consists of some board and concrete trail, but most of the trail is rocks, dirt, and gravel.  We will be hiking a recently added 1 mile loop in addition to the 2 mile loop. Both are moderate difficulty.  Recommended items are hiking shoes, water, insect repellant and a hiking pole. Carpoolers meet at 9:00 AM at the Gallatin Wal-Mart, 1112 Nashville Pike, near Chick-Fil-A.  Others meet at the trailhead at 10:00 AM. Heading east on 52W, turn right just past the Hearthstone Inn at the Winding Stairs sign. Going west on 52W, turn left just past Tractor Supply and Verizon Store at the Winding Stairs sign. If using your GPS, enter Nature Trailway, Lafayette. Please call/text if you are meeting at the trailhead.  We will go to lunch after the hike. For more information, contact Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002, or judy_jenkins@comcast.net.

Judy Jenkins 615-403-0002, or judy_jenkins@comcast.ne

9/7
Sat

Clarksville

South Cumberland State Park, Collins Gulf Trail, 12.4 miles, difficult;  meet 6:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot near McDonalds; 142 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

9/7
Sat

Soddy Daisy

September 7, Saturday- Hike  is at Prentice Cooper. Hike 6.4 miles from the Cumberland Trail Parking lot to the Lawson Rock Overlook (via the Indian Rockhouse). Moderately strenuous hike of 6.4 miles led by Tammy Hendrick @ 315 949 8187.

We will meet at the Food City parking lot at the base of Signal Mountain and depart at 830 am.

Tammy Hendrick @ 315 949 8187.

9/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Window Cliffs September 7 Window Cliffs : Length 5.4 mile round trip. Steep descent the 1st mile (about 300 ft.) then a slow uphill climb the next mile + with a steep climb to the top of the cliffs (about 250 ft.) We will cross Cane Creek and its tributary Phelps Branch 20 times. 18 of the crossing have steel cables to hold on to. We will see a 20 ft. waterfall and visit a overlook that has an excellent view of the windows in the cliffs. Bring water shoes, lunch (on top the cliffs), snacks, water, etc. The hike is rated strenuous, meet at J.C. Penny’s in Cookeville, TN at 8:00 am. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.If trail is closed because of high water we will hike the Upper/Lower Piney Falls and Stinging Fork Falls (both less than 6 miles)’

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Pete

9/8
Sun

Jackson

annual picnic and hike/games at Shelter 1 at Cub Lake, Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville, TN. 3 pm.

9/8
Sun

Nashville

Sunday, September 8 –Flat Rock SNA. 4 easy miles. Flat Rock is a lesser used and beautiful example of middle Tennessee cedar glades and barrens. Hikers can meet at the East Thompson Lane Kroger in Nashville at 10:30 AM or at the Flat Rock trailhead at 11:30 AM. Those interested will head over to Carmen’s Taqueria afterwards.

Please register with Mark Hubbard: mark.hubbard@mhhub.us / 615-715-1517

9/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Chris and Charles King of Smyrna will give a presentation on their exciting road trip from Tennessee to Colorado and back. Come hear about their adventure and tips for planning your next road trip.

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

9/10
Tue

Soddy Daisy

September 10, Tuesday-

Signal Mtn. School to Mushroom Rock, then along the bluff toward Edward’s Point part way and return. About 5 miles. First part of hike on old logging roads is up and down. Trail along the bluff is fairly level. Meet at Food City at the foot of Signal Mtn. at 8:30am. Easy to Moderate. Hike leader Trish Appleton 423-332-6517



Hike leader Trish Appleton 423-332-6517

9/11
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday. Sep 11.  Mammoth Cave Tour. 2 miles in the cave.  Moderate Difficulty with a total of 440 stairs.  The Historic Tour begins at 10 am, “This journey through the natural entrance leads to “classic” Mammoth Cave landmarks visited by writers, scientists, military figures and celebrities of the 1800s and early 1900s”.  You can read about the tour on the Mammoth Cave website. The price for adults is $17 and $12 for youth. You are responsible for arranging and paying for your tour with The Mammoth Cave National Park Service website or calling 877-444-6777.  The website strongly recommends making reservations in advance. Any comfortable closed toe shoes are appropriate for the cave tour and also a jacket/sweater (deep cave temperatures 54 degrees). Hiking poles are not allowed.   Once the tour starts, you can leave it only in an emergency, so if you are claustrophobic, this tour might not be for you.  We will meet at the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center by 9:30am before the 10 am tour. Do NOT rely on your mobile GPS, Google Maps or similar automated navigation systems to get to the Park Visitor Center in time for your tour.  The driving instructions per the website are from the South, go north on Interstate 65 to Exit 48 (Park City Exit). Turn left onto KY-255 and follow 255 as it becomes the Park City Road into the park. Follow Park City Road until it joins the Mammoth Cave Parkway; turn left.  Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center. To carpool meet at Glenbrook Kroger,  1010 Glenbrook Way, in Hendersonville at 7:45 am, or if driving from Gallatin, call Marcia Powell for carpooling instructions.  We will eat lunch after the tour. Please let Marcia Powell know if you make arrangements to go. Contact Marcia Powell 217-855-3013, mpow1221@gmail.com.

 

Marcia Powell 217-855-3013, mpow1221@gmail.com.

9/14
Sat

Clarksville

Red River Canoe or Kayak float from Adams, TN to Port Royal SP, 6.7 miles; It should take from 3 to 5 hours; You will have to supply your own canoe or kayak; meet 8:00 A.M., Port Royal Stat Park parking area; Adams, TN. 

 

Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

9/14
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - Bird Mountain,  Cumberland Trail-Ross Gap.  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 unnamed 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  hike difficulty  is  rated as moderate-difficult due to the  climb up Bird Mountain. 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 the Books A Million park area close to the road.  We will  leave there at  9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there. 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.  Please bring $$$ 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 Tom before Sept 13 at 865.588.5622 or send an email to cressler@utk.edu. 

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

9/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Sewanee Perimeter Trail, Roark’s Cove Road to Lake Cheston.  About 13 miles, moderate.  Little elevation change.  Hike omits Green’s View Cliff and Proctor’s Hall.  Vehicle shuttle required.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  This “lion’s share” of the Perimeter Trail includes most of the pristine sections and beautiful overlooks, two lakes, interesting  geological features and plenty of uplands deciduous forests.  Bring a lot of water, lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Lake Cheston Parking lot in the University of the South in Sewanee.

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

9/14
Sat

Murfreesboro

Sewanee Perimeter Trail. 13 miles rated moderate. Hike starts at Roark’s Cove Road and ends at Lake Cheston with little elevation change. There is a shuttle required. The hike from Roark’s Cove Road to the forestry cabin is one of the nicest sections of the 20 mile Perimeter Trail. Along the way we’ll pass KA Point, Cherry Point and Rutledge Point that overlook Roark’s Cove. After the forestry cabin the hike goes along the bluff with sweeping views of Hawkins and Miller Coves. We will pass two lakes and interesting geological features. Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. 

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

9/14
Sat

Nashville

Saturday, Sept 14 - Natchez Trace area - various trails. West of Spring Hill, TN. Moderate. 5-6 miles total before lunch. Meet at 7:30 AM in Franklin.   We’ll decide on a combination of: Gordon House and Ferry (1 mile), Devil’s Backbone (3 miles), Stillhouse Hollow (1.5 miles), and/or Meriwether Lewis Loop (3.5 miles).  We’ll finish in time for lunch at the Mt. Pleasant Grille.  

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

9/14
Sat

Soddy Daisy

September 14, Saturday- Hike is at Prentice Cooper. Moderately strenuous hike (Mullins Cove Loop) of 9.6 miles led by John Politte. 423 304-8327. We will meet at the Food City parking lot at the base of Signal Mountain and depart at 830 am.

John Politte. 423 304-8327

9/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Rim September 14Savage Day Loop, North Rim, Mountain Oak, and North Plateau Trails, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. We will hike the Savage Day Loop, Mountain Oak, and parts of the North Plateau and North Rim Trails. The hike is about 9 1/2 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. The hike features several nice overlooks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s in Sparta about 8:20, or at the trailhead about 9:00. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@ho

  
 

Richard Savage

9/17
Tue

Clarksville

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

Philip Anderson 931-561-0928

 

9/17
Tue

Soddy Daisy

 September 17, Tuesday Hike at Cloudland Canyon connector to Ascalon Trailhead. Will Stage cars. About 5 and a half miles, easy. Meet at parking lot at the Brown’s Ferry Exit take a right, go past LaQuinta to the large parking lot on the left near the road on the side by the drug store. Hike Leader Donna Pyers 423-344-9271

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Donna Pyers 423-344-9271

9/17
Tue

Sumner Trails

Tuesday, September 17 - Long Hunter State Park’s Volunteer Trail. 4 mile loop. Moderate difficulty. Join us on the beautiful Long Hunter State Park’s Volunteer Trail. We will do the 4 mile Day Loop section of the Volunteer trail. This takes us along a natural surface wooded trail offering lots of shade and follows the Percy Priest Lake shoreline for part of the hike. Wear good sturdy hiking shoes, and water, insect repellant and hiking poles are also recommended. The trail is mostly flat but expect slight inclines, some natural rock steps and roots occasionally along the trail. Lunch afterwards is an option in the Providence area of Mt Juliet if interested. Carpool leaves Glenbrook Kroger, 1010 Glenbrook Way, parking lot at 9 am, or meet us at the trailhead parking lot for the Volunteer Trail at 10 am. Please call if you are meeting at the trailhead. Important to note, this trailhead is at 1600 Bakers Grove Road, Hermitage TN, and is not accessible from the main Long Hunter State Park office area. Contact Jenny at mrzfitz@gmail.com or text/call 615-517-8185 with questions.

Jenny at mrzfitz@gmail.com or text/call 615-517-8185

9/21
Sat

All

Ramsey Cascades near Gatlinburg, TN.  Most will go to Gatlinburg on Friday.  The hike is on Saturday.  Meeting at the Crossroads Inn at 8 am.

Jeff Chambers 731-431-1538

9/21
Sat

Clarksville

Cumberland River Greenway: MetroCenter Levee, 3 miles out and back, paved, easy; The greenway runs directly along the Cumberland River for nearly all of its length, providing hikers with likely the most uninterrupted views of the river in all of Nashville; After the hike those who wish can visit the Farmers Market and the TN State Museum both at Bicentennial Capitol Mall; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison St. Food Lion (across from Sango Walmart) parking lot; Clarksville, TN; 36 miles to the trail head.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

9/21
Sat

East Tennessee

Cherohula Parkway.   Join us for  a very pleasant 6 mile hike.   We will begin our hike at Huckleberry Knob parking area and proceed to Hooper Bald, crossing  the parkway  to a magnificent view.  Of course the weather must cooperate for the best experience. We’ll stop at the famous Tellico Grain for great pastries. Let’s meet at Denny’s parking area at the Watt Road  exit off I-75 south (close to the outer perimeter) at 8 am et.  Any questions,  please call  Rosie 865.985.9144 or rosemary_l@hotmail.com. 

Rosie Marshall
865-985-9144
rosemary_l@hotmail.com

9/21
Sat

Highland Rim

 Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  Just one hour from Monteagle.  Overlook Trail,  Waterfalls Trail and West Rim Trail. 7 miles, moderate.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for information on a carpool leaving from Monteagle Elementary School.  Bring a lot of water, lunch, snacks, hiking boots and hiking sticks.  

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

9/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Downtown Nashville Urban Hike. Approximately 4 miles rated moderate for concrete and hard surface terrain. We will park (near) the Nissan Stadium and cross the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge onto Broadway. We will explore the "honky tonk" area and then turn at Bridgestone Arena for a walk up 5th Avenue towards the Tennessee State Capitol. We will visit the Bicentennial Mall and have lunch at the Farmer’s Market. We will return via the historic 2nd Avenue then back across the pedestrian bridge. We will see lots of new buildings, lots of neon signs, the Ryman, TPAC, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Music City Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Schermerhorn, among others. This will be a leisurely walk around town with some historical perspective thrown in and a wonderful opportunity to photograph an ever (and quickly) changing Nashville skyline.

***Due to the limited amount of parking downtown, it is important that we carpool from Murfreesboro. Those coming from other areas are free to park in the vicinity of the meeting place. Because of this issue, I request that you pre register with me for this hike to get the starting point.

 

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

9/21
Sat

Soddy Daisy

September  21,Saturday- Hike is in the Ocoee area near the Thunder Rock Campground. About 8 miles total moderately strenuous. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at 8:30 am. Hike leader is Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

9/21
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday. September 21. Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN.  4 miles, Moderate. This hike will combine parts of several trails, the Jim Bailey Trail leading off from the visitor center (restrooms available) as well as part of the Wildcat Trail leading to the Ore Pit Loop returning on the Wildcat and Jim Bailey Trails. The trail is mostly in shade but is not flat or paved. Roots and rocks are common. Hiking shoes, poles, and water are recommended. While always up and down, the trail is never steep. Along the Ore Pit Loop, hikers will see the remnant iron ore mining pits and red soil related to Montgomery Bell’s iron ore mining operations of the early 1800’s, which was a common industry at the time on the western Highland Rim. Along the Ore Pit Loop, hikers will also come to a meadow containing the replica 1810 cabin home of the founder of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church as well as a chapel now used for many weddings. We will meet for carpooling at the Glenbrook Kroger, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville at 8:30 AM, or at the park’s visitor center at 10 AM. Please call if you are meeting at the visitor’s center.  After the hike, we will eat lunch at Carl’s Perfect Pig, 4991 US-70, White Bluff. WARNING: Carl’s accepts CASH ONLY, no checks or cards. Contact John Thomas at 925-759-0517, johndt@sbcglobal.net; or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0518, donnamt2@sbcglobal.net.

 John Thomas at 925-759-0517, johndt@sbcglobal.net; or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0518, donnamt2@sbcglobal.net

9/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5 pm at Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.    Program:  History of TTA, presented by Jim Poteet.

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

9/24
Tue

Nashville

Tuesday, September 24, 7 PM - Monthly Nashville Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm. Rick Lausten will present Hiking in Western Ireland. He and his group hiked along the Cliffs of Moher, 47 miles of the West Connemara Way and 52 miles of the Dingle Way. They also took a tour of the "Ring of Kerry", explored Killarney and had a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. Come see why Ireland is favorite destination for many people.
Location: REI Brentwood, 261 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027.  We meet in the Community Room at the back of the store.

9/24
Tue

Soddy Daisy

September 24-Tuesday- Lookout Mt. From the parking lot near Covenant College to the Bluff Trail, turn left to the Jackson Gap Trail back up to the West Brow Loop Trail and back through the campus to the parking Lot. 4 and a half miles.Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am or trailhead near Covenant College at 9 am. Hike Leader, Trish Appleton- 423-332-6517.

Trish Appleton- 423-332-6517.

9/28
Sat

All

booth at the International Festival in Jackson, TN (downtown). 10 am - 2 pm.

Melinda Pearson and whole chapter

9/28
Sat

Clarksville

Springfield Greenway, Travis Price Park, Springfield, TN; 6 miles out and back, easy; eat at  Depot Restaurant In Springfield after the hike; meet 9:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot Exit 11 commuter parking lot near McDonalds; 25 miles to trail head.

 

Suva Bastin 931.645-2849

9/28
Sat

East Tennessee

Virginia Creeper Trail.  Ride the world famous Virginia Creeper.  Use your own bike or rent one from Blue Blaze Bike and Shuttle.  Make your reservations well ahead of time.  Ask for the 10:30 am shuttle in Damascus for your ride to Whitetop to start your 17 mile bike ride back to Damascus. It’s mostly all downhill, with  little excerstion.  For specific information about this event, call Tom at 865.588.5622 or email Tom at  cressler@utk.edu. 

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

9/28
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR

 

 

Linda Red, 901-489-9157

9/28
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR

Start off the fall hiking season with a hike at Village Creek, near Wynne, Arkansas. This is a moderate 5-mile hike along the Old Wagon Road west and the Trail of Tears with several hills.  Meet at the park visitor center at 9:30 am. Bring lunch or snacks, water, wear hiking boots.  Last year we had to wade through water in at least one place, come prepared for that possibility, (example: extra socks, a towel to dry your feet or waterproof shoes/boots).  We will eat lunch at the campground after the hike.    Rain cancels hike.

 

For additional information call Linda at 901-489-9157.

9/28
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent Park. National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single day volunteer effort. Volunteering on this day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature. Come join us for trail maintenance at Barfield Park from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CDT. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, a snack and water. 

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

9/28
Sat

Soddy Daisy

September 28, Saturday-Hike is the Bear Creek Backcountry Trail (7.3 miles) at Cloudland Canyon State Park (Ga) and is rated strenuous. We will meet at the Red Bank Food City parking lot and depart at 830 am. Hike leader is John Politte.

 Note: There is a $5 parking fee at the park.   

John Politte-423 304-8327

    ** October 2019 **  

10/2-
10/4

Highland Rim

Cardens Bluff Campground and Watauga Lake.  Elizabethton,TN.   Camping, paddling and hiking weekend.  Cardens Bluff Campground is on a peninsula jutting into beautiful Watauga Lake.  Many of the campsites have awesome lake views.  Watauga Lake is surrounded by the Iron Mountains, the Stone Mountains and Pond Mountain Wilderness.  The lake is in the Cherokee National Forest.  The Appalachian Trail follows the northern shoreline.    Contact Joan Hartvigsen for space in the reserved campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.          

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

10/5
Sat

Memphis

Oct 5, Sat.Lucius Burch Natural Area - Wolf River South of Walnut Grove

 

 More info to follow.

Linda Red, 901-489-9157

10/6
Sun

All

Short hike at Union University in Jackson, TN.  Meet near the bell tower parking lot,

Anne Goodson  731-664-1556

10/6
Sun

All

Short hike at Union University in Jackson, TN.  Meet near the bell tower parking lot,

Anne Goodson  731-664-1556

10/7
Mon

All

monthly meeting at PANERA BREAD in Jackson, TN 6pm

10/12
Sat

Memphis

 Sat.Shiloh National Military Park - Compass Hike

 

 

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

10/12
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lookout Mountain

Pete

10/18-
10/20

Memphis

 Sat-SunTTA Annual Meeting  - Fairfield Glade, Crossville

 

10/18-
10/20

Plateau

2019 TENNEESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION 
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
OCTOBER 18-20 
FAIRFIELD GLADE (FFG) COMMUNITY CLUB CENTER, 128 STONEHENGE DRIVE, CROSSVILLE, TN 38558 
REGISTRATIONS BY SEP 1, 2019.  Get form on http://www.tennesseetrails.org (2019 Annual Meeting & Registration tab) or included in a newsletter.  

Contact Plateau Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

10/18
Fri

Upper Cumberland

state meeting

10/26
Sat

All

Big Hill Pond near Ramer/Pocahontas TN.  Meet at Panera Bread at 7:45, leave at 8:00 a.m.

Howard Ropp 731-693-4248

10/26
Sat

Memphis

 Sat.Meeman-Shelby Forest – Chickasaw Bluff & Woodland Trail

 

 

Gloria Folk, 901-277-5756

10/26
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Piney Falls

Mike Shane

    ** November 2019 **  

11/2
Sat

Memphis

 Sat. Chewalla Lake Recreation Area  – Holly Springs, MS

More info to follow

 

 

 Lynne Witherington, 901-230-1501

11/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Honey Creek

Pete

11/9
Sat

Memphis

Sat.Tishomingo State Park

More info to follow

 

 

Kam Hipkins, 901-299-8359

11/10
Sun

Memphis

Nov 10, Sun.Big Hill Pond State Park

 

 

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

11/16
Sat

Memphis

Nov 16, Sat.Meeman-Shelby Forest – Chickasaw Bluff & Pioneer Springs

 More info to follow

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

11/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Brady Mountain

Richard Savage

11/23
Sat

Memphis

Nov 23, Sat.Lucius Burch Natural Area, North off Walnut Grove

 

 

Marion Quinlen, 901-482-8640

11/30
Sat

Memphis

Nov 30, Sat.Meeman-Shelby Forest – Woodland Trail  

 More info to follow

TDB

11/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Sewanne

Mike Shane

    ** December 2019 **  

12/7
Sat

Memphis

Dec 7, Sat.Tour de Wolf – Shelby Farms

More info to follow

 

Katie & Mike Gecewich, 1-712-251-7163

 

12/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cloudland Canyon 

Pete

12/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Christmas party

    ** January 2020 **  

1/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Twin Arches to Middle Creek

Richard

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Laurel Snow

Gary Kimbrell

    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Dog Cove

Pete

2/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Plateau

Mike Shane

2/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

 

Richard Savage

2/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Gulf

Mike Shane

    ** March 2020 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek

Janety, Cynthia and Judy 

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wheeler Farm

Pete

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Firey gizzard

Gary

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog ridge

Gary

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

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