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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Jul 13, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** July 2019 **  

7/16
Tue

Soddy Daisy

July 16, Tuesday-. Chickamauga Battlefield- East Loop- about 3 to 4 miles, easy. Meet at the lower parking lot near the Visitor’s Center at 8:30 am. There will be some limited historical commentary about the battle in this area. Hike Leader- Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008.

Gloria Nelson- 423-645-9008.

7/17
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday. July 17th.  Peeler Park, Madison.  Easy.  3.5 miles.  This is a pet friendly hike.  The level trail is gravel/asphalt topped and winds through grassy meadows and patches of woodlands. It runs along the river but the river view is limited by trees and brush.  Most of the lowlands were cornfields years ago! We may see a variety of wildlife including turkey, deer, or ducks. No hiking shoes or sticks required, but you may want to bring water. We will enter the park at the end of Neely Bend Road in Madison following the boat ramp signs. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead. Those carpooling meet at the First Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville  at 8:30 AM CT or at the Peeler Park/ Boat Ramp Trailhead at 9:00 AM. For more information or to let hike leaders know you are meeting at the trailhead, contact hike leaders Ron and Judy Jenkins at Judy_Jenkins@comcast.net or 615-403-0002.

 

 

 Judy Jenkins at Judy_Jenkins@comcast.net or 615-403-0002.

 

7/19
Fri

Sumner Trails

 

*Pop-up Hike* 

Friday, July 19.  Long Hunter State Park - 4 miles - Bryant Grove Trail. Meet at 9:30  at Couchville Lake Parking lot. Join us as we hike in to the half way marker (2 miles) and turn around and return back on the same trail. This easy, flat, winding trail follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake and offers glimpses of shorebirds, wildlife and wildflowers. Sorry, no pets allowed. Some sun and some shade. I recommend water, a hat, bug spray and sunscreen. Join us for lunch afterwards at the Margarita House Mexican restaurant (151 Adams Ln, Mt Juliet)  Those who want to carpool, meet at 8:30 at the Glenbrook Shopping Center Kroger, 1010 Glenbrook way, Hendersonville.  Those who wish to meet at the trailhead at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN, let Jenny know you plan to meet at the trailhead.  For more info, contact Jenny Fitzgerald 615-517-8185 or mrzfitz@gmail.com

 

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

 

7/20
Sat

Clarksville

Pennyrile State Park, 3 mile hike, moderate, and then swim; eat lunch at Park Restaurant; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 50 miles to trail head.

Cindy Jones 870-215-8993

7/20
Sat

Soddy Daisy

July 20, Saturday- Ocoee Area, Rainbow Falls. 3.3 miles out and back with two river crossings that can be easily rock hopped with option to explore another part of this area by taking an intersecting trail out and back. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at Exit 11 off Highway 75 at 8:30 am. Hike Leader, Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

7/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jim Brannon, GISP, is our speaker.  He will give us an update on the progress of building the Cumberland Trail.  We will learn of the newly completed sections and how computerized mapping is used to plan the layout of the trail.  Jim is a Cumberland Trail State Park Ranger and a certified professional in geographic information systems.  

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net

7/23
Tue

Soddy Daisy

July 23, Tuesday- Elsie Holmes Nature Park in East Brainerd. Meet at Food City on East Brainerd Rd. (7804 East Brainerd Rd.} Hike will be 3 to 4 miles easy up and down. Rocks and roots should not be a problem. Hike Leader Trish Appleton- 423-240-3443

 Hike Leader Trish Appleton- 423-240-3443

7/26
Fri

Sumner Trails

Friday, July 26th.  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 or text/phone 615/517-8185.

 

7/27
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.           

 

N/A

7/27
Sat

Highland Rim

Barren Fork and Collins River Float, McMinnville, TN.  About 8 miles.  Meet at 9:30 am at the Pepper Branch Park, Barren Fork River Access.  We will put in just below the Spillway and take out at the VFW Post of Highway 70S.  At about the 6 mile point the Barren Fork River meets with the Collins River.  So we will have a little push to help with the last 2 miles.  Bring sun protection, snacks, lunch, hydration, water shoes and DO NOT FORGET PADDLES AND LIFE VEST.  Contact Kathy Williams at takeahiketwo@hotmail.com or 931-434-0367.

Kathy Williams
takeahiketwo@hotmail.com
931-434-0367

7/27
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bledsoe Creek State Park. 2.5 miles, moderate.
Bledsoe Creek State Park is located in Gallatin, TN and we will hike most of the High Ridge Trail and part of the Shoreline Trail with shady bluff overlooks and lake views. Good walking surface but with some moderate climbs, walking stick would be a good idea. Bring water and snacks. We will meet at the State Park Visitors Center at 10 AM
BONUS .5 mile History Trail and extra credit if you find two geocaches!

For information or to register contact Jeanne

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

7/27
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bledsoe Creek State Park. 2.5 miles, moderate.
Bledsoe Creek State Park is located in Gallatin, TN and we will hike most of the High Ridge Trail and part of the Shoreline Trail with shady bluff overlooks and lake views. Good walking surface but with some moderate climbs, walking stick would be a good idea. Bring water and snacks. We will meet at the State Park Visitors Center at 10 AM
BONUS .5 mile History Trail and extra credit if you find two geocaches!

For information or to register contact Jeanne

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

7/27
Sat

Soddy Daisy

July 27, Saturday- Ocoee Area, Rock Creek Trail to Dry Pond Lead and return to Highway 64 across from the Thunder Rock Campground. About 7 miles total. Moderate. Stage a car for drivers at Thunder Rock. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at Exit 11 off Highway 75 at 8:30 am. Hike Leader, Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

 Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

7/30
Tue

Soddy Daisy

July 30, Tuesday- Enterprise South- 3 to 4 miles, route to be announced. Meet at ES at the parking lot below the visitor’s center. Hike Leader- Jean Smith, 596-7681

 

Jean Smith, 596-7681

7/31
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday, July 31: Station Camp Greenway. About 3.5 miles. We will hike out and back on a partly shady, level and paved trail along Station Camp Creek and behind Welch College and Station Camp HS. Meet at the trailhead next to the historic Douglas-Clark House, 2115 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin at 9:00 AM. Dogs allowed. Contacts: John Thomas @ 925-759-0517; Donna Thomas @ 925-759-0518.

 

 

 

John Thomas @ 925-759-0517; Donna Thomas @ 925-759-0518.

 

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

Clarksville

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

 

 Bob Lyon 931-648-2354

8/3
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 3 Saturday- Savage Falls Hike in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. It is 2.9 miles rated easy. If a longer hike is desired we can do the loop hike off the main trail. Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Hike leader – Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

Tom McElhone- 805-208-4654.

8/3
Sat

TTA

11:00 am Third Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

8/4
Sun

Highland Rim

Greeters Falls Loop Hike and Blue Hole Swim. South Cumberland State Park. Altamont, TN. 4 miles, moderate. Rough footing in places. Sunday joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Meet at 1 pm CDT in the Greeter Falls Parking lot. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and information on carpooling. Bring a lot of water and snacks. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks. Wear clothes you can swim/wade in. We will visit Greeter Falls, a double waterfall on Firescald Creek. The lower waterfall is 50 ft high and is accessed via a sturdy metal spiral staircase. Some may want to cool off in the plunge pool. The upper Greeter Falls is 15 ft high. Then we will continue on the loop past towering cliffs and gorgeous hemlocks to visit Boardtree Falls. Then we will visit Big Bluffs Overlook to enjoy two panoramic vistas: to the left Big Creek Gulf stretches into the distance, and to the right Greeter Gulf approaches its confluence with Big Creek Gulf. On the wustay back to the trailhead we will take the spur trail to Blue Hole on Firescald Creek for a refreshing dip.

 

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

8/4
Sun

Murfreesboro

Greeter Falls Loop Hike and Swim. South Cumberland State Park. Altamont, TN. 4 miles moderate. Join us for a beautiful Sunday hike to the lower and upper Greeter Falls. Upper Greeter Falls is a wide cascade and the base of the Lower Greeter Falls is accessed by a spiral staircase. Here a stone-walled amphitheater encircles a huge pool in which Lower Greeter Falls pours 50 feet. Then we will continue on the loop to visit Boardtree Falls which spills over a widening rock face. We will also visit the Big Bluffs Overlook and enjoy two panoramic vistas. On the way back to the trailhead we will take the spur trail to the Blue Hole on Firescald Creek, a great swimming hole on a hot day. Bring water and snacks. Wear hiking boots for rough footing in some places  and wear clothes you can swim in or just wade in the pools of water. Meet at 1:00 PM CDT in the Greeter Falls Parking Lot near Altamont on Highway 56. This is a joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. There will be a carpool from Murfreesboro. To register or for more information contact Sara.

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

8/6
Tue

Soddy Daisy

August 6- Tuesday- Little Cedar Mtn.- 4 to 5 miles. Meet at parking lot at Brown’s Ferry Rd. Exit near the road on the drug store side. Hike Leader- Trish Appleton 332-6517

 Trish Appleton 332-6517

8/8
Thu

Soddy Daisy

August 8- Thursday- Annual Picnic at the lake. Bring kayaks or other boats if you like. Check with Donna Pyers if you have questions.
352-812-4845

8/9-
8/11

Highland Rim

Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park. Camping, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Hiking weekend.  404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, TN.  We have reserved a Group Campsite.  Request a spot before the site is full!  Friday we will float 5 miles on the Hiwassee River through Cherokee National Forest from the Reliance Bridge Ramp to Gee Creek Campground Ramp.  Saturday, we will float 8 miles on  the Hiwassee from Gee Creek Campground to Dentville Road Ramp near Dentville, TN.  Sunday we will paddle Ocoee Lake from the less congested King Slough Boat Ramp.  Or, John Ruth has organized a Sunday Ocoee Whitewater River Rafting Trip, 10 am to 12 Noon.  Guided tour with 6 paddlers per raft.  Great for first timers.  Cost $40, does not include lunch.  RSVP to John no later than July 24, text or call 615-485-6185. Or we can hike a trail in Cherokee National Forest.  We will use our own recreational kayaks for the Hiwassee River floats and the Ocoee Lake Paddle.  Friday night we will share a potluck. Saturday night we will dine in Etowah.  More information soon.  The Hiwassee River is gorgeous. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen, camp reservations
jhartvigs@comcast.net
John Ruth, Ocoee Whitewater Rafting reservations
615-485-6185

8/9
Fri

Sumner Trails

Friday, August 9th.  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.

8/10
Sat

Clarksville

Window Cliffs is a 275-acre state natural area located about 18 miles south of Cookeville. Window Cliffs Trail, 5.5 miles out and back. You will get wet when hiking this trail because of several creek crossings. It is recommended to have an extra pare of water or tennis shoes for creek crossing; moderate to difficult; meet 7:00 A,M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; 118 miles to trail head.  

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

8/10
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Rock Island State Park – August 10, 2019

Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.  We are planning to hike the 1.6 mile downstream Gorge trail, the 1.5 mile Eagle trail, and the 1.7 mile Bluff trail, approximately 4.8 miles in total.  Please plan to meet at Tollgate Medical Plaza in Thompson’s Station at 7 a.m.

The location of this hike is Rock Island State Park Office - 82 Beach Road, Rock Island, TN 38581

 

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com or 931.626.2754.

8/10
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Lumber Ridge and Spruce Flats Falls Trails.  We will hike Lumber Ridge  trail from the  Tremont Environmental Center  for 4.1 miles,  gaining 1250 feet in the first 2.3 miles then losing 250 feet by the time we reach Buckhorn Gap at intersection  with Meigs Creek and Meigs Mountain  trails.  We will then take an unmarked trail to Spruce Flars Falls and from there the Spruce Flats Falls trail to the Environmental Center.   The hike is about 8.2 miles and is moderately difficult. You have to cross several small creeks and may get your feet wet.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other appropriate clothing, a snack,  something to drink and a camera. We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist church parking lot for car pooling and leave at 8:30am, stopping at Brown ’s Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E. Lamar Alexander  Pkwy.  This is across the street from Hardee’s near the hospital in Maryville.   We will leave there at 9:00 am. Don’t forget to bring $$$ for carpooling.  For specific information about the hike,  please contact Tom Cressler.

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

8/10
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 10- Saturday- North Chickamauga Creek Trailhead to Cooper Creek and return. The hike is 8 miles and is moderately strenuous. We will meet at the Soddy Daisy Walmart (north of gas pumps) at 8:30 am. Hike leader is John Politte @ 423 304-8327.

John Politte @ 423 304-8327.

8/11
Sun

Highland Rim

Sunday Ocoee Whitewater Rafting. 10am to 12 Noon. Guided tour with 6 paddlers per raft. Great for first timers. Cost $40. RSVP to John Ruth no later than July 24, 615-485-6185. Text or call.
If interested in staying in the Group Campsite in Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park, please contact Joan Hartvigsen, email jhartvigs@comcast.net or call 931-962-0811. Friday and Saturday Hiwassee floats planned. See other listing.

 

John Ruth, Ocoee Whitewater reservations
615-485-6185
Joan Hartvigsen, camping reservations
jhartvigs@comcast

8/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting. 7PM
Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.

Rob Lanier will be our speaker and is a leader in the Middle Tennessee History Coalition, dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the rich history of middle Tennessee through education and heritage interpretation. Based in Bledsoe Creek State Park, their Tennessee History Trail is a unique heritage timeline with interprative stations which span Tennessee History from 1500 to 1800.

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

8/13
Tue

Soddy Daisy

August 13- Tuesday- Cumberland State Park, Pioneer Trail and Pioneer Short Loop for a total of 5 easy miles. Trail goes along the lake and the creek and gorge. Meet at Durham St., Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Hike Leader- Trish Appleton 332-6517

Trish Appleton 332-6517

8/16-
8/18

Highland Rim

 Camping & Kayaking Weekend.  Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.   Camp at  Devils Step Island or nearby Fairview Campground.   Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Friday we will enjoy a moonlight paddle.  Saturday we will paddle out to explore Maple Bend and Goose Islands and Owl Hollow Creek and Owl Hollow Wildlife Management Area.  Saturday evening we will eat at the new Twin Creeks Marina restaurant, 91 Sail-A Way.  Sunday morning we will enjoy an early morning paddle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 soon.  The island is almost at capacity.  Fairview Campground is very popular.  Reserve your own Fairview Campground campsite very soon.

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

8/16-
8/18

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford State Park Camping and Kayaking Weekend. Winchester, TN. This is a joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will camp on Devils Step Island or nearby Fairview Campground. Friday we will enjoy a moonlight paddle after setting up camp. Saturday we will paddle out to explore Maple Bend Island, Goose Island, Owl Hollow Creek and Wildlife Management Area. Saturday evening we will have dinner in the new Twin Creeks Marina restaurant, 91 Sail-A Way. Sunday we will enjoy an early morning paddle. Bring food for Friday dinner, breakfasts and lunches. There is a limit of campers on the island so sign up soon. You can make your own reservation at Fairview Campground near Devils Step Island if you wish to not camp on the Island. Those camping at Fairview can paddle out to meet us on the shore of Devils Step Island Saturday morning.
To register or for more information, contact Sara

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

8/16
Fri

Sumner Trails

Friday, August 16th.  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

8/17
Sat

Clarksville

Dunbar Cave State Park, 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

8/17
Sat

East Tennessee

Obed River - Ally Ford.  The Obed Wild and Scenic River Park consists of four streams that have cut into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau creating rugged landscape wild land and water.  There are spectacular gorges with 400 ft cliffs above the streams, and huge sandstone boulders dotting the streams creating large whitewater rapids in the rushing water.  We will hike approximately 5 miles in and out at Ally Ford. The trailhead begins at Rock Creek  Campground adjacent to Nemo.  Pre- registration is required due to the weather conditions.  We will have two meeting places.  The first meeting place will be at the Ingles parking lot at Merchants Rd Exit off I-75 North at 9:00 am et.  The other meeting place will be at 9:30 am et at Books A Million parking lot in Oak Ridge.   Please contact Sherry Barber.

Sherry Barber
sherry.kerr.barber@gmail.com
865-209-6189

8/17
Sat

Soddy Daisy

August 17- Saturday- Grundy Forest and Sycamore Falls combination loop at Grundy State Forest. The hike is 3.6 miles and is rated intermediate. We will meet at 830 am at the Red Bank Food City. Hike leader is Tammy Hendrick @ 315 949 8187.

8/20
Tue

Clarksville

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

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925.

 

8/20
Tue

Soddy Daisy

August 20- Tuesday- Upper Rock Creek Trailhead on the top of Legget Rd to the lower trailhead at the bottom of the mountain. About 3 to 4 miles. Meet at Durham St., Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Hike Leader- Earl Helmer- 770-877-0600

Earl Helmer- 770-877-0600

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-
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

Soddy Daisy

August 24- Saturday- Hughes Road Trailhead to Immodium Falls and return (about 8.5 miles). Strenuous. 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

8/27
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

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

9/4-
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

9/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Window Cliffs

Pete 

9/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Rim  

Richard Savage

9/28
Sat

Memphis

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, AR

 

 

Linda Red, 901-489-9157

    ** October 2019 **  

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

10/12
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

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

10/18
Fri

Upper Cumberland

state meeting

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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