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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Sep 16, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2019 **  

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 the parking lot of the Food City in St. Elmo at 8:45 OR THE Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am. Hike Leader Donna Pyers 423-344-9271

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

9/20-
9/22

Highland Rim

 Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia. Camping and Hiking. Saturday’s Hike - Overlook Trail, Waterfalls Trail and West Rim Trail. 7 miles, moderate. Camping in the Walk-in Tent Sites Campground Friday and Saturday nights
Contact Joan Hartvigsen if interested in camping or for the time to meet at the Visitor Center Saturday morning. Bring a lot of water, lunch, snacks, hiking boots and hiking sticks. Jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

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

Jackson

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

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 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

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.

9/25
Wed

Sumner Trails


Wednesday, September 25 - Bledsoe Creek State Park 2.4 miles. Moderate. High Ridge and Shoreline Trails loop. We will start and end at the Visitor Center/Park Office. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt, steps and rocks so hiking shoes and pole recommended. Meet 9:00 am at Bledsoe Creek State Park 400 Ziegler Fort, Gallatin TN. Contact ;Jenny Fitzgerald at mrzfitz@gmail.com or text/call 615/517-8185.

 

 

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

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

Columbia/ Franklin

Joy Cleghorn Nature Preserve Hike, Fayetteville, TN - September 28, 2019
This hike is being sponsored by Tennessee Green. Celebrate National Public Lands Day with members as they head south to the Joy Gleghorn Nature Preserve! During this easy/moderate two-mile hike, you’ll enjoy the fresh air and changing leaves on a property that TennGreen helped Lincoln County protect in 2017 for the County’s first County Park and Nature Preserve. Event is FREE for all attendees. 

In order to attend the hike, simply go to https://www.tenngreen.org and register for the hike.  It starts at 9:00 a.m.  If anyone from our chapter is interested in attending, please let us know and we may be able to arrange carpooling either in Spring Hill or at the Tollgate Medical Center.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com or 615.516.6551

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

Jackson

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

Melinda Pearson and whole chapter

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 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.

9/29
Sun

Highland Rim

Bear Creek Backcountry Trail. Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia. 9 miles Lollipop, moderately strenuous. Elevation changes. Two crossings of Bear Creek without bridge. Water shoes suggested. Several nice vistas. Forested hike with solitude. Co-leaders Celia Jeffrey and Joan Hartvigsen. We will meet at 8:00 am CDT, Sunday, at Monteagle Elementary School to organize a carpool. $5 parking fee. Bring a lot of water, lunch, hiking sticks and hiking shoes. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

    ** October 2019 **  

10/1
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 1, Tuesday- Glen Falls Trail- Will start from the parking lot across from Ruby Falls. Easy. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 o’clock or at trailhead at 9:30. Hike Leader, Rene Grace. (423-593-8128)

 Hike Leader, Rene Grace. (423-593-8128)

10/1
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 15, Tuesday- - Laurel Falls Trail across the bridge up through the rim to the bluff. 5 miles round trip- Easy to moderate. Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

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

10/2
Wed

Plateau

Dog Cove is on the way to Lost Creek for an easy 4-5 mile in/out hike to a circa 1800s farm home following alongside Lost Creek and crossing the creek a couple of times.  Water shoes may be needed if the water is high. Optional side trail to an arch. Drive a couple miles away to Lost Creek Cave and Waterfall hike is about a 1.5 mile round-trip, which is located in a sink and faces a 60-foot tall waterfall.  Just down the road is short level trail to Rylander Cascades. Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.
Check the Plateau Chapter website for current info. https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com

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

10/4
Fri

Sumner Trails

Friday. October 4.  Rugby Gentleman’s Swimming Hole.  2.1 miles Easy.  Meet at the Rugby visitors center at 11;00 am EST where we can pick up a free illustrated trail guide.  The trail has numbered sign posts that correspond with the booklet to describe points of interest. The Clear Fork is an exceptionally beautiful stream, and it is easy to see what attracted the colonist of Rugby to this spot well over 100 years ago.  After the hike we can eat lunch in Rugby and discuss taking a hike in the afternoon. Some of our members are staying at Grey Gables in Rugby, which is full on October 45h and 5th, and some are staying at Grand Vista Hotel in Huntsville, TN. Call 423-663-4100 if you would like to try to get a room at Grand Vista. 

Marica Powell

mpow1221@gmail.com

217-855-3013

10/5
Sat

Clarksville

Overnight LBL, Fort Henry Trail System; 11 miles out and back; moderate; meet 8:00 AM CT, Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; 35 miles to trail head. 

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

10/5
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Inun Creek Trail and Grapeyard Ridge Trail.  We’ll hike two great trails in our own GSMNP.  Injun Creek Trail and Grapeyard Ridge Trail come together to make a very nice 6 mile hike.  There are visible signs of settlers homes, two cemeteries and remnants of an old stream engine that was used to haul logs.  We will cross multiple log bridges and see lots of various size waterfalls on this magnificent hike. We’ll meet at the Cracker Barrel  parking area ( right side) off Straw Plains exit of I-40 east at 8 am et. Our estimated time to get to the trailhead  is approx. 9:30 am et.  The trailhead will be at the rangers station  on Greenbriar road  off hwy 321.  Don’t forget $$$ for carpooling, appropriate clothing/shoes for hiking, water and snacks.  If you have any questions, contact Rosie.  Preregistration is required.

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

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

10/5
Sat

Nashville

Nashville Urban Hike.4 miles easy. Start time is 7:30 am at the Carillon Bells, north end of Bicentennial mall (near Farmers’ market and Tn State Museum.)   We will follow greenways a good deal of the way.  Our treat for finishing up before the sun gets too hot will be a visit to Farmer’s Market well before lunchtime for some fresh fruit and possibly an ice cream.   The route will be east, next to the 1st Tennessee Ballpark, leading to the Cumberland River Greenway.   We will follow the edge of the river, heading south all the way past Broadway and up the hill to where Pinewood Social is.  That is the turn-around point.  We’ll proceed across Korean Veterans’ Bridge with some great city views to the green areas east of Nissan Stadium.  We cross Woodland Street Bridge, pass city hall and continue to the state capitol, for another special view.  Here we return to starting point, although an optional extra mile or so is available into Germantown.  Planned distance is approximately 4 miles.  We are hiking on pavement.  Bring water or plan to purchase some along the way. 

Tom Vickstrom to register and for more information: 615-405-6713 or tomzinger55@gmail.com.   

10/5
Sat

Plateau

Hit the Trails Festival starts at 9am till around 2pm. Festival is held at the corner of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive in the Fairfield Glade community of Crossville, TN.  SEE DETAILS at http://time2meet.com/marathon/

10/5
Sat

Soddy Daisy

October 5, Saturday- The hike is a 7.2 mile hike at the Frozenhead State Park on the Spicewood Branch trail (a loop trail). The hike leader is Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

 

We will meet at the Durham Street ballfields parking lot at 830 am.

Tom McElhone. 805-208-4654.

10/5
Sat

Sumner Trails

Saturday and Sunday. October 5 - 6.    Rugby and the Big South Fork   We will meet at Grey Gables Inn in Rugby at 9:30 ET on Saturday Ooctober 5 and carpool to Yahoo Falls in The Big South Fork where we will take several hikes to the 5 overlooks of the falls, most rated Easy in difficulty with one Moderate. Leaving the Yahoo Falls area, we will drive to the Blue Heron Mine operation where we can explore the mine and the surrounding area (Note: Due to a slide on the tracks the Blue Heron Scenic Railroad is not going to Blue Heron mine n the foreseeable future). Leaving the mine area we will return to Rugby for the annual Michaelmas Festival and the October Historic Rugby tour "Rugby Edged In Black."  The last tour is 4:00 pm ET.  An alternative Saturday activity is the annual Pumpkin Festival in Allardt (20 minutes from Rugby) and/or nearbye Northrup Falls. On Sunday, October 6, we will meet at Grey Gables Inn at 9:30 am ET for a hike in the area led by Tim Takacs . For further info contact Yahoo Al at ballallenger@aol.com or call/text at 615-454-7673

 

 Yahoo Al at ballallenger@aol.com 
call/text at 615-454-7673

 

10/6
Sun

Jackson

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

Anne Goodson  731-664-1556

10/6
Sun

Jackson

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

Anne Goodson  731-664-1556

10/7
Mon

Jackson

monthly meeting at PANERA BREAD in Jackson, TN 6pm

10/8
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting. Nancy Juodenas of the Nashville chapter will present a program on a month long adventure through Alaska and British Columbia with five other TTA members. Part of the adventure was to hike the 30-mile infamous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, Alaska to Bennett, British Columbia. 

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

10/8
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 8, Tuesday- Benton Falls on Chilhowie  Mountain in the Ocoee Area.  The hike can be 2 to 5 miles easy. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at Exit 11 at 8:30 am. Hike Leader is Tammy Hendricks @ 315 949 8187.

Tammy Hendricks @ 315 949 8187

10/9
Wed

Plateau

Little River to Cucumber Gap to Jake’s Creek Trail in GSMNP.  This hike is a combination of three trails in GSMNP starting from Elkmont for a total of 5.5 miles. We start along Little River Trail and enjoy a pretty river moving through various sized rocks. Next, we’ll take the Cucumber Trail through old growth Forest, Tulip Poplars, Rhododendrons, and wildflowers. Last, we’ll turn back to the parking area on Jake’s Gap Trail, and walk past historic old summer homes to our cars. Hike is rated moderate due to an approximately 450 ft. climb in 1.3 miles of the Cucumber Gap Trail. Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:00am CT.  Well stop to eat dinner on the way home. Carpool cost $9.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Check the Plateau Chapter website for current info. https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com

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

10/9
Wed

Sumner Trails


October 9. Wednesday. Bledsoe Creek State Park. Moderate Difficulty. 2.4 mile loop High Ridge Trail/ Shoreline Trail.  Steep Steps on High Ridge Trail. For those interested, we will have lunch at Keller’s Restaurant after the hike.  Meet at  9:30 AM at the park office parking lot at 400 Zieglers Fort Road Gallatin, TN. Contact Bob Dudney for details, rsdudney@comcast.net.

Bob Dudney rsdudney@comcast.net

10/10
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This a working meeting to finalize plans for the Annual Conference.  Bring your ideas for fundraising. Bring your own dinner. Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  

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

10/12
Sat

Clarksville

Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival, Russellville, Ky; Pancake Breakfast, Craft Show & Flea Market, Jessie James Bank Robbery Reenactment, Festival Parade, Concessions, Karaoke Contest; meet 8:00 AM CDT at Governors Square Mall Sears Parking Lot. 40 miles to parking area.

 

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

10/12
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Since the weather was too warm and muggy in August, we thought that maybe the second Saturday in October would be a better time to try this hike at Rock Island State Park.

Rock Island State Park – October 12, 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 8 a.m. 

Contact Marvin Caine if you are interested: mlcaine@aol.com or 931.626.2754.

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

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com

10/12
Sat

Highland Rim

Rock Island State Park, near McMinnville, TN. Hike, eat, kayak. Hike Downstream Gorge Trail and Eagle Trail. We will visit Great Falls and Twin Falls and hike along Caney Fork River. Total distance is 3 miles, easy. We will have lunch at Badger Flat picnic area next to the Caney Fork River. After lunch we will launch our kayaks at the park’s boat ramp and paddle out the Caney Fork River towards Center Hill Lake to Horseshoe Bend Marina and return. For dinner we can go to Fog Light Foodhouse along the Caney Fork River. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Bring water, lunch, snacks and hiking sticks and kayaking gear. Wear sturdy hiking boots for the hike. And remember water shoes for the kayaking.

 

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

10/12
Sat

Memphis

 Sat.Shiloh National Military Park - Compass Hike

 

 

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

10/12
Sat

Soddy Daisy

October 12, Saturday- The hike is a 7.1 mile hike at the Frozenhead State Park on the Bird Mountain Trail (a loop trail). The hike

leader is John Politte. 423-304-8327

We will meet at the Durham Street ballfields parking lot at 830 am.

John Politte. 423-304-8327

10/12
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park:7 to 8 miles, rated Moderate. We will take the Incline Railroad 
($15.00 round trip) to the top of the mountain and walk to the Military Park (entrance fee $7.00 per person or seniors who have Golden Age/Senior pass can get 4 people in free). We will to the Craven House and then hike to Sunset Rock where we will 
have lunch.Then we will hike back to the entrance via the Bluff Trail where we might see some rock climbers. Supper will be in Chattanooga at the City Café. Bring snack, water,lunch and proper gear for weather. Meet J.C. Penny’s in Cookeville at 7am CT or U.S. Bank, Hwy 111 Sparta, across from McDonalds at 7:30am CT. We should arrive at the Incline Railroad between 9 and 9:15 am CT or 10 and 10:15 ET For information contact Pete Broehl at pabroehl@blomand.net or 931 
738-3551

Pete Broehl at pabroehl@blomand.net or 931 
738-3551

10/13
Sun

Highland Rim

Normandy Lake Paddle. Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter. Meet at 1 pm CDT at the Dollar General Store, 1832 McArthur Street, Manchester. McArthur Street is Highway 55. We will paddle from Ward Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake to Crumptin Creek to view four waterfalls flowing into the lake. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Bring a lot of water and snacks.

 

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

10/13
Sun

Murfreesboro

Sunday Normandy Lake Kayak Paddle. Joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. Meet at 1:00 pm CDT at the Dollar General Store, 1832 McArthur Street (Highway 55) in Manchester.  We will paddle from Ward Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake to Crumptin Creek to view four waterfalls flowing into the lake. Bring water and snacks. 

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

10/15
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 15, Tuesday- - Laurel Falls Trail across the bridge up through the rim to the bluff. 5 miles round trip- Easy to moderate. Meet at Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

Nancy Allen (423-344-1118)

10/16
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail, Stinging Fork State Natural Area and Soak Creek, Spring City, TN.   Stinging Fork State Natural Area features a 35-foot waterfall and cascade at the end of the 1 ½ mile trail. Due to some elevation gain and possibly slick rocks, the hike is rated moderate to difficult. From the falls we’ll head down the new trail to Soak Creek.  We’ll drop off a car or two at the Soak Creek/Piney River Trailhead before we head up to the Stinging Fork Trailhead. Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  Check the Plateau Chapter website for current info. https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com

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

10/18
Fri

Clarksville

Tennessee Trails Association Annual Meeting, Fairfield Glade which is near Crossville.

 

Philip Anderson 931-561-0925.

10/18
Fri

Columbia/ Franklin

TTA Annual Meeting - October 18 thru October 20
This year’s annual meeting will be held at Fairfield Glade in Crossville, TN.

The Plateau Chapter will host this years Annual Conference the weekend of October 18-20, 2019, at the Fairfield Glade Community Club Conference Center, 128 Stonehenge Drive, Crossville, TN. The Fairfield Glade Community Club is a planned community and Wyndham Resort.

As a reminder, all Chapters should solicit donations of gift cards or goods for the silent auction which will be held held during the Conference. 

Attendees will have the option to stay on-site in a one (sleeps 4) or two bedroom (sleeps 6) fully furnished condo. Both choices also have a sleeper sofa. The two bedroom condo has two bathrooms.

Our hikes will include Big South Fork National Park, Pickett State Park, Cumberland Trail State Park, Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Cumberland Mountain State Park and more. Members of the Plateau Chapter are excited to show you the beauty, history and uniqueness of the Cumberland Plateau.

While the primary function of the Annual Membership Meeting is the election of new members to our Board of Directors, it also offers an outstanding program of hikes and ample opportunities to make new friends and renew old friendships with folks from other chapters.

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 Oct 10, 2019.  Get form on http://www.tennesseetrails.org (2019 Annual Meeting & Registration tab) or at  https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com or  in the monthly newsletter.  
Attendees will check in at the Fairfield Glade Conference Center on Stonehenge Drive. Varioushikes offered on Friday begin from 10am to 1pm.  The Fri and Sat evening events will begin at 7pm. There will be a silent auction, white elephant sale and bake sale along with other fun games to raise money.  The Sat evening buffet meal is from 4-6:30pm.

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 

2019 TENNEESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION 
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
OCTOBER 18-20 
FAIRFIELD GLADE (FFG) COMMUNITY CLUB CENTER, 128 STONEHENGE DRIVE, CROSSVILLE, TN 38558 
REGISTRATIONS BY Oct 10, 2019.  Get form on http://www.tennesseetrails.org (2019 Annual Meeting & Registration tab) or at  https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com or  in the monthly newsletter.  

10/19
Sat

Soddy Daisy

 

October 19, Saturday- No Hike/ TTA ANNUAL MTG

10/22
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Chapter Meeting, 7:00 pm, REI, Brentwood TN.  Nashville’s greenways initiative began in 1991, when then Mayor Phil Bredesen and the Metro Council created the Greenways Commission as a division of Metro Parks to plan and develop a greenway system of trails and open spaces throughout Davidson County. Since then, Nashville and Davidson County have seen the development of nearly 100 miles of paved, multi-use greenways and 75 miles of unpaved trails. Join Greenways for Nashville, non-profit friends group, as we explore what exactly a greenway is, why they are beneficial to our community, as well as current and upcoming greenway projects.

 

10/22
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 22, Tuesday- Booker T. Washington State Park. Hike the outer loop about 3.5 miles. Easy to moderate. Meet at 8:30 am at the first parking lot near the swimming pool. Hike leader Jean Smith, 423-596-7681.

Jean Smith, 423-596-7681.

10/23
Wed

Plateau

CT Graysville Mountain Section to Cranmore Cove Overlook. 6 mile in/out strenuous hike starting from the Roaring Creek Short hike is 3.6 in/out go Roaring Creek Overlook   Trailheadhighlights of the trail include an old mining area, a seasonal waterfall, and a spectacular view overlooking Roaring Creek, the town of Graysville and the Cranmore Valley.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.
Check the Plateau Chapter website for current info. https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com

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

10/23
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday. October 23. 3 miles. Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN. Moderate with uneven difficult footing in places. Hope to see some beautiful fall colors on this one.  We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, the somewhat steep Backbone trail and the Little Duck Loop (weather permitting, if not flooded out). The Old Stone Fort is a 2,000 year old American Indian ceremonial site. The two forks of the Duck River cut into the edge of the Highland Rim Plateau at the site of the Old Stone Fort. On the hike, we will see waterfalls, cascades and tall rock bluffs bordering the Duck River. On the Backbone Trail we will climb up and walk along the ridge. You will need hiking poles, hiking shoes, desired snacks and water. We will eat lunch after the hike at a local restaurant. Those carpooling, meet at 9 am CST at the Kroger, Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile. Please call if meeting at the trailhead by the musuem at 10:30 am CST. Contact Judy Jenkins at judy_jenkins@comcast.net or 615-403-0002 for more information.

 

Judy Jenkins
judy_jenkins@comcast.net 
text/call 615-403-0002 

 

10/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN. We will hike along the Duck River where we will see Bluehole Falls and Big Falls, which is 30 feet high. We will hike the Backbone Trail and the Forks of the River Trail, where we will see the confluence of the Duck and Little Duck Rivers. We will hike along the Little Duck River to view Step Falls, which has a series of tiered waterfalls cascading down into the Little Duck River. And we will hike the park’s newest trail, the Chumbley Trail, which features ridgelines and the Little Duck River in a beautiful hardwood forest. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.

 

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

10/26
Sat

Jackson

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

Murfreesboro

Fiery Gizzard Hike. South Cumberland State Park. 13 miles rated strenuous. We will hike from the Grundy Forest trailhead to Foster Falls. This hike is rated strenuous for the distance and the very steep long descents and ascents. It will require a shuttle and we will need to begin the hike early in order to complete this hike before dark. Backpacker Magazine calls it one of the top 25 hiking trails in the country. There is the option of taking the Dog Hole Trail for an easier route to avoid the “boulder field”. Bring plenty of water, food and a headlamp.

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

10/26
Sat

Nashville

Brady Mountain / Black Mountain, 11 miles rated moderate to strenuous due to distance. Hike along the Cumberland Trail down Black Mountain, then up Brady Mountain to Brady Bluff and back to top of Black Mountain. 

Doug King to register, douglasmortonking@gmail.com, phone 615-542-0486.

10/26
Sat

Soddy Daisy

October 26, Saturday- The hike is from the John Muir Trail Trailhead to the Appalachia Power Plant on the Hiwassee River (6 miles). Vehicle staging required.  Meet at Food City in Ooltewah at 8:30 am. The hike leader is John Politte. 423-304-8327

John Politte. 423-304-8327

10/26
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Fiery Gizzard Hike, South Cumberland State Park. Tracy City, TN. 13 miles one way from Foster Falls to Grundy Forest Trail Head. Car shuttle required. Strenuous because of boulder fields, stream crossings and steep ascents and descents. Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT. The trail is being rerouted which may add distance and make it very strenuous. Option of a 9 mile hike using the Dog Hole Trail to return to the Grundy Forest trailhead. Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp and hiking boots. Meet us at the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30 am CT or at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Mike Shane mikeshane@charter.net 931 446 4306

 

Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net
9314464306

10/27
Sun

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Fall Color Hike, Tullahoma. Meet at 2:00 pm CDT at the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma. Dennis Horn will co-lead the hike with Joan Hartvigsen. Dennis Horn is a charter member of the Tennessee native plant society and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Rare Plants in Tennessee. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Bring water, snack, hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots. We will visit Machine Falls and the Busby Cascades and learn about the hardwood trees growing in Short Springs State Natural Area.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

10/28
Mon

Highland Rim

 Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 pm at Appebee’s Grill, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  The meeting is 7 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center,  501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.    Program is Nature Art, Tom Bentley.  Tom asks that we bring our favorite photos from our hikes and art  to share with others.  Contact Tom Bentley for more information, email htbentley@lighttube.net or 931-273-6344.

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

10/29
Tue

Soddy Daisy

October 29, Tuesday-- Cloudland Canyon, West Rim Trail about 4 miles, easy to moderate. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am or at trailhead at 9:15am.  Donna Pyers 423-344-9271

 Donna Pyers 423-344-9271

10/30
Wed

Plateau

John Muir Trail to Angel Falls Overlook, Big South Fork, Jamestown, TN.  This is an 8 mile in/out hike rated moderate from Leatherwood Ford go Angel Falls Overlook.  Short hike is 4 miles easy in/out. The hike passes several rock houses, a small waterfall and a couple overlooks on the way to Angel Falls Overlook, which is a massive rock outcropping several hundred feet above the Big South Fork Cumberland River.  Carpool cost is $7.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.
Check the Plateau Chapter website for current info. https://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Bruce Whitehead. plateau@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

10/30
Wed

Sumner Trails

Wednesday, October 30.   Fall Creek Falls Adventure & Picnic. Moderate.   2.4 mile loop on the Fall Creek Falls/Cane Creek Overlook TrailLunch. Then 2.6 mile loop on the Paw Paw Trail.We will start our hike at the Betty Dunn Nature Center (10821 Park Rd., Spencer TN) at 10:30 am and hike a 2.4 mile loop to Fall Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States at 256 feet. (this trail will be Nature center to the Woodland Trail to the Fall Creek Falls Overlook, then down the Base of the Falls trail and back up, and then to the Overlook trail to loop back to the Nature Center). This beautiful trail crosses a suspension bridge and travels along a wooded, natural, sometimes rocky path with steps and offers multiple scenic waterfall views. When we return back to the nature center we will enjoy a picnic style lunch outside and have a chance to use restrooms, access our vehicles, replenish supplies and visit the Nature Center. After lunch, those who wish to continue on will take the Paw Paw Trail loop for an easier walk through the woods that offers several short spur trails and overlooks. Closed toe hiking boots or shoes, water, insect repellent and hiking poles strongly encouraged. The carpool will meet at 8:15 am at the Gallatin Walmart, 112 Nashville Pike, near Chic-Fil-A. Those meeting at the trailhead, please let hike leader know. Contact Jenny Fitzgerald with questions at 615-517-8185 or mrzfitz@gmail.com.

 

 Jenny Fitzgerald
text/call 615-517-8185
emaiil mrzfitz@gmail.com.

 

    ** 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 **  

1/18
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

Janet, 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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