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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Calendar updated Mar 22, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2017 **  

3/25
Sat

Clarksville

Radner Lake SNA; seven trails to pick from; 4 easy, 2.6 miles; 1 moderate, 0.9 miles; 2 difficult, 2.7 miles;  meet 8:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼49 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

3/25
Sat

Columbia/ Franklin

Join Swan Conservation Trust members for a hike at the south end of Big Swan Headwaters Preserve. This moderate two-hour hike will feature the hand-dug pits of an historical tanning operation along Big Swan Creek, estimated to have been used in the 1940s. We will also see several large calcareous seeps, which are special habitats of the Western Highland Rim that protect plants and animals relying on the year-round flow of clean groundwater. Meet at The Farm Store at 10:00a.m. We will return there for lunch after the hike. Wear shoes/boots suitable for stream crossing, bring a hiking stick if you have one, and lunch.

For those of us in the Columbia/Franklin area, we can meet behind McDonald’s at 5938 Columbia Pike, Spring Hill 8:30 a.m.  We will leave promptly at 8:45 so that we can meet Cynthia at the Farm Store at 10:00 a.m.  Please contact Marvin Caine at mlcaine@aol.com if you plan to attend.  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

Marvin Caine:  mlcaine@aol.com

3/25
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Dam - River Bluff Trail.  We will park at the trailhead on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris River,  less than two miles each way.  The walk along the river is relatively flat, an easy walk.  Where we will turn around the trail goes up the bluff to make a loop.  Some may want to walk the loop.  The total distance is about the same either way.  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 at the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am and stop at Ingles Market, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville, leaving at 9:15 am for those that prefer to meet there. Also, you may meet us at the southeast end of the Wal-Mart parking lot at the I-75 / State 61 intersection near Norris, leaving there at 9:45 am.  Don’t forget to bring carpool $$$$$ if applicable.  If you want to meet us at the trailhead take I-75N to exit 122; turn right on TN-61; about 1.4 miles turn left on to US 441 and proceed across the dam; turn left on to Dabney Road, the first road on the left after the second hair-pin turn, staying left, going downhill, to the parking area.  If you have any other questions, please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu
(before 3/24/17)

3/25
Sat

Highland Rim

Horsepound Falls Hike.  South Cumberland State Park.  Collins Gulf West.  Gruetli-Laager, TN.   5 miles out and back.  Moderate due to a boulder field to cross and steep ascent/descent.  Marietta Poteet is leading this beautiful wildflowers/waterfalls hike.  We will enjoy opportunities to see an amazing array of spring wildflowers and two spectacular waterfalls:  Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please call Marietta at 931-924-7666 or email nannietta@blomand.net for more information and to register.

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

3/25-
3/26

Jackson

March 25-26 - Smoky Mtn hike near Cades Cove. The March 25 hike will be in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will hike to Spence Field via the Anthony Creek Trail, which begins at the Cades Cove Picnic Area. The round trip distance is 10.3 miles.  The trail is strenuous, gaining 2842 feet in the 5.15 miles to the top. It is worth it; if there is good visibility, there are great views to the east into the North Carolina side of the Smokies. A side trip option would add an additional 1.2 miles to Rocky Top.  We plan to begin the hike at the ranger station in Cades Cove, starting at 9 am ET.
 
For those interested, we might take a Sunday morning walk to Abrams Falls, 5 miles round trip.
 
Campsites are available at Cades Cove.  Motel accommodations are available in nearby Townsend or Marysville. For directions, places to stay, additional information or to register, please contact Jeff Chambers at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

please contact Jeff Chambers at chambers.jeffreyb@gmail.com

3/25
Sat

Memphis

T.O. Fuller State Park, 1500 Mitchell Road

Meet at the visitor center to 8:45 A.M.  The hike will begin promptly at 9 A. M.  The 4 mile hike covers moderate to rugged terrain with some wet land and a possible stream crossing.  Hiking boots or sturdy shoes recommended.  Bring water and a snack. The Discovery Loop Trail includes part of the Nature Bluff Trail of the Chucalissa Indian Village.  Time Frame: 2.5 hours.  
Directions:  I-240 West to I-55 North;  Exit 7 South to Highway 61 (3rd Street).  Drive approximately 1 mile.  Turn right onto Mitchell Road, continue 3 miles west to the T. 0. Fuller Park sign.  Turn right into the visitor center parking lot.

Contact for information:  Gloria Folk (901) 277-5756.
 

3/25
Sat

Murfreesboro

Cumberland Trail – Snow Falls Segment. 10 miles rated moderate. Located north of Dayton. The trail starts off along beautiful Richland Creek on an old rail bed used for hauling coal out of the valley. We’ll pass Richland Mine and the Old Dayton Reservoir that used to supply water to the town of Dayton. The main trail will split and we’ll take a left at the fork to Snow Falls. After the trail passes under power lines, we’ll come to a 150-foot bridge across Henderson Creek.  From the 150-foot bridge the Cumberland Trail will eventually continue north and the trail to Snow Falls will be a spur trail. On our way to Snow Falls, we’ll take a short hike out to Buzzard Point for an awesome view to have our lunch. We’ll also take a short side trail to Dunn Overlook for great views. We’ll cross Morgan Creek to Snow Falls which is a 35-foot waterfall that plunges into a pool. Pack lunch, water, snacks and hiking poles are recommended.

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

3/25
Sat

Nashville

Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville TN.  2 - 3 miles. Easy.  There are creeks to play in if people want to wear sandals or water shoes. We’ll start at Kathie Tange-Dupre’s house, walk through the back yards in her neighborhood until we reach a bridge, then cross into the Ag Center. We’ll walk most of the perimeter of the campus, go through the museum area and check out the gazebo. Start time 8:30. 

Kathie Tange-Dupre at kathie.tange-dupre@bpsm.com or call/text at 615-512-1520 .

Address is 5045 Briarwood Drive (Harding Place to Danby (south) to Briarwood – NOT from Edmonson).  

3/25
Sat

Plateau

CT Upper Leggett to Rock Creek bridge & Rock Creek Loop, Sale Creek.  This is a moderate 8.4 mile hike on the Cumberland Trail beginning from Upper Leggett Rd descending on the Rock Creek Loop affording views of Rock Creek and traversing several ridges through a mixed forest of pines and hardwoods.  At the Boiling Springs Branch bridge we will continue on the main trail descending and ascending along ridges as it rises above Rock Creek crossing Leggett Branch Cascades to the 80 ft Rock Creek Bridge.  After a lunch break at the bridge we will return on the main trail to the Upper Leggett parking.  Wear boots, bring water, snack and lunch.  Depart Trinity Tabernacle on Hwy 127 S at 8 am CT.  

Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 to register or for additional information. 

3/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Savage Gulf Greeter Falls to stone door and back.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous due to length of hike.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

3/25
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Pots Cabin (Suck Creek Road).  Approximately 3 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com - 423-842-3619

3/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ray Branch-Hike begins at the Tim’s Ford Visitor Center in Winchester, TN. The hike is 12 miles and rated moderate to strenuous due to distance.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane. 

Mike Shane 

931 446-4306

mikeshane@charter.net

3/27
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Joint Meeting with the Friends of Short Springs Membership Meeting.   Dinner at 5:00 p.m  at Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma, near Kroger.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Rick and Deb Dreves will present a program on their hiking trip to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine.  There are no cars nor paved roads on Monhegan Island and is accessible only by boat.  The steep and strenuous hiking trails lead through wooded areas (including the Cathedral Woods) and over rocky ledges up to the highest ocean cliffs on the Maine coastline.  Monhegan Island was designated a National Natural Landmark for its coastal and island flora in 1966.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

3/28
Tue

Nashville

Program Meeting. REI, Brentwood TN.  7:00. The Southeast Cave Conservancy,Inc. (SCCI) works actively to conserve subterranean treasures in six southeastern states. Fortunately, Tennessee is one of them. The group celebrated 25 years of conservation work in 2016 and now owns or leases 34 cave properties, protecting and preserving habitat for creatures that in many cases live nowhere else. SCCI’s executive director Ray Knott will be talking about this dynamic group’s mission and their work. Bring your friends! 

 

Nora Beck, 615-17-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com

3/31
Fri

Sumner Trails

Mar 31 - FONTANEL MANISION,4125 Whites Creek Pike.  This is an easy hike with only a slight climb.  We may investigate the connection to Metro Greenway that connects to the trail system.  Dustance would be 1.5 to 3 miles depending on which option we choose.  Lunch at the restaurant on site for those interested after the hike.  For carpool please meet at Kroger Glenbrook parking lot at 9:15 AM or at Fontanel parking lot around 10:00 AM CT.  For more info please contact hike leader.

Sally Ticaric at 615-218-1086 or sallytic@aol.com

    ** April 2017 **  

4/1
Sat

Clarksville

Ashland City Rails to Trails, paved section; 3.7 mikes one way; easy; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, Madison Street Kmart parking lot, Clarksville; ∼23 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931-801-9484

4/1
Sat

Highland Rim

Honey Creek Loop.  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  Near Rugby, TN.  5.6 miles total.  Difficult.  Joint hike with Nashville Chapter.  This is a strenuous hike through creeks, over boulders, and up steep and rugged terrain.  There will also be great overlooks, waterfalls and interesting geological features.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, waterproof boots with ankle support and clothing appropriate for the weather that day.  There is an option after the hike to stop for food in Rugby or somewhere along the road back to Nashville.  The total time commitment could be up to 12 hours:  driving up, hiking 5.6 difficult miles, dinner and then driving back. Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or leave a message at 931-924-7666 for more information and to register.  There is a separate option of camping or staying in Rugby Saturday night after the hike.  Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net if you are interested in the overnight option.

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

4/1
Sat

Jackson

April 1 - Bite-size walk This will be a short 3 mile walk around Pinson Mounds, specially created for newcomers to our group.  Please let your friends know about the outing.  If you are going, please meet at Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 10 am, so that we can carpool together, or arrange to meet us at the Pinson Mounds visitor center at 10:30 am.  For additional information, please call or write either Don Dresser, or Melinda Pearson, who can be reached at hurstme@bellsouth.netor 731 225 4293.

Melinda Pearson
hurstme@bellsouth.net
731 225 4293

Don Dresser
ddresser@usit.net
731 694-0146

4/1
Sat

Memphis

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. for sign-in and announcements in the unpaved parking area on the south side of Walnut Grove immediately east of the Wolf River.  Please note that it is very difficult to reach the parking lot if you are traveling west on Walnut Grove. The hike will depart promptly at 9:15, so don’t be late.  The hike will be approximately 5.75 miles and take between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.  The terrain is relatively flat with a few steep ravine crossings.  Bring water and a snack if desired. Hiking boots are recommended especially if we have had recent rain.  Rain cancels hike.
 

For additional information, contact Marion at 256-273-9720 or at mquinlen@gmail.com.

4/1
Sat

Plateau

Lulu Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mt, GA. This is a joint hike between the Soddy Daisy and Plateau Chapters.  This 5 mile moderate hike includes the upper falls, Lula Lake, lower falls, and the panoramic vista. Plateau Chapter will depart at 7:30 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Hwy 127S to meet Soddy Daisy Chapter at Food City Parking lot in Red Bank

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-74436 or thehecklers@charter.net

4/1
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Lula Lake Land Trust.  Approximately 5 miles.  Moderate.  Plateau Chapter is going to hike with us.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Part of the trail is not maintained.  The trail is steep, there is rock scrambling, and rated strenuous for distance and difficulty.  The hike is approximately 8-9 miles. For more information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell. 

Gary Kimbrell
931.215.9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

4/2
Sun

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Celebration of Natural Areas Week.  Two wildflower hikes. 10:00 a.m., led by Brian Bowen, Tennessee State Natural Area Administrator.  Don Davidson will assist Brian.  The 2:00 p.m. hike will be led by Dennis Horn, author of several wildflower books, assisted by Ann Cline.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for more information.  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

4/4
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

There will be no formal meeting in April or May for the Columbia/Franklin chapter.  An email will be sent to the members of the Columbia/Franklin chapter for the scheduled hikes in April 2017.

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

4/4
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Laurel Falls.  Approximately 5 miles. Moderate.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/7-
4/9

Columbia/ Franklin

The Columbia/Franklin chapter of Tennessee Trails is supporting the "Trails and Trillium" from April 7-9, 2017.  This event highlights the trails of the South Cumberland near Monteagle, TN.  There are hikes and work programs on all three days.  We strongly recommend joining the other hikers for some fascinating memories.  Early pre-registration is encouraged, since the number of participants in most activities is limited.  Activities will be considered CLOSED when the limit is reached.
If anyone is interested in setting up a group to travel to Monteagle on any of these three days, please contact either Marvin Caine (mlcaine@aol.com) or Jane Coffey (jecoffey0644@gmail.com), and we will try to arrange a hiking group.

Jane Coffey:  jecoffey0644@gmail.com

4/7-
4/9

Highland Rim

Trails and Trilliums.  Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Monteagle, TN. A Three Day Festival Celebrating the Natural Wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau.   A weekend enjoying nature with proceeds benefitting Friends of South Cumberland State Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Event highlights:  guided hikes in South Cumberland State Park and Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, live music, native plant sale, programs and workshops, ART for the PARK Sale,  wine & wildflowers, vendors and food. Guided hikes include Stone Door, Fiery Gizzard, Foster Falls, Greeter Falls.  For more information and to preregister for hikes:  www.trailsandtrilliums.org and Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com

4/7-
4/9

Memphis

Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy

This trip will include three days of hiking. On Friday we will hike 4.9 miles on the moderately rated southern section of  Soddy Creek Gorge, going from Mowbray Pike to the Little Soddy Trailhead. We will have two options on Saturday. We will all be hiking on the Rock Creek Gorge Section. The shorter option is a moderately strenuous 5.4 mile hike. Those who wish to go farther can add on the 3.4 mile Rock Creek Loop. On Saturday we will be hiking on the Southern Section of Possum Creek Gorge.  We will begin at the Heiss Mountain Road Trailhead and do an out-and-back to Perkins Point Overlook. The hike totals 5.4 moderately strenuous miles.  Registration required

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

4/8
Sat

Clarksville

Sewanee Domain; Hike from Green’s View along the Perimeter Trail to Piney Point Trail; hike out and back to Piney Point; return to Green’s View via Beckwith’s Point; 5.5 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼130 miles to trail head.

Paul Schwab 931.645.9068

4/8
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - Join us on a flower hike in the Cumberland Mountains.  We will park at the end of Flat Fork Road, hike a portion of the Panther Creek trail and the entire Emory Gap trail to the falls.  On the Panther Creek trail we will go about 1.75 miles and gain about 250 feet, turn around and go back to the Emory Gap trail, losing about 200 feet.  The Emory Gap trail to the falls is about 1.0 mile and gains about 300 feet.  At the falls we will turn around and go back to the parking area, losing about 350 feet.  The total distance for this hike is about 4.5 miles.  If time and energy allow we will relocate and take a second hike on the Old Mack and Judge Branch trails.  This second hike is about 3.3 miles and gains about 300 feet by the turn around point.  All of the distances and elevation changes are estimates based on a topo map.  If we take both hikes the total distance is about 7.8 miles which is about average of most of our hikes.  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 American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 Tulane Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  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. Don’t forget your $$$$ 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 Cressler.

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

4/8
Sat

Jackson

April 8 - Wildflowers and Waterfalls Glen Rognstad will lead us on our annual wildflower hike.  We will take several short hikes, to Jackson Falls, Falls Hollow Falls, Stillhouse Hollow Falls NA and Rattlesnake Falls. We then will stop for dinner in Summertown. We plan to leave from Panera Restaurant in Jackson at 8 am.  For additional information or to register, please contact Glen at glenrognstad@gmail.com or 731 - 217-5966.

Glen Rognstad
glenrognstad@gmail.com
731 - 217-5966

4/8
Sat

Murfreesboro

Annual Celebration of Spring at Edgar Evins State Park. Silver Point. This is a full day of fun for just about everyone, young, old, and in between. Participants may make a day of it or come for a specific activity. Offerings include live entertainment, wild animal presentations, wildflower identification hikes, face painting, $2 boat rides on Center Hill Lake, an Easter Egg Hunt on the Millennium Trail at noon, and more. Besides providing hiking opportunities, it would be a great destination for parents and grandparents to share with children. For more information visit the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park on their website at www.foeesp.com or on Facebook @friendsofeesp. 

Fount or Anna Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

4/8
Sat

Murfreesboro

Shakerag Hollow. Sewanee. Sewanee. 6.2 miles rated moderate. Starting at the east gate at University of the South, we’ll hike from-Shakerag Hollow to Green’s View for lunch and back via the Beckwith Point trail. Then we’ll take a short hike out to Piney Point to the gorge overlook. Shakerag Hollow is one of the best wildflower hikes in the southeast. The hike is fairly easy in many areas, rocky in others. There is a steep climb out of the gorge near Green’s View. Because of the rocky portions, poles and boots are recommended. Bring water, snacks and lunch.

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

4/8
Sat

Plateau

CT Piney Falls Trail from Duskin Creek to Rockhouse Branch, Spring City.  This is a moderate 6.5 mile hiking 3 miles from Duskin Creek bridge to Rockhouse Branch bridge and returning seeing White Pine Cascades, Deep Pool Cascades and a spur trail to Hemlock Falls.  Hopefully we will be lucky and see spring wildflowers or Mt Laurel in bloom.  Plateau Chapter will depart at 8 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church, 2028 S Main Street, Crossville.

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-74436 or thehecklers@charter.net

4/8
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Sluder Lane to Heiss Mountain trailhead.  Approximately 9 miles.  Will stage vehicles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/8
Sat

Sumner Trails

Apr 8 NARROWS OF THE HARPETH - 2 Miles Moderate  This hike follows alongside the river, passing through an area known as "The Narrows".  Here, tjhe Harpeth River in a 5 mile bend, nearly curves back on itself.  Highlights include a panoramic view of the area, and a man made tunnel that goes about 100 yards through the bluff at the narrowest point.  Back in 1890 Montgomery Bell, using slave labor bored the the tunnel using slave labor to provide water power for his iron ore mill.  We usually see lots of wildflowere so bring your books, also footware you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, and walking sticks for some slippery sections.  Meet for carpooling at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church parking lot @ 9 AM CDT or at the Harris-Street Bridge trailhead at 10 Am CDT.  After the hike we’ll have lunch at Carl’s Perfect Pig in White Bluff. For further info contact Tunnel Breath Al.

Al Ballenger  ballallenger@aol.com

4/8
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf SNA Beersheba Springs, TN.  The hike is about 8 miles and rated moderate to strenuous. The hike will include the site of 2 historic Beech trees, and several home sites. For more information and to register contact Vicki Williams. 

Vicki Williams
615.351.9599
vickiwilliamslmt@gmail.com

4/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting - 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Dr. Kim Sadler, Professor of Biology Education at Middle Tennessee State University will be our guest speaker. She will have a presentation on the Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens area in Murfreesboro. Flat Rock is one of the largest intact cedar glades still remaining. This area is home to very rare plants including Pyne’s ground plum which was once thought to be extinct.

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

4/11
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Some club members are spending 2 nights at Pickett State Park hiking in the park and maybe South Fork

4/13
Thu

Plateau

Chapter meeting, First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Dinner at Gondola’s Restaurant, 138 The Crossings,  Crossville at  5 pm CT. Program - Wildflowers by Karla Miller. 

 Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

4/14
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike.  Cumberland Trail – Black Mountain Segment.  Crab Orchard, TN.  8 miles, moderate. Joint Hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Impressive rock formations and awesome overlooks.  We are starting at the Highway 68 Trailhead, hiking to the top and then include the loop at the top.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen. jhartvigs@comcast.net. 931-962-0811 for carpool information.

 

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

4/14
Fri

Murfreesboro

Good Friday Hike. Cumberland Trail - Black Mountain Segment. Crab Orchard. 8.0 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter. We will start the hike at the trailhead on Highway 68 and hike to the top of Black Mountain taking a spur trail to Windless Cave along the way. We’ll have lunch at the South Overlook with a spectacular view of Grassy Cove. At the top we’ll hike the short loop trail and stop at the North Overlook with views of Crab Orchard. We’ll also pass a campsite and pass through a rock gateway. Pack lunch, water and snacks.

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

4/15
Sat

Clarksville

No hike because of Easter  

 

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

4/15
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - We will look for wildflowers on the Spicewood and South Mac trails.  This is a mountain type trail so be sure and wear appropriate footwear.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Hiking distance 7 miles and another mile can be added by visiting the fire tower at the top.  Carpool at 8 AM from Books-A-Million at 310 S Illinois Ave in Oak Ridge.  Be ready to pay the driver if you are a rider.  Driving distance is about 30 miles.  Leader is Chris Hamilton.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

4/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Beckwith’s Point Trail, Piney Point Trail, Shakerag Hollow Trail, Bridal Veil Falls Trail.  Sewanee, Tennessee, 6 miles total.  Beginning at Green’s View, we will hike Beckwith’s Point Trail, Piney Point Trail, Shakerag Hollow Trail to complete a loop back to Green’s View. Then we will visit Bridal Veil Falls. Moderate due to steep ascent up cliff to Green’s View and areas of rocky footing.  Features spectacular wildflowers, limestone bluffs, great overlook at Piney Point and a beautiful waterfall.  Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots. Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee for breakfast, or 9:30 a.m. if you just want to hike.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-011. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

4/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. Sumner County. 2 miles rated easy. This area was designated as a state natural area in 1995 and is home to some unique wildflowers. Hopefully we can catch the blue eyed Mary in bloom. The meandering trail into this forested hollow is only 2 miles long. The trailhead is off of Hwy 231 north of Mt. Juliet near Westmoreland. No need to start this hike out early-we’ll take our time and explore what spring time in the forest has to offer. Contact Jan for meeting time and carpooling information.

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

4/15
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Virgin Falls.  Approximately 8 miles.  Strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. The hike includes 7 major waterfalls, and wildflower displays. The hike is about 13 miles and rated strenuous. Water shoes may be needed. For more information and to register contact Richard Savage.

Richard Savage
931.526.2035
savage_richard@hotmail.com 

4/18
Tue

Clarksville

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

Ken Johnson 865-803-4371

4/18
Tue

Soddy Daisy

Signal Mountain High School Loop.  Approximately 3-1/2 miles.  Easy to moderate.  Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/21
Fri

Sumner Trails

 APRIL 21(FRIDAY) WHITE HOUSE GREENWAY Paved 3.5 mile walk. Easy.  Meet at the Kroger Glenbrook (1010 Glenbrook Way) parking at 9:30 am or meet at the Tyree Springs Rd Trailhead (adjacent to WH High School) around 10:15.  Lunch at a place to be determined by group after the walk. 

Sally Ticaric 615-218-1086

4/22
Sat

Clarksville


Earth Day; We will do our assigned trail maintenance on LBL, NS trail from the South Checking Station to Tharp Road; 8 miles, moderate; meet 8:00 A.M. CT, at Kroger parking area, Dover Crossing Road, Clarksville; ∼35 miles to trail head.

 

 

 Bob Lyon 931-648-2354;

4/22
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Whiteoak Sink, Schoolhouse Gap and Chestnut Top Trails.   The hike will start at the Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead on Laurel Creek Road and go to Dosey Gap gaining about 200 feet in 1.1 miles, then to Whiteoak Sink losing about 100 feet in .7 miles, where we will walk about viewing the flowers.  The waterfall and bat caves may be off limits because of the bat white-nose syndrome. Because of the bat problem we may not be able to hike out to Schoolhouse Gap.  If so, going out we will have to retrace our entry route. The hike is about 4 miles.  After returning to Laurel Creek Road we will relocate to the parking lot at the Wye for a short walk on the Chestnut Top Trail.  This trail is one of the most spectacular wildflower trails in the park.  The trail gains about 300 feet in one-half mile where we will turn around and return to the parking lot.  The total distance for the day is about 5 miles.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am. Don’t forget your $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

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

4/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  Sewanee, TN.  Twenty miles.  Eight plus hours.  Strenuous.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. CT in parking lot on Highway 41A across from the intersection of University Avenue and Highway 41A in Sewanee.  We will start on the Mountain Goat Trail across from the Blue Chair Restaurant.  We will hike toward the Memorial Cross taking the Perimeter Trail around Sewanee.  We will have lunch at the Forestry Cabin.  We will continue to Shakerag Hollow back to the Mountain Goat Trail to our starting point.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Dinner in Sewanee after hike.  Register with Michael Glennon, kb4jhu@gmail.com or 931-571-0502.

Michael Glennon
kb4jhu@gmail.com
931-571-0502

4/22
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area – South

Meet at 9:00 AM in the unpaved parking lot on the south side of Walnut Grove immediately east of the Wolf River.  The hike will be 5 to 6 miles on the Yellow/Blue/White trails.  If there has been rain we may have a stream crossing.  In that case a hiking stick will be useful.  Bring water and a snack.  Rain will cancel the hike. 

 For additional information call Gloria Folk at 901-277-5756.
 

4/22
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Retro Hughes Road to Heiss Mountain trailhead.  Approximately 10 miles.  Strenuous.  Will stage vehicles.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Edgar Evins. The hike includes the Merritt Ridge Trail and Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail Loop, and is approximately 8 miles of diverse terrain. For more information and to register contact Jeff Graves. 

Jeff Graves
jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

4/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at  Applebees. Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center.  Program:  Planning Meeting.  October 13-15 Annual Meeting and Highland Rim Paddles, Hikes, and Camping Trips for 2017.  Mary Etta Ward, maryettaward@gmail.com.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

4/25
Tue

Nashville

Monthly Program Meeting. REI, 261 Franklin Rd, Brentwood TN 37027.  Hiking in Ireland.  Marietta Poteet of the Highland Rim Chapter (and formerly of the Nashville Chapter) will present a slide show of her hike around the Dingle Peninsula (110 miles), her trip in a horse caravan for five days, and other day hiking in the Killarney area in Ireland.  She spent a month in Ireland with TTA friends Marcia Medford, Ruth Wells, and Lindda Hudson this past September.

Nora Beck, 615-17-6486 or norellibee@gmail.com. 

4/25
Tue

Soddy Daisy

White Oak Mountain.  Approximately 4-1/2 miles.  Moderate.  Meet at Target parking lot on Hwy 153 at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/27
Thu

Columbia/ Franklin

Trail of Tears National Historical sites, Pulaski and David Crockett State Park

This will be a special mid-week TTA hike to become more familiar with the history of the Native Americans, forced off of their lands, and "relocated" to Oklahoma.  On Thursday, April 27, we will visit the Pulaski Interpretive Center. The two land routes, led by Bell and Benge, crossed in Pulaski. The museum documents local Native American History, including a bronze statue of a Cherokee family. Our guide will take us to the overlook where the two routes intersected in 1838. We will then drive to David Crockett State Park (about 30 minutes) in Lawrenceburg. We will be joined there by a Park Ranger who will be our guide for a 2.5 mile hike (five miles out and back) on a portion of the original Bell route. The trail travels along a ridge line and on an entrenched road bed.  We plan to have a picnic lunch at one of the many shelters in the Park. There are optional trails after lunch. 

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Tollgate Medical Plaza on Tollgate Blvd. in Thompson Station.  From there, we will drive to Pulaski (about one hour) and then David Crockett Park, or you may also choose to meet us at the Interpretive Center in Pulaski located at 220 Stadium Street, Pulaski, at 9:00 am.  Bring picnic lunch, water, etc. Trails are easy to moderate. Please call or email Janeth McKendrick if you plan to join us. Phone 615.591.9352, email: Janethmck@aol.com.  It is important to know at which location you plan to meet us. Please include a contact telephone number.

Janeth McKendrick:  janethmck@aol.com or 615.591.9352

4/29
Sat

Clarksville

Standing Stone State Park, Lake Trail 4.7 miles, moderate; meet 7:00 A.M. CT, I 24 Exit 11 commuter parking lot; ∼150 miles to trail head. 

Suva Bastin 931.645.2849

4/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  One of our tasks is refreshing the paint blazes on the Laurel Bluff Trail.  We will also clear the trails of any trees which have blown down.  If we have enough workers, we will work to improve eroded trails.   Please let Joan Hartvigsen know if you can help.  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT in the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring work gloves, snacks and water.

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

4/29-
4/30

Jackson

April 29-30 - Walls of Jericho NA Plans are being made for a trip to Jericho and Stevens Gap Cave.

4/29
Sat

Memphis

V&E Greenline & Old Growth Forest - Hike & Eat

We will meet in Overton Park at 9:00 a.m. for a short hike in the Old Growth Forest. Hike will begin at the entrance to the forest near the pavilion by the lake. There is a parking lot by the pavilion. From forest we will transition to the Vollentine and Evergreen Greenline for a 3-mile easy walk. Following the hike all are invited to Dino’s for brunch or lunch. Please come join us for this easy, very social and scenic hike in the mid town area of Memphis.
 
 
 
 

 For any questions please contact Carolyn Pierce at 901-755-5735.

4/29
Sat

Soddy Daisy

Black Mountain.  Approximately 6 miles.  Moderate to strenuous.  Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9 a.m.

George Bonneau - george.r.bonneau@gmail.com  or 423-842-3619

4/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Black Mountain Segment of the Cumbeland Trail, Crab Orchard, TN. We hope to see a spectacular display of wild flowers on this hike. The hike is 7 miles and rated moderate. For more information and to register contact Cathy Moran.

Cathy Moran
931.544.2764
ccmoran04@yahoo.com 

    ** May 2017 **  

5/5-
5/7

Jackson

May 5-7 - Beginner Backpack  (Rescheduled from March  10-12)  This will be a short backpacking trip (two nights, three days) in Savage Gulf, covering a total distance of almost 20 miles. Prior experience backpacking is not required and the necessary gear can be borrowed for the trip.  To register for the trip or obtain further information, please contact Glen Rognstad at glenrognstad@gmail.com or 731 217-5966.

Note -- this trip replaces the one originally scheduled for the weekend of March 11

please contact Glen Rognstad at glenrognstad@gmail.com or 731 217-5966.

5/6
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Upper Cumberland annual meeting and hike. Machine Falls, Short Springs Natural Area, and Rutledge Falls. For more information and to register contact Cindy Watson.

Cindy Watson
931.247.1459
cgrwatson@gmail.com 

5/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter picnic

Cheryl Heckler
thehecklers@charter.net
931-200-7436

5/13
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains. Hike begins at Newfound Gap. The hike is 8-9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. For more informaion and to register contact Gary Kimbrell. 

Gary Kimbrell
931.215.9520
Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

    ** June 2017 **  

6/6
Tue

Columbia/ Franklin

We will again meet at the Barnabas Center behind St. Paul Episcopal Church in Franklin.  We will have a great program from Ellen Clark and Lou Laratta concerning their trip to Antarctica.  They will present a slide show and some interesting insights into the Southern Hemisphere.

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

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

TTA

TTA Annual Meeting
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Monteagle, TN

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