The Columbia-Franklin chapter serves hikers in Williamson and Maury Counties. Hikes are regularly scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this region, as well as in other parts of the state. Check the TTA calendar for more information about upcoming hikes.

The Columbia-Franklin chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Grand Buffet Chinese Restaurant, 5228 Main Street, #B1, Spring Hill, TN 37174. The restaurant is located just north of Spring Hill on Highway 31. (map) Come early at 6:00 pm and enjoy dinner and socializing before the program begins at 7:00 pm CT.

For more information, contact the chapter chair at this email.

The Chapter Program Coordinator is Ellen Clark, at this email or telephone 615-595-2640.

The Chapter Hike Coordinator is Jane Coffey, at this email or telephone 615-516-6551.

Upcoming Columbia/Franklin Hikes and Programs:

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



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 if you plan to attend.  Please leave a number in case of inclement weather.

Marvin Caine:

    ** April 2017 **  



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:
Marvin Caine:



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 ( or Jane Coffey (, and we will try to arrange a hiking group.

Jane Coffey:



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:  It is important to know at which location you plan to meet us. Please include a contact telephone number.

Janeth McKendrick: or 615.591.9352

    ** June 2017 **  



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:
Marvin Caine:

    ** October 2017 **  



TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

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