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 has moved its meetings at the Barnabas Center located at 506 Fair Street which is behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located on Main Street in Franklin. We have changed our meeting dates from monthly to quarterly on the first Tuesday of each quarter. Come early between 6:00 and 6:30 pm and enjoy dinner and socializing before the program begins at 7:00 pm CT.

For more information, please contact either of the Chapter co-chairs: Marvin Caine at this email or telephone 931.626.2754 or 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 Feb 21, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2018 **  



Long Hunter State Park -Saturday - February 24, 2018
The 2,600 acres which make up this area became a state park in 1974 and has four sections, Couchville, Baker’s Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Long Hunter State Park offers a variety of recreational activities.  The more than 20 miles of hiking trails provide a variety of terrain and habitats and range from pleasant strolls to longer jaunts for the more adventurous. Trails include a self-guided, paved arboretum trail and the five and a half -mile Volunteer Trail that follows the lakeshore.

Sella’s Farm State Archaeological Area is a family-friendly attraction for history enthusiasts interested in learning more about this area. Sellars Farm is one of the few Native American mounds in Tennessee that is protected under government ownership. Based on artifacts discovered at Sellars Farm, the community appears to have been occupied during the Mississippian Period around 900 AD until about 1500 AD. There’s a short loop trail around the farm which is a good hike for guests with children and offers a unique learning experience. Sellars Farm is located on Poplar Hill Road, Watertown, Tenn. 37184 and is a satellite of Long Hunter State Park.  The leader of the hike will select the hiking trail for this hike.

We will meet at Tollgate Medical Center, Thompson’s Station, TN at 8:00 a.m. to carpool to Long Hunter State Park.  If anyone cares to join us, we should be able to meet at the trailhead at 9:15 a.m.

Joel Peavyhouse - or 615.477.6545

    ** March 2018 **  



March 10, 2018 Hike at Henry Horton State Park with Swan Conservation Trust and TTA Natural Areas

Enjoy a 3.5-mile round-trip hike through cedar glades, hardwood forest, and wetlands. A 20 foot observation tower along the way offers great views of the Duck River. This is a moderately difficult hike so remember to bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, and a snack. It might be chilly so don’t forget to layer up with warm clothes. We will meet at the Park Restaurant located in Henry Horton State Park (4209 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034).  We will disembark from there at 10:00 a.m. CST. Come ready for an adventure! Erin Singer, biologist with the Natural Areas Program, will provide nature interpretation. 

If you are carpooling with the Columbia/Franklin Chapter, Ron Neissen will be coordinating the hike for us.  The others can meet us at Henry Horton State Park Restaurant at 10 a.m.  Please let Ron Neissen know if you will be attending (931.797.8834 or  We will be meeting behind the McDonald’s in north Spring Hill (4908 Main Street, SH) at 9:00 a.m.  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Ron Neissen:  931.797.8834 or



March 24- Blue Bell Island in Franklin County and Shakerag Hollow at Sewanee. Combined Hikes about 4 miles. Easy to moderate.

Blue Bell Island is a small island located in the Elk River known for its spectacular display of wildflowers, particularly Virginia bluebells. The Island was purchased by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust in order to preserve this botanical treasure. The land trust has a once-a-year hike to the Island during the spring bloom. We will join the hike led by naturalists with the Land Trust. The hike to the Island is an easy mile in and out, but to get on the Island requires traversing fallen logs over the Elk River. Ropes are put up to help with the crossing. After enjoying the beauty of Blue Bell Island we will stop and have lunch at the Blue Chair Cafe at Sewanee followed by hiking a portion of the Shakerag Hollow trail in Sewanee, also known for its wildflowers. 

We will meet at 7:45am in the Tollgate Village parking lotColumbia Ave and I-840 in front of the Medical Center. We will leave promptly at 8:00am for Blue Bell Island. We will stop along the way for a short restroom break as there are no facilities at the Island. Hiking boots are recommended as are a change of clothes. To register call or text Ellen Clark at 615-482-3605 or e-mail at  Please leave a contact number in case of inclement weather.

Ellen Clark: or 615.482.3605.


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