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 Jun 25, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2017 **  



Daily Walking Tours

Knowledgeable guides lead leisurely walking tours every hour on the hour.

These 1½ mile walking tours feature incredible formations, an historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Difficulty Level: Moderate
Time: 1.5 Hours

What To Expect:

Daily Walking Tours take about 1½  hours to complete. You need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to purchase tickets and visit the restroom. The cave is a constant and pleasant 56°, a light jacket may be needed.


  • View stalagmites and stalactites
  • The cave surface is dirt and rock, there are steps and slopes to walk up and down
  • Discover Tennessee’s largest show cave with the whole family
We will meet at 8:00 at Tollgate Medical Plaza, on Hwy 31 (Columbia Pike), just north of 840, drive to Cumberland Caverns (about one and 1/2 hours.  Bring picnic lunch (or if group desires we can eat out after the cave tour), water, etc. The cost of the cave walking trip is $21 per person payable to the cave.  Trails are moderate. Please call or email Cindy Whitt if you plan to join us. 

Phone 615.202.5761, email:

Please include a contact telephone number.

Cindy Whitt -, 615.202.5761

    ** July 2017 **  



Due to Independence Day Holiday, there will not be a meeting of the Columbia/Franklin Chapter in July 2017.



Beaman Park Nature Center
5911 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN. 37015
615-862-8580 Phone

Located in northwest Nashville near Joelton. This wild and rugged land is a unique treasure in Nashville’s park system and features a Highland Rim forest type, unique plant associations and species, and a rugged landscape with steep slopes, narrow hollows, and streams and waterfalls. Beaman Park is a rugged sanctuary of unique natural beauty where visitors can experience a peaceful connection with nature, view and learn about plants and wildlife, and realize the importance of preserving the natural world for future generations.

This wild and rugged land is a unique treasure in Nashville’s park system. The area was once known as Paradise Ridge, and while the beauty of the land might inspire one to envision paradise, the name actually comes from two early settlers, the Paradise brothers.

We will leave from McDonald’s in Spring Hill (4908 Columbia Hwy) at 7:30 a.m. to avoid some of the summer heat even though the park is well shaded.  Please contact Jane Coffey at 615.516.6551 or

Jane Coffey: or 615.516.6551

    ** September 2017 **  



September 5, 2017

Chapter Meeting

The meeting will be held at the Barnabas Center at 506 Fair Street, Franklin, TN 37064.  The Barnabas Center is located behind St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Barnabas Center has a small working kitchen so you can bring your own food and microwave it if you choose. If you like, you can join us earlier than the 7:00 pm meeting time to eat and chat with other members of the chapter. We will be planning our future monthly hikes, and discussing "all things hiking."

Contacts:         Jane Coffey:
                      Marvin Caine:


    ** October 2017 **  



TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

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