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 to 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. Socializing between 6:00 and 7:00 and 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 Aug 22, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2019 **  



Devil’s Back Bone Trail on the Natchez Trace – August 24, 2019
Devil’s Backbone is a 950-acre natural area in Lewis County. Devil’s Backbone offers a visitor the opportunity for a quiet hike adjacent the Natchez Trace Parkway. The trail follows the ridges of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and drops down along a creek into a hollow and back again along the ridge. This inviting walk provides time for enjoying nature and quiet reflection. The approximately three mile trail is a moderately strenuous loop with about 200 feet of elevation change.

Not many high quality examples of Western Highland Rim forest communities are known to exist because of present and past land use patterns. While Devil’s Backbone represents second or third growth forest, it is unlikely many other sites on the Western Highland Rim will be identified that better represent the region’s upland vegetative types. This opportunity is enhanced because of its location along the Natchez Trace Parkway near Hohenwald, TN.

Please plan to meet at McDonald’s (4908 Columbia Hwy., Spring Hill, TN in Williamson County) at 7:30 a.m.


Jane Coffey:  615.516.6551 or

    ** September 2019 **  



Columbia/Franklin Chapter TTA - September Quarterly Meeting
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 a favorite destination for many people.

We meet at the Barnabas Center (506 N. Fair Street, Franklin 37064) located behind St. Paul Episcopal Church.  Social hour begins at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 7:00 pm.  Please bring ideas for fourth quarter 2019 hikes.  See you in September.

Marvin Caine - or 931.626.2754
Jane Coffey - or 615.516.6551

    ** October 2019 **  



October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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