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 Apr 25, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2017 **  



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

    ** May 2017 **  



There won’t be a formal meeting in May for the Columbia/Franklin chapter.  Look for our announcement about the June 2017 meeting at Barnabas Center in Franklin. 



Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail Hike
The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail is located twenty minutes from Nashville just outside of beautiful Ashland City Tenneessee. Tour the the scenery of the Cumberland River along our 6.7 miles of trails.  In about 1992 a group of trail enthusiasts from different places in Middle Tennessee got together to discuss the possibility of turning the railroad bed from Nashville to Clarksville into a trail. The goal of that group was a long trail from Nashville to at least as far north as Land Between the Lakes. At the same time, the Mayor and Vice mayor of Ashland City were considering leasing part of the rail bed and turning it into a trail. These two groups met up by accident at a Greenway conference late in 1993 and starting working on the common goal of making a trail. Ashland City took over the responsibility of developing the 7 miles from the downtown to Chapsmansboro Road. The other group formed the Cumberland River Corridor Task Force and worked to develop the entire rail bed, often in conjunction with the Ashland City group.

We will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill, TN located at 4908 Columbia Hwy at 7:30 a.m. in order to leave by 7:45 a.m. 

Jane Coffey - (615.516.6551)



Stillhouse Hollow Falls
The Columbia/Franklin Chapter of TTA will have a work day at Stillhouse Hollow Falls.  We will clear the trails and pick up any loose litter.  We do not need to be at the park until ~9:00 a.m.  Please bring a snack and some trail shoes in the event the creek is high and we need to make more than one crossing.  After working the trails, we can depart Stillhouse and possibly have lunch in Columbia.  Ellen Clark will lead this work day.  Please contact her to let her know if you will be working with us that day. 

We will meet at McDonald’s in Spring Hill at 4908 Columbia Hwy at 8:15 a.m.  If you would like to meet at the park, please let Ellen know that. 

Ellen Clark -

    ** 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
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Monteagle, TN

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