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 Aug 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** 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:




Hiking the weekend of September 28-30

Cindy Whitt is leading a two-day hike in Pickett State Park the weekend of September 28-30.  According to Cindy, the historic cabins are wonderful.   She loves this park and would be willing to map out some trails for hiking.  Cindy believes however that if you want to stay at Pickett State Park, they have a two-day minimum stay. Below is some information regarding Pickett State Park.  It is about a three-hour drive from Franklin to Pickett State Park which is located in the upper Cumberland area.  Please contact Cindy if you have any interest in traveling with her. 


Did you know? Pickett was the first state park in the southeast to be listed as a certified dark sky viewing location!

On May 12, 2015, Pickett State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area were named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky. The combined property will be known as Pickett-Pogue International Dark Sky Park.

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. In 1933, the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company donated nearly 12,000 acres of land to the State of Tennessee to be developed as a forest recreational area. Initial development of the area by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through1942. The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park.

Cindy Whitt:

    ** October 2017 **  



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