The East Tennessee chapter serves hikers in the Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Norris area. 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.

Contact Rosemary Marshall bt telephone at 865-951-8317 or by email, for more information about the chapter.

The East Tennessee chapter does not meet regularly, so watch the TTA calendar for announcements of meeting times and places.

Upcoming East Tennessee Hikes and Programs:


In compliance with CDC coronavirus guidelines, all TTA organized hikes and group events are cancelled until further notice.

Statement from TTA President:

As with each of you, we have been closely monitoring the daily changes in the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. During the past week we have listened to the recommendations outlined. To slow the spread The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America recommends avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people. The health and safety of our members is at the forefront of our minds. We believe it is important to adhere to the best practices suggested by the Department of Health and CDC. Tennessee State Parks remain open at this time to visitors to hike/exercise as you chose; however, all park-hosted events from March 16 to March 31, 2020 are cancelled. If you chose to hike we encourage you to take your own soap-sanitizers as public restrooms can run out at times. 

Therefore, Tennessee Trails Association Board of Directors request that our clubs and members follow the recommended protocol and cancel all TTA hikes and group events until further notice.

Mary Etta Ward
TTA President
March 18, 2020


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2020 **  


East Tennessee

Knoxille - Seven Islands State Birding Park.  Join us on this easy 5+ mile hike.   This park is a premier birding destination for more than 190 species of bird sightings.  We’ll hike along the French Broad River and then enjoy lush beautiful grassland.  The many views may include our own Smokies.   Seven Islands became Tennessee’s 56th State Park in 2013.  We’ll also cross the newly built pedestrian bridge.   Don’t miss out on this great hike.  We’ll meet at 10 AM at the parking area of the Cracker Barrel (Strawplains exit).  It’s a short drive to Seven Islands.  If you have any questions, contact Lesley.

Lesley Price


East Tennessee

GSMNP - Porter Creek and Plemmons Cemetery.    Porter’s Creek is known for its spring wildflower displays, the varieties of wildflowers and native plants number between 30 and 40.  The foundation of the Cantwell house is on the right at mile 0.4. At mile 0.7 the trail crosses Long Branch. Up the hill from the bridge and to the right look for cement block steps leading up the bank to the Ownby Cemetery. There’s a skeleton of an old car to the right of the trail just beyond the cemetery. Once you leave the gravel road the trail becomes narrow and winds through deeply shaded forest dominated by hemlocks, magnolia and a heavy undergrowth of rhododendron.  The wildflowers thrive in the deep shade. At about 1.4 miles a crooked bridge of two split tree trunks forming an angle at a boulder about midway crosses Porter’s Creek. On the other side are lots of boulders, a great place for a break next to the creek. The variety of wildflowers picks up again after the footbridge, with wild ginger, white- and purple-fringed phacelia and many others carpeting the ground here and there among massive buckeye trees and soaring tulip poplars. If time permits we will visit Plemmons Cemetery near the intersection of Middle Fork and Porters Creek, where you turn to go toward Ramsay Cascade. Plemmons Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the Park. This additional hike adds about one mile and is relatively flat. The total distance is about 5 miles. The hike difficulty is rated as easy. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Baptist Church of Bearden of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am and stop at the Cracker Barrel (Strawplains exit) and leave there at 9:00 am. Be sure to bring $$$ for carpooling. After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before April 10th.

Tom Cressler


East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - Emory Gap, Panther Creek, Judge Branch trails.   This is a Sunday hike.   Join us on a flower hike in the Cumberland Mountains.  We will park at the end of Flat Fork Road hike a portion of the Panther Creek trail and the entire Emory Gap trail to the falls.  On the Panther Creek trail we will go about 1.75 miles and gain about 250 feet, turn around and go back to the Emory Gap trail, losing about 200 feet.  The Emory Gap trail to the falls is about 1.0 mile and gains about 300 feet.  At the falls we will turn around and go back to the parking area, losing about 350 feet.  The total distance for this hike is about 4.5 miles.  If time and energy allow we will relocate and take a second hike on the Old Mack and Judge Branch trails.  This second hike is about 3.3 miles and gains about 300 feet by the turn around point.  All of the distances and elevation changes are estimates based on a topo map.  If we take both hikes the total distance is about 7.8 miles which is about average of most of our hikes. The hike difficulty is rated as moderate. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Food City parking lot near the corner of Northshore Drive and Kingston Pike for car pooling and leave at 8:30 am stopping in Oak Ridge at Books-A-Million, 310 South Illinois Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave.  We will leave there at 9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there.  Be sure to bring $$$ for carpooling .  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before April 11th.

Tom Cressler

    ** October 2020 **  



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