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.

Information about the East Tennessee Chapter's events and activities is also available on their blog.


Upcoming East Tennessee Hikes and Programs:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 22, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2017 **  

3/25
Sat

East Tennessee

Norris Dam - River Bluff Trail.  We will park at the trailhead on Dabney Road and hike the lower section of the trail along Norris River,  less than two miles each way.  The walk along the river is relatively flat, an easy walk.  Where we will turn around the trail goes up the bluff to make a loop.  Some may want to walk the loop.  The total distance is about the same either way.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other appropriate clothing, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet at the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am and stop at Ingles Market, 215 Cedar Lane in North Knoxville, leaving at 9:15 am for those that prefer to meet there. Also, you may meet us at the southeast end of the Wal-Mart parking lot at the I-75 / State 61 intersection near Norris, leaving there at 9:45 am.  Don’t forget to bring carpool $$$$$ if applicable.  If you want to meet us at the trailhead take I-75N to exit 122; turn right on TN-61; about 1.4 miles turn left on to US 441 and proceed across the dam; turn left on to Dabney Road, the first road on the left after the second hair-pin turn, staying left, going downhill, to the parking area.  If you have any other questions, please contact Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu
(before 3/24/17)

    ** April 2017 **  

4/8
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - 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.  We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping in Oak Ridge at the American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 Tulane 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.  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. Don’t forget your $$$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu

4/15
Sat

East Tennessee

Frozen Head State Park - We will look for wildflowers on the Spicewood and South Mac trails.  This is a mountain type trail so be sure and wear appropriate footwear.  Bring a lunch and plenty of water. Hiking distance 7 miles and another mile can be added by visiting the fire tower at the top.  Carpool at 8 AM from Books-A-Million at 310 S Illinois Ave in Oak Ridge.  Be ready to pay the driver if you are a rider.  Driving distance is about 30 miles.  Leader is Chris Hamilton.

Chris Hamilton
hikeintenn@gmail.com

4/22
Sat

East Tennessee

GSMNP - Whiteoak Sink, Schoolhouse Gap and Chestnut Top Trails.   The hike will start at the Schoolhouse Gap Trailhead on Laurel Creek Road and go to Dosey Gap gaining about 200 feet in 1.1 miles, then to Whiteoak Sink losing about 100 feet in .7 miles, where we will walk about viewing the flowers.  The waterfall and bat caves may be off limits because of the bat white-nose syndrome. Because of the bat problem we may not be able to hike out to Schoolhouse Gap.  If so, going out we will have to retrace our entry route. The hike is about 4 miles.  After returning to Laurel Creek Road we will relocate to the parking lot at the Wye for a short walk on the Chestnut Top Trail.  This trail is one of the most spectacular wildflower trails in the park.  The trail gains about 300 feet in one-half mile where we will turn around and return to the parking lot.  The total distance for the day is about 5 miles.  We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, a snack, something to drink and a camera.  We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am, stopping at the Browns Creek Shopping Center parking lot nearest the Sonic at 1707 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, across the street from the Hardee’s, near the hospital in Maryville.  We will leave there at 9:00 am. Don’t forget your $$$ for carpooling.  After the hike plan on stopping Applebee’s in Alcoa on the way back for a meal and refreshments.  For specific information about the hike please call Tom Cressler.

Tom Cressler
865-974-4422
865-588-5622 (leave message)
cressler@utk.edu

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

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