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:


Tennessee Trails Association chapters adhere to all applicable laws, rules, and guidelines for any given setting when organizing hikes and events. Out of concern for those who join us, their families, and our community, we conduct our hikes in a way which conforms to current COVID‑19 guidelines. If you have questions, contact your local chapter’s hike coordinator.

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Aug 10, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2020 **  


East Tennessee

Obed River, Wartburg TN - Alley Ford.   The Obed Wild and Scenic River Park consists of four streams that have cut into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau creating rugged landscape wild and water.   There are spectacular gorges with 400 ft cliffs above the streams and huge sandstone boulders dotting the streams creating large whitewater rapids in the rushing water.   We will hike approximately 5 miles in and out at Ally Ford. The trailhead begins at Rock Creek Campground adjacent to Nemo. Preregistration is required due to the weather conditions. We will tailgate at 9am from the parking lot at the  Ingles parking lot at Merchants Rd off 1-75 exit North.  We will also tailgate  from Books A Million parking lot in Oak Ridge  at  9:30am.  Please preregister with Sherry. Due to the covid19 virus, the group will be limited to 8 people, so register early!  The destination has a wonderful swimming spot so bring your swimming gear if you want to go swimming!

Sherry Barber


East Tennessee

Hike Seven Islands State Birding Park: August 29, 2020: Seven Islands State Birding Park is Tennessee’s newest park. It is a 416-acre park that was established in the 1990s by private donors and jointly managed as Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge by a local foundation and Knox County. In the fall of 2013, it was designated as a state park effective September 2013 with the grand opening July 2014. The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the French Broad River. Habitats include wooded hills, an intermittent stream, and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses. More than 180 species of birds have been sighted in the park.

You can see a Seven Islands map with trails and distances if you go to
The views are great, you can see Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte. The hike is mostly easy with rolling hills. There is one hill where you gain perhaps 150 feet. The total distance if we take the outer most trails, including Newmans Island, is about six miles. This is a hike that almost anyone can do so join us. 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.

Because of the Covid-19 restrictions we will not be carpooling and you should bring a face mask to wear when you are unable to maintain the 6 foot social distance.

We will leave the Seven Islands parking lot, trail head, at 9 am. If you are unsure how to get to the parking lot meet me at the foot of Exit 402, I-40 E (Midway Road) by 8:45 am and we can tailgate to the parking lot.

Tom Cressler

    ** October 2020 **  



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