The Highland Rim chapter serves hikers from the Tullahoma, Manchester, and Winchester area, with at least two hikes scheduled monthly in the South Cumberlands.

Meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm CT at the D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, in Tullahoma. (map.)

Mary Etta Ward is the Chapter Chair and can be reached by email or by telephone at 931-581-9906, for more information.

Other chapter officers are:

  • Membership and Treasurer, Marietta Poteet, telephone 931-924-7666 or email.
  • Secretary, Tanja Kendrick, telephone 931-224-6225 or email.
  • Hikes & Program Coordinator & Newsletter Contact, Joan Hartvigsen, telephone 931-962-0811 or email.

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jun 22, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2018 **  

6/22-
6/24

Highland Rim

Roan Mountain State Park, near Johnson City, TN.  Camping, Cabin and hiking trip.    Contact  Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve a spot in the Group Campground or Cabin, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.  Famous for its Catawba Rhododendron gardens, forests of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir and Balds providing awesome views of surrounding mountains.  Friday we will hike the Raven Rock and Forest Road Trails Loop inside the park.  This trail is 1.4 miles and offers overlooks and wildflowers.  Saturday we will drive 8 miles south to Carvers Gap on the Appalachian Trail.  We will hike from Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff.    The hike is 6.7 miles out and back and includes the round-trip spur trail to Roan High Knob on the way and the spectacular Rhododendron Gardens.  Hikers wanting a shorter hike can park in the Gardens Parking Area and walk the Rhododendron Gardens 0.5 mile all-access trail and the 2 mile out and back Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff.  Sunday we will hike from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald, hiking across Round Bald and Jane Bald along the way.  4.8 miles there-and-back.  We will enjoy a community meal Friday evening after our hike at the Group Campsite.  Menu TBA.  Saturday we could dine at a nearby restaurant in the town of Roan Mountain

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

6/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner Las Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson, Tullahoma.   Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jack Jennings will present a program on Rutledge Falls.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

6/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area.  Tullahoma, TN.   Fifth Saturday Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net to let her know you can help.  Bring water and work gloves.  Several tasks are planned.  The jobs include replacing the rotten sign post on the Connector Sign, adding more stepping stones across the creek on the Machine Falls Loop Trail tracking right, saw stobs out of the trails, cut away the end of metal cable sticking out of the ground near telephone pole on Machine Falls Loop Trail, replace caps on bridge posts of Bobo Creek bridge.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** July 2018 **  

7/7
Sat

Highland Rim

North Rim, Mountain Oak and North Plateau Trails.  Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  10 miles moderate.  The North Rim Trail and the North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf.  The North Rim Trail has more overlooks than any other trail on the South Cumberland plateau.  From these viewpoints we will see old growth forest in the bottom of the gorge and the junction of the three gulfs that make up the State Natural Area.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and obtain carpool information.  The trailhead address is 3157 State Route 399, Palmer, TN.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

7/14
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Paddle.  Shiloh Bridge to Dickey Bridge.  Kelso, TN.  7.4 miles.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Contact Tom Bentley at 931-455-5849, 931-273-6344, or htbentley@lighttube.net. Group activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.   Meet at 9:00 a.m. CDT at Shiloh Bridge on Champ Road in Kelso.  Elk River Canoe Rental in Kelso rents canoes and kayaks, 931-937-6886.

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net
931-455-5849
931-273-6344

7/21
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door to Greeter Falls via Big Creek Gulf Trail and Alum Gap.  7 to 9 miles.  This is a joint hike with the Nashville Chapter. Vehicle shuttle is required.  It’s July and it will be hot, so we will go by Ranger Falls, the Sinks and Greeter Falls to take a swim.  The hike will be moderate to difficult as it is a steep rocky descent into Big Creek Gulf and a steep rocky ascent up to Alum Gap.  Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Hiking sticks recommended.  Email Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

7/23
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson St., Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma, TN.  Program to be announced.

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

    ** August 2018 **  

8/24-
8/26

Highland Rim

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park, Delano, TN.  Camp, "duckie" and kayak weekend.  We have reserved four campsites which accommodates 8 small tents.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen early to reserve a spot, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Friday afternoon we will use our kayaks to float the Hiwassee from the Reliance Bridge to the ramp inside our campground.  Saturday we will rent inflatable Funyaks (“Duckie”) from Hiwassee Outfitters, (423)338-8115, to float the Hiwassee River from below the Appalachia Powerhouse to the Reliance bridge.  $30.00 plus tax to rent a one person “Duckie”.  Reservations recommended.  Sunday adventure TBA. Friday evening we will share a meal at the campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat out.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

    ** September 2018 **  

9/14-
9/16

Highland Rim

Ghost River Paddle Adventure.  Camping in Big Hill Pond State Park, Pocahontas, TN.  Paddling in the Ghost River State Natural Area, near La Grange, TN on Saturday.  Ghost River State Natural Area is a 2,200 acre section of the Wolf River in Fayette County.  The Ghost River section of the Wolf River meanders through bottomland hardwood forests of large oaks, cypress-tupelo swamps, and open marshes.   The Ghost River provides excellent unique opportunities for observing birds including Snowy Egrets and other wildlife.  The paddle is 9 miles and should take about 6 hours.  The Ghost River Section of the Wolf River received its name from the loss of river current as the water “flows” through open marshes and bald cypress-water tupelo swamps.  Some paddlers have seen ghosts in the gloomy, spooky swamp.  The marked canoe trail follows the river from Yager Road Bridge in LaGrange to Bateman Road Bridge. Friday afternoon and Sunday morning we will explore the hiking trails in Big Hill Pond State Park.  Park highlights include the 70 foot observation tower that offers panoramic views of Travis McNatt Lake and surrounding area and the long boardwalk that wends through Dismal Swamp.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, early to get a space in one of the 6 sites we have reserved.  Also contact Joan if you plan to just join us for the paddle.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/21-
9/23

Highland Rim

Camping at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.  Bandy Creek Campground.  Oneida, TN.  Hiking Honey Creek Loop and Rock Creek Loop.  Joint activity with Nashville Chapter.  More information later.  Contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
931-924-7666

9/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Sharp Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

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