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). Many members gather before the meeting at 5pm CT for dinner at one of our local restuarants. Check the calendar for specifics about the location each month.

Tom Bentley is the Chapter Chair and can be reached by email or by telephone at 931-455-5849, for more information.

Other chapter officers are:

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

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Upcoming Highland Rim Hikes and Programs:


As parks reopen across the state, TTA Chapters should follow the guidelines as stated by the Local, State, and Federal authorities.

This is an interpretation of these guidelines for any hike or event designated as a Tennessee Trails Association event as approved by the Tennessee Trails Board of Directors:

· In order to practice social distancing, all participants should arrive in their own transportation. No carpooling.

· Hikers should travel less than an hour from their home to a planned hike

· Hikes should have 10 or less participants. Try to hike at times when the park is less crowded, especially the parking lot and trailhead.

Be aware of changes that may lessen or increase these restrictions as the recovery progresses.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Tips for Visitors website.

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated May 24, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** May 2020 **  


Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma,TN.  Fifth Saturday Work Day.  Please meet at 8 am in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, TN.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, or 931-962-0811.   Bring pruners or loppers, water, work gloves.  Specific tasks will be announced closer to the date. 


Joan Hartvigsen

    ** June 2020 **  


Highland Rim

Stone Door, Big Creek Gulf, Alum Gap, Big Creek Rim Trails Loop.  9.5 miles.  Moderate to strenuous.  South Cumberland State Park, 1183 Stone Door Road, Beersheba Springs, TN.  Please contact our hike leader, Marietta Poteet, to register, or 931-924-7666.  Please register soon because Tennessee State Park guidelines limit the group to ten hikers.  Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  This hike offers spectacular overlooks and fascinating geology.  


Marietta Poteet


Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle. Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Meet at the Raccoon Mountain Boat Launch (Raccoon Mountain Road, Whitwell, TN)  on the Tennessee River at 8:00 am CDT.  Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp. The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  We will not use a vehicle shuttle because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera.  We will see Osprey and Bald Eagles.  One year a river otter swam next to my kayak!  You must wear your PFD.   Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at , 931-962-0811 to register.  Directions for the Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp:  Take Exit 174 off Interstate 24 East.  Turn left onto Cummings Highway (US Hwy 41).  Drive 2.6 miles then turn right onto Raccoon Mountain Road.  Drive 2 miles, then left into the parking lot.  A vehicle caravan leaving from Monteagle Elementary School can be arranged.  

Joan Hartvigsen


Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Jeanne Conatser. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so dress in quick dry clothes. Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at or 931-962-0811. You will need your hiking boots and hiking sticks. Bring water and a lunch. Save room for Kemp Ice Cream, sold inside the Park at the Marina.


Joan Hartvigsen


Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Bring Your Own Dinner at 5pm in Tims Ford State Park, Picnic Shelter #1.   Bring lawn chairs.  The program is a walk on the bicycle trail or Lost Creek Trail.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know if you plan to come to the picnic, or 931-962-0811.  You will need hiking boots and hiking stick for the Lost Creek Trail.  



Tom Bentley


Highland Rim

 Kayak and Hike.  Tims Ford Lake and Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN.  We will put in at Anderton Boat Ramp on Tims Ford Lake and paddle to Ray Branch Peninsula.  We will then hike about 3 miles on the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail in Tims Ford State Park.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  You will need water shoes and walking/hiking boots.  You will not be able to walk the trail in water shoes.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, or 931-962-0811.  We will meet at 8 am CDT at Dollar General Store, 3460 Lynchburg Road, Winchester, TN.  Lynchburg Road is Highway 50.


Joan Hartvigsen

    ** August 2020 **  


Highland Rim

Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee, Salem SC near Cashiers NC.  Camping at Devils Fork State Park,  kayaking Lake Jocassee and hiking in nearby state parks.  We have reserved a private four hour pontoon boat tour guided by a Naturalist for September 1.    We will see the entire lake and its waterfalls and contributing rivers, the northwest section and the northeast section.  The park has a separate boat ramp reserved only for kayaks and canoes. Eclectic Sun LLC rents kayaks inside the park.  Nearby state parks with great hiking trails are Gorges State Park, Keowee-Toxaway State Park, Table Rock State Park and Caesars Head State Park, Raven Cliff Falls.  Also, the hike to the Lower Whitewater Falls on the Bad Creek Foothills Trail is a spectacular hike as well as the Chau Ram County Park hike along the Chauga River featuring several waterfalls.  Two reserved lakeside tent campsites have spectacular views of the lake and Blue Ridge Mountains. We have also reserved one RV campsite with 30 amp electricity and water.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot in one of these campsites, or 931-962-0811.  Bring kayaking and swimming gear, camping gear, hiking gear.  Bring binoculars.

Joan Hartvigsen

    ** September 2020 **  


Highland Rim

Big Island, Tims Ford Lake.  Camping on Big Island and kayaking on Tims Ford Lake. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Reserve a place on the island by contacting Joan Hartvigsen, or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen

    ** October 2020 **  



2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

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