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.)

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.
  • 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 13, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2019 **  

6/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Window Cliffs State Natural Area, Baxter, TN.  Near Burgess Falls State Park, 18 miles southwest of Cookeville.  Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter.  5.5 miles, round trip.  Difficult.  Steep.  Located on Cane Creek, Window Cliffs is named for a narrow limestone ridge that contains a couple of natural bridges or “windows”.  Cane Creek, with a 20 foot waterfall and a number of small cascades, flows for 2.4 miles through the Natural Area.  Roundtrip requires 18 creek crossings.  There are no bridges but only cable and rock crossings.  The water can be knee deep or higher.  Hiking boots are recommended for hiking the trail and water shoes are suggested for the creek crossings.  Hiking sticks are recommended.  Bring water and lunch.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen to register and for carpool information, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.  Trailhead address is 8400 Old Cane Creek Road, Baxter, TN.  After our hike we may visit nearby Burgess Falls State Park.

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

6/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Float/Paddle, Fayetteville, TN.  Fayetteville to Old Mill Spillway.  About 12.7 miles.  This is a NEW TRIP offered by TTA.    Meet at 9:30 am in Fayetteville at the Old Stone Bridge.    Google “old stone bridge” on Google Maps for location of the put-in.  You should be able to see the dirt access road that goes down to the Elk River.  This will be more paddling than floating because we are a good distance from the Tims Ford Dam.  We will take out at the Old Mill Spillway on Old Elkton Pike Road across from Harms Road.  Bring sun protection, snacks, lunch, hydration, water shoes and DO NOT FORGET PADDLE AND LIFE VEST.  Contact Kathy Williams at takeahiketwo@hotmail.com or 931-434-0367.

Kathy Williams
takeahiketwo@hotmail.com
931-434-0367

6/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Our Speaker is Dustin Thames, TWRA Ranger.  His topic is  Endangered Species.   Dinner is 5:00 PM at One22West Restaurant, 122 West Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is at 7:00 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma

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

6/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Please meet at the parking lot at 9:00 a.m., 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen to let her know you can help jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  .  We have several tasks planned. Place stepping stones in the creek leading up to Machine Falls, trim back foliage overgrowing the trails, chainsaw trees blown down on the trail.  We need folks of all skill levels, including folks to help carry in tools and equipment.  More tasks will be announced soon.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** July 2019 **  

7/6
Sat

Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. Meet Joan our hike leader at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net 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
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-962-0811

7/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Duck River Float from below Normandy Dam to Three Forks Bridge.  8.5 miles. Joint float with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Portage around Cortner Mill Dam required.  We will eat our packed lunches just below Corner Mill Dam after the portage.  Bring a lot of water, lunch, sunscreen.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.   Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the put in below Normandy Dam.  There is the option of a shorter float, taking out at the Dement Bridge, approximately 5.2 miles. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Tony Jones
tonjon1968@gmail.com

7/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jim Brannon, GISP, is our speaker.  He will give us an update on the progress of building the Cumberland Trail.  We will learn of the newly completed sections and how computerized mapping is used to plan the layout of the trail.  Jim is a Cumberland Trail State Park Ranger and a certified professional in geographic information systems.  

Tom Bentley
htbentley@lighttube.net

7/27
Sat

Highland Rim

Barren Fork and Collins River Float, McMinnville, TN.  About 8 miles.  Meet at 9:30 am at the Pepper Branch Park, Barren Fork River Access.  We will put in just below the Spillway and take out at the VFW Post of Highway 70S.  At about the 6 mile point the Barren Fork River meets with the Collins River.  So we will have a little push to help with the last 2 miles.  Bring sun protection, snacks, lunch, hydration, water shoes and DO NOT FORGET PADDLES AND LIFE VEST.  Contact Kathy Williams at takeahiketwo@hotmail.com or 931-434-0367.

Kathy Williams
takeahiketwo@hotmail.com
931-434-0367

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

TTA

11:00 am Third Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

8/9-
8/11

Highland Rim

 Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park. Camping, Kayaking, Hiking weekend.  404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, TN.  We have reserved a Group Campsite.  Request a spot before the site is full!  Friday we will float 5 miles on the Hiwassee River through Cherokee National Forest from the Reliance Bridge Ramp to Gee Creek Campground Ramp.  Saturday, we will float 8 miles on  the Hiwassee from Gee Creek Campground to Dentville Road Ramp near Dentville, TN.  Sunday we may paddle Ocoee Lake from the less congested King Slough Boat Ramp.  Or we can hike a trail in Cherokee National Forest.  We will use our own recreational kayaks for all three floats.  Friday night we will share a potluck. Saturday night we will dine in Etowah.  More information soon.  The Hiwassee River is gorgeous. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.

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

8/17
Sat

Highland Rim

August 17 – Tims Ford Lake, Winchester, TN. Camping & Kayaking Weekend. Camp at Devils Step Island. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.

 

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

8/23-
8/25

Highland Rim

Camp and Float Weekend.  Obey River and Cumberland River Floats.  Camping at Dale Hollow Dam Campground, U.S. Army  Corps of Engineers.  Celina, TN.  Joint outing with the Upper Cumberland Chapter, Judy Fries.  We have reserved three campsites at Dale Hollow Dam  Campground.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen to stay in one of these three campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Saturday we will float the Obey River from Dale Hollow Dam to Donaldson Park in Celina.  This 6.5 mile section of the Obey has a moderate to swift dam controlled current and offers a reliable coldwater float through a tree lined corridor.  We will see impressive 400 foot sheer rock bluffs on this Obey float.  The river is 140 feet wide.  Sunday we will float the Cumberland River from Donaldson Park Ramp to Butlers Landing Ramp.     We will share a meal Friday evening at the campground.  We may eat in nearby Celina on Saturday night.  Bring your  National Senior Interagency Pass.   More information soon.  Non-campers can meet us at 9:00 am CDT at the Dale Hollow Dam ramp  on Saturday and 9:00 am CDT Sunday at the Donaldson Park ramp in Celina. Notify Judy Fries, fries.judy22@gmail.com or Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Judy Fries
fries.judy22@gmail.com

    ** October 2019 **  

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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