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 Feb 21, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2018 **  

2/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Marcia Medford will present a  program on her recent trip to Newfoundland, Canada.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

    ** March 2018 **  

3/3
Sat

Highland Rim

Joette’s Wolf Cove Cave Hike.   Franklin County, TN.  Near Winchester, TN.   6 to 7 miles, strenuous, off trail.  Meet Joette Carter at 9:30 am CT on Highway 16 south on left marked with pink flagging about 1 mile south of hunter checking station (station just past mile marker 23).  Joette will lead this interesting, beautiful hike on her land to see caves, waterfalls and overlooks.  There is a possibility of short cave excursions.  Bring two sources of light, lunch and water.  Contact Joette Carter at 256-509-0918.  Highway 16 is the road to Walls of Jericho.

Joette Carter
256-509-0918

3/10
Sat

Highland Rim

Chickamauga Battlefield.  Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.   North Battlefield Loop.  4.8 mile double loop.  Easy.  This mostly level hike starts at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center then explores the hills, creeks, forests, and the monuments and historical features of this Civil War site.  Before our hike we will view the excellent video in the Visitor Center describing the history leading up to the Battle of Chickamauga and its significance. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, for information on carpool from Monteagle Elementary School.  Bring water and lunch.  Wear hiking boots. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

3/17
Sat

Highland Rim

Little Cedar Mountain Trail.  Nickajack Lake/Tennessee River. Jasper, TN.  4 miles. Easy except for a few steep sections. This trail, located within TVA’s Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area, provides several opportunities for scenic overlooks of Nickajack Lake and the Tennessee River Gorge. From the spectacular panoramic view atop Gray’s bluff we will see across the lake towards Sands Mountain. The trail leads through a pine/hardwood forest and past impressive geological features.  We will visit a forested wetland pond at the top of Cedar Mountain.  Our hike leader, Nathaniel Mann, is a Naturalist and will help us identify the rare John Beck’s Leafcup and the amphibians in the pond.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at Monteagle Elementary School to organize a carpool or 9:30 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  Trailhead is located off Interstate 24 Exit 158 on TVA Road.  Bring water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Nathaniel Mann, thany@blomand.net.

Nathaniel Mann
thany@blomand.net

3/24
Sat

Highland Rim

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, located on Highway 16 near Belvidere, TN.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Marietta Poteet and Jan Safavi are our hike leaders. The Walls of Jericho is a moderate to difficult hike which is 7 miles long.  We will enter the Tennessee side and exit the Alabama side.  The hike itself is 1,000 ft. downhill to cross Mill Creek after crossing several creeks and streams.  The trail continues along Turkey Creek which is often muddy and slippery.  There is another creek crossing to get to the end of the trail.  The Walls are a natural beautiful amphitheater which require some rock hopping to see the waterfalls.  The amphitheater has two main waterfalls.  The rock work in the amphitheater is fascinating.  We will return via the Alabama trailhead which is a 1,000 ft. very steep climb.  Please bring water shoes for possible water crossings at the Walls.  Email Marietta, nannietta@blomand.net or Jan, safavi.jan@gmail.com for more information and to register.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net
Jan Safavi
safavi.jan@gmail.com

3/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs State Natural Area.  Dinner at 5:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street,Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Dennis Horn will present a  spring wildflower program.

 

 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

3/29-
3/31

Highland Rim

Camping and Hiking, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Good Friday Hike.  Lookout Tower Trail and Bird Mountain Trail Loop. 8 miles.  Steep.  Moderate. Trailhead located at the back of Big Cove Campground.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Awesome vistas.  Fascinating geologic formations at Castle Rock.   Hike leaders are Joan Hartvigsen and Sara Pollard.  Camping at Flat Fork Primitive Group Camp Site on March 29 and March 30. Email Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, to reserve a space in the Flat Fork Group Campsite.  Register for the Good Friday hike with Joan or Sara Pollard, sarabpollard@gmail.com.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com

3/31
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Work day.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring water, snack and work gloves.  Specific tasks will be announced later.  Please email Tom Hartvigsen, thartvigs@comcast.net to let him know you can help. 

Tom Hartvigsen
thartvigs@comcast.net

    ** May 2018 **  

5/11-
5/14

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002.   May 11, 12, 13.  These lovely, quiet campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek. Site G002 is in full shade.  Hikes will include the Cataloochee Divide Trail and others TBA.  We will view the Elk in the evenings and early mornings.   We may hike to Max Patch on the way out.  More details later.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve space in the two group campsites.  Site G002 is almost full but there is plenty of room in G001.  Cataloochee Creek runs along the back of Site G001.

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

5/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Duck River Float.  Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge.  5 miles to Dement Bridge.  8.5 miles to Three Forks Bridge. Joint float with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Portage required around Cortner Mill.  Lunch on sandbars immediately downstream from Cortner Mill Dam.  Bring sack lunch and water.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the put-in below Normandy Dam to organize a vehicle shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net to register for the paddle.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** June 2018 **  

6/22-
6/24

Highland Rim

Roan Mountain State Park, near Johnson City, TN.  Camping and hiking trip.    Contact  Joan Hartvigsen soon to reserve a spot in the Group Campground, jhartvigs@comcast.net.  Famous for its Catawba Rhododendron gardens and forests of Red Spruce and Fraser Fir.  Hikes will include Roan Mountain Gardens Trail, Cloudland Trail to Roan High Bluff,  Segment of Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap to Round Bald.  Information on hikes, meals, etc. will be announced. 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** 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

 

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