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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CORONA VIRUS NOTICE: July 31, 2020:

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 **  

8/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River below Tims Ford Dam to Farris Creek Ramp.  8.5 miles, approx. 4.5 hours.  Masks required during vehicle shuttle.   Joint float with Murfreesboro Chapter, Tony Jones.  Meet at 9 am CDT at Elk River put in off Hwy 50 below Tims Ford Dam.  Bring kayaking gear, a lot of water, snack, lunch and sunscreen.  Please register with Tony Jones, tonjon1968@gmail.com or 615-397-4463.  Boiling Fork Adventures rent kayaks for $25 per day, 200 Hill Dale Drive, Winchester,TN.931-636-7127. Reserve in advance and pick up the kayak morning of our float and transport it to the put-in yourself.  You will need a full size pick up truck or roof kayak carrier or kayak trailer to safely transport the rental kayak.

 

 

Tony Jones
tonjon1968@gmail.com
615-397-4463

8/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Buggy Top Cave Hike.  4 miles round trip. South Cumberland State Park, near Sewanee, TN. Hwy 56 South.  Moderately difficult due to steep descent and rough footing.  Buggy Top Cave is one of the largest cave entrances in Tennessee. Bring water shoes and flashlight and head lamp to explore the cave.  You will need water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with our hike leader, Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

 

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

8/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Picnic at 4:30 pm CDTat Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park.  Program by Jason Miller, Director of State Natural Areas.  Jason will lead a walk at May Prairie State Natural Area beginning at 6:30 pm.  The main parking area is on Asbury Road in Manchester.  Jason’s main focus will be the May Prairie but he will speak some on state scenic rivers.  Late summer flowers will be blooming and we will also see prairie grasses. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811

 

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

8/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Meet at 8 am in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Bring work gloves, water and a snack.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Tasks will include clearing trails from blown down trees and pruning back foliage from the trails.  Bring pruners and loppers.  Specific tasks will be announced closer to the date.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know that you can help, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

8/31-
9/3

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.  We can also kayak nearby Keowee-Toxaway Lake.  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.  Three 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, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Bring kayaking and swimming gear, camping gear, hiking gear.  Bring binoculars for the boat ride.

 

 

 

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

    ** September 2020 **  

9/8
Tue

Highland Rim

Little Hurricane Creek Paddle and bike ride.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Pleasant Grove Public Use Area, 199 Pleasant Grove Drive, Estill Springs, TN.   Beautiful Little Hurricane Creek flows through Owl Hollow Mill Wildlife Management Area on it’s way to Tims Ford Lake.  We can paddle to Maple Bend Island.  No vehicle shuttle. Bring a lot of water, snacks and lunch.  After our paddle we will ride our bicycles inside Tims Ford State Park.  The park’s paved bike trails are the best in the state park system and leads to gorgeous views of the lake.  So, let’s make a day of it!  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
931-636-2914

9/15
Tue

Highland Rim

Bear Creek Backcountry Loop Trail.  Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  8 miles total.  Moderate to strenuous.  Steep climbs, creek crossings.   Joint hike with the Soddy-Daisy Chapter.  Beautiful views of the canyon from the east rim.  Trail is not crowded.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914,  Cell.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  We will meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 am CDT.

 

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

9/18-
9/20

Highland Rim

 Camping on Big Island and Little Island on Tims Ford Lake. Kayaking on Tims Ford Lake and hiking on Ray Branch Peninsula. Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter. Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot on Big Island or Little Island, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Saturday we will kayak to Ray Branch Peninsula and hike Evans Loop Trail and a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail. Total hiking distance four miles. You will need hiking boots and hiking socks in addition to camping gear and kayaking gear and food. Saturday evening we will drive to Winchester and eat outdoors at Twin Creeks Marina.

 

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

9/26
Sat

Highland Rim

Bridal Veil Falls Loop Hike, Sewanee, TN.  5.8 miles total. Joint hike with the Soddy-Daisy Chapter. Hike is rated moderate because of steep downhill and steep uphill getting to Bridal Veil Falls.  We will meet at the Lake Cheston parking lot on the University of the South domain.  We will hike from Lake Cheston to Bridal Veil Falls Loop back to Elliott Point, then return to Lake Cheston.  Nice waterfall.  Great views, pretty mountain laurel.   Please register with our hike leader Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 to learn meeting time.   Bring a lot of water, snack and lunch.  You will need hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Bring a towel for a cooling dip in Lake Cheston after our hike!

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

9/27
Sun

Highland Rim

Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  About 5 miles round trip.  Located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville, on Johnson Chapel Road
  Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard, and the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Bring a lot of water and lunch.  Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  The spray from the Falls’ 25 to 35 foot breadth will cool us.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen,jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  

 

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

9/28
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Meet at 5:00 p.m. at Tims Ford State Park Picnic Shelter #1.  Bring your own dinner.  LouAnn Partington, Director of Ziggy’s Tree Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will present a program on the Center’s work.  In February 2020 the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission presented LouAnn an Appreciation Award for her work in wildlife rehabilitation.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-636-2914 to let her know you plan to attend.  Please bring a lawn chair to further assist in social distancing.

 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/2-
10/4

Highland Rim

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden, TN.  Joint outing with Murfreesboro and Jackson Chapters.  Camping, hiking and kayaking Kentucky Lake, aka Tennessee River.   Reserved five Lake Front campsites.  Water Trail:  Boat Ramp #1 to Eva Beach.  5 miles out and back. Park is home to Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum.  Nearby Johnsonville State Park also has hiking trails with lake views and an area to launch kayaks at lakeside parking area.  Both parks feature Civil War history.  More hiking at nearby Natchez Trace State Park.  Susan Woods will lead our hikes in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.   Susan is a lifetime member of the Jackson Chapter of TTA and Treasurer of the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.  Please register early with Joan Hartvigsen if interested in staying in one of the five campsites, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

 

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

10/23-
10/25

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