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 Apr 18, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2019 **  

4/19
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Trail.  Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.  8 miles, moderate.  Steep in places.  Spring wildflowers and awesome views of Center Hill Lake.  Sara Pollard, Murfreesboro Chapter, and Joan Hartvigsen are the hike leaders.  Contact Joan at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and learn carpool plans.   

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

4/20
Sat

Highland Rim

Rock Island Waterfalls and Wildflowers Hike. Rock Island State Park. North of McMinnville, TN. 4.8 total miles, moderate. Downstream Gorge Trail is a 1.6 mile lollipop. It departs from Twin Falls Overlook and continues along the very steep bluff line bordering the Caney Fork River. It features views of the Blue Hole and the Caney Fork River below, Twin Falls, Little Falls and various seeps, as well as many spring wildflowers and rock formations. The trail ends at a lovely beach on Center Hill Lake. Next we hike the Eagle Trail, 1.5 mile round trip, located on the opposite side of Caney Fork River. This trail has an abundant array of wildflowers and songbirds and views of cascades on Caney Fork River. Lunch is at Badger Flat picnic area next to Caney Fork River. After lunch we’ll hike the Bluff Trail, a 1.7 mile lollipop which leads to an overlook of Center Hill Lake. In 2018 TTA donated money to purchase land in this area to be included in the Park. We will also visit Great Falls. Bring water, lunch, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register and for carpool information. If the group is interested we can have dinner at nearby Foglight Foodhouse Restaurant, which is located on the Caney Fork River.

 

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

4/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner is 5:00 p.m. at Los Trojas Mexican Restaurant, 1905 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma. The restaurant is near Kroger. The meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma. Rosanna Ohlson will present a program on exotic invasive plants. She will also speak about her photography and other topics. Rosanna is an Artist, Photographer, Conservationist, Environmentalist and Writer.

 

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

4/26-
4/28

Highland Rim

Big South Fork National Recreation Area Camp and Hike Weekend.  Jamestown, TN.  Joint Activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camp at Bandy Creek Campground in A Loop. We have reserved several campsites.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for a site, jhartvigs@comcast.net. Hikes include Angel Falls Overlook Hike, Burnt Mill Bridge Loop and Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop.  Angel Falls Overlook Hike is 6 miles round trip,  400 ft. Elevation change, moderate.  Burnt Mill Bridge Loop is 4.3 miles,200 ft. Elevation change. Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop is 4.6 miles, 400 ft. Elevation change, moderate.   More information on our meals soon,  Tony Jones is the Murfreesboro Chapter contact, tonjon1968@gmail.com

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

    ** May 2019 **  

5/4
Sat

Highland Rim

Walls of Jericho State Natural Area, located on Highway 16 near Belvidere, TN.  7 miles, moderate to difficult.  1,000 foot elevation change.  Creek Crossings.  Joint Hike with the Nashville Chapter.  Marietta Poteet is our hike leader.  We will enter the Tennessee side and exit the Alabama side.  The hike is 1,000 feet 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 requires 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 foot very steep climb.  Please bring water shoes for possible water crossings at the Walls.  Email Marietta nannietta@blomand.net for more information and to register.  Bring water and lunch.  Bring hiking sticks and wear sturdy hiking boots.

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

5/4
Sat

TTA

11:00 am Second Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

5/11
Sat

Highland Rim

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton, Georgia.  45 minutes from Monteagle,TN.  Overlook Trail, Waterfalls Trail, West Rim Loop Trail.  8 miles, moderate.  Steep grades.  Hike features two beautiful waterfalls, gorge vistas, mountain laurel and rhododendron,cascading streams, towering hemlocks and tulip poplars.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. CDT at Monteagle Elementary School to form a carpool.  Bring water, lunch and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Cloudland Canyon State Park straddles a 1,000 foot deep gorge cut into Lookout Mountain by the combined waters of Bear and Daniel Creek.

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

5/17-
5/19

Highland Rim

 Camping at Mile High Campground off Heintooga Ridge Road near Maggie Valley, NC at southern end of Blue Ridge Parkway.  Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and off Blue Ridge Parkway. Full Moon. Joint activity with the Murfreesbro Chapter.  Hikes include Balsam Mountain Nature Trail inside Balsam Mountain Campground or Flat Creek Trail to Heintooga Overlook and beyond on Friday.  Rough Fork Trail, Caldwell Fork Trail, Hemphill Bald Trail Loop Hike on Saturday.  Black Balsam Knob High Loop (Investor Gap Trail, Art Loeb Trail, Art Loeb Spur Trail) on Sunday. The Balsam Mountain Nature Trail is easy 1 mile RT.  The Flat Creek Trail to Heintooga Overlook and beyond is about 2 miles RT, depending on how much time we have.   Saturday’s hike is a 13.7 mile loop, 2,000 ft.elevation change, moderate.   Sunday’s hike is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mile Marker 420, Forest Road 816.  Sunday’s hike is a five mile moderate  loop and offers panoramic views from Tennet Mountain and Black Balsam Knob.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811 to reserve a spot in Mile High Campground.  More information later. Non campers can stay in nearby Maggie Valley, NC.  Friday night we will share a meal at the campground.  Saturday night we will eat at J. Arthurs Restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC

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

5/20
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner is 5:00 p.m. Red Lobster Restaurant, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Our meeting is 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Ken Stewart will present a program on his hike on the West Highland Way in Scotland.  

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

    ** June 2019 **  

6/1
Sat

Highland Rim

Normandy Lake Paddle to Ovoca Falls and Machine Falls. 9.2 miles. Meet at the River Forge Road Boat Launch on Normandy Lake at the Firelake Public Use Area near Manchester, TN. The ramp is also known as Ward’s Chapel Boat Ramp. We will paddle toward Ovoca Falls and leave our kayaks to walk in about ¼ mile to Ovoca Falls. After leaving Ovoca Falls we will paddle to Short Springs State Natural Area, leave our kayaks and walk in about ¼ mile to Machine Falls. This is about a 9.2 miles lake paddle. 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

6/22
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

    ** July 2019 **  

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

    ** October 2019 **  

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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