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 Feb 14, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2019 **  

2/17
Sun

Highland Rim

 Little Cedar Mountain Trail, Nickajack Lake/Tennessee River.  Jasper, TN. 4 miles, easy, except for a few steep sections.  This trail is located within TVA’s Small Wild Area.  We will enjoy scenic overlooks of Nickajack Lake and the Tennessee River Gorge.  From the spectacular panoramic views atop of Gray’s Bluff we will see across the lake toward Sand Mountain.  The trail leads through pine and hardwood forest past impressive geologic formations.  We will visit a forested wetland pond on top of Little Cedar Mountain.  This TVA Small Wild Area is home to the rare John Beck’s Leafcup.  Meet at 12:00 pm CT at Monteagle Elementary School to organize a carpool or 12:30 pm CT at the trailhead.  The trailhead is located off Interstate 24 Exit 158 on TVA Road.  Bring water, snack, lunch and hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.   Please register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Note that the meeting time has been changed from 9:00 am to 12 Noon.

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

2/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Virgin Falls State Natural Area, De Rossett, TN.  11 miles east of Sparta.  8.4 miles, strenuous.  900 ft. elevation change.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Marietta Poteet and Tony Jones from the Murfreesboro Chapter will lead this wonderful winter hike.  We will pass three beautiful waterfalls:  Big Laurel Falls, Sheep Cave Falls and Virgin Falls.  Virgin Falls is a 110 foot awesome falls which flows out of one cave and falls down into another cave.  This hike is rated strenuous because of the distance, rocky trail and elevation change.  Please bring water, snacks, lunch, head lamp and hiking sticks.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Register with Marietta Poteet by email, nannietta@blomand.net or call 931-924-7666.  Trailhead address:  2080 Scotts Gulf Road, Sparta, TN.

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

2/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner at 5:00 p.m., Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  For our program join Libby Francis and friends from the Nashville Chapter on a journey to Anchorage, Alaska, Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.  NOT a cruise, but a two week journey by bush plane, rental car, Catamaran tour boat, school bus and train to see amazing mountains, glaciers, animals, migrating birds, quaint Russian Churches, scenic fishing villages, homesteads and Native American culture. 

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

    ** March 2019 **  

3/2
Sat

Highland Rim

Bridal Veil Falls, Perimeter Trail, Sewanee, TN.  Approximately 4 miles. Moderate, with a few steep, rocky sections.  This trail is located on the Domain of The University of the South, Sewanee, TN.  Starting at the parking lot at Lake Cheston, a short trail connects to the Perimeter Trail and the Bridal Veil Falls Trail.  We will descend below the plateau, with an elevation change of 400 feet.  Bridal Veil Falls emerges from a underground stream, cascades 25 feet or so, then disappears into a sink hole.  A loop trail returns to the top of the plateau and reconnects to the Perimeter Trail, following the bluff with views and interesting geological features.  We will return to the Lake Cheston Parking Lot.  There may be some early spring wildflowers along the trail.  Our hike leader is a Botanist and Associate Curator of the Sewanee Herbarium.  She has been leading wildflower walks for the Herbarium and the Smokies Wildflower Pilgrimage for many years.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. CT at the first Lake Cheston parking lot on the campus of The University of the South (the parking lot near the dam and the pavilion.). The parking lot is located past the Fowler Fitness Center  and football field out Brakefield Road.  Turn left at the baseball field.  Bring water, snacks, lunch, hiking sticks. Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Yolande Gottfried, ygottfri@sewanee.edu or 931-598-5327.

Yolande Gottfried
ygottfri@sewanee.edu
931-598-5327

3/3
Sun

Highland Rim

Winter Trees Hike.  Easy.  Saint Mary’s Sewanee,  Sewanee, TN.  2:00 p.m. CT.  Lovely large trees are silhouetted against the sky on the campus of Saint Mary’s Sewanee, giving us a great opportunity to observe branching, twigs, tree shape, bark and more before the leaves emerge.  Meet Yolande Gottfried at 2:00 p.m. CT in the parking area for this easy one-hour stroll.  The address is 770 St. Mary’s Lane,Sewanee.  (One mile south on Hwy 56 south, aka Sherwood Road.)  Yolande is a Botanist and Associate Curator of the Sewanee Herbarium.  Yolanda’s email  is ygottfri@sewanee.edu or 931-598-5327.  

Yolande Gottfried
ygottfri@sewanee.edu
931-598-5327

3/9
Sat

Highland Rim

Joette’s Wolf Cove Hike.  Strenuous, 8 to 9 miles, some off trail.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. CT,  Sal City, Belvidere, TN between mile marker 24 and 25 on Hwy 16, Franklin County, TN.  Hike will include caves, waterfalls.  Steep in places.  Bring flashlight for cave exploration.  Bring water and lunch.  Contact Joette Carter at 256-509-0918.

Joette Carter
256-509-0918

3/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Collins Gulf Loop Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Gruetli-Laager, TN. 12 plus miles. Difficult due to distance, rocky terrain and elevation changes. Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter. We will hike along the west rim of Collins Gulf and down the Old Stagecoach Road to Sawmill Campground; then back up the east side, passing Horsepound Falls and Suter Falls back to the start. In addition to spectacular waterfalls this trail has awesome spring wildflowers. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Bring hiking sticks, sturdy hiking boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring water shoes for creek crossings and a head lamp. Please contact Marietta Poteet at nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666 for more information and to register. Collins West Trailhead address: 2689 55th Avenue, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339. On TN Hwy 108 in Gruetli-Laager, watch for the small brown “Collins West” sign marking the 55th Avenue intersection. Follow 55th Avenue all the way to its end.

 

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

3/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs State Natural Area Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  We have a Short Springs Work Day four times per year.   In return for our volunteer work at Short Springs the City of Tullahoma does not charge rent for our monthly meeting at D. W. Wilson Community Center.  Folks with all skilled levels are needed.  We need volunteers to help carry equipment to the work site, prune back vegetation from trails, pick up trash
Specific tasks will be announced later.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you can help.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma, TN

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

3/25
Mon

Highland Rim

 Chapter Meeting.  Dinner 5:00 pm at Applebee’s, 1957 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 pm at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our program is “What’s Happening in Tennessee Plant Conservation” by Mary Priestley and Dennis Horn.  Dennis and Mary are members of the new Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance.  Joint meeting with the Friends of Short Springs.

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

3/29-
3/31

Highland Rim

Mousetail Landing State Park Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We have reserved four campsites at Spring Creek Campground inside Mousetail Landing State Park Friday and Saturday nights. The campsites are along the Tennessee River (aka Kentucky Lake). Perhaps we will kayak in Kentucky Lake.  Friday we will hike the three mile Scenic Trail and the half mile Spring Creek Trail.  Friday night we will enjoy a Chili Dinner at our campsites. Saturday we are hiking the Eagle Point Trail, 7.5 lollipop loop, rated moderate and offers beautiful views of the Tennessee River.  Saturday night we can eat at nearby Parsons, TN or Linden, TN.  Sunday we are hiking the Lady’s Bluff Trail in the nearby TVA Small Wild Area.  This trail is 2.6 miles with moderate steep grades and spectacular views of the Tennessee River. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, 931-962-0811 or  jhartvigs@comcast.net for camping information.  More information soon.

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

    ** April 2019 **  

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

TTA

1:00 pm Second Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

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

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

TTA

1:00 pm 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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