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 May 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** May 2017 **  

5/19-
5/21

Highland Rim

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN.  Hiking and camping weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Jan Safavi and Marietta Poteet will co-lead a camp/hiking weekend at Frozen Head State Park.  The group campsite will hold fifteen people so first to reserve a place with Jan or Marietta will have a choice.  There is a fee to camp which will be divided up among the campers.  Saturday we will hike the Bird Mountain/Tower Trail Loop, which is about eleven miles.  It will be a strenuous hike so you must be up to a challenging hike.  Sunday we will hike the Old Mac Loop which is about six miles.  Each camper is responsible for her own dinner at the campsite Friday evening.  Saturday evening we will go to a Wartburg restaurant for dinner.  Also, campers are responsible for their own breakfast and lunch.  Please email Jan at safavi.jan@gmail.com or Marietta at nannietta@blomand.net to reserve a spot. 

Marietta Poteet
nannietta@blomand.net

5/22
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m.  Ruby Tuesday, 1936 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Tom Gillard, Jr. will present a program on his recent hike up to Mount Washington in New Hampshire. 

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

    ** June 2017 **  

6/3
Sat

Highland Rim

National Trails Day.  Dedication of Bobo Creek Bridge, Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Meet at 9:45 a.m. in Short Springs parking lot for the 10:00 a.m. event.   Ceremony followed by hike led by Sam King, TDEC-Natural Areas Program.   For more information contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

6/4
Sun

Highland Rim

 Tennessee River Gorge Paddle, Nickajack Lake, west of Chattanooga in Marion County.  Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek to Raccoon Mountain, 9 miles.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and cameras.  We will see Osprey and perhaps a Bald Eagle.  A river otter swam alongside my kayak during a previous paddle!  Plan to wear your PFD.  We will meet at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.

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

6/9-
6/12

Highland Rim

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Camping in Big Creek Campground June 9, 10 and June 11, Group Campsite GP01.  Friday:  Hike to Mouse Creek Falls on Big Creek Trail.  4 miles total out and back.  530 ft. elevation change.  Easy.   Saturday:  Hike to Mount Sterling via Mount Sterling Gap on the Mount Sterling Trail.  Return to Big Creek Campground via Baxter Creek Trail.  8.5 miles total.  Elevation gain of 1,950 ft. up to Mount Sterling Fire Tower.  Mount Sterling’s summit is 5,842 ft. above sea level.  Elevation loss of 4,100 ft. down Baxter Creek Trail to our campsite in Big Creek Campground.  Moderately strenuous.  Great 360-degree views on Mount Sterling Fire Tower of the Smokies and the meadow of Max Patch.  Old-growth forest on Baxter Creek Trail. Shuttle required to retrieve vehicles parked at Mount Sterling Gap.    Sunday:  Hike the Cataloochee Divide Trail to Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center.  Parking is very limited at trailhead so we will carpool using the Suburban (six hikers) and two other vehicles which can each transport five hikers.  We will leave our remaining vehicles at our Big Creek Campsite. GP01.  Checkout is Monday June 12, 12 p.m. ET.   The Science Center is located on 530 acres on a mountain top which provides a 360 degree view of surrounding mountains and valley.  8.4 miles round trip.  970 ft. elevation change.  Moderate.    Friday evening after our hike we will share a potluck dinner at Group Campsite GP01.  Saturday we might eat at the campground.  Each camper responsible for her own Saturday meal.  Or, we can drive to Ruby Tuesday or Monterrey Mexican Restaurant located at Exit 435 , Interstate 40.  Big Creek Campground is three miles from Interstate 40.  Total driving time to the Newport restaurants is thirty minutes.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to learn if there is available space.  The Group Campsite may be full.  Options include camping in nearby individual Big Creek campsite or waiting list for Group Campsite.

 

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

6/17
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Paddle.  Tims Ford Dam to Farris Creek Bridge.  Easy in, easy out. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT at Sample’s Restaurant, 204 S. Main Street (Hwy 41A), Estill Springs, TN for breakfast.  Or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the put in below Tims Ford Dam off Hwy 50 to arrange a shuttle.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen,  jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register.

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

6/24
Sat

Highland Rim

Greeter Falls/Boardtree Falls Hike and Friends of South Cumberland State Park Picnic, Stone Door Picnic Shelter.  Meet Ranger Aaron Reed at 8:30 a.m. at the Greeter Falls parking lot for a hike to Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls.  Friends of South Cumberland State Park picnic is 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. at Stone Door Picnic Shelter.  A main course, probably chicken and/or barbecue, drinks and a cake will be provided.   Bring a side dish or dessert.   Rock Climbing Demonstration and “Try It Out” at Stone Door from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 for carpool information and to register for the picnic so the Friends know how many people might be coming for lunch.

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

6/26
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.   Meeting at 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.   Program:  Dr. Michael Bradley’s book “Death in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in the Most Popular Park.”   Dr. Bradley has taught United States History at Motlow College since 1970.  He has hiked and camped in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than 45 years.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com

    ** July 2017 **  

7/7-
7/9

Highland Rim

 Camping at Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, TN.   Campsite G6, Gee Creek Campground.   Friday afternoon we will float the Hiwassee River from Reliance Bridge to Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, 5 miles.   Saturday we will float the lower Ocoee River.  We will put in at Sugarloaf Mountain Park Boat launch below Ocoee Dam #1 (Parksville Lake Dam).  Sugarloaf Mountain Park is located on US Hwy 64 near the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 314.  The take-out is on Hwy 411 at the Nancy Ward Gravesite.  The float is 7.5 miles.  The take-out at Nancy Ward Gravesite State Park boat ramp is on Hwy 411 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 411.   An alternative float is the Hiwassee River from Gee Creek Campground boat ramp to Old Patty Road access.  This float is 9 miles.  Sunday we will paddle on beautiful Parksville Lake (Lake Ocoee) against the backdrop of forested rolling hills in Cherokee National Forest.    We will use our own kayaks or canoes for all three activities.   Contact Joan Hartvigsen jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 early to reserve your space in the Group Campsite G6.  Friday evening we will share a potluck dinner at our campsite.  Saturday evening we will eat dinner at a Etowah restaurant.

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

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

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