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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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jan 28, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2020 **  

2/15
Sat

Highland Rim

Jim & Marietta Poteet’s 18th Annual Chilly Chili Hike.  The Chilly Hike is the Caldwell Rim Trail, a 2.4 mile loop.  Meet at 10:00 am CST at Farmers’ Market parking lot on Highway 41A just before entering Sewanee.  The trail follows a bluff above the northernmost section of Lost Cove.  If you are not hiking please meet between 12:00 pm and 12:30 p.m. at the Poteet’s house for our chili lunch.  The gate code to enter Cliff Tops will be sent later.  We will serve three different kinds of chili, cornbread and brownies with several kinds of beverages (soda, coffee, beer, wine).  Please email or call Marietta if you plan to attend at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net.  Please feel free to bring a side dish to go with the above menu or a dessert.  If you are hiking, bring water and a snack, hiking sticks and hiking boots and dress for the weather.  The Poteets’ address inside Cliff Tops is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle, TN. 

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

2/22
Sat

Highland Rim

Franklin State Forest, Sewanee, TN. 4.8 miles.  Easy to Moderate.  Joint hike with the Nashville Chapter, Doug King. This hike is an underutilized outdoor destination and is in a land of hardwood forests, high sandstone bluffs, waterfalls and scenic overlooks on the Cumberland Plateau.  The highlight is reaching Stromeyer Overlook at 2.4 miles, which is our turnaround point.  Bring water and lunch, hiking sticks and sturdy hiking boots.  Please register with Marietta Poteet, nannietta@blomand.net or 931-924-7666.

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

2/22
Sat

Highland Rim

HIKE CHANGED TO FRANKLIN STATE FOREST, SEWANEE, TN.  LED BY MARIETTA POTEET
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester. Enclosure Trail, Nature Trail, Garrison Road Trail. Three miles total. Easy. Flat. No Rocks. No Roots. After we enjoy our lunch in the group campsite off the Nature Trail we can hike the new Chumbley Woods Trail, 1.6 miles. 

2/24
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting.  Dinner 5:00 p.m. Red Lobster, 1947 N. Jackson Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Jim Czarnezki will present the program “A Glimpse into Life in Alaska”.  The presentation is a brief overview of what the Czarnezkis experienced while living in Alaska for eight years.  While in Alaska Jim worked for the Kenai Watershed Forum as their Water Quality Coordinator.  Jim also worked as a Water Quality/Stream Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 27 years.

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

2/29
Sat

Highland Rim

 Short Springs Work Day.  Fifth Saturday.  Meet at 9:00 am in Short Springs parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Tasks will be determined.  Please bring water and work gloves.  Please let Joan Hartvigsen know you can help, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  At 12 Noon we will hike the Laurel Bluff Trail with Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Lyle Russell.  Please register for the Laurel Bluff Hike by calling 931-455-1121.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

2/29
Sat

Highland Rim

Laurel Bluff Hike, Short Springs State Natural Area, Tullahoma, TN.  Easy.  Hike is a joint hike with Tullahoma Parks and Recreation, Lyle Russell.  Please register for this hike by calling 931-455-1121.  Hike features Busby Falls, Bobo Creek, Cedar Glade and overlooks. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.  Meet in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, at 12 Noon.

 

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** March 2020 **  

3/27-
3/29

Highland Rim

Mousetail Landing State Park Camp & Hike and Lady’s Bluff TVA SWA Hike.  Linden, TN.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  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). Friday we will hike the three mile Scenic Trail and the half mile Spring Creek Trail.  Friday night we will enjoy a shared Potluck 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 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 2020 **  

4/9-
4/11

Highland Rim

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg,TN. Camping and Hiking. We have reserved a group campsite in Flat Creek Group Campground for Thursday and Friday nights. We will hike Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Contact Joan Hartvigsen to reserve a spot in the campground, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Thursday’s hike: Emory Gap Trail to Falls and Judge Branch Trail, 3 miles. Flat. Friday’s hike: North Old Mac and South Old Mac Loop with visit to Lookout Tower, 8 miles. 1,800 feet elevation change. Saturday’s hike: West Lookout Tower Trail and Bird Mountain Trail Loop, 7 miles. Steep.

 

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

4/10
Fri

Highland Rim

Good Friday Hike.  Frozen Head State Park.  Wartburg,TN.  North Old Mac Trail and South Old Mac Trail Loop with a visit to the Lookout Tower.  Eight miles, total.  1,800 feet elevation change.  Joint hike with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. This hike features spring wildflowers, hemlocks, creeks and awesome mountain views.  There is the option of camping at Flat Creek Group Campground Thursday and Friday nights.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811,  to reserve a spot in Flat Creek Campground and information on meeting time and place for the hike.

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

4/24-
4/26

Highland Rim

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove. Camping and Hiking Weekend.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard.  We have reserved a gorgeous group campsite in Cades Cove Campground.  Room for 10 small tents on the tent pads with more space on the gravel.  Covered picnic pavilion with picnic tables.  Flush toilets and drinking water nearby. We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Possible hikes include Anthony Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail, Abrams Falls Trail, Rich Mountain Loop,Spence Field and Russell Field Loop…!  Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming.  Reserve your spot soon.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net

    ** May 2020 **  

5/30
Sat

Highland Rim

Short Springs Work Day.  Tullahoma, TN.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

    ** June 2020 **  

6/7
Sun

Highland Rim

Tennessee River Gorge Paddle.  Suck Creek Ramp to Raccoon Mountain Ramp.  9 miles.  West of Chattanooga in Marion County. Joint activity with Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard. Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge from Suck Creek Boat Ramp to TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp.  The paddle is through Prentice Cooper State Forest.  Bring a lot of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera.  We will see Osprey and Bald Eagles.  One year a river otter swam next to my kayak!  You must wear your PFD.  Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Suck Creek Boat Ramp to arrange a shuttle.  Please contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net , 931-962-0811 to register.  The address for the Suck Creek Boat Ramp is 1900 Suck Creek Road, Chattanooga.  

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

6/13
Sat

Highland Rim

Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN. Family Hike. Lost Creek Overlook Trail and the Evans Loop Trail. Three miles. Relaxed pace. Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Jeanne Conatser. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so dress in quick dry clothes. Meet at 9:00 am CDT at the Visitor Center. Please register with Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. You will need your hiking boots and hiking sticks. Bring water and a lunch. Save room for Kemp Ice Cream, sold inside the Park at the Marina.

 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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