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

8/19
Sat

Highland Rim

Elk River Float, Shiloh Bridge to Dickey Bridge, 7.4 miles, Kelso, TN.  Meet at Shiloh Bridge at 9:00 a.m. CT.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Contact Naullain Kendrick, naullain@hotmail.com, 931-224-6225.

Naullain Kendrick
naullain@hotmail.com
931-224-6225

8/21
Mon

Highland Rim

Solar Eclipse Watch – Highland Rim Chapter Event – Welch Point overlooking Big Laurel Creek and the Virgin Falls State Natural Area.  Partial phase start:  12:01:32PM (CDT) Totality Start: 1:30:04PM (CDT) and lasts 2 min 40 sec.   Plan on meeting at 11:45 to setup and enjoy the event.   Bring water, snacks, lunch, lawn chairs, camera(s) and your solar viewing glasses/filters for cameras.   Recommend a solar kit such as the following links for viewing safety:  Just Glasses here or  Glasses and filter for non-optic cameras here.

Links to get you smarter:

  1. Smarter Everyday 1.
  2. Smarter Everyday 2: Shadow Bands.
  3. HOW TO VIDEO THE ECLIPSE.
  4. Solar Eclipse FAQ.
  5. Eclipse path across Tennessee.

 Contact:  Michael Glennon at KB4JHU@GMAIL.COM.

A hike after the eclipse is to be announced.  Directions to Welch’s Point, about halfway between Sparta and Crossville.  Turn south off of US 70 onto Eastland Road.  The closest GPS address is 5747 Eastland Road, Sparta, TN 38583 (Gulf Trading Post).  From the Gulf Trading Post, turn south onto Scott’s Gulf Road.  Follow the gravel road and fork to the right immediately past the parking lot for Virgin Falls Trail.  About three miles past the fork, you will enter a large gravel parking area with the remains of an old cabin and the hint of a view into the Caney Fork River valley; then follow the foot trail (about 400 ft.) to the overlook, Welch’s Point.  Email Joan Hartvigsen for carpool information at jhartvigs@comcast.net or call at 931-962-0811.

Michael Glennon
KB4JHU@GMAIL.COM
931-588-0302

8/28
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.  Sidney Sexton and Jacquelyn Ewart will present a program on their six weeks stay in Alaska.  The program will include scenes and hikes in and around Sitka, scenic train rides on Alaskan railroads, excursions to glaciers and hikes through totem pole parks.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

    ** September 2017 **  

9/2
Sat

Highland Rim

Stone Door Trail, Big Creek Rim Trail, Laurel Trail.  South Cumberland State Park.  Stone Door Ranger Station, 1183 Stone Door Road, Beersheba, TN.  7 miles. This loop hike is actually easy, but the total mileage of 7 miles places it in the moderate category.  Level.  Good tread.  Awesome overlooks.  Bring water, lunch and snacks. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring hiking sticks.  Register with Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net, 931-962-0811.

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

9/8-
9/10

Highland Rim

Devils Step Island Camping and Kayaking to Maple Ben Island and down Owl Hollow Creek.  Tims Ford Lake, Winchester, TN.   Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  We will camp on Devils Step Island Friday and Saturday.  Those who are not camping can meet us at 8:00 a.m. CT on the shore of Devils Step Island.  We will paddle to Maple Bend Island for a rest and a snack then we will continue down Owl Hollow Creek.  We will have lunch on Maple Bend Island before returning to Devils Step Island.  The Park allows only six campers on an island. Contact Joan Hartvigsen, jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to reserve a place on Devils Step Island.  If there are more folks wishing to camp on an island there is the option of also reserving Maple Bend Island for the September 8-10 weekend.  Or you can acquire a campsite at Fairview Campground, located near Devils Step Island.  To reserve your own campsite at Fairview Campground or to reserve Maple Bend Island call Tims Ford State Park, 931-962-1183 .  Camping is free on Maple Bend Island but you are required to go to the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center during business hours to register and purchase a map of Tims Ford Lake.

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

9/16
Sat

Highland Rim

Eat-Hike- Eat, Sewanee Perimeter Trail.  About 5 miles, moderate.  Meet at the Blue Chair Restaurant in Sewanee at 9:00 a.m. CT for breakfast.  We will leave at 9:30 a.m. to drive to the trailhead.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to register for the hike.  We will begin at Gate 15 and hike south on the fire lane to access the Perimeter Trail.  We will then hike southwest on the Perimeter Trail to Elliott Point, King’s Farm, north to Armfield Bluff then to Gate 9 where we have a shuttle vehicle awaiting us.  We will have lunch at King’s Farm

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

9/22-
9/24

Highland Rim

Camping and kayaking on Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River Weekend.   Camping at Ragland Bottom Campground, eight miles east of Smithville, TN off US-70 East.  We have reserved three gorgeous premium tent campsites along the shore of Center Hill Lake:  #27, #28, #29  Each site has electricity, water, shade and lake views. Beautiful lakeside RV sites are available as well as additional tent sites for others to reserve.  Campground has flush toilets, sinks and hot showers.   Kayaking on Center Hill Lake.  Campground has a boat ramp and covered picnic pavilion.   Swimming in Center Hill Lake at a sandy beach.  Saturday morning we will float the Caney Fork River.  We will put in below Center Hill Dam and take out at Betty’s Island, 8.7 miles.   Ragland Bottom Campground is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility.  It is clean, well maintained and beautiful.    Please contact Joan Hartvigsen early if interested in staying in campsite #27 or #28.    Also, contact Joan if interested in the Saturday Caney Fork Float.  Joan’s email jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811.

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

9/23
Sat

Highland Rim

Caney Fork River Float, 8.7 miles.  Put in below Center Hill Dam.  Take out at Betty’s Island.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen for more information no later than September 8.  Joan’s email:  jhartvigs@comcast.net. phone 931-962-0811.   Kayaks and canoes may be rented at Canoe the Caney, 1-800-579-7893, 17055 Smithville Highway, Silver Point, TN.  Reservations recommended.

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

9/25
Mon

Highland Rim

Chapter Meeting. Dinner at 5:00 p.m. at One22West, 122 W. Lincoln Street, Tullahoma.  Meeting is 7:00 p.m. at D. W. Wilson Community Center, 501 N. Collins Street, Tullahoma.  Our program is “Update on the Goings On at South Cumberland State Park.”  South Cumberland State Park Manager George Shinn is our speaker.

Mary Etta Ward
maryettaward@gmail.com
931-581-9906

9/30
Sat

Highland Rim

National Public Lands Day .  National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.  It is a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation.   We will celebrate by volunteering to work on the trails at either Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma or South Cumberland State Park.  The fifth Saturday of the month is the day our Chapter works on trails at Short Springs.  But since it is also National Public Lands Day, we have the option of helping out at South Cumberland State Park.  If you want to volunteer at Short Springs State Natural Area in Tullahoma meet us at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot, 2250 Short Springs Road, Tullahoma.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811 to let her know you plan to come.    If you plan to help at South Cumberland State Park please contact Naullain Kendrick at naullain@hotmail.com.

Joan Hartvigsen
jhartvigs@comcast.net
Naullain Kendrik
naullain@hotmail.com

    ** October 2017 **  

10/13-
10/15

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