The Memphis chapter serves hikers in the southwestern part of the state. Hikes are regularly scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this area of Tennessee, as well as in the neighboring states of Mississippi and Arkansas. Check the TTA calendar for more information about upcoming hikes.

The chapter is in the process of changing their meeting time and place. Please check the calendar for information about upcoming meetings.

There are no scheduled activites during the summer months.

Contact Charlie Bright, Chapter Chair, by email, by telephone at 901-829-4434 for more information. Francis Ruffin, telephone 662-701-6284, is the chapter's vice chair.


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Sep 15, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2017 **  

9/30
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area

Meet at 9:30 a.m. in Germantown Road Parking lot adjacent to the Wolf River.  Hike leaves at 9:30 a.m. for a 6-7 mile hike on the White/Blue/Yellow Trails.  Bring water and snack. Rain will cancel hike.  

Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705

    ** October 2017 **  

10/7
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby ForestChickasaw Bluff and Pioneer Springs Trails. 6-7 miles, Moderate.

Meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at Poplar Tree Lake (NOT the Visitor Center) at 9:00. To get to the meeting point, go out North Watkins until it ends at Locke-Cuba Road and turn left. Drive 2.3 miles (go straight ahead past the General Store), then turn right into the park on Grassy Lake Road. Go straight ahead, 1.7 miles to a stop sign. Turn left and the parking lot will be on your right. 

We will shuttle approximately six miles to the north trail head of the Chickasaw Bluff Trail. The trail head, at about 417 feet, is one of the highest points in Shelby County. The trail quickly descends below 300 feet and follows a creek down to the Mississippi flood plain. Here we often see evidence of the wild pigs that have inhabited the park for the last few years. After crossing Beaver Creek at about 2.5 miles, we encounter a few rolling hills before climbing a short but steep hill up to the Woodland Shelter (approximately mile 3.5) where we will have lunch. From the shelter we join up with the Pioneer Springs Trail which through a series of rolling hills drops back down into the flood plain. We’ll pass the spring before ending with a gentle uphill back to the parking lot.

Bring hiking boots, water, and lunch.

Wayne Simpson,
   w.simpson1@comcast.net,
   901-385-1988

10/7
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby ForestChickasaw Bluff and Pioneer Springs Trails 6-7 miles, Moderate

Meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center at Poplar Tree Lake at 9:00. We will shuttle to the trail head at the north end of the Chickasaw Bluff Trail.  The hike will proceed south back to Poplar Tree Lake, stopping for lunch at the historic Woodland Shelter.  The hike has one steep downhill at the start and one steep uphill to the shelter.  Otherwise it is mostly flat with some rolling hills. Bring hiking boots, water and lunch.  

Contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net901-385-1988

10/13-
10/15

TTA

TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

Host Chapters:
Murfreesboro
Highland Rim
Columbia/Franklin

10/21
Sat

Memphis

TBD

10/21
Sat

Memphis

International Harvester Managerial Park - Lakeland  3 ½ mile hike

We will hike through Lakeland’s International Harvester (“IH”) Managerial Park. The park is located adjacent to the Lakeland Senior Center on the west side of Canada Road, between Interstate 40 and Highway 70. We will meet in the parking lot and get underway at 9:00 a.m. Allow two hours for the hike.
 
IH Park contains three trails that together make up about 2.5 miles in distance and weave through mostly bottomland forest. The trail system travels through a nice meadow and along a small lake near the end. There are decent picnic facilities at the edge of the lake which make this park a nice place to enjoy lunch.  For those who want more hiking we can hike the more moderately strenuous portion "backward" and add a mile or so to the hike.
 
The park’s trails could be considered moderately strenuous in places with elevation changes in the first mile. There is one water crossing that we may take provided the water level is no more than an inch or so.  Be prepared for the mud if we have had recent rain. I recommend terrain-appropriate waterproof footwear and hiking poles.
 
Remember the usual stuff: water and snacks. Bring a lunch if you would like to stick around .  Heavy rain or the threat of severe weather will cancel. 

Feel free to call or email me if you have questions, Marion Quinlen, 256-273-9720mquinlen@gmail.com

10/28
Sat

Memphis

Oct 28 – Shiloh National Military Park – Compass Hike. 5 miles, strenuous.

We will meet at the Visitor Center at9:30. The hike is one-way ending at the old grocery store on Highway 142, so we will have to take some cars there. This is a rugged cross country hike through woods and fields, navigated by compass and map. The terrain is mostly flat, but being off trail with the possibility of getting lost ups the rating to strenuous. Bring a compass if you have one to help the leader find the way, or just follow the group. We will have a brief compass reading class, and maps and directions will be provided. Wear long pants and boots, and bring lunch and water. Contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net,901-385-1988.
                                    

Wayne Simpson,
   w.simpson1@comcast.net,
   901-385-1988

10/28
Sat

Memphis

Shiloh National Military Park – Compass Hike 5 miles, strenuous

We will meet at the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. The hike is one-way ending at the old grocery store on Highway 142, so we will have to take some cars there. This is a rugged cross country hike though woods and fields, navigated by compass and map. Bring a compass if you have one or just follow the group. Wear long pants and boots, and bring lunch and water. Registration required. 

Contact Wayne Simpson, w.simpson1@comcast.net901-385-1988.

    ** November 2017 **  

11/4
Sat

Memphis

Lucius Burch Natural Area – Germantown parking lot
                                  

  Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705

11/11
Sat

Memphis

Tishomingo State Park 
                           
 

Kam Hipkins, 901-299-8359

11/18
Sat

Memphis

Lovitt Woods Trail behind Lowe’s off Germantown Road

Janet Sheahan, 901-761-0705
 

11/25
Sat

Memphis

Herb Parsons Lake State Park, Fisherville
 
 

TBD

    ** December 2017 **  

12/2
Sat

Memphis

Meeman-Shelby Forest – Woodland Trail

Gloria Folk, 901-277-5756

 

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