The Murfreesboro chapter serves hikers of Rutherford and surrounding counties. Hikes are regularly scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this region, as well as in other parts of the state. Check the TTA calendar for more information about upcoming hikes.

The Murfreesboro chapter meets monthly (except Jan, Feb, Jul, Aug) on the second Tuesday at 7:00pm CT at the Wilderness Station in Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Barfield Crescent Road. (map)

For more information, call either of the chapter co-chairs, Jeanne Conatser at 615-971-8894 or Sara Kennedy at 615-692-9057, or reach them at this email.

Sarah Pollard is the chapter's representative to the TTA board, and can be reached by telephone at 615-714-3610 or by email.

Jennifer Zahn is the chapter membership coordinator and can be reached by email or by telephone at 615-943-8853.

Sarah Pollard is the chapter treasurer, and can be reached by telephone at 615-714-3610 or by email.

Sara is the chapter hike coordinator and can be reached by telephone at 615-714-3610 or by email.

The Murfeesboro Chapter reports on their activities on their blog. Craig McBride maintains this blog, and can be reached by email or at 615-397-4463.


Upcoming Murfreesboro Hikes and Programs:

CORONA VIRUS NOTICE: July 31, 2020:

Tennessee Trails Association chapters adhere to all applicable laws, rules, and guidelines for any given setting when organizing hikes and events. Out of concern for those who join us, their families, and our community, we conduct our hikes in a way which conforms to current COVID‑19 guidelines. If you have questions, contact your local chapter’s hike coordinator.

Click here if you want to be notified by email whenever the TTA web calendar is updated.

Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Aug 10, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2020 **  

8/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Amelia from Avian Glen Winery in Smyrna will speak about some wine basics and the inner workings of a winery. The name Avian Glen comes from the hummingbirds that owner Dr. Larry Davis saw on the property when he first purchased the land. Today, the Avian Glen logo features the hummingbird on all of their bottles. Park rules won’t let us do a tasting, though! https://avianglenwinery.com/

Jeanne Conatser 
djconatser@comcast.net

8/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Elk River Kayaking – Float from Tims Ford Dam to Farris Bridge. The float is approximately 8.5 miles and will take roughly 5 hours with lunch and rest breaks. We will meet at Tims Ford Dam at 9:00 am to arrange a shuttle. Face masks are optional on the water but MUST BE WORN during the shuttle. Tony will provide a disposable mask if needed.
Bring water, lunch, water toys, and PFD is required in boat. For more information or to register call Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or tonjon1968@gmail.com

Tony Jones
tonjon1968@gmail.com
615-397-4463

8/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series – Dunbar Cave State Park and Port Royal State Historic Park. Jeanne Conatser’s Pick- A- Park is a two-for-one. We’ll meet at Port Royal in Adams at the River Bottom Trail parking lot at 10:00 am for an easy half-mile loop by the Red River. Then we’ll drive 20-30 minutes over to Dunbar Cave in Clarksville for another easy half-mile loop around the lake and down to the cave entrance.  Here’s a chance to choose- your- own- adventure: The regular path takes you to the entrance of the cave only. If you would like to go down into the cave to see the art and formations, the park ranger will lead us at 1:00 pm, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER AND PRE-PAY $18. Here’s the link to register for the cave tour:  https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/dunbar-cave/tours. Maximum of 10 per tour and be careful that you select the 1:00 pm slot (unless you choose to stay and go at 3:00 pm). Adds about an hour and is completely optional, but please plan transportation accordingly. Bring your State Parks Passport book, your own snacks and drinks, Dunbar Cave State Park has a picnic area. This is a chance to visit two state parks in one day. Please register by email to Jeanne Conatser at djconatser@comcast.net in case trip is cancelled for weather.

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

8/29
Sat

Murfreesboro

Foster Falls and Denny Cove. Located between Tracy City and Jasper. Foster Falls Climbers Loop is 3.0 miles rated moderate. From the Foster Falls observation deck this trail descends to the base of the 60 ft. Foster Falls. Then we’ll ascend to the top of the bluff to the trailhead. After this hike we’ll travel 1.4 miles to the trailhead at Denny Cove. The Denny Cove trail is 2.9 miles rated moderate. The trail is rocky in some places and we’ll pass a beautiful overlook on our way to the Denny Cove waterfall. Hiking boots are highly recommended and bring food and plenty of water. For more information or to register, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

 

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

    ** September 2020 **  

9/8
Tue

Murfreesboro

Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Our speaker is Mike Shirley from Family Pet Health. He will speak about taking our dogs hiking - etiquette, gear, suggested vaccines, how to spot signs of distress and more.

 

Jeanne Conatser
djconatser@comcast.net

9/18-
9/20

Murfreesboro

Tims Ford State Park Island Camping. Kayaking on Tims Ford Lake and hiking on Ray Branch Peninsula. Joint outing with the Highland Rim Chapter. To reserve a camping spot on the island, contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@comcast.net or 931-962-0811. Saturday we will kayak to Ray Branch Peninsula and hike the Evans Loop Trail and a section of the Ray Branch Shoreline Trail. Total hiking distance is 4 miles. You will need hiking boots, in addition to food, water, camping and kayaking gear. Saturday evening we will drive to Winchester and eat outdoors at Twin Creeks Marina. For more information contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

9/26
Sat

Murfreesboro

National Public Lands Day. Barfield Crescent Park. National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single day volunteer effort. Volunteering on this day is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits that come from connecting with nature. Come join us for trail maintenance at Barfield Park from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CDT. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, a snack and water. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

 

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

9/27
Sun

Murfreesboro

Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area near Smithville. About 5 miles round trip. Joint outing with the Highland Rim Chapter. Johnson Chapel Recreation Area is located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville. No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Johnson Chapel Recreation Area. Bring a lot of water and lunch. Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714- 3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

Sara Pollard
sarabpollard@gmail.com
615-714-3610

    ** October 2020 **  

10/16-
10/18

Murfreesboro

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the Nantahala National Forest. Robbinsville, NC. Camping and hiking weekend. Rattler Ford group campsite near Robbinsville has been reserved. Facilities include a rustic bathhouse with flushing toilets, running water and a shower. The bathhouse will be shared with other campers-not just our group. Saturday’s hike is to the Hangover via the Wolf Laurel trailhead. The Hangover is a rocky outcropping that offers panoramic views of the forest below in all directions. This hike will require an 8 mile forest service road drive and we’ll need to carpool because parking is limited at the Wolf Laurel trailhead. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NECESSARY because of the limited spaces at the campsite and the fluid situation concerning COVID 19 closures. This is a 6 mile out and back hike and we can add mileage to Stratton and/or Bob Bald if we want to. Elevation change roughly 800 feet. Sunday those who want to kayak - Lake Santeetlah is very close by. For those who’d prefer to hike, there are lots of other trails in the area as well. For more information or to sign up contact Jan Safavi at 615-390-9146 or safavi.jan@gmail.com.

Jan Safavi
safavi.jan@gmail.com
615-390-9146

10/23-
10/25

TTA

CANCELLED
2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.

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