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:


In compliance with CDC coronavirus guidelines, all TTA organized hikes and group events are cancelled until further notice.

Statement from TTA President:

As with each of you, we have been closely monitoring the daily changes in the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. During the past week we have listened to the recommendations outlined. To slow the spread The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America recommends avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people. The health and safety of our members is at the forefront of our minds. We believe it is important to adhere to the best practices suggested by the Department of Health and CDC. Tennessee State Parks remain open at this time to visitors to hike/exercise as you chose; however, all park-hosted events from March 16 to March 31, 2020 are cancelled. If you chose to hike we encourage you to take your own soap-sanitizers as public restrooms can run out at times. 

Therefore, Tennessee Trails Association Board of Directors request that our clubs and members follow the recommended protocol and cancel all TTA hikes and group events until further notice.

Mary Etta Ward
TTA President
March 18, 2020


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2020 **  



“Pick a Park” series. Park History Day. Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park and Pickett State Park near Jamestown. We’ll meet at Alvin C. York State Park, where the rangers and reenactors will be doing WWI living history demos all day. There is a $5 fee if you’d like to tour the Sergeant’s house and then about a half mile walk across the field to the gravesite.  We can also walk across the road a little bit to the creek and old mill. Then we’ll drive over to the Pickett State Park Visitors Center.  We can see the CCC Museum, then walk the Natural Bridge Trail (1 mile easy).  Bring snacks, lunch, water, and your Tennessee State Park Passport book! Please RSVP by email to Jeanne Conatser at in case we cancel for weather.


Jeanne Conatser



Good Friday. Frozen Head State Park. Wartburg. 8 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We’ll take the North Old Mac Trail and South Old Mac Trail Loop with a visit to the Lookout Tower. There is an 1,800 feet elevation change. The Lookout Tower rises just above the tree line and allows for a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This hike features spring wildflowers, hemlocks, creeks and an abandoned CCC dynamite shack. To register or for information on the carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

Sara Pollard



Savage Gulf Waterfalls. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Gruetli-Laager, TN. About 14 miles and rated strenuous. This is a joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. Highlights of this hike include eight of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then join the Connector Trail which will take us to the Big Creek Gulf Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls, we will visit Upper Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. Bring water shoes in addition to snacks, water and lunch.  Contact Wayne Yancey for registration and ride sharing.

Wayne Yancey



Chapter Meeting – 7:00 pm. Barfield Park Wilderness Station. Kyle Hurt will be our speaker. He is a hiker who has worked as a park ranger and will be speaking about hiking with pets.

Jeanne Conatser



Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. Sumner County. 1 mile rated easy. Join us for a Sunday afternoon stroll through Taylor Hollow to enjoy the wildflowers. This is an easy trail so we’ll head out around noon from Murfreesboro. If the Blue-Eyed Marys are at their peak, we’ll be in for something really special. Contact Jan Safavi for carpool information and meet up location.

Jan Safavi



Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove. Camping and Hiking Weekend. Joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter. The Cades Cove Campground group campsite has been reserved. There is room for 10 small tents on the tent pads with more space on the gravel. There is a picnic pavilion with tables, flush toilets and drinking water nearby. We will hike Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s hike will be a section of the Anthony Creek Trail. Saturday we will hike the Gregory Ridge Trail and Sunday we’ll hike to Abrams Falls and back. Azaleas and spring wildflowers will be blooming. Friday evening we will share dinner at our campsite and Saturday we have the option of having dinner in Townsend. Reserve your spot soon because this camping trip will fill up. For information and to register contact Sara Pollard.

Sara Pollard

    ** October 2020 **  



Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Robbinsville, NC. Camping and hiking weekend.  Rattler Ford Group Camp Site #3 has been reserved. Save the date and more details will follow.

Jan Safavi



2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.


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