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 on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM CT at the Wilderness Station in Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Barfield Crescent Road. (map)

For more information, call Tony Jones, the chapter chair, at 615-397-4463 or reach him by email.

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

Valerie Galan is the program coordinator for the chapter, and can be reached by telephone at 615-516-6441.

Sarah Pollard is the chapter treasurer, 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:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jun 22, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2018 **  

6/30
Sat

Murfreesboro

WINDOW CLIFFS STATE NATURAL AREA, 5.5 miles round trip, rated difficult.
Window Cliffs is located about 18 miles south of Cookeville near Burgess Falls State Park. There is a bluff that separates the upstream and downstream parts of Cane Creek and the bluff has eroded from both sides causing an opening to develop, which is how the name "Window Cliffs" came about.
There are eighteen creek crossings (9 in and 9 out) over Cane Creek so a pair of water shoes are recommended along with sturdy hiking boots. Bring hiking poles, lunch and plenty of water. Per State of Tennessee Regulations PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED within this natural area or on its trails. For more information contact Sara Pollard.

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

    ** July 2018 **  

7/7
Sat

Murfreesboro

Hidden Springs Loop, Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 4.7 miles, rated easy. 
Hidden Springs is a very nice trail with diverse terrain. This trail was recently listed and one of the top 7 fast getaways in Middle Tennessee. Inclines are minimal and the pathway is easy walking.
Along the way we will see parts of the re-growth of the hard cedar forest that gives the park its name. There are also sections of the trail where you can see down into a cave system that runs under the park.
For time and information conact Jeanne Conatser

Jeanne Conatser
615-971-8894
djconatser@comcast.net

7/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

GUEST SPEAKER  TBA

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

7/21
Sat

Murfreesboro

Escape the Heat at CUMBERLAND CAVERNS. Join us for a 1.5 mile subterrenean adventure at the souths largest underground showplace. The lighted "Commercial" Tour is a nice walk in 56 degree year round comfort. The cave is located in McMinnville, TN and a carpool will be organized from Murfreesboro. We will also have a meeting time set up at the cave for those coming from other points than Murfreesboro.
We will leave Murfreesboro at 9am and the tours at the cave leave every hour on the hour and take about 90 minutes to complete. There are working restrooms inside the cave and in the gift shop area.
There is a cost of 21.50 for each adult and 13.50 for each child UNDER 13. Children are welcome on this adventure but NO PETS. You might want to bring a light jacket for the underground air conditioning.

You can get more information about Cumberland Caverns at https://cumberlandcaverns.com

For more information or to register contact Tony Jones

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

    ** August 2018 **  

8/14
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.

Dr. Ryan Otter from Middle Tennessee State University will be our guest speaker on the subject of coal ash.

Title: Is coal ash toxic?  Investigations from the ash spill in Kingston Tennessee
 
Coal burning power plants are responsible for the production of ~40% of the electricity in the US. As a by-product of this process millions of tons of residual fly ash are also produced.  On December 22, 2008, an impoundment failure at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant (Kingston, Tennessee) resulted in the largest coal ash spill in US history releasing approximately 1,000,000,000 gallons of coal ash into the Emory River.  As a result a full scale sampling campaign was conducted to assess what constituents of coal ash were of concern and whether they were at concentrations considered to be toxic.  During this presentation Dr. Ryan R. Otter, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University, will discuss his findings and those from other scientists that investigated this spill. 
 

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

    ** September 2018 **  

9/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station


Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower of the Evolution and Ecology Group will be our guest speaker for a wonderful program descripted below:


Andy Brower is a professor of biology at MTSU.  He earned his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, studying the evolution of mimicry in Neotropical Heliconius butterflies.  He has always had a fondness for the local lepidopteran fauna, and has been collecting moths at the porch lights of his house for several years.  Our program will cover some of the highlights of local moth diversity, and we will have some lights set up in the woods and maybe some trees with bait painted on them, to see if we can observe any living specimens in the environs of the Nature Center.
 
 
 
 

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

    ** October 2018 **  

10/9
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
7PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

We will have a regular business meeting tonight and instead of our usual program, we will enjoy an evening hike along the paved portion of the Marshall Knobs Trail to banks of the river and back to the wilderness station. So wear a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy a splendid meeting on the trail!

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

    ** November 2018 **  

11/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER MEETING
6PM. Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station.
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This is our six month hike planning meeting where we will fill our calendars from January to June 2019. So bring a finger food snack to share, and lots of ideas on places to hike and volunteer to lead one! 
Drinks, ice, plates, untensils and cups will be provided by the chapter.

WE WILL ALSO BE SELECTING OUR 2019 CHAPTER OFFICERS

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

    ** December 2018 **  

12/11
Tue

Murfreesboro

TTA MURFREESBORO CHAPTER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AND FEAST
6PM Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station
NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!

This will be our annual Christmas celebration. Please bring your family and a covered dish or dessert (or both) to share for our Christmas Feast. If you wish to participate in this year’s Dirty Santa, bring a small gift to share.

Drinks, Ice, Plates, Utensils, Cups and Napkins will be provided by the chapter.

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

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