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:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Jan 28, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bearwaller Gap. Carthage. 6 miles rated moderate to difficult. The Bearwaller Gap trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in Middle Tennessee. It goes along the shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake near Carthage. Cordell Hull Lake is situated among the rolling hills covered in a mix of shady maple, hickory, oak, beech and chestnut trees. Wildlife is also abundant around the lake. We will pass rock gardens, old home sites, and see frequent glimpses of the lake. We will start at the Defeated Creek campground area and hike to the outstanding view at Tater Knob Overlook. Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

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

2/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Jim & Marietta Poteet’s 18th Annual Chilly Chili Hike. Monteagle. The chilly hike is the Caldwell Rim Trail, a 2.4 mile loop rated easy. Meet at 10:00 am CT at the Farmers’ Market parking lot on Highway 41A just before entering Sewanee. The trail follows a bluff above the northernmost section of Lost Cove. If you are not hiking, meet at the Poteets’ house between 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm for the chili lunch. The gate code to enter Cliff Tops will be sent later. Three different kinds of chili will be offered, plus cornbread and brownies with several kinds of beverages (soda, coffee, beer, wine). Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to go with the above menu. Please email or call Marietta if you plan to attend at 931-924-7666 or nannietta@blomand.net. If you are hiking, bring water and dress for the weather. The Poteets’ address inside Cliff Tops is 525 Huckleberry Place, Monteagle. To carpool from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard.

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

2/15
Sat

Murfreesboro

Plateau to Rim. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail. This will take us back to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which we will take back to Savage Gulf Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups carpooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station at 8:00 am CT or contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

2/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

“Pick a Park” series. Radnor Lake State Park. Nashville. 2.75 miles rated easy. Every month in 2020, our chapter will choose a Tennessee State Park to hike. We will take the loop around the lake, Spillway and Lake Trail, then Otter Creek Road. Hike should be easy and partially paved. We can add the Ganier Ridge Trail, which adds 1.65 miles with some terrain and a virtual geocache at the top! Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am CT and bring your State Parks Passport book.

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

2/22
Sat

Murfreesboro

Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford. Big South Fork NRRA. Jamestown. 9 miles rated moderate. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. We will hike a section of the John Litton Loop, the Fall Branch Trail, and a portion of the Grand Gap Loop to Angel Falls Overlook. Angel Falls Overlook is perhaps the finest overlook in the park. We will then descend to Leatherwood Ford via the John Muir Trail. Highlights include the gorge of Fall Branch and a large rock house. The hike is about 9 miles and is rated moderate for uneven terrain, narrow ledges, boulder passages, and ladders. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. This hike will require a shuttle. You can meet us at 10:00 am CT at the trailhead or contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancy@gmail.com
615-887-0212

2/29
Sat

Murfreesboro

Across the Gulf. Savage Gulf State Natural Area. 17 miles rated strenuous due to distance and terrain. Joint hike with Upper Cumberland chapter. We will hike from Stone Door across the gulf using the Stone Door trail to the Connector Trail, Hobbs Cabin, then on the North Rim Trail to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. There will be a shuttle back to Stone Door. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. Contact Wayne for ride sharing from Murfreesboro.

Wayne Yancey
wayne.yancey@gmail.com
615-887-0212

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

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