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:


As parks reopen across the state, TTA Chapters should follow the guidelines as stated by the Local, State, and Federal authorities.

This is an interpretation of these guidelines for any hike or event designated as a Tennessee Trails Association event as approved by the Tennessee Trails Board of Directors:

· In order to practice social distancing, all participants should arrive in their own transportation. No carpooling.

· Hikers should travel less than an hour from their home to a planned hike

· Hikes should have 10 or less participants. Try to hike at times when the park is less crowded, especially the parking lot and trailhead.

Be aware of changes that may lessen or increase these restrictions as the recovery progresses.

Visit the Tennessee State Parks Tips for Visitors website.

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

Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated May 24, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** May 2020 **  



Big South Fork Backpacking Trip. This is a 2 day, 1 night backpacking trip. Start on Saturday for a 8.6 mile hike at Sawmill down Salt Pine Ridge Trail, Laurel Fork Creek Trail, Black House Branch to Charit Creek Lodge (camp at the island).  Water shoes will be required for the Laurel Fork Creek as there are several stream crossings and some hiking in the stream sections.  Sunday for 6.1 mile hike to Twin Arches, Jakes Place, Slave Falls and back to our cars at Sawmill trailhead.  Bring food, hiking boots, water shoes and camping gear.  For information and to register, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or


Sara Pollard

    ** June 2020 **  



National Trails Day.  Barfield Crescent Park. Come join us for trail maintenance at this beautiful park from 8:00 am until 11:00 am CT. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, a snack and water. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or

Sara Pollard



Tennessee River Gorge Paddle. Joint outing with the Highland Rim chapter. Meet at the TVA Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp at 8:00 am CT. On this Sunday morning we will paddle through the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge and Prentice Cooper State Forest. We will not use a vehicle shuttle because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and a PFD is required. We may see osprey and bald eagles along the way. Directions for the Raccoon Mountain Boat Ramp: Take Exit 174 off Interstate 24 East toward Chattanooga. Turn left onto Cummings Highway (US Hwy 41). Drive 2.6 miles and then turn right onto Raccoon Mountain Road.  Drive 2 miles, then left into the parking lot. To sign up contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or

Sara Pollard



Chapter Picnic at Barfield Crescent Park, Shelter Number #5. 6:00 pm. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. This is our annual summer picnic for our chapter members and their families. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this will be a “bring your own meal” including drinks, personal utensils and napkins. We are not able to reserve the shelter so bring lawn chairs in case it’s not available and we’ll tailgate instead. Please don’t attend if you are not comfortable with participating! Any questions contact Jeanne Conatser at


Jeanne Conatser



“Pick a Park” series. Tims Ford State Park. Lost Creek Overlook and the Evans Loop Trail. 3 miles rated easy at a relaxed pace. Joint outing with the Highland Rim chapter. We will take several short spur trails off Lost Creek Overlook Trail to tip of peninsulas to view Tims Ford Lake. We can swim in the lake on the Evans Loop Trail, so wear quick drying clothes. Bring water and lunch. Meet at 9:00 am CT at the Tims Ford State Park Visitor Center. After the hike there’s the option of having Kemp ice cream sold inside the park marina. Please register with Jeanne Conatser at





Jeanne Conatser

    ** 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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