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 Feb 21, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2018 **  

2/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

CHEEK’S BEND has been CANCELED due to weather. The approach to the trail head is via a creek bed and will be impassable by Saturday. This hike will be rescheduled for a later date!

Cheeks Bend, 1.8 mile balloon loop rated easy.
Cheeks Bend is part of the Duck River State Natural Area Complex and the Yannali Wildlife Area. The trail is relatively flat and rated easy. There is a small cave that leads to a bluff overlooking the Duck River. Bring water, snacks and good hiking shoes. After the hike we will go to a local restauraunt for lunch.

Jennifer Zahn
615-943-8853 or jenzahn@gmail.com

    ** March 2018 **  

3/10
Sat

Murfreesboro

Long Hunter State Park Day Loop; 4.5 miles easy to moderate.
This loop trail winds its way through mature oak-hickory forest and offers scenic bluff views of Percy Priest Lake. We may see some wildflowers in bloom. Bring water, lunch and snacks. We will meet at the trailhead off Bakers Grove Lane at 9:00 AM. If you need directions, want to carpool from Murfreesboro or want more information contact Jennifer Zahn.

Jennifer Zahn
615-943-8853
jenzahn@gmail.com

3/13
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
7:00 PM
Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

The Murfreesboro Police Department will be speaking on hiker safety and what to do in event of a medical concern while hiking as well as various websites and applications that update current crime statistics in our area.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

3/17
Sat

Murfreesboro

ANNUAL WATERFALL TOUR BY FRIENDS OF EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK, MARCH 17TH

 

Reservations are now open for The 17th Annual Waterfall Tour by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park on Saturday, March 17th, from 8 A.M. to about 3:30 P.M., round trip. Transportation will be on a school bus from Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, to Falls Creek Falls State Park, Spencer. The cost is $15 per person, plus your lunch in the park’s inn.

 

It’s easy to make online reservations through the website www.foeesp.com/waterfall-tour/  There is a link to click that will open the reservation site. If assistance is needed phone the park office for contact information for Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. He or Mrs. Bertram will  be glad to help.  The park phone numbers are: (931) 858-2114 or toll free at 1-800-250-8619.

 

Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park. It’s main falls, for which the park is named, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States.  Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. The tour will include short walks to at least 3 falls, breath taking overlooks and lunch in the park inn’s cafeteria. This will be a last chance to eat in the inn as the facility is scheduled for demolition in April to make way for a new building. 

 

Edgar Evins State Park is located at 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road, Silver Point, TN 38582. The entrance is in DeKalb County, approximately 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville and 60 miles east of Nashville.  From I-40 take exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.  The entrance is, across the highway from the Big Rock Market and Caney Fork Outdoors.

 

The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the sole purpose of helping the park. All profits from the tour will go toward the park. For more information about the organization visit friendsofeesp on Facebook and our website at www.foeesp.com.  

 

If you wish to make this an overnight or weekend outing there are campgrounds and cabins at the park. Phone the park office or go online at  http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins to make reservations for lodging. 

 

Anna Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

3/24
Sat

Murfreesboro

Walls of Jericho; 6 miles rated difficult.
This is a joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will enter the Tennessee trailhead and exit the Alabama trailhead with roughly 1,000 feet elevation change.
There is likely to be muddy, slippery areas with the spring rains and some water crossings. The way out is a steep climb and although it is only 6 miles it is a ROUGH 6 miles, especially coming out.
We should see some early wildflowers.
Wear sturdy hiking boots, bring hiking poles, lunch, water and snacks. For carpool information from Murfreesboro contact Jan Safavi.

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

3/30
Fri

Murfreesboro

Frozen Head State Park. Wartburg, 8 mile loop rated moderate.
Good Friday joint hike with the Highland Rim Chapter. We will start at te Big Cove campground trailhead and hike the Lookout Tower trail. We will return along the Bird Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail.
There are beautiful views and we will pass the unusual rock formation called Castle Rock.
Pack lunch, water, snacks and hiking poles are recommended. Hikers have the option to camp March 29 & 30 at the primitive group campsite along Flat Fork Road. Please contact Sara Pollard for information or to register.

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

    ** April 2018 **  

4/10
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
7:00 PM
Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station

Our presentation will be the history of Middle Tennessee State University’s College Radio Station (WMTS 88.3 FM) with a powerpoint program on its start and how it has progressed to its current totally separate radio station.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

4/14
Sat

Murfreesboro

Edgar Evins State Park
Celebration of Spring

More complete information to follow soon

Anna Bertram
abertram@dtccom.net
615-765-5357

    ** May 2018 **  

5/8
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
6:00 PM
Barfield Cresent Park Wilderness Station

NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE. This is our six month PLANNING meeting. We will be planning our hikes for July through December 2018. So please come with hikes in mind and volunteer to lead a hike. If you do not wish to lead hikes, please come with hike suggestions and we can find a hike leader. Also, this is a finger food meeting so please bring something quick and easy to share. The chapter will provide drinks and utensils.

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

5/19
Sat

Murfreesboro

Duck River Float
We will put in below Normandy Dam at 9AM (to arrange a shuttle) and will float about 6 miles from Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge. There is a possibility that we can make it 8.5 miles to Three Forks if there are folks who want to do that as well.
This is a joint float with the Highland Rim Chapter.

We will have lunch in the water on little rock sandbars behind Cortner Mill

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

    ** June 2018 **  

6/2
Sat

Murfreesboro

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
We are fortunate to have a location to meet for our chapter inside Barfield Crescent Park and we give back to the park each year with trail maintenance.
Trail work location within the park to be announced at a later date!

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

6/12
Tue

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Chapter Meeting
6PM
Barfield Crescent Park PAVILLION #5

NOTE THE MEETING TIME CHANGE!
This is our annual summer picnic. The chapter will be cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers and will also provide drinks and the necessary utensils. Please bring a side dish to share and your family for a fun evening of food and friendship.
The event will occur at Barfield Park at Pavillion 5 instead of our usual meeting place at the Wilderness Station. This will be a RAIN or SHINE event as the pavillion is covered and comfortable. So please plan to come and bring your family!

Tony Jones
Chapter Chair

615-397-4463
tonjon1968@gmail.com

 

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