The Nashville chapter serves hikers in Davidson 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 Nashville chapter meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 PM CT. Our meeting place is the Community Room at REI, located at 261 Franklin Road in Brentwood (Map and Directions).

Contact Doug Burroughs, the chapter chair, by telephone at 615-283-0507 or by email, for more information about the Nashville Chapter's activities.

Nancy Juodenas is the outings coordinator for Nashville. Please telephone her at 615-319-8811 or by email, if you are interested in volunteering to lead a hike.

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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 **  



The Jack Clayborn Millennium and the Merritt Ridge Loops in Edgar Evins State Park.  The double loop is 7.5 miles long and not "that" strenuous."Laid out by the Tennessee Trails Association, it offers a rugged, challenging hike on land managed by Tennessee State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers. Set on the peninsula of Center Hill Lake, the Millennium Trail traverses formerly settled land, rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs, and lush wooded hollows. This is a challenging hike, no doubt about it. When the Tennessee Trails Association laid out this path, they wanted to take hikers to all of the highlights found on this hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake. They met their goal. But to visit all these points and stay on public land, the Millennium Trail had to make some serious twists and turns and ups and downs. But every step is worth it. Be well rested and adventurous in spirit when tackling this trail, then you will have a good time. "From: "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles- Nashville" by Johnny Molloy. 

Karl Dupre,  (615) 207-2250 or



April 11 - Washmorgan Hollow & Beyond Wildflower Day Trip. Moderate, 3 or 6 miles. 
A profusion of wildflowers will provide the setting for this day trip both on the drive and on the trails. Washmorgan Hollow State Natural Area in Jackson County is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee and its relatively undisturbed forest supports a rarely matched spring wildflower population - we’re likely to see several dozen varieties blooming. The hike will not be interpreted but we will move at a pace that allows us to appreciate what we’re seeing as we approach the waterfall feeding the hollow’s stream. Next, we’ll visit and have a potluck lunch with a true friend of nature and community elder, Hector Black, who donated the land for Washmorgan. Hector has invited us to hike on his land afterwards. This second hike features 4 waterfalls of varying sizes and a hoodoo, Hardscrabble Pinnacle, carved by two streams that meet and tumble into the creek of our approach.

 For much of the time we’ll be on mostly dry rocky creek beds; they aren’t strenuous in terms of length or elevation change but include some rugged footing and at the end of the second segment there is a bit of rock hopping. An optional climb to the pinnacle is challenging. There could be a significant number of shallow creek crossings so hiking sandals may come in handy. Please let us know what you plan to bring to share during lunch – healthier choices are appreciated but not required. We’ll meet up in Nashville at 7:00 AM and expect to be on the road home by dinner time. 




Contact Mark Hubbard to coordinate: 615-715-1517.



Stones River Greenway Hike (Donelson/ Hermitage, Tn) This moderate, 4-5 mile, hike includes rolling hills, a close-up walk at a historic mansion, and some time walking alongside Stones River.  It takes place on a paved greenway. 8:30 am start time. We will start at the greenway trailhead Our hike will first head north along the greenway with a slight detour to the Stone Hall mansion, and then up into metro owned parkland, the former Ravenwood country club golf course to the scenic crest of the hill and then back- about 2 miles.  Next we follow the greenway along Stones River, including some boardwalks and some interesting sights.  After a mile or so, retrace back to parking lot.   Trailhead at the parking lot of Kohl’s Hermitage, which is in Jackson Downs shopping plaza, just past Target.  From Briley Parkway exit 8, the driving distance along Lebanon Pike is 3.5 miles east. 

Tom Vickstrom:   615-405-6713



Collins Gulf Loop Trail, South Cumberland State Park, Gruetli-Laager, TN. 12 plus miles. Difficult due to distance, rocky terrain and elevation changes. We will hike past West Collins campground to the loop on the east side, passing Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls.  Or, we may hike it in the other direction!  In addition to spectacular waterfalls this trail has awesome spring wildflowers. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Bring hiking sticks, sturdy hiking boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring water shoes for creek crossings and a head lamp.   Meeting Place: I-24 exit 59, Floor & Decor (former Target) Parking lot - 5420 Target Dr, Antioch, TN 37013.  Meeting Time: 7:00 AM  (Should be at trailhead around 9:00 AM).

Collins Gulf West Trailhead is searchable on navigation devices.

Doug Burroughs at or (615) 587-0085 (leave a message) 



Monthly Chapter Meeting.  REI, Brentwood TN.  7:00 pm.  Program:  Big Bend National Park Adventure.  In late January of this year 9 Nashville Chapter members traveled together to Big Bend National Park. On the way, some stopped in Austin and others spent time in San Antonio.  Big Bend is long way from anywhere!  It was the perfect time of year to visit this extreme southern Texas, desert environment.  Come and hear about their visit, and view photos of Chihuahuan desert life, historical pioneer settlements and ranches, the canyons and mountains of the Rio Grande Valley, and even a sojourn into Mexico. Bring a friend.  



Doug Burroughs:

    ** May 2020 **  



Monte Sano State Park. Moderately strenuous. 5 or 8 miles. This park is uniquely located right in the city of Huntsville and features a combination of interesting geographic features and great views. Plans (subject to trail conditions) are to hike two combination routes based on the McKay Hollow and Stone Cuts trails (moderately strenuous for relatively steep inclines, rocky segments, and rugged footing.) We’ll likely encounter muddy segments and shallow water crossings so choose your footwear accordingly. We’ll meet up 7:00 AM and have lunch on the trail. Those interested will have dinner locally and should arrive back by around 7 PM.

Contact Mark Hubbard for meetup location and details: 615-715-1517

    ** October 2020 **  



2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.

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