The Plateau Chapter serves hikers in the Crossville and Monterey area. Hikes are scheduled year-round throughout the region and in other parts of the state. Periodically multi-day hiking/touring trips are scheduled to areas outside the state. Check the Plateau Chapter’s blog at http://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com/ for information about upcoming hikes.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St, Crossville, TN (map and directions). Information related to a specific meeting’s date and time will be posted on the chapter’s blog.

For more information about the Plateau chapter, contact the chapter chair, Norm Brinsley, at (931) 202–2338 or by email at plateau@tennesseetrails.org.

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Upcoming Plateau Hikes and Programs:

 

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 **  

4/1
Wed

Plateau

CANCELLED
Piney Falls, Grandview, TN and Twin Rocks Nature Trail, Spring City, TN. 
Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls.  The climb down and back to Lower Piney Falls is steep on a side trail.  The trail also features a rock climb with the assist of a rope and a water crossing.  Twin Rocks trail is 2-3 miles depending if you do the loop or in/out. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 7:30am CDST from Trinity Tabernacle on HY127 South. Carpool cost is $3.   

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

4/8
Wed

Plateau

Virgin Falls Natural Area, Sparta, TN.  SHORT HIKE:  5 mi in/out with a stream crossing to Big Laurel Falls (30-foot waterfall).  LONG HIKE:  This is a 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls and Sheep Cave Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike with much up and down hiking. There is a possibility the water at the stream crossing may be a little high so bring water shoes.  Depart 7:30am CDST from Tractor Supply on West Ave.  Carpool cost is $4.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/9
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Monthly Meeting. Meeting held6pm in the First Methodist Church Annex on Neecham St. Meet for dinner at 4:30pm Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant,72 Woodmere Mall, Crossville, TN. Speaker Bobby Fulcher. 

Please let Norm know you are coming to dinner, (772) 529-9243.

4/11
Sat

Plateau

South Cumberland State Park, Fiery Gizzard, Tracy City, TN.

LONG HIKE:  We will do an in/out 7-8 miles to Yellow Pines Falls on the Dog Hole Trail passing 3 other falls along the way.  SHORT HIKE:  In/out 4-5 mi. We begin at the Fiery Gizzard parking lot and take a rugged climb, for the first couple miles. Gas reimbursement is $8.  Bring water, lunch and snacks.  Depart 7:30 am CDST Trinity Tabernacle Church on HY 127 South, Crossville. 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/15
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail North Chickamauga Section, Soddy Daisy, TN.  LONG HIKE: Starting from the Barker Camp Rd trailhead we’ll hike 8.3 miles along and across Cooper Creek, bring water shoes. There is a nice overlook near Panther Branch. After descending several switchbacks we will cross Cooper Creek to Stephen’s Campground then past old mines to Montlake Rd Trailhead. SHORT HIKE: After dropping off the long hikers drivers will travel to the Montlake Rd Trailhead hiking in to meet the long hikers.  Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30 am CDST.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

4/18
Sat

Plateau

Standing Stone State Forest - Lake Trail, Hilham, TN. - Join us on a 5 mile wildflower hike around the Lake.  The park takes its name from a 12 foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey. Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel. Pack water, snacks and lunch (option: eat late lunch in Cookeville).  Carpool cost is $6. 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, John or Deb Martin, text/call 443-545-9135. 

4/22
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville,  TN.  LONG HIKE:  8 mile loop on Cumberland Plateau Trail & Overnight Trail, Moderate; this hike will begin on the Cumberland Plateau Trail which loops through a diverse forest downstream from the dam along Byrd Creek.  It continues on Byrd Creek trail crossing over the Boy Scout bridge before intersecting with the Overnight trail. The Overnight Trail winds through the hills flanking Three-mile Creek and a diverse forest before returning back on the Cumberland Plateau Trail.  SHORT TRAIL:  In/out 4-5 miles.  Depart fromTrinity Tabernacle Church HY 127 South 7:30 a.m CDST.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.  

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

4/29
Wed

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate loop on the South Old Mac and Judge Branch trails. Long Hike:  6.5 mile moderate to strenuous loop on South Old Mac and North Old Mac.  Lots of wildflowers.  Depart 7:30am CDST from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

 

For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, text/call 931-267-2243 or email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org.

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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