The Plateau chapter serves hikers in the Crossville and Monterey area. 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.

Meetings are held monthly at 6:30 PM CT on the second Thursday at the First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St, Crossville, TN (map). Meet at La Costa Restuarant, The Crossings, at 4:45 PM CT for dinner before the meeting,

For more information about the Plateau chapter, contact the chapter co-chairs, Cheryl Heckler or Bob Obohoski by email, or Cheryl by telephone at 931-200-7436 or, Bob by telephone at 931-456-4282.

Bill Quattrociocchii is the Chapter Treasurer, and can be reached by telephone at (931-484-4230 or by email).


Upcoming Plateau Hikes and Programs:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Apr 18, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2019 **  

4/24
Wed

Plateau

Private Land Hike near Pine Orchard, TN.   We will be exploring private property.   Depart Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks lunch.  

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

4/27
Sat

Plateau

Smokie Mountains National Park -  Long Hike: 7 moderate miles making a loop on Little River, Husky Gap and Sugarland MT Trails.   Short Hike:  In and out 4.8 easy miles on Little River Trail.  Depart 7 am CT from Outlet Mall, Interstate Drive, west parking lot.  Carpool cost is $10. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  We will stop to eat dinner on the way home.  

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

    ** May 2019 **  

5/1
Wed

Plateau

CT Soddy Creek Gorge.  Start from the Soddy Gulf Trailhead at Back Valley Rd and Hy 111. This access trail follows Big Soddy Creek to the main CT trail along the banks of Board Camp Creek. Short Hike: 4 moderate mile round trip on the access trail. Long Hike: 7 moderate mile thru hike following Big Soddy and Board Camp Creeks ending at Jones Gap Rd. Short hikers will return to cars then pick up the thru hikers.  Depart  7:30 am from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks lunch.  

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

5/1
Wed

Plateau

May 2019 Scheduled Hikes

May 1, Wednesday – CT Soddy Creek Gorge.  Start from the Soddy Gulf Trailhead at Back Valley Rd and Hy 111. This access trail follows Big Soddy Creek to the main CT trail along the banks of Board Camp Creek. Short Hike: 4 moderate mile round trip on the access trail. Long Hike: 7 moderate mile thru hike following Big Soddy and Board Camp Creeks ending at Jones Gap Rd. Short hikers will return to cars then pick up the thru hikers.  Depart  7:30 am from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $5.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.   Pack water, snacks lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 8 – Wednesday – Private Land Exploring, Pine Orchard, TN.  Hike 4-6 miles on old roads to the site of n old homestead. We’ll also venture off on some logging roads in search of a rockhouse and spring.  Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive.  Gas reimbursement $4.00.  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.

May 9, Thurs – Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This a working meeting for the Annual Conference.  Bring your ideas for fundraising, hike suggestions and speakers. Bring your own dinner.  Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.

May 10-12 Spring Weekend Getaway – Our Spring weekend getaway to Lake Guntersville State Park  in Alabama.  The Park has a restaurant/lounge, lodge, cabins, chalets, golf course, cave, cascades, waterfalls, beach, fishing and the Screaming Eagle Zipline.  Oh my!  Plus 31 miles of trails if we have time!  Nearby is the Space and Rocker Center,  Cathedral Caverns State Park,  Bucks Pocket State Park.  It’s approximately a 3 hour drive to the Park.  So on Friday we will hike the 3.5 mi round trip Point Rock Trail with  a 70’ waterfall in Bucks Pocket State Park on the way to Lake Guntersville.  So on Sat and Sun our options are to hike, visit the Caverns or tour the Space and Rocket Center, golf, fishing, or experience the Zipline.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $20.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

May 15, Wednesday – CT Soak Creek and Piney Falls, Spring City and Grandview, TN -   Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip loop hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls. The trail is generally easy going under the upper falls along a rock bluff requiring you to climb with the assist of a rope to the top of the bluff then crossing the creek at the top of the falls.  A side trail to the lower falls is short but steep.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 18 – Saturday – Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate loop on the South Old Mac and Judge Branch trailsLong Hike:  6.5 mile moderate to strenuous loop on South Old Mac and North Old Mac.  Lots of wildflowers.  Depart 7:30am CT 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, at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

May 22Wednesday – CT Daddys Creek Section Trail, Hebbettsburg, TN.  Long Hike: This will be a 7.5 moderate mile thru hike  along Daddys Creek, past a 1940s cave house once home to a family for years. Requires an 8-mile shuttle. Short Hike:  Starting from the Keyes Rd Trailhead to the connector trail yellow gated parking area is 4.7 moderate miles. Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive. Gas cost is $3. Those in the Fairfield Glade area may join the caravan at 7:45 am at the 4-way stop at the intersection of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive. Carpool cost is $2. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch.  For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Bruce Whitehead 941-716-3620.
 
May 29, Wednesday – Virgin Falls Natural Area, Sparta, TN. This is an 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls (30-foot waterfall), 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 CT 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.
 

 hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org
 

5/4
Sat

TTA

11:00 am Second Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

5/8
Wed

Plateau

Private Land Exploring, Pine Orchard, TN.  Hike 4-6 miles on old roads to the site of n old homestead. We’ll also venture off on some logging roads in search of a rockhouse and spring.  Bring a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive.  Gas reimbursement $4.00.  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.

5/9
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter Meeting.  This a working meeting for the Annual Conference.  Bring your ideas for fundraising, hike suggestions and speakers. Bring your own dinner.  Meet at 5pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville.  

Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620 or email plateau@tennesseetrails.org  for information.

5/10
Fri

Plateau

May 10-12 Spring Weekend Getaway – Our Spring weekend getaway to Lake Guntersville State Park  in Alabama.  The Park has a restaurant/lounge, lodge, cabins, chalets, golf course, cave, cascades, waterfalls, beach, fishing and the Screaming Eagle Zipline.  Oh my!  Plus 31 miles of trails if we have time!  Nearby is the Space and Rocker Center,  Cathedral Caverns State Park,  Bucks Pocket State Park.  

Lodge Room sleeps 4  $145 to $158 a night
Chalet            sleeps 6  $140 a night
Cabin             sleeps 6  $163 a night
Please make your own Reservation on-line or call the park.
Get a group of guys or gals or couples to share a room, chalet or cabin.

It’s approximately a 3 hour drive to the Park.  So on Friday we will hike the 3.5 mi round trip Point Rock Trail with  a 70’ waterfall in Bucks Pocket State Park on the way to Lake Guntersville.  So on Sat and Sun our options are to hike, visit the Caverns or tour the Space and Rocket Center, golf, fishing, or experience the Zipline.  Let me know what your preferences are for activities.   We don’t all have to do the same thing.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $20.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  

Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243. 

5/15
Wed

Plateau

CT Soak Creek and Piney Falls, Spring City and Grandview, TN -   Piney Falls is a 3 mile round trip loop hike that features the 80 foot tall Upper Piney Falls. The trail is generally easy going under the upper falls along a rock bluff requiring you to climb with the assist of a rope to the top of the bluff then crossing the creek at the top of the falls.  A side trail to the lower falls is short but steep.  Depart 7:30 am CT from Crossville Trinity Tabernacle HY 127S.  Carpool cost is $3.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  

Please let the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, know you are going at plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

5/18
Sat

Plateau

Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. Short Hike: 4 mile moderate loop on the South Old Mac and Judge Branch trailsLong Hike:  6.5 mile moderate to strenuous loop on South Old Mac and North Old Mac.  Lots of wildflowers.  Depart 7:30am CT 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, via email plateauhikes@tennesseetrails.org or text/call 931-267-2243.

5/22
Wed

Plateau

CT Daddys Creek Section Trail, Hebbettsburg, TN.  Long Hike: This will be a 7.5 moderate mile thru hike  along Daddys Creek, past a 1940s cave house once home to a family for years. Requires an 8-mile shuttle. Short Hike:  Starting from the Keyes Rd Trailhead to the connector trail yellow gated parking area is 4.7 moderate miles
Depart 7:30 am CT from Southwest parking lot of the VF outlet mall on Interstate Drive. Gas cost is $3. Those in the Fairfield Glade area may join the caravan at 7:45 am at the 4-way stop at the intersection of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive. Carpool cost is $2. Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

 For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Bruce Whitehead 941-716-3620.

5/29
Wed

Plateau

 Virgin Falls Natural Area, Sparta, TN. This is an 9-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls (30-foot waterfall), 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 CT 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.

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

TTA

11:00 am Third Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

    ** October 2019 **  

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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