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:

CORONA VIRUS NOTICE: May 2, 2020:

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.


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

5/30-
5/31

Plateau

May 30-31 – 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 trail head.  Bring food, hiking boots, water shoes and camping gear. 

For information and to register, contact Sara Pollard at
615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com.

    ** June 2020 **  

6/1
Mon

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN - Glow Worm Night Hike.   In the dark of night between 8:45 PM - 10:00 PM we will descend 1/2 mile round trip to the edge of Hazard Cave. Strange blue lights dot the cave floor and walls, becoming more evident as their eyes adapt to the darkness. The source of this other worldly light is the larva of the fungus gnat Orfelia fultoni and is the only bioluminescent dipteran, or fly species, in North America. Little is known about their biology but it is likely that they use their light to attract prey into a sticky web that they have surrounded themselves with. At Pickett State Park the most obvious congregation of the glow worms is along the small rivulet that flows in front of Hazard Cave and is a popular attraction for park visitors in late spring and early summer. Depart 7:30pm CDST from Cracker Barrel SW corner of rear parking lot.   Carpool cost is $6.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen.  

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

6/3
Wed

Plateau

BSF Jamestown,  TN, John Muir Trail to Maude’s Crack.  This will be a moderate 6 mile loop hike along No Business Creek.  Bring water shoes to wade through water.     https://www.nps.gov/biso/learn/historyculture/nobusiness.htm.   This loop that takes us in and out of No Business Gorge and past some of the most interesting natural and historical features found in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, including a 100 feet climb through Maude’s Crack. There are relics of an early 20th century settlement along No Business Creek. The hike is rated moderate because of the rugged terrain, a stream crossing, and a 100’ climb or descent through Maude’s Crack.  Depart 7:30 am CDST from Cracker Barrel’s rear lot in Crossville.  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.

6/6
Sat

Plateau

National Trails Day - CT Black Mountain Trail Maintenance Work Day and Picnic.  Callingall Members to come out and help clip, lop, saw, weed-whack from 8-11am then meet up at the campground for a picnic.  If you can’t work you can volunteer to carry and set up the picnic. 
Depart at 7:30am CDST from Dorton United Methodist Church one mile East of Peavine Rd on HY 70E.  

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

6/10
Wed

Plateau

BSF Oscar Blevins Farm Loop, Jamestown, TN.  We begin at the West Entrance trailhead with 2.2 miles of hiking through a peaceful wooded setting on the Collier Ridge Bike Trail loaded with rhododendrons before we join the 3.7 mile Oscar Blevins loop that features the old log cabin where Oscar was born in 1915. Other features along the trail include Muleshoe Rock Shelter, bluffs, old fields and a wet-weather waterfall. After completing the loop, we return on the West Entrance trail for a total of 8 moderate miles. Short hike: Drive down West Brandy Creek Rd to the farm then hike the 3.7 moderate mile Oscar Blevins Loop Trail. Bring lunch and water. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT.  Carpool cost is $6. 

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

6/11
Thu

Plateau

Chapter Monthly Meeting. Meeting held 6pm 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, (931) 202 - 2338.

6/13
Sat

Plateau

GSMNP Walker Sisters Cabin and Little Green Brier School.  Long hike: 8 mile in/out moderate to strenuous due to 1500’ elevation gain. Short hike: 4.5 mile easy hike in/out turning around at the end of Little Brier Gap Trail. Our hike will start from the Metcalf Bottoms campground on Metcalf Bottoms Trail .6 mi to the school then Little Brier Gap Trail to a junction of a gravel road and Grassy Rd.  The gravel road leads .25 mi to the Walker Sisters Cabin and spring house where 10 children were raised.  Carpool cost $8.  Don’t forget tick/bug spray and sunscreen. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart at 7:30am CDST from Dorton United Methodist Church one mile East of Peavine Rd on HY 70E.  

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

6/17
Wed

Plateau

Yahoo Falls-Alum Ford Loop, Big South Fork, Whitley City, KY.  Short hike: 5 miin/out moderate hike to Maker’s Arch and Yahoo Falls. Long hike: Yahoo Falls-Alum Ford Loop is a 10-11 mile strenous/difficult hike. We will start at Alum Ford river access and go south on Sheltowee Trace Trail along the Big South Fork River. At Negro Creek Trail we hike uphill for 2+ miles to get out of the gorge. Then we cross Hwy 700 and continue on Yahoo Arch Trail. We pass an optional side trail to Marker’s Arch for 0.5 miles one way. Next we hike on to Yahoo Arch and then to our finale of Yahoo Falls for great photo opportunities and a history story about Princess Cornblossom. Yahoo Falls is the tallest waterfall in the BSF and all of Kentucky. We will finish our hike back to Alum Ford along Yahoo creek. This loop has numerous creek crossings, a long uphill climb and confusing trail signs. Wear hiking boots and dress for the weather. Hiking poles are recommended. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CDST. There is a 2 hour drive to the trail head. Carpool cost $8. 

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

6/24
Wed

Plateau

Pickett State Park, Jamestown, TN - Pogue CreekTrail. This will be a 6.6 mile moderate hike in Pogue Creek Gorge to the Pickett SP picnic area which will require a car shuttle.  Features include rock houses, rock bluffs and an overlook. Depart 7:30am CDST from Crossville Cracker Barrel. Carpool cost is $5.  

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

6/27
Sat

Plateau

GSMNP Charlie’s Bunion. It is a moderate to difficult 8.1 mile roundtrip. The steady climb over the course of the first two miles of this hike will quickly leave the crowds at Newfound Gap behind. There are some grand views of the North Carolina mountains and outstanding views of Mount LeConte and Myrtle Point towards the northwest on the way to your destination. Charlies Bunion is a rock outcropping and offers spectacular views of the mountains to the north, Mt. Kephart and the Jump Off to the west, and Mount Guyot towards the east. The trail gains 1000’ elevation in 3 miles before descending 500’ in a mile to the Bunion. This is reversed on the way back. Bring a light lunch to eat on the trail since we plan to eat at a restaurant on the way back to Crossville. Depart from Crossville Vanity Fair at 7:30 am CDST. Carpool cost is $10. 

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

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

TTA

CANCELLED
2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

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