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 Aug 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2017 **  

8/23
Wed

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Catoosa Section

Hike from the bridge at Devils Breakfast Table going South to waterfall, overlook, to the end of the trail, and back for 5-6 moderate miles. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $2. Non-Fairfield Glade hikers will depart and carpool from the Crossville Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am CT to the Peavine/Stonehenge Roads 4-way stop to meet up with the Fairfield resident hikers. We will depart the 4-way stop for the hike at 7:45am CT. 

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, ctngrams@gmail.com 931-267-2243.

8/26
Sat

Plateau

Smokies-Gabes Mountain Trail. This is moderate in and out 6-7 mile hike crossing several streams on foot logs to Hen Wallow Falls. Bring water shoes just in case. The trail passes many homesites and rock piles, a side trail leads to two former chimneys, the M.A. Ramsay 73 acre farmstead is not far from here. A short steep spur trail goes to the base of the falls where there are rocks to sit on for lunch. At Lower Falling Branch is a series of cascades. To the right of the main cascade is a wet cave. Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost is $8. Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

8/30
Wed

Plateau

Hike/Maintenance -- CT Grassy Cove Section

We will hike, install trail blazes, and do light maintenance over Brady Mountain from Jewett Rd to HY 68 one way for 7.8 moderate miles. Car shuttle is required. For those wanting a shorter hike (drivers?) may either hike 2.3 mi to the Brady Bluff overlook from HY68 or Black Mt, across the road, to the Windless Cave and back. Depart from the Trinity Tabernacle on Rt 127 south at 7:30am CT. Bring clippers, hand saw, lunch, snacks and water. Carpool cost is $3. 

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, ctngrams@gmail.com 931-267-2243.

    ** September 2017 **  

9/2
Sat

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Lawson Mountain Section (Norma Road to Lick Creek Overlook).   Water shoes may be needed to cross Lick Creek.  This is moderate in and out hike going South along New River and Lick Creek with two options: 7.8 miles round trip to the overlook or skip the overlook instead going 4 miles in to a field to watch the elk and back for total of 8 miles OR do both for 9.4 miles.  Other interesting features are sm waterfall, rock formations and views.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30a.m. CT.  Carpool cost is $9.  Pack water, snacks and lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/6
Wed

Plateau

Big South Fork Buffalo Arch.  Buffalo Arch Trail is a moderate 4.8 miles in and out with an 823’ elevation change.  The trail is just across the TN/KY border off HY 154 North of Pickett State Park.  Depart from Cracker Barrel at 7:30am CT. Bring lunch, snacks and water.  Carpool cost is $6.  

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/13
Wed

Plateau

Fairfield Glade North Trails.  This compilation of trails makes a figure 8, of 7.6 easy to moderate miles in Fairfield Glade.  Bring snacks and water.  Non Fairfield Glade hikers will meet and carpool from the Vanity Fair Outlet Mall west parking lot at 7:30am CT to the Peavine/Stonehenge Rds 4-way stop to meet up with the Fairfield resident hikers.  We will depart the 4-way for the hikes at 7:45am. Carpool cost from Vanity Fair is $2.

For more information or to sign up contact Deb Westervelt, 931-267-2243.

9/14
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter Cookout at Meadow Park Lake from 5-7PM. Meal will start around 5:30 pm. Bring your own meat to grill, beverage and covered dish or dessert to share. Charcoal grills will be ready for grilling by 5:00 pm. Plates, plastic ware, cups, napkins will be provided. 

Contact Carol Quattrociocchi at Quattrociocchi@frontiernet.net or 931-484-4230 or Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

9/16
Sat

Plateau

Smokies - Madron Bald/Albright Grove Loop Trail.  This is a 7.3 moderate hike.  Features include giant tulip, beech, hemlock and silverbells trees, Buckeye Creek, Willis Baxter cabin, and Cole Creek.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am.  Carpool cost is $10.  Pack water, snacks and lunch. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

9/30-
10/1

Plateau

Cumberland Gap Overnight.

Hike Sand Cave and White Rocks via Ewing Trail is a 8.9 mile loop trail located near Ewing, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. Trail is 8.9 mile loop with 2611’ elevation gain. If interested in trip but not the hike you can reserve a guided hike to Gap cave for $8 or $4 if you have a golden pass; 1 tour per pass. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/ewing-trail-sand-cave-white-rocks.
Hike Chadwell Gap trail to Ridge Trail to Hensley Settlement.
The settlement gets its name from a Kentucky man named Sherman Hensley, who in 1903 moved with his young wife to the top of Cumberland Mountain to eke out a living away from the encroaching world of telephones and automobiles. It is approximately 8 mile hike with 2385’ elevation gain. If interested in the settlement but don’t want to hike, you can reserve a Ranger Guided Hensley Settlement tour for $10 ($5 if you have a Golden Pass; 1 tour per pass). The ranger drives 10 passenger van up the Shillalah Creek trail (a steep gravel road) to the settlement. See the profile on the map at:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/chadwell-gap-to-hensley-settlement--2

Hotels: Plateau Chapter members are staying in Sleep Inn, Middlesboro, KY.  Othere hotels are Holliday Inn, Middlesboro, KY or Cumberland Gap Inn in Cumberland Gap, KY.  Cumbereland Gap National Historic Park also has a campground.  Depart from Vanity Fair west parking lot at 7:30am. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunches. 

For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 931-200-7436.

    ** October 2017 **  

10/7
Sat

Plateau

2017 Hit the Trails Festival, 10am to 3pm at Mirror Lake, Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade
There will be live music and concessions stands selling burgers, hotdogs, etc. With over thirty information booths on outoor organizations in Cumberland County.  http://time2meet.com/trails/festival.shtml

If you have any questions please contact: John Conrad at john@time2meet.com or (931) 287-2432

10/12
Thu

Plateau

Plateau Chapter meeting, Program:  Tree Identification by Don Hazel.  6 pm, First United Methodist Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville

Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead
trailwalker80@gmail.com or (941) 716-3620

10/13-
10/15

TTA

TTA Annual Meeting
DuBose Conference Center
Monteagle, TN

Host Chapters:
Murfreesboro
Highland Rim
Columbia/Franklin

10/21-
10/22

Plateau

Cumberland Trail Norma Road to Cove Lake Backpacking trip

Curt Thomas
curtethomas@frontiernet.net
or (931) 260-2140

 

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