The Soddy Daisy chapter welcomes hikers from Hamilton County and the surrounding area. Hikes are scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this region. For information about upcoming events, check the TTA calendar on this site or, check the Soddy Daisy google calendar.

The Chapter meets quarterly on the Tuesday of the week following the TTA board meetings in February, May, August, and October at 6:00pm ET at Burk's United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, Hixson.

For more information, contact:

  • Chapter Chair: Jean Smith via e-mail or at 423-596-7681.
  • Treasurer: Robertson (Bob) McGavock via e-mail or at 423-667-2960.
  • Hike Coordinator: Patricia Appleton via e-mail or call 423-332-6517.

Upcoming Soddy Daisy 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


Click here if you want to be notified by email whenever the TTA web calendar is updated.

Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** March 2020 **  


Soddy Daisy

March 31, Tuesday- Glen Falls- Will start from the parking lot across from Ruby Falls. 4 to 5 miles round trip. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 8:30 am or at trailhead at 9:00 Hike leader- Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

Rene Grace. 423-593-8128

    ** April 2020 **  


Soddy Daisy

April 4, Saturday-- We will hike the Beach Bottom Trail (9.1 miles) near Dalton, Ga on Saturday, 4/4/20. Strenuous because of length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. If you have not done this hike you are in for a real treat. It is the one trail that goes to Jacks River Falls without multiple stream crossings. Hike Leader- Betsy Darken-423-718-2060

Betsy Darken-423-718-2060


Soddy Daisy

April 7, Tuesday- Trip to Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama near Desoto State Park. We will hike several short trails to view the spring wildflowers and the exceptional falls. The hike will be led by a ranger from the park. Meet at the Brown’s Ferry Rd exit parking lot at 8:30 am. Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443

Trish Appleton, 423-240-3443


Soddy Daisy

April 11, Saturday- An 11.2mile hike in and out on the Frog Mtn. Trail in the Ocoee area. Strenuous due to length. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 8:30 am. Hike Leader is Tom McElhone-805-208-3400.

Tom McElhone-805-208-3400


Soddy Daisy

April 14, 15, 16- Spring hiking trip to the Smokies


Soddy Daisy


April 18, Saturday- We will hike the Laurel/ Snow Falls Trail (9.6 miles) (with optional 1.4 miles to add on to Laurel Falls if desired by the hikers) Meet at the parking lot by the ball fields on Durham St. in Soddy Daisy at 8:30 am. Strenuous. Hike Leader-John Politte-423-304-8327

John Politte-423-304-8327


Soddy Daisy

 April 21, Tuesday-West half of Gahuti Loop at Fort Mountain State Park, moderate because of some rocks. Mostly downhill. About 4 miles. Meet at East Ridge Exit off I-75 behind the closed Wendy’s at 8:30 am EDT.  Will stage cars. Hike Leader is Joan Hartvigsen, 931-962-0811, home. 931-636-2914.,cell.  Email

Joan Hartvigsen
931-961-0811 home
931-636-2914 cell


Soddy Daisy

April 25, Saturday-Virgin Falls Trail & Martha’s Pretty Point. 9.5 miles, strenuous. Meet at Durham St, Soddy Daisy 8:30- Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187

Tammy Hendrick-  315-949-8187


Soddy Daisy

April 28, Tuesday- Cumberland State Park- We will hike the Pioneer Short Loop and the Pioneer Trail for a total of 5 - miles. Lunch at the lodge afterward. Meet at the Durham St. parking lot in Soddy Daisyat 8:30 am. Hike leaders are Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

Marti and Roy Owensby-423-309-0579

    ** October 2020 **  



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