TTA has chartered the Sumner Trail chapter to serve folks living in Hendersonville, Gallatin, and the Sumner County area.

Judy Jenkins is the chair of the chapter. You may contact her at this e–mail address.

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Sep 16, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2019 **  


Sumner Trails

Saturday. September 21. Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN.  4 miles, Moderate. This hike will combine parts of several trails, the Jim Bailey Trail leading off from the visitor center (restrooms available) as well as part of the Wildcat Trail leading to the Ore Pit Loop returning on the Wildcat and Jim Bailey Trails. The trail is mostly in shade but is not flat or paved. Roots and rocks are common. Hiking shoes, poles, and water are recommended. While always up and down, the trail is never steep. Along the Ore Pit Loop, hikers will see the remnant iron ore mining pits and red soil related to Montgomery Bell’s iron ore mining operations of the early 1800’s, which was a common industry at the time on the western Highland Rim. Along the Ore Pit Loop, hikers will also come to a meadow containing the replica 1810 cabin home of the founder of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church as well as a chapel now used for many weddings. We will meet for carpooling at the Glenbrook Kroger, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonville at 8:30 AM, or at the park’s visitor center at 10 AM. Please call if you are meeting at the visitor’s center.  After the hike, we will eat lunch at Carl’s Perfect Pig, 4991 US-70, White Bluff. WARNING: Carl’s accepts CASH ONLY, no checks or cards. Contact John Thomas at 925-759-0517,; or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0518,

 John Thomas at 925-759-0517,; or Donna Thomas at 925-759-0518,


Sumner Trails

Wednesday, September 25 - Bledsoe Creek State Park 2.4 miles. Moderate. High Ridge and Shoreline Trails loop. We will start and end at the Visitor Center/Park Office. Trail surface includes gravel, dirt, steps and rocks so hiking shoes and pole recommended. Meet 9:00 am at Bledsoe Creek State Park 400 Ziegler Fort, Gallatin TN. Contact ;Jenny Fitzgerald at or text/call 615/517-8185.



Jenny Fitzgerald at
 text/call 615/517-8185.

    ** October 2019 **  


Sumner Trails

Friday. October 4.  Rugby Gentleman’s Swimming Hole.  2.1 miles Easy.  Meet at the Rugby visitors center at 11;00 am EST where we can pick up a free illustrated trail guide.  The trail has numbered sign posts that correspond with the booklet to describe points of interest. The Clear Fork is an exceptionally beautiful stream, and it is easy to see what attracted the colonist of Rugby to this spot well over 100 years ago.  After the hike we can eat lunch in Rugby and discuss taking a hike in the afternoon. Some of our members are staying at Grey Gables in Rugby, which is full on October 45h and 5th, and some are staying at Grand Vista Hotel in Huntsville, TN. Call 423-663-4100 if you would like to try to get a room at Grand Vista. 

Marica Powell



Sumner Trails

Saturday and Sunday. October 5 - 6.    Rugby and the Big South Fork   We will meet at Grey Gables Inn in Rugby at 9:30 ET on Saturday Ooctober 5 and carpool to Yahoo Falls in The Big South Fork where we will take several hikes to the 5 overlooks of the falls, most rated Easy in difficulty with one Moderate. Leaving the Yahoo Falls area, we will drive to the Blue Heron Mine operation where we can explore the mine and the surrounding area (Note: Due to a slide on the tracks the Blue Heron Scenic Railroad is not going to Blue Heron mine n the foreseeable future). Leaving the mine area we will return to Rugby for the annual Michaelmas Festival and the October Historic Rugby tour "Rugby Edged In Black."  The last tour is 4:00 pm ET.  An alternative Saturday activity is the annual Pumpkin Festival in Allardt (20 minutes from Rugby) and/or nearbye Northrup Falls. On Sunday, October 6, we will meet at Grey Gables Inn at 9:30 am ET for a hike in the area led by Tim Takacs . For further info contact Yahoo Al at or call/text at 615-454-7673


 Yahoo Al at 
call/text at 615-454-7673



Sumner Trails

October 9. Wednesday. Bledsoe Creek State Park. Moderate Difficulty. 2.4 mile loop High Ridge Trail/ Shoreline Trail.  Steep Steps on High Ridge Trail. For those interested, we will have lunch at Keller’s Restaurant after the hike.  Meet at  9:30 AM at the park office parking lot at 400 Zieglers Fort Road Gallatin, TN. Contact Bob Dudney for details,

Bob Dudney



October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN


Sumner Trails

Wednesday. October 23. 3 miles. Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester, TN. Moderate with uneven difficult footing in places. Hope to see some beautiful fall colors on this one.  We will hike the Old Stone Fort Trail, the somewhat steep Backbone trail and the Little Duck Loop (weather permitting, if not flooded out). The Old Stone Fort is a 2,000 year old American Indian ceremonial site. The two forks of the Duck River cut into the edge of the Highland Rim Plateau at the site of the Old Stone Fort. On the hike, we will see waterfalls, cascades and tall rock bluffs bordering the Duck River. On the Backbone Trail we will climb up and walk along the ridge. You will need hiking poles, hiking shoes, desired snacks and water. We will eat lunch after the hike at a local restaurant. Those carpooling, meet at 9 am CST at the Kroger, Glenbrook Shopping Center, 1010 Glenbrook Way, Hendersonvile. Please call if meeting at the trailhead by the musuem at 10:30 am CST. Contact Judy Jenkins at or 615-403-0002 for more information.


Judy Jenkins 
text/call 615-403-0002 



Sumner Trails

Wednesday, October 30.   Fall Creek Falls Adventure & Picnic. Moderate.   2.4 mile loop on the Fall Creek Falls/Cane Creek Overlook TrailLunch. Then 2.6 mile loop on the Paw Paw Trail.We will start our hike at the Betty Dunn Nature Center (10821 Park Rd., Spencer TN) at 10:30 am and hike a 2.4 mile loop to Fall Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States at 256 feet. (this trail will be Nature center to the Woodland Trail to the Fall Creek Falls Overlook, then down the Base of the Falls trail and back up, and then to the Overlook trail to loop back to the Nature Center). This beautiful trail crosses a suspension bridge and travels along a wooded, natural, sometimes rocky path with steps and offers multiple scenic waterfall views. When we return back to the nature center we will enjoy a picnic style lunch outside and have a chance to use restrooms, access our vehicles, replenish supplies and visit the Nature Center. After lunch, those who wish to continue on will take the Paw Paw Trail loop for an easier walk through the woods that offers several short spur trails and overlooks. Closed toe hiking boots or shoes, water, insect repellent and hiking poles strongly encouraged. The carpool will meet at 8:15 am at the Gallatin Walmart, 112 Nashville Pike, near Chic-Fil-A. Those meeting at the trailhead, please let hike leader know. Contact Jenny Fitzgerald with questions at 615-517-8185 or


 Jenny Fitzgerald
text/call 615-517-8185


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