The Upper Cumberland Chapter serves hikers in the communities of Sparta and Cookeville and the areas nearby. 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.

Jennifer Carroll is the Chapter Chair. You may contact her at this email address, or by telephone at 661-369-6619.

Cathy Moran is the hiking coordinator for the chapter. Contact her at 931-544-2764 if you would like to lead a hike.


Upcoming Upper Cumberland Hikes and Programs:


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Feb 21, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2018 **  

2/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

February 24 Panther Branch and Spicewood Trails, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN.  9 miles.  STRENUOUS. This hike to Frozen Head Mountain, is one of the highest peaks in the Cumberland’s, and features nice views.  We will ascend the mountain on the Panther Branch Trail and descend using the Spicewood Trail.  The hike is 9 miles and is rated STRENUOUS because of the elevation change of almost 2000 feet.  Bring snacks, lunch, and water.  You can meet us at 7:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville.   For information and to contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

Richard Savage at 931-526-2035

    ** March 2018 **  

3/3
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 3   Joint hike with Highland Rim
Wolf Cove
meet 9:30 hwy 16 SAL City is the trailhead and can be googled or go south on TN hwy 16 from Winchester and after mile marker 23 there will be a grey cement block checking station on left continue .8 mile farther south and trailhead is marked on left with pink flagging 6 to 7 mile strenuous, off trail to see caves, waterfalls, and views. Possible short cave excursions. Bring 2 sources of light, lunch, water contact Joette Carter 256.509.0918 for more information.

 

Joette Carter

3/10
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Greeter Falls to Savage Ranger station via South Rim trail, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Beersheba Springs, TN. This hike begins at Greeter Falls parking lot and ends at the Savage Gulf Ranger station. We will begin hiking at 8am CT and will visit Greeter Falls. Then we will hike to Alum Gap, down into the Big Creek Gulf over to Sawmill campground. We may shorten the hike from Alum Gap to Sawmill depending on water levels in Big Creek. At Sawmill campground we will hike on the Connecter trail to Stagecoach road up to the South Rim trail. We will follow the South Rim trail to the Savage Day Loop, then hike on the Savage Day Loop to the Savage Gulf Ranger station. This hike is rated strenuous, and is around 17.2 miles. Those wanting a shorter hike can exit at the Stone Door Ranger station. Another shuttle would be necessary. Please bring head lamp, lunch and snacks, water, good hiking boots, and raingear. For information about the hike, carpooling, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@gmail.com. 

 Gary Kimbrell

3/17
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Rim Savage Gulf, The Plateau to Rim Hike is located in Savage Gulf Wilderness Area. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups car pooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us ae Savage Ranger Station at 8:00 a.m. CT.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

 Mike Shane

3/24
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Groundhog Ridge Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cosby, TN. We will ascend Mount Cammerer along the Groundhog Ridge Trail. This trail is not maintained but is generally easy to follow. The upper parts of the trail are steep and in places trees have fallen across the trail. There is also some rock scrambling near the top. The hike is 8 to 9 miles and is rated strenuous. We will be rewarded with outstanding views from the upper parts of the trail and from the Mount Cammerer lookout tower. We will return by taking the Mount Cammerer Trail to its junction with the Appalachian Trail. We will hike on the A. T., descending to the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail, then to its junction with the Groundhog Ridge Trail and then back to the beginning. Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT at the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@gmail.com.

Gary Kimbrell

3/31
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Edgar Evins 8 Miles - We will hike the 5.5 mile Merritt Ridge Trail, which rises upon the ridges from an intersection along the 2.5 mile Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail Loop. We will combine the two trails and enjoy approximately 8 miles of diverse terrain. Both the Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail share the same trail head, which is located on the left just beyond the Maintenance Center on the right. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. It has been suggested to wear orange due to hunting season.You can meet us as in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:30 AM or at the Edgar Evins Trailhead around 9 AM. Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu.

 

Jeff Graves

    ** April 2018 **  

4/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 7 - Savage Gulf SNA Beersheba Springs, TN. 8 miles. Moderate to strenuous due to the fact that we will return up Grassy Ridge. Hopefully we will see the bluebells blooming at Long Bottom Fields and Catur Savage Cabin. We will check out 2 historic Beech trees and several home sites. Meet at the Stone Door at 830 am. We will drive to the sharp curve on Hwy 56 and park. For information and to register contact Vicki Williams at 615-351-9599 or vickiwilliamslmt@gmail.com

Vicki Williams at 615-351-9599 or vickiwilliamslmt@gmail.com

4/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 14  Ray Branch, Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN, 12 miles. Moderate to strenuous due to distance. This hike will start at 8:30 am from the Tim’s Ford Visitor Center. The trail wraps around Tim’s Ford Lake for the majority of the 12 miles and has some of the most awesome lake views around. Rolling hills and the lack of major hills or valleys make for the perfect long distance casual hike. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and a snack for your hike leader Mike Shane. For information about the hike or to register please contact Mike Shane 931- 446-4306 or mikeshane@charter.net.

Mike Shane 931- 446-4306 or mikeshane@charter.net.

 

 

4/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 April 21 - Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. Highlights of this hike include nine of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then continue past the Catur Savage cabin and the Sycamore Sink on Big Creek. We will then use a portion of Grassy Ridge Road to join the Connector Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls we will visit Upper and Lower Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s about 7:20, or at the Greeter Falls parking lot about 8:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

4/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 28, 2018 Chimney Top Trail, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. We will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail.  The view from the top is wonderful. We will lunch at the top and those who want a shorter hike can then retreat along the ridge top to the Spicewood Branch Trail for a total distance of about 9.1 miles.  Those wanting a longer hike can proceed to the Lookout Tower for some more great views from atop Frozen Head Mountain returning via the North Old Mac trail for a total distance of 12 miles.  Bring lunch, water, snacks, headlamp, raingear, and wear good hiking boots.  Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous.  You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT. We will begin the hike from the Frozen Head ranger station around 9:00am CT.  For information and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or  Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com

    ** May 2018 **  

5/5
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 5, 2018 Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, a huge rock outcrop with views all around.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. Bring snacks, headlamp, water, lunch, raingear and good hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT.  For information and to register, contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com.

 Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or Gary.Kimbrell@fbitn.com.

5/11
Fri

Upper Cumberland

May 11 Burgess Falls and Cummings Falls Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

 Pete Broehl pabroehl@blomand.net

5/19
Sat

Upper Cumberland

May 19 Cane Creek Park , Cookeville Tennessee Yearly meeting and pot luck. Can walk both loops for about 4.7 miles. Come prepared with the hikes and dates you are interested in leading.
Details will be later.

 

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