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 Dec 05, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2019 **  

12/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn, Ga.  There are spectacular views of Cloudland Canyon as well as Trenton, Ga. and neighboring Sand Mountain.  We will hike on the Waterfalls trail down over 500 steps to 60 ft. Cherokee Falls and 90 ft. Hemlock Falls.  Weather permitting, we will then hike the Rim Trail (4.8 mi.) and if visibility is bad we will hike Sitton’s Gulch Trail, which follows Daniel Creek.  Either way we go it will be about 7 miles or less.  The hike is moderate to strenuous because of the number of steps up and down.  We can meet at 7:30 a.m. (central time) in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville, or at the U.S. Bank across from McDonalds in Sparta at 8:00 a.m.  (Trailhead in Ga. Between 10:00 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. central time).  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, water and lunch. After the hike, we will stop at "Sticky Fingers" in Chattanooga, Tn. for dinner. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

Pete

931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

12/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Christmas party
Hike at Cumberland Mountain state park and lunch in restaurant on site.
Meet at Penny’s at 8:00 AM or restaurant parking lot at 9:00. 
Bring a $5 wrapped gift for game. 

To register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 



 Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

    ** January 2020 **  

1/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 18 Twin Arches to Middle Creek. Big South Fork NRRA. This hike features the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee, Slave Falls, Needle Arch, rock houses, and other rock formations. Slave Falls is spectacular when frozen. The hike is about 11 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. There are options for a shorter hike. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking  lot in Cookeville. 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.

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

January 25, Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness a 2,259-acre natural area located in Rhea County. It occurs on the Walden Ridge of the Cumberland Plateau and contains a section of gorge that is deeply dissected by Morgan, Henderson, Laurel and Richland Creeks. The site is named after 2 waterfalls, Laurel Falls (80ft) and Snow Falls (35ft), and features 2 prominent overlooks. The distance for both trails is about 9 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. The bridge that was damaged by a falling tree has now been replaced by a new bridge.  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water shoes since we do have to wade across Morgan Creek to see Snow Falls. Also bring snacks, water and lunch.  We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 central time.  For carpool info, and to register for the hike, text Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or e-mail at garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

 

    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Dog Cove

Pete

2/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Plateau 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
mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

2/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Bandy Creek to Leatherwood Ford, Big South Fork NRRA, Jamestown, TN. We will hike a section of the John Litton Loop, the Fall Branch Trail, and a portion of the Grand Gap Loop to Angel Falls Overlook - perhaps the finest overlook in the park. We will then descend to Leatherwood Ford via the John Muir Trail. Other highlights include the gorge of Fall Branch and a large rock house. The hike is about 9 miles and is rated moderate for uneven terrain, narrow ledges, boulder passages, and ladders. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 a.m. CT. or (Est time) 10:00 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  This hike will need a shuttle, please register with Richard.  For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com 

 






Richard Savage

 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

2/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Gulf

Mike Shane

    ** March 2020 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek

Janet, Cynthia and Judy

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wheeler Farm

Pete

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Firey gizzard

Gary

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog ridge

Gary

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

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