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 Oct 17, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

October 21 - Volunteer Trail, Long Hunter State Park - 11 Miles The Volunteer Trail follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake for most of its length ending at a primitive backcountry campsite at 5.5 miles. We will be returning via the same trail for a total of 11 miles.  This hike is relatively flat, but it is rated moderate due to total distance. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 am CT, or at the trailhead at approximately 9:15 am CT. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at

Jeff Graves


Upper Cumberland

October 28 The Fiery Gizzard hike starts at Foster Falls in Tracy City and ends 13 miles later at the Fiery Gizzard Trail head.  Backpacker Magazine named this hike one of the top 10 hikes in the US.  There are several new descents that drop down into the gulf on our way to Raven Point.  From Raven Point, there are two options to for continuing to the Fiery Gizzard Trail Head. Option 1: (Easier) The Dog Hole Trail which is a gradual descent into the Gulf down a well-maintained trail.  Option 2: (Much Harder) The Fiery Gizzard Trail which descends to the bottom of the gulf down a very steep trail before having to rock hop along one of the largest boulder fields in middle Tennessee. The trail is rated strenuous for the rocky, uneven terrain and the distance covered.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp, and hiking boots. Please meet us at the Fiery Gizzard Trail Head at 7:30 am.  Since this is where the hike ends we will leave the majority of the cars there and then take one or two cars the Foster Falls Parking lot to start the hike. For information and to register contact Mike Shane at 931-446-4306 or

Mike Shane

    ** November 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

November 4 Lone Mountain  Jennifer Carroll Lone Mountain Loop Trail in Morgan County. The state acquired the land for Lone Mountain State Forest in 1929 through a tax delinquency sale. Lone Mtn reflects the handiwork of the state forestry crews naming a spring and ridge after the men who built the trails. On a clear day, from Coyote Point you can see the Smoky Mountains. The trailis opened to horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. A section (approximately 2 miles) is designated for hikers only and follows LaRue Ridge. This hike is 10+ miles and is rated strenuous because of elevation change and the numerous steep pitches. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville.

Jennifer Carroll


Upper Cumberland

November 11 Brady Mountain Brady Mountain – Richard Savage Brady Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crossville, TN. We will hike the length of the trail from the Jewitt Road trailhead to highway 68. Highlights of the trail include spectacular views of Grassy Cove and the mountains to the east. The hike is about 8 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous because of the elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00am CT. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or

Richard Savage


Upper Cumberland

November 18

Above the Gulf, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. This hike will start from the Collins Gulf Trailhead. We will cross the bridge over Collins River and then on to its junction with the South Rim Trail. We will then take the South Rim Trail to the Savage Day Loop, which we will follow to the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. The hike is about 14 miles mostly on top of the mountain. There are numerous outstanding overlooks of Savage Gulf as well as Savage Falls. The terrain is easy to moderate but the hike is strenuous due to the distance. For those wanting a shorter hike, contact Vickie. You can meet us at 7:00am CT  at JC Penney’s  or 8am at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station on Hwy 399. We will then drive to the Collins Gulf trailhead. Text or email Vicki Williams to register. 615-351-9599 or

Vickie Williams


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