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 Jun 25, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

Gregory Bald, Smoky Mountains. Hike is rated strenuous 12.4 miles. Gregory Ridge Trailhead to Backcountry Campsite 12, trail will climb 2000 feet for the next 3 miles reaching the Gregory Bald Trail junction. Register with Jeff. 

Jeff Graves

    ** July 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

 July 8 - Brushy Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains - 11.8 MilesWe will begin our hike following the Porters Creek Trail.  We will pass several old stone walls and the Ownby cemetery before reaching a footbridge (mile 1.0).  Those who want may take a short detour from here to visit the historic John Messer farm site.  Continuing along the Brushy Mountain Trail, we will begin are ascent up the northern slopes of Mt. LeConte.  After approximately 4.5 miles we will reach the Trillium Gap trail junction (mile 5.5).  Turning right and following the Brushy Mountain Trail will lead us through a tunnel of rhododendron and mountain laurel before reaching Brushy Mountain summit (mile 5.9).  Brushy Mountain offers spectacular views of the eastern flank of the Great Smokey Mountains, including Charlies Bunion and Greenbrier valley.  We will return along the same trail for a total of 11.8 miles.  Those interested in a shorter hike may choose to remain on the Porters Creek Trail following it past Fern Branch Falls to Backcountry Campsite 31 for a total of 7.4 miles. This hike is rated strenuous due to distance and elevation gain.  Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. The hike leader will be traveling from Oak Ridge, so please register to be informed of possible changes or cancellations.  You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00am CT.  For information and to register, contact Jeff Graves at

Jeff Graves


Upper Cumberland

15 Elk River float Dickey Bridge to Frito Lay takes out. Bring kayaks, canoes or outfitter nearby. Meet 9:30 am Dickey Bridge near Kelso. Bring lunch and water. Joette Carter  256.509.0918

J. Carter


Upper Cumberland

- Mount Sterling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee, NC. First we will ascend 1950 feet along the Mount Sterling Trail 2.7 miles to the fire tower atop the mountain. The views are among the best in the park. On a clear day Balsam Mountain to the west, Mount Guyot, Mount Cammerer to the northwest, Max Patch to the east, and the Cataloochee Valley to the south can all be seen. We will then descend 4130 feet over the next 6.2 miles on the Baxter Creek Trail to Big Creek. The hike is rated strenuous because of the elevation changes. Bring snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00 am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or

Richard Savage

    ** October 2017 **  



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