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 Aug 18, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** August 2017 **  
    ** September 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

September 2 Window Cliffs : Length 5.4 mile round trip. Steep descent the 1st mile (about 300 ft.) then a slow uphill climb the next mile + with a steep climb to the top of the cliffs (about 250 ft.) We will cross Cane Creek and its tributary Phelps Branch 20 times. 18 of the crossing have steel cables to hold on to. We will see a 20 ft. waterfall and visit a overlook that has an excellent view of the windows in the cliffs. Bring water shoes, lunch (on top the cliffs), snacks, water, etc. The hike is rated strenuous, meet at J.C. Penny’s in Cookeville, TN at 8:00 am. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931 738-3551 or trail is closed because of high water we will hike the Upper/Lower Piney Falls and Stinging Fork Falls (both less than 6 miles)’


Pete Broehl


Upper Cumberland

September 9 Abrams Falls - Abrams Falls hike trail difficulty easy to the falls.  5.2 miles roundtrip.  There’s not very much elevation.  It may still be really hot in September, so bring plenty of water. Will be swimming at the falls, if water is right. Meet at JC Penney in Cookeville at 7am central time.  The Cades Cove Road is closed to motor traffic on Saturday mornings, so we won’t be able to get to trail head in Cades Cove until after 10 a.m. Eastern.  Please call, or text, Brandon Kimbrell at (931) 981-5451 to register for the hike, or if you have questions.  If you call, and there is no answer, please leave message. 

Brandon kimbrell


Upper Cumberland

 September 9-Fairfield Glade Cumberland County-7 miles We will explore 3 trails developed by volunteer trail builders within the Fairfield Glade community. Our first hike will be on the HGR loop within the northern section of the community. The hike through a woodland with some interesting rock outcroppings is 3 miles long and is rated moderate for elevation gain and loss.  Then we will drive to the Seven Bridges Trail. This trail starts as a grassy road then joins a loop through a woodland with rock outcroppings creating a lollipop hike by returning on the same grassy road section. This hike is 2.1 miles and is rated easy. The last hike of the day will be on the Overlook Trail. This trail starts at an overlook of Daddys Creek then runs along a hillside above the creek before descending to creek level for over a half mile and looping back up the hill to the overlook and parking. Portions of the new Crab Orchard section of the Cumberland Trail can be viewed on the other side of the creek.  This hike is about 2 miles and is mostly easy but is rated strenuous due to a short but steep climb from the creek to the overlook. If water conditions are amenable we can cool our feet, wade, swim, or otherwise enjoy the water in Daddys Creek before returning to the overlook.  Bring snacks, water, lunch, hiking boots, and water shoes and appropriate clothing if you plan to get wet.  You can meet us in the west side of the JC Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00am.  For information and to register, contact Lillian Ey at or 615 478-7461.

Lillian Ey


Upper Cumberland

Sep 16. Savage Day Loop, North Rim, Mountain Oak, and North Plateau Trails, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. We will hike the Savage Day Loop, Mountain Oak, and parts of the North Plateau and North Rim Trails. The hike is about 9 1/2 miles and is rated easy for the terrain and moderate for the distance. The hike features several nice overlooks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s in Sparta about 8:20, or at the trailhead about 9:00. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or

Richard Savage


Upper Cumberland

September 23 - The Garden Spot, Frozen Head State Park - 12.5 Miles We will begin our hike at Big Cove camp ground following the Lookout Tower Trail until it meets the Cumberland Trail (mile 2.8), where we will continue on to Bald Knob (mile 3.3).  Following the Cumberland Trail/North Boundary Trail, we will pass "Son of a Bitch Ditch" before reaching the western end of a series of coal ponds and a junction with Coffin Springs Trail (mile 4.7). Continuing along the Cumberland Trail, we will reach an old dirt road that runs into a gravel road at the north end of the Garden Spot, a large flat summit (mile 5.9). From here, we will return to the Coffin Springs Trail junction (mile 6.1). Taking Coffin Springs Trail, we will pass Coffin Springs and the Coffin Springs campsite before rejoining the Lookout Tower Trail (mile 7.2). Proceeding along Lookout Tower Trail, we will make our way to the Panther Gap junction (mile 8.6), where those who wish can to take a short side trail to see Panther Gap Rockhouse. From the Panther Gap junction, our trail continues on the South Old Mac trail junction (mile 9.2). Anyone wanting to see the Lookout Tower can proceed up to the tallest point in Frozen Head State Park for an excellent views of the surrounding areas. From here, we will make our way down South Old Mac Trail to the parking lot (mile 12.5). Those wanting a shorter hike may be interested in taking the Bird Mountain Loop from the Lookout Tower Trail (7.2 mile) or remaining on the Lookout Tower Trail, by passing the North Boundary Trail and the Garden spot (9.5 miles).This hike is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us in the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT, or at the trailhead at approximately 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at

Jeff Graves

    ** October 2017 **  



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