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 14, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** February 2019 **  

2/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Feb 23 - 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 8:00am CT. 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.

    ** March 2019 **  

3/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ranger StatIon to  Ranger Station – Please bring head lamp, lunch and snacks, water, good hiking boots, and raingear.  For information about the hike, carpooling, and to register contact  Mike Shane  931 446-4306

Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

3/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 Mar 9 - Soak Creek-Sting Fork Falls State Natural Area, Spring City, 
TN. 6.5 miles, Moderate++, requires shuttle. 
Sting Falls Trailhead. We will descend to Sting Fork Falls and then 
follow Soak Creek to where it joins the Piney River. 3 good climbs 
along the way, with a lot of rock stair and switch backs. (Google 
"Soak Creek" and you should be able to find a short video of the 
trail). There are 6 or more streams to rock hop on the trail. Wear 
sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, lunch and water. Meet at U.S. 
Bank, Hwy 111, across from McDonalds at 8am or at Sting Fork Falls 
Trailhead at 9:45am CT. For Information and to register contact Pete 
Broehl at 931 738-3551 or pabroehl@bloimand.net.
 

For Information and to register contact Pete 
Broehl at 931 738-3551 or pabroehl@bloimand.net.

3/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 16-Big Soddy Creek Bridge-Soddy Gulf Park and Cumberland Trail-Soddy Daisy TN. 6 moderate miles with longer options. We will begin our hike at Soddy Gulf Park with a one mile walk beside Big Soddy Creek along a gravel road. After crossing Board Camp Creek on a bridge we will follow an old roadbed to the Cumberland Trail. We will follow the Cumberland Trail south to the Big Soddy Bridge sometimes called the crown jewel of the Cumberland Trail. We will lunch at the bridge and return by the same route with a side trip in the Soddy Park to see artifacts of the coal mining. Attractions of the hike include Big Soddy and Board Camp creeks, a waterfall, high cliffs, mining artifacts, and the suspension bridge. Those wanting a longer hike may continue to Deep Creek Bridge or explore the Cumberland Trail north toward Jones Gap. Wear sturdy footware and bring water, lunch, and snacks. Meet in Cookeville at the west side of Pennys at 8:00 CT. Time to trailhead is about 1.5 hours. For more information and to register contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615-478-7461.    

contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615-478-7461.

3/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

March 23 Ray Branch –This hike will start at 8:30 am from the Tim’s Ford Visitor Center located in Winchester, TN.  The hike is 12 miles long and is rated moderate to strenuous due to distance.  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 

Mike Shane  931 446-4306

3/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 March 30 Meet at 9:00 at Old Stone Fort museum parking area. We will start at the top of the falls walk down to the bottom, make a loop back to the top. Nice view of two rivers that meet at the bottom.  About 4 miles. Rated easy to moderate.  Bring snacks and water. Several restaurants near by for those who want to go for lunch or bring a sack lunch if you want to eat at the park after. Contact Cindy Watson 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com to register. 
 

Cindy Watson 931-247-1459 or cgrwatson@gmail.com to register. 

    ** April 2019 **  

4/6
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 6 Standing Stone State Park is located several miles west of Tn. Hwy 52, between Livingston and Celina. The Lake Loop trailhead is opposite the Visitor’s Center parking lot. The 4.8 mile moderate to strenuous trail consists of a steep descent to the impressive C.C.C. dam, and a steep ascent that levels off before passing the historic Moses Fiske Home. There are several less strenuous elevation changes before arriving at the Overton Lodge. From here a narrow trail treads alongside the steep bank above a segment of the 69 acre lake. On the return leg of the hike we pass two boathouses before returning to the dam, and the steep ascent back to the visitor center. This late season hike should provide great viewing opportunities but trails may be muddy or slippery. Sturdy footwear is essential. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Meet at 8:00 am at J.C. Penney’s in Cookeville to carpool, or at 9:15 at the Standing Stone State Park Visitor’s Center. To register Lillian Ey contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615-478-7461.

contact Lillian Ey at eyintn@hotmail.com or 615-478-7461.

4/13
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 13 Collins Gulf Loop, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN. Highlights of this hike include Horsepound and Suter Falls, numerous overlooks, and the historic Stagecoach Road built in the 1830s. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail to Suter and Horsepound Falls. (Those wanting a shorter hike can return to the beginning from Horsepound Falls for a total hiking distance of 5 miles which is rated moderate). We will continue by ascending from the gulf on the Stagecoach Road and then follow the Collins Gulf loop to the beginning. The hike is 12 miles and is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, headlamp, snacks, water, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30. You can also meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am 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

4/20
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Savage Gulf Waterfalls, Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Altamont, TN. Highlights of this hike include six of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. The hike begins at the Greeter Falls parking lot. We will see Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before descending into the gulf and taking the side trip to Ranger Falls. We will then continue along the Big Creek Gulf and Connector Trails before ascending from the gulf on the Collins Gulf Trail past Horsepound and Suter Falls. The hike is about 14 miles and rated strenuous. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

April 20,2019

931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com.

4/27
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 April 27 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.co

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

    ** May 2019 **  

5/4
Sat

TTA

1:00 pm Second Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

5/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Yearly meeting of the  Upper Cumberland membership 
Details coming

    ** August 2019 **  

8/3
Sat

TTA

1:00 pm Third Quarter TTA Board Meeting

Hermitage Branch Library
3700 James Kay Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076

36.1771896,-86.6155296

    ** October 2019 **  

10/18-
10/20

TTA

October 18-20, 2019.  Annual Membership meeting.

Fairfield Glade. Crossville, TN

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