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.

Cynthia Karrington is the Chapter Chair. You may contact her at this email address, or by telephone at 931-303-3409.

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:


Tennessee Trails Association chapters adhere to all applicable laws, rules, and guidelines for any given setting when organizing hikes and events. Out of concern for those who join us, their families, and our community, we conduct our hikes in a way which conforms to current COVID‑19 guidelines. If you have questions, contact your local chapter’s hike coordinator.

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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Aug 10, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** September 2020 **  


Upper Cumberland

September 27 - Paddle to Fancher Falls on Falling Water River from Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  About 5 miles round trip.  Located off US Hwy 70, 8.6 miles east of Smithville, on Johnson Chapel Road
  Joint outing with the Murfreesboro Chapter, Sara Pollard, and the Upper Cumberland Chapter.  No vehicle shuttle is needed. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Bring a lot of water and lunch.  Fancher Falls is formed by Taylor Creek thundering 60 to 80 feet into a secluded cove of Center Hill Lake.  The spray from the Falls’ 25 to 35 foot breadth will cool us.  After our paddle we can eat our lunch in the shaded picnic area along the water at Johnson Chapel Recreation Area.  Please register with Joan Hartvigsen,jhartvigs@comcast.netor 931-962-0811.  


Joan Hartvigsen,

    ** October 2020 **  



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