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:

 

In compliance with CDC coronavirus guidelines, all TTA organized hikes and group events are cancelled until further notice.

Statement from TTA President:

As with each of you, we have been closely monitoring the daily changes in the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. During the past week we have listened to the recommendations outlined. To slow the spread The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America recommends avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people. The health and safety of our members is at the forefront of our minds. We believe it is important to adhere to the best practices suggested by the Department of Health and CDC. Tennessee State Parks remain open at this time to visitors to hike/exercise as you chose; however, all park-hosted events from March 16 to March 31, 2020 are cancelled. If you chose to hike we encourage you to take your own soap-sanitizers as public restrooms can run out at times. 

Therefore, Tennessee Trails Association Board of Directors request that our clubs and members follow the recommended protocol and cancel all TTA hikes and group events until further notice.

Mary Etta Ward
TTA President
March 18, 2020

 


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Date Chapter Hike Leader or Contact
    Updated Mar 26, 2020 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED

April 4, 2020 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 the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information about the hike, carpool information if you’re coming from the Cookeville area, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 11 - Savage Gulf WaterfallsSavage Gulf State Natural Area, Gruetli-Laager, TN. Highlights of this hike include eight of the major waterfalls of Savage Gulf and spectacular spring wildflower displays. We will descend into the gulf along the Collins Gulf Trail past Suter and Horsepound Falls. We will then join the Connector Trail which will take us to the Big Creek Gulf Trail. After a side trip to Ranger Falls we will visit Upper Boardtree Falls and Upper and Lower Greeter Falls before exiting the park. Water conditions could force an alteration in the route. The hike is about 14 miles and rated strenuous. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00am CT, at the US Bank in Sparta across from McDonald’s about 7:20, or at the Greeter Falls parking lot about 8:30. 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.

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED


April 18, 2020 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.  We will begin the hike from the Frozen Head ranger station around 9:00am CT.  You can meet us at the trailhead at 8:30am CT. For information about the hike, carpool information if you’re coming from the Cookeville area, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or 
garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

April 25 - 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. (Googl "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 text Judy 615.925.2382

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

Text Judy 615.925.2382

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

CANCELLED


May 5, 2020 Charlie’s Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap and will follow the Appalachian Trail to Charlie’s Bunion, a huge rock outcrop with views all around.  There will be an optional side-trip to the Jump-Off. The hike is 8 miles (9 with the Jump-Off) and is rated moderate to strenuous due to the uneven and rocky terrain. Bring snacks, headlamp, water, lunch, raingear and good hiking boots.  For information about the hike, carpool information, and to register contact Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

 

Gary Kimbrell at 931-215-9520 or garykimbrell1@gmail.com.

5/9
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Meeting 
Rock Island state Park

    ** October 2020 **  

10/23-
10/25

TTA

2020 Annual Meeting. Montgomery Bell State Park.

Hosted by Nashville and Sumner Trails Chapters.

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