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 22, 2018 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** June 2018 **  

6/23
Sat

Upper Cumberland

June 23 - Gregory Bald, Great Smoky Mountains - 12.4 Miles
Gregory Bald is a 10-acre grassy meadow famous for the flame azaleas that bloom atop the summit in mid-to-late June. We will begin our hike at the Gregory Ridge Trailhead (not the Gregory Bald Trail). We will cross three footbridges before reaching Backcountry Campsite 12, approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. At this point, the trail will climb roughly 2000 feet for the next 3 miles until we reach the Gregory Bald Trail junction. From here we will continue on to Gregory Bald Trail heading west for approximately 1.2 miles to the summit. We will have lunch at the summit, and return via the same trial for a total of 12.4 miles. This hike is rated strenuous. Bring hiking boots, snacks, water, and lunch. Please contact Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu for meeting times and locations.

Jeff Graves at jagraves21@students.tntech.edu 

6/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

June 30 -Virgin Falls, DeRosset- This is an 8-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls, so the hike may be canceled or changed due to high water.  Therefore, register with hike leader to be informed of possible cancelation or changes. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 8:00.  For information and to register text Janet   931.644.1207.

 

Janet   931.644.1207.

 

    ** July 2018 **  

7/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 

July 7 - Trillium Gap, Great Smoky Mountains  - 13.2 Miles
We will begin our hike at the Trillium Gap access trail and take it to Trillium Gap Trail (mile 0.15).  At the junction, we will continue on to Grotto Falls (mile 1.3), the only waterfall in the park that a person can walk behind.   From here we will continue on to the Brushy Mountain Trail junction (mile 2.9).  Those who are interested can take short hike to the top of Brushy Mountain.  From the trail junction, we will remain on Trillium Gap Trail for another 3.6 miles until we reach Mt. LeConte Lodge (mile 6.6).  We will return via the same trail for a total of 13.2 miles.  Those interested in a shorter hike may want to stop and have lunch on Brushy Mountain before returning to the trail head via Trillium Gap, for a hike of just over 6 miles. This hike is rated strenuous.  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 for carpooling at the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00 CT 
 


jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

7/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 14 - Brushy Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains - 11.8 Miles
We 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 for carpooling at the JCPenney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 6:00am CT.  For information and to register, contac

jagraves21@students.tntech.edu

Jeff Graves at jagraves 21@students.tntech.edu

7/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

July 21. Siler’s Bald, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN. We will hike a section of the Appalachian Trail from the Clingman’s Dome parking lot to Siler’s Bald. There are spectacular sections of the trail along a narrow ridge top. The hike is 9 1/2 miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us at 7:00am CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville. For information and to register contact Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

Richard Savage 931.526.2035 savage_richard@hotmail.com

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