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 Oct 19, 2019 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** October 2019 **  

10/26
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Fiery Gizzard Hike, South Cumberland State Park. Tracy City, TN. 13 miles one way from Foster Falls to Grundy Forest Trail Head. Car shuttle required. Strenuous because of boulder fields, stream crossings and steep ascents and descents. Meet at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT. The trail is being rerouted which may add distance and make it very strenuous. Option of a 9 mile hike using the Dog Hole Trail to return to the Grundy Forest trailhead. Bring water, lunch, snacks, headlamp and hiking boots. Meet us at the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 7:00 am CT or at the US Bank across from McDonald’s in Sparta at 7:30 am CT or at the Grundy Forest trailhead in Tracy City at 8:45 am CT. For information and to register contact Mike Shane mikeshane@charter.net 931 446 4306

 

Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net
9314464306

    ** November 2019 **  

11/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Honey Creek Loop Trail, Big South Fork N.R.R.A., Tn. 5.8 miles. Strenuous.  This scenic trail is rated as the "most difficult" in Big South Fork. The entire loop is about 5.8 miles and requires negotiating through narrow rock passageways, navigating across and along streambeds, climbing over several large boulders, and hiking up and down steep trails. The trails can be muddy and treacherous, and the creek can be active depending on the weather. This trail is physically demanding and requires about five hours to complete. You can meet at 7:30 a.m. CT in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville, or 9:00 am CT at the Honey Creek Overlook parking lot. Wear sturdy footwear and bring snacks, lunch, and water. For information and to register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net

Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net

11/3
Sun

TTA

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11/16
Sat

Upper Cumberland

 

Nov 16  - Brady Mountain segment of the Cumberland Trail, Crossville, TN. 8 miles. Moderate to strenuous because of elevation gain. We will hike from the highway 68 trailhead to Lost Overlook and then return on the same route. Highlights of the hike include spectacular views of Grassy Cove and the mountains to the east from three overlooks. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and hiking boots. You can meet us in the Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville at 8:00 am CT. For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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

11/30
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Sewanee Perimeter Trail-20 miles.  The hike is strenuous and will last about eight hours.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. CT in parking lot on Highway 41A across from the intersection of University Avenue and Highway 41A inSewanee.  We will start on the Mountain Goat Trail across from the Blue Chair Restaurant.  We will hike toward the Memorial Cross taking the Perimeter Trail around Sewanee.  We will have lunch at the Forestry Cabin.  We will continue to Shakerag Hollow back to the Mountain Goat Trail to our starting point.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Wear sturdy hiking boots.  Dinner in Sewanee after hike.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

 

Mike Shane

mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

 

    ** December 2019 **  

12/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn, Ga.  There are spectacular views of Cloudland Canyon as well as Trenton, Ga. and neighboring Sand Mountain.  We will hike on the Waterfalls trail down over 500 steps to 60 ft. Cherokee Falls and 90 ft. Hemlock Falls.  Weather permitting, we will then hike the Rim Trail (4.8 mi.) and if visibility is bad we will hike Sitton’s Gulch Trail, which follows Daniel Creek.  Either way we go it will be about 7 miles or less.  The hike is moderate to strenuous because of the number of steps up and down.  We can meet at 7:30 a.m. (central time) in the Penny’s parking lot in Cookeville, or at the U.S. Bank across from McDonalds in Sparta at 8:00 a.m.  (Trailhead in Ga. Between 10:00 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. central time).  Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring snacks, water and lunch. After the hike, we will stop at "Sticky Fingers" in Chattanooga, Tn. for dinner. To register contact Pete Broehl at 931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

Pete

931-738-3551 or pabroehl@blomand.net.

 

12/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Annual Christmas party

    ** January 2020 **  

1/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Twin Arches to Middle Creek

Richard

1/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Laurel Snow

Gary Kimbrell

    ** February 2020 **  

2/1
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Dog Cove

Pete

2/15
Sat

Upper Cumberland

North Plateau North Rim Savage Gulf, The Plateau to Rim Hike is located in Savage Gulf Wilderness Area. The hike, having two versions, is designed for the moderate (9 miles) as well as the long distance hiker (17 strenuous miles). Both versions of the hike will start and end at the Savage Ranger Station. The shorter version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails cutting across at the Mountain Oak Trail to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (9 miles). The longer version of the hike will go down the Savage Day Loop and North Plateau Trails all the way out to Hobbs Cabin to the North Rim Trail, which you will take back to Savage Ranger Station (17 miles). Groups car pooling to the hike and doing a different version of the hike should be prepared for the difference in hiking times. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. You can meet us ae Savage Ranger Station at 8:00 a.m. CT.  For more information and to register contact Mike Shane at mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

Mike Shane
mikeshane@charter.net or 931.446.4306

2/22
Sat

Upper Cumberland

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 8:00 a.m. CT. or (Est time) 10:00 a.m. CT at the trailhead.  This hike will need a shuttle, please register with Richard.  For information and to register contact Richard Savage at 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com 

 






Richard Savage

 931-526-2035 or savage_richard@hotmail.com

2/29
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Gulf

Mike Shane

    ** March 2020 **  

3/7
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Pogue Creek

Janet, Cynthia and Judy

3/14
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Wheeler Farm

Pete

3/21
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Firey gizzard

Gary

3/28
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Ground Hog ridge

Gary

    ** April 2020 **  

4/4
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Collins Gulf

Gary

4/11
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Waterfall Hike

Richard

4/18
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Chimney Tops at Frozen Head

Gary

4/25
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Soak Creek

Janet, Cynthia, Judy

    ** May 2020 **  

5/2
Sat

Upper Cumberland

Charlie’s Bunion

Gary

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