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 Dec 11, 2017 Please pre-register. Schedules are subject to change!
    ** December 2017 **  


Upper Cumberland

 Virgin Falls,  DeRossett. This is a 9-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.  To register   contact  
  Louise Miniard  931-239-5425
John Nesbitt will be leading a backpacking group along with the hikers. The backpackers would begin hiking with the rest of the group. If you would like to backpack please contact John  John Nisbet <

Louise Miniard. 931-239-5425

    ** January 2018 **  


Upper Cumberland

January 6,  DeRosset, Tn. Bridgestone Wildlife Management Area and Virgin Falls State Natural Area. We will hike the Amber’s Den Trail to Welch’s Point. Then we will descend under the bluff to visit some Doghole coal mines beneath the Welch’s Point bluffline via old roadbeds. Continuing along the roadbed we will reach Laurel Creek along the boundary between the WMA and Virgin Falls SNA. We will cross Laurel Creek at a location dependent upon water level and follow the Virgin Falls trail to the trail to Martha’s Pretty Point. Then we will follow the new ridgetop trail to the Virgin Falls parking lot. Hike will be about 8 miles, rated moderate and require a short shuttle. Depending on water level there may be a short walk through the woods without roadbed or trail. Roadbeds may be somewhat eroded; please wear hiking footware, bring lunch, snacks and water.  Meet at Penny’s in Cookeville at 8 am. For information and to register contact Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or


Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or


Upper Cumberland

January 20, Graysville, TN. We will hike 2.5 miles from the Roaring Creek parking area to McGill Creek on the Cumberland Trail. Returning to the parking area, we will hike up the Roaring Creek portion of the CT about ¾ mile where we will continue up the roadbed to a small waterfall. Hike is rated moderate and will total about 7.5 miles. Bring water, lunch, and snacks. Meet at Penny’s in Cookeville at 8 am. For information and to register contact Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or

Lillian Ey at 615 478-7461 or


Upper Cumberland

January 28, Bear Waller Gap Hiking Trail, 11 Miles - Cordell Hull Lake is fortunate to offer the Bear Waller Gap Trail, widely recognized as one of the best hiking trails in Middle Tennessee. The trail offers panoramic overlook views of the lake, many diverse species of wildflowers (in season) and native wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. The secluded trail runs 5.5 miles between the Overlook Recreation Area (’Tater Knob) and the Defeated Creek campground on Cordell Hull Lake, and is considered moderate to difficult because of side-sloping trails.  Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended. It has been suggested to wear orange due to hunting season.  We will begin our hike at the Defeated Creek campground and plan to hike from one side to the other and back. However, a shuttle could be an option for those wishing to hike one way. You can meet us at 7:30am in the JC Penney’s parking lot in Cookeville, or at 8:00am at the McDonald’s in Gordonsville off of I-40 exit 258. For information and to register contact Jeff Graves at

 Jeff Graves at


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