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MONTHLY MEETINGS: (Except January) Meet 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT. Barfield Crescent Park's Wilderness Station, 401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

TTA McGill Creek

 

I got to go to McGill Creek today in some beautiful weather to hike and visit with friends. We started at Downy View lane and hiked to the Roaring Creek trailhead parking area. Five of us total including Don, Joan, Sara, and Jane. Don led the hike and also recorded all the downed trees so he could report them to the CTC. We enjoyed our lunch at the McGill Creek Falls. The first mile or so from Downy View Lane is not built trail, but is flagged to the built trail. 

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Foster Falls and Fiery Gizzard - Sara

 


We had five hikers on the cold morning hike at Foster Falls. We started out at the observation deck but decided not to hike the climbers' loop and go to the base of the falls. There was a lot of ice on the rocks so we decided just to hike the Fiery Gizzard trail to Laurel Gorge and back. The waterfall was beautiful with all the frozen water on  the side of the falls. We also got to see the new trail mile markers donated by TTA through the Evan Means Grant. We enjoyed lunch at the Small Wilds campsite. Hikers on this joint hike with the Highland Rim chapter were Joan Hartvigsen, Tom Hartvigsen, Joni Perrine, Sara Pollard and Marietta Poteet.

Friday, November 27, 2020

After Thanksgiving Day Hike- Sara



We had 22 hikers for the traditional after Thanksgiving Day hike at Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester. We met at 9:00 am CT in front of the museum and started our hike along the beautiful Duck River. We hiked the Forks of the River Trail, Backbone and Moat Trails. We stopped along to see Blue Hole Falls, Big Falls and Step Falls. After the hike we had lunch in the picnic pavilion. After lunch we hiked the park's newest trail, the Chumbley Woods Trail along the Duck River. Beautiful day for a hike! Hikers were Roberta Adams, Joan Bentley, Tom Bentley, Jay Brain, Joe Campbell, Jeanne Conatser, Barbara Draude, Eleanor Gilchrist, Joe Gonzalez, Susan Gonzalez, Joan Hartvigsen, Tom Hartvigsen, Pete Jacobs, Rene Jacobs, David James, Craig McBride, Lora McBride, Susan McLaughlin, LouAnn Partington, Sara Pollard, Judith Rusciolleli, and Pat Thomas.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

TTA Big South Fork Campout

 


Joan put together a fantastic weekend camping and hiking at Big South Fork. We hiked all the trails at Pogue Creek State Natural Area. We also hiked to Angels Falls Overlook and Rock Creek Loop. Fabulous hiking, wonderful weather, and nights clear and star filled. TTA hikers included Craig, Lora, Joan, Ruth, Sara, Marietta, Dawn, Celia, Jane, Patty, and Chuck.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Camping & Hiking Weekend- Sara



The group campsite was reserved at Rattler Ford Campground on the Cherohala Skyway near Robbinsville, North Carolina. Four hikers hiked the Memorial Loop on Friday and all 7 hikers did the Hangover trail on Saturday. The Hangover offered panoramic views in all directions. The Cherokee Hiking Club had a group there and one of their members pointed out the mountain peaks to us. On  Sunday 5 hikers hiked Huckleberry Knob and 4 were staying over another night to kayak Santeetlah Lake. The campers had beautiful clear nights and the campfire was a warm comfort each night. The fall colors were beautiful and thanks to Jan Safavi for organizing and leading the trip. Campers were Joe Campbell, Joan Hartvigsen, Joni Perrine, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, Jan Safavi, and Gloria Dale Williams. 


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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park - Sara


We had 15 hikers on our hike Saturday at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Eva Tennessee. This was a joint event with the Jackson and Highland Rim chapters. Susan Woods of the Jackson chapter led the hike. She's a member of the Friends group and leads many interpretative hikes there. She told us a lot about the history in the area. Since many of the trails were closed due to the tornado damage last fall, she was able to piece together about a 5 mile loop trail and we enjoyed lunch at the backcountry shelter. We also stopped by the rustic cabin overlooking the lake. After the hike some went on to Johnsonville State Historic Park in nearby Camden for more hiking and touring the museum there.


We had 5 campsites reserved at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and the sites were on the water overlooking Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River). Some campers went kayaking Friday afternoon and again Sunday morning. We saw ospreys and bald eagles. 

Campers were Pat Broadbent, Chuck and Patty Deen, Jane Ellett, Joan Hartvigsen, Melinda Pearson, Joni Perrine, Sara Pollard and Marietta Poteet.  Joining us Saturday for hiking were William Ball, Steve Cole, Abraham Santhosh, Terry Warren and Susan Woods with her dog Ginger. Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath also joined us on the hikes.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

National Public Lands Day

 


 

National Public Lands Day was celebrated by doing trail maintenance at Barfield Park.  Daniel Lees of the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department coordinated the trail maintenance work. Those attending were Jeanne Conatser, Sara Kennedy and Rene Jacobs.