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Monthly Meetings : 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT, Barfield-Crescent Park's Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro



Friday, November 25, 2016

After Thanksgiving Hike 2016



There were 15 hikers who participated in the annual After Thanksgiving Hike at Old Stone Fort. This was a joint event with the Highland Rim chapter.

The weather was cool to start, but otherwise a perfect day to hike. We met at the museum to begin our hike along the Old Stone Fort trail, River Fork loop, Backbone, and to the confluence of the Little Duck and Duck Rivers.  Hikers from Murfreesboro were James Herring, Mona Herring, Martin Glasser, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi and Nabil Wakid. Anna and Fount Bertram met us for lunch at the J & G Restaurant in Manchester. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

McGill / Rock Creek - Sara


We had 10 hikers to meet us at the Roaring Creek trailhead in Graysville to hike the new McGill Creek segment of the Cumberland Trails. This trail begins left past the kiosk. Don Deakins of the Cumberland Trail Volunteers led us on this 4.5 mile out and back.  

After the hike we drove to the Upper Leggett Road trailhead in Sale Creek to begin the Rock Creek Gorge Loop. We had lunch at the Rock Creek overlook but because of the forest fires in the area there was a smoky haze in the gorge.  It was a beautiful lunch spot and then we continued on the loop to the Leggett Point overlook.  The loop goes along Rock Creek but unfortunately due to the drought the creek and side streams were completely dry. It was still a beautiful day for a hike and the fall leaves were beautiful.

Hikers from our chapter were: Craig McBride, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi, Wayne Yancey, Jennifer Zahn. Lora McBride from the Soddy Daisy chapter joined us as well as Cumberland Trail Volunteers Don Deakins, Carol Deakins, Judy and TC Varner.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

2016 TTA Annual Meeting - Sara


The TTA Annual Meeting October 28-30 hosted by the Jackson and Memphis chapters was a huge success! It was great seeing hikers from across the state. 

Participants from our chapter were James & Mona Herring, Larry & Edie McFarlin, Craig Perkins,  Jan Safavi, Hilda Vaughan, and Jennifer Zahn.

I hiked Friday afternoon about 4 miles in the Shiloh National Park. We saw the Shiloh landmarks of Bloody Pond, Hornet's Nest and Indian Mounds. Also views of the Tennessee River. 

Saturday I joined the group hike at Big Hill Pond State Park. I had never been to this park and it's beautiful! The hike was 8 miles around McNatt Lake and we had an almost mile long walk across a boardwalk in Dismal Swamp. We had lunch below the fire tower and some folks climbed the tower for a panoramic view. 

I attended the board Sunday morning and was unable to attend a hike, but I know some of our members did the Lake Finger Bluff hike north of Mousetail Landing State Park.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

14th Annual Fall Color Boat Cruise

Hazel and Lindsey Smith and Fount and Anna Bertram from the Murfreesboro Chapter of TTA were among the 50 participants in the 14th Annual Fall Color Boat Cruise on Center Hill Lake, sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. The event was Sat., Oct. 29th.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rock Island - Jennifer


August 28th the Murfreesboro chapter hiked at Rock Island. Hiking were Sara Pollard, Pu Stanford, and Jennifer Zahn.  We started at Eagle Trail, a .7 mile way in and then back out. Some small beautiful falls.  Then we did the big loop. easy hiking but not very scenic. Ended with the beautiful Twin Falls, a lollypop trail of 1.6 miles.   Best falls ever at the start. Started raining about half mile from the end, but other than that great hiking weather.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Devils Step Island - Sara




Three of us pitched our tents Friday afternoon on Devils Step Island. We paddled around the island and to the inlet at Fairview Campground. There were too many dark clouds so we couldn't see the full moon. 

Saturday morning Dick McClure and Marietta Poteet joined us. We paddled to Maple Bend Island for a break and then on to Owl Hollow Creek. We returned to Maple Bend Island for lunch and finished up at Devils Step Island. We were concerned about the weather report predicting thunderstorms but we didn’t encounter any rain. 

Saturday evening the campers Jean Breuer, Sara Pollard and Joan Hartvigsen had dinner at the Blue Gill Marina. The rain came down hard Saturday evening and we were not able to paddle after dinner. We had a visitor on the island - an armadillo we saw during the day and we think was shuffling around our tents at night. 

This was a joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter and we appreciate Joan Hartvigsen making the campsite reservations and leading the paddle.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Barfield Park Maintenance - Sara



There were four of us who worked up a sweat doing trail maintenance from the river overlook to the gravel road crossing on the red blazed trail. The trail was in pretty good shape except for the tall white flowers along the trail. We had to cut them back from over the trail.  The flowers along the gravel road to the backcountry campsite were beautiful.  Thanks to Rene Barr, Bruce Harvey and Jan Safavi for coming out to help.

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