Meeting times

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



Chapter Hike Schedule


Sat. April 14CANCELLED Celebration of Spring – Edger Evans – Anna and Fount
Sat.-Sun April 21-22Cumberland Trail Backpack. Possum Creek and Rock Creek Gorge sections. 14.9 miles total and rated strenuous for this 2 day, 1 night backpacking trip. Saturday we will start at the Heiss Mountain Road trailhead off Highway 111 near Soddy Daisy and hike 7.1 miles to the Little Possum North campsite. On the way to our campsite we’ll pass a beautiful view from Perkins Point, Imodium Falls over Little Possum Creek, and cross the stunning Big Possum Creek and Little Possum Creek bridges. The campsite has water available from the Little Possum Creek. The next day from our campsite, we’ll hike out 2.4 miles to the Retro Hughes trailhead and continue on the Rock Creek Gorge section for 5.4 miles to the Upper Leggett Road trailhead in Sale Creek. Elevation gain and loss on the Possum Creek Gorge section is 1,000 feet and the elevation change on the Rock Creek Gorge section is 300 feet. We’ll also see lots of wildflowers, overlooks that offer spectacular views of the gorge into the Tennessee River valley, and opportunities to see hawks and eagles. This backpacking trip will be challenging but everyone will go at their own pace and enjoy the scenic views and interesting rock formations. For more information or to register, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or sarabpollard@gmail.com
Sat. April 28Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro. 3.6 mile loop trail. Easy. The trail is flat and there are access points to leave the trail. This loop hike goes throughout the preserved portion of the battlefield where the Union and the Confederacy battled for control of the road and railroad connecting Nashville with states to the south. With troops totaling more than 80,000 men combined, the two armies fought during the three day period, starting December 31, 1862. If time permits, we’ll visit the visitor center for a slide show and displays about this battle and the Civil War. For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Zahn at 615-943-8853 or jenzahn@gmail.com. Pack lunch, water, snacks.

MAY 2018
Sat. May 5Barfield Wilderness Loop Trail. Barfield Crescent Park. Murfreesboro. 4 miles of wooded trail with a slight hill to climb near the beginning. Nothing very strenuous. There are lots of paved paths as well to walk if anyone wants to add on mileage. Contact Jennifer Zahn at 615-943-8853 or jenzahn@gmail.com for more information.
Tue. May 8Chapter Meeting. 6:00 pm - Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. NOTE TIME CHANGE. We will meet an hour earlier since this is our planning meeting for July thru Dec. Bring your calendars to schedule hikes you want to lead or ideas for hikes. Bring a finger food to share. Drinks will be provided. If you want to schedule a hike and cannot attend, contact Jennifer Zahn before the meeting at jenzahn@gmail.com or 615-943-8853.
Sat. May 11- 14Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping and Hiking. Joint activity with the Highland Rim Chapter with the option to stay until Monday, May 14. Camping in the Cataloochee Group Campground, Sites G001 and G002. These campsites are situated along Cataloochee Creek. Hikes will include the Rough Fork, Caldwell Fork, Big Fork Ridge Trails Loop Hike and the Cataloochee Divide Trail. Friday evening we will share an evening meal. Bring a dish to share. Bring your own food for the remaining meals. We may not be able to eat at a local restaurant because of this remote location. This trip will fill up quickly, so reserve your camping spot soon by contacting Joan Hartvigsen of the Highland Rim chapter at jhartvigs@comcast.net. If interested in carpooling from Murfreesboro, contact Sara Pollard at sarabpollard@gmail.com or 615-714-3610.
Sat. May 19Duck River Float.  Normandy Dam to Dement Bridge is 5 miles, OR 8.5 miles to Three Forks Bridge. Joint float with the Highland Rim Chapter.  Portage required around Cortner Mill. Lunch on sandbars immediately downstream from Cortner Mill Dam. Bring sack lunch and water.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. CT at the put-in below Normandy Dam to organize a vehicle shuttle. You can do the 5 miler or the 8.5 miler and you will park your vehicle at either Dement or 3 Forks during the shuttle. For more information or to register contact Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or tonjon1968@gmail.com (There may be a carpool from Murfreesboro if needed.)
Sat. May 26 - Snow Falls hike/Laurel-Snow State Natural area:
Rated moderate to difficult because of distance and stream crossings.  Joint hike with Highland Rim chapter. This hike is just slightly over 10 miles. The plan is to leave from the Dayton, TN trail head and follow the main trail along Richland creek, then proceed on to Snow falls. We will visit Dunn overlook on the way out and Buzzard Point on the way back. The hike has a beautiful beginning section along Richland creek, which is a large creek featuring mini falls and huge boulders along with that musical sound of falling water. We will need to cross Laurel creek since there is no bridge at this time. This could mean rock hopping or stream fording, depending on the water level ,so all hikers need to come prepared with water shoes and trekking poles for balance. An impressive suspension bridge spans Richland creek a little further on. There is evidence along the way of past logging and mining activity and we’ll pass the remains of a dam that was used to create a water reservoir for the city of Dayton. Expect some moderate climbs. Also, once we arrive at the campsite near Snow falls we will have a view of the falls, but to proceed to the actual falls will require crossing Morgan creek. This could be a difficult crossing  as the water can become quite deep and swift with seasonal rains. It’s possible we’ll have to turn back at this point if it’s not fordable. The campsite will provide a good lunch spot. On the return we’ll go out to Buzzard point along a side dirt rood. This is a magnificent rocky overlook jutting out over the gorges created by Morgan creek and Richland creek. You can see where both gorges come together from this view point. Then we’ll return to the main trail via a short side trail and return the way we came from that point on. Come prepared with plenty of water for an all day hike, hearty snacks and/or lunch. Hiking boots, trekking poles and water shoes are a must. Contact Jan Safavi at safavi.jan@gmail.com or 615-390-9146 for time and carpool information.
JUNE 2018


Sat. June 2 – Trails Day – Trail work at Barfield - Sara
Sat. June 9 – Stones River float – Tony
Tue. June 12 - (Tues) - Chapter Meeting 6:00 – Picnic
Sat. June 16 – Cumberland State Park,   Mt Creek State Park - Bird Creek Trail - Sara
Sat. June 23Need Hike Leader
Sat. June 30Need Hike Leader


If you see errors, need to change something, or would like to add a hike:
Contact Jennifer Zahn at; Email -  jenzahn@gmail .com or 615-943-8853

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