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. July 14 - Need Hike Leader

Sat. July 21 – Escape the Heat at CUMBERLAND CAVERNS. Join us for a 1.5 mile subterranean adventure at the south’s largest underground showplace. The lighted "Commercial" Tour is a nice walk in 56 degree year round comfort. The cave is located in McMinnville, TN and a carpool will be organized from Murfreesboro.  We willl also have a meeting time set up at the cave for those coming from other points than Murfreesboro.
We will leave Murfreesboro at 9am and the tours at the cave leave every hour on the hour and take about 90 minutes to complete. There are working restrooms inside the cave and in the gift shop area.
There is a cost of $21.50 for each adult and $13.50 for each child UNDER 13. Children are welcome on this adventure but NO PETS. You might want to bring a light jacket for the underground air conditioning.
You can get more information about Cumberland Caverns at
For more information or to register contact Tony Jones at 615 397 4463 or

Sat. July 28 - Need Hike Leader

AUG 2018

Sat. Aug 4 -
Need Hike Leader

Sun. Aug 5 Normandy Lake Canoe or Kayak Paddle. This is a joint activity with the Highland Rim chapter. Joan Hartvigsen of the HR chapter will lead us on a paddle from the Warren Chapel Boat Ramp on Normandy Lake to Short Springs State Natural Area’s Machine Falls and Ovoca Falls. Another option is to paddle from the boat ramp toward Old Stone Fort State Park and visit Crumpton Creek Falls and other waterfalls flowing into Normandy Lake. Meet at 8:00 am CDT at the Dollar General Store at 1832 McArthur Street (Hwy 55) to caravan to the put in. Bring lunch and plenty of water. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or

Aug 11 Stones 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 Pack lunch, water, snacks.

Tue. Aug 14 – Chapter Meeting. 7:00 pm - Barfield Crescent Park Wilderness Station. Dr. Ryan Otter Assoc. Professor in the Biology Dept at Middle Tennessee State University will be our guest speaker on the subject of coal ash.
Title: Is coal ash toxic?  Investigations from the ash spill in Kingston Tennessee.
Coal burning power plants are responsible for the production of ~40% of the electricity in the US. As a by-product of this process millions of tons of residual fly ash are also produced.  On December 22, 2008, an impoundment failure at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant (Kingston, Tennessee) resulted in the largest coal ash spill in US history releasing approximately 1,000,000,000 gallons of coal ash into the Emory River.  As a result a full scale sampling campaign was conducted to assess what constituents of coal ash were of concern and whether they were at concentrations considered to be toxic.  During his presentation, Dr. Otter will discuss his findings and those from other scientists that investigated this spill. 

Sat. Aug 18 – Buggytop Trail and Natural Bridge. Sewanee. 4.5 miles rated moderate. We will hike to Lost Cove Cave’s Buggytop entrance. This is one of the plateau’s most impressive cave entrances. The mouth of the cave is carved out of a 150-foot cliff. After hiking the Buggytop Trail, we will stop at the Sewanee Natural Bridge State Natural Area to see the largest known natural bridge in the South Cumberland area. The University of the South donated the bridge property which has a span of 50 feet and a height of 27 feet. There is a view into Lost Cove from the top. We plan have lunch in Sewanee at Shenanigans Restaurant. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Pollard at 615-714-3610 or

Fri. - Sun. Aug 24-26 – Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park, Delano, TN.  Camp, “duckie”, hike and kayak weekend. We have reserved four campsites which accommodates 8 small tents.  Contact Joan Hartvigsen early to reserve a spot, or 931-962-0811.  Joint activity with the Murfreesboro Chapter.  Friday afternoon we will use our kayaks to float the Hiwassee from the Reliance Bridge to the ramp inside our campground.  Saturday we will rent inflatable Funyaks (“Duckie”) from Hiwassee Outfitters, (423)338-8115, to float the Hiwassee River from below the Appalachia Powerhouse to the Reliance Bridge.  $30.00 plus tax to rent a one person “Duckie”. Our group will go on the 2:00 p.m. “duckie” float. Please call to reserve your own “duckie” for the 2:00 pm Saturday float. We will go on a short hike prior to our afternoon float.  We will hike “Falls of the Scenic Spur”, 3 miles round trip. Sunday we will float the lower Ocoee River from Sugarloaf Mountain Park boat launch to Nancy Ward Boat Launch. Sugarloaf Mountain Park is located on U.S. Hwy 64 near the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 314.  The takeout is at Nancy Ward Gravesite State Park on Hwy 411, 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 411. The float is 7.5 miles and we will need to wait until late morning for good water flow. Then the float will only take about 3.5 hours. Friday and Saturday evenings we will share a community meal. Details later. Remember hiking boots and sticks for the hike as well as water shoes and everything else needed for whitewater “duckie” float and the kayak floats on the Hiwassee and lower Ocoee Rivers. Remember food for breakfasts and lunches.

SEPT 2018

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Tue. Sept 11 - Chapter Meeting Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower of the Evolution and Ecology Group will be our guest speaker for a wonderful program descripted below: Andy Brower is a professor of biology at MTSU.  He earned his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University, studying the evolution of mimicry in Neotropical Heliconius butterflies.  He has always had a fondness for the local lepidopteran fauna, and has been collecting moths at the porch lights of his house for several years.  Our program will cover some of the highlights of local moth diversity, and we will have some lights set up in the woods and maybe some trees with bait painted on them, to see if we can observe any living specimens in the environs of the Nature Center.

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OCT 2018

Sat. Oct 6 - Yard Sale

Tue. Oct 9 - Chapter Meeting We will have a regular business meeting tonight and instead of our usual program, we will enjoy an evening hike along the paved portion of the Marshall Knobs Trail to banks of the river and back to the wilderness station. So wear a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy a splendid meeting on the trail!

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NOV 2018

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Tues. Nov 13 - Chapter Meeting - (Time Change 6pm) This is our six month hike planning meeting where we will fill our calendars from January to June 2019. So bring a finger food snack to share, and lots of ideas on places to hike and volunteer to lead one! Drinks, ice, plates, untensils and cups will be provided by the chapter. We will also be selecting our 2019 Chapter Officers.

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DEC 2018

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Tues. Dec 11 - Chapter Christmas Party. (Time Change 6pm) This will be our annual Christmas celebration. Please bring your family and a covered dish or dessert (or both) to share for our Christmas Feast. If you wish to participate in this year’s Dirty Santa, bring a small gift to share. Drinks, Ice, Plates, Utensils, Cups and Napkins will be provided by the chapter.

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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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