Meeting times

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

Saturday, January 22, 2022

2022 Chilly Chili Hike - Sara

There were 25 hikers for the 19th Annual Chilly Chili hike and lunch hosted by the Jim and Marietta Poteet of Monteagle. The number of hikers was limited to 25 due to COVID. We hiked the 6-mile trail out to Lake Dimmick starting on the Mountain Goat Trail on Highway 41A. It was cold but we soon warmed up and there were a few icy spots. Hikers were from the Highland Rim, Nashville, and Columbia/Franklin chapters. Those attending from the Murfreesboro chapter were Jay Brain, Joe Campbell, Sara Pollard and Georganne Ross.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Foster Falls - Sara

There were 12 hikers on the Foster Falls hike today. We started at the Foster Falls trailhead and had a group picture taken at the overlook. There's a new set of wooden stairs as you start the descent down to the falls. The trail has been improved also with stone steps and rock borders. Half the group decided to take the climbers loop trail to the meet up with the others who backtracked back up the steps and took the trail over the falls on the Fiery Gizzard trail. We met on the Fiery Gizzard trail and hiked on to see views of the gorge. We had lunch at a nice overlook and the weather was perfect.

 After hiking Foster Falls the hikers from Murfreesboro (Jan, Jay, Joni and Sara) decided to hike to the waterfalls in Denny Cove. Except for Sara, the others had never been there before. We hiked to the overlook and then continued on to the waterfalls.  It was well worth the rock hopping to get the waterfalls. We saw some rock climbers but otherwise we had the trail to ourselves.

Hikers were Jim Barritt, Jay Brain, Joan Hartvigsen, Richard McClure, Joni Perrine, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi, David Sehrt (new hiker from Nashville), Cynithia Skidmore, Kathy Stutts, Reba Walters, and Jack Walters. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

After Thanksgiving Day Hike 2021- Sara

Old Stone Fort State Park

There were 16 hikers to brave the chilly 30-degree weather to hike the after-Thanksgiving Day hike at Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester.  It was a beautiful day for a hike and the Duck River was flowing nicely. We ate our lunch under the pavilion in the park. 

Hikers were Jim Barritt, Jay Brain, Sharon & Joe Campbell, Barbara Draude, Michael Glennon, Chris Haislip with children Bodhi & Kryzxenna, Joan & Tom Hartvigsen, Mark Hubbard, Sue Hulit, Cindy Leech, Sara Pollard and Jan Safavi. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cloudland Canyon State Park - Sara

There were 9 hikers who traveled to Cloudland Canyon State Park near Trenton Georgia. We met at the visitor center and hiked to two waterfalls. We hiked ½ mile from the main trail to Crockett Falls and then on to Hemlock Falls further down the canyon. The steep hike down to Hemlock Falls involves 600 steps one way. Then we hiked the West Rim Loop Trail which is a 5-mile lollipop style hike involving several overlooks. This trail can be accessed from the cottages, Yurt Village and the West Rim Campground. 

The fall colors were spectacular and the temperature in the low 60’s made for a perfect hike. Hikers on this joint outing with the Highland Rim chapter were Jim Barritt, Chuck Deen, Patty Deen, Joan Hartvigsen, Lora McBride, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, Bryan Tauchen, and Jack Walters.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Savage Gulf Hike - Sara

We had 7 hikers to hike the South Rim trail starting from the Savage Gulf Ranger Station. We started at 8:00 am and it was chilly starting out. Becky Stover didn't join the group until we reached the falls. We spent a few minutes to enjoy Savage Falls and it was beautiful. We stopped at a few overlooks and had lunch at the Stage Road Campsite in the group site area. It was the perfect day for a hike with temps in the high 60's. Leaves were starting to turn, and we saw a lot of unusual mushrooms. We got off the trail at 4:00 pm for a total of 14 miles.  Hikers were Jim Barritt, Joan Hartvigsen, Lora McBride, Sara Pollard, Marietta Poteet, Becky Stover and Wayne Yancey.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Mammoth Cave National Park Expedition - Sara


The Mammoth Cave National Park Expedition was scheduled for September 30-October 4 but was cut short because of inclement weather. Thunderstorms were predicted for Sunday and Monday, so we broke up camp after Saturday's hike. A kayaking trip on the Green River was scheduled for Sunday but we weren't able to make it because of the weather. 

To get to the Mammoth Cave Visitor's Center and Cave Tour we had to cross the Green River on a ferry. The ferry ride was short, and we never had to wait long to cross. The ferry can hold up to three small cars. We set up camp in the Maple Springs group campsite Thursday afternoon. Friday was the 4-hour historic cave tour which everyone enjoyed. 

Saturday's hike was the 7 miles North Loop of the Big Hollow Trail which was within walking distance from our campsite to the trailhead. There were more mountain bikers than hikers on this trail, but it was interesting to see all the bikes. We had lunch after the hike back at the campsite.  

Participants in this multi chapter event (Highland Rim, Nashville, Murfreesboro) organized by Patty Deen were Doug Burroughs, Maggie Cox, Chuck Deen, Patty Deen, Joe Gonzales, Susan Gonzales, Joan Hartvigsen, Debbie Owens, Sara Pollard, Diana Richter, John Ruth, Cynthia Skidmore, Glenda Stephens and Gloria Dale Williams. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Barfield Park Trail Maintenance - Sara

There were 4 volunteers and 1 park staff member who came to help with trail maintenance at Barfield Park for National Public Lands Day. Our group got separated and Sara K. and Christine cut privet back and put weed killer on the stumps. The rest cut back limbs and weeds over the trail along the river up to the campground. Volunteers were Jay Brain, Rachela Forbes, Sara Kennedy, Sara Pollard, Jan Safavi and park staff member Christine.