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Hiking Rules & Information

NOTE: Posted departure times mean PROMPT DEPARTURE. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for carpools.

WEDNESDAY HIKE NOTE: Check the Blog each Tuesday Afternoon/Evening and Wednesday Morning Early; It May Be Necessary To Change Some Hikes. Contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152 for Hike Information.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

*** September All Month – Hiking Trail Marathon 2015 ***

Discover the beautiful trails of Fairfield Glade and Cumberland County. Enter the Hiking Trail Marathon and complete 26.2 miles of trails in 30 days. Go at your own pace to complete 13.1 miles (Half-Marathon) or 26.2 miles (Full-Marathon) during the month of September and receive awards at the Fairfield Glade "Hit the Trails" festival on Saturday October 3rd. Visit for all the dates and locations. Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Hike -- Cherokee Orchard To Sugarland

This is a Smokies hike. We will hike through a 2nd growth forest, passing ruins of foundations and bridges. There are sites of 2 CCC Camps, Sugarland Cemetery, and an old school. This is a 6.6 mile easy loop. Depart Vanity Fair at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $10.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Hike -- New Welch's Point To Amber Den Hike

This is 6 mile in and out hike to Amber Den and Welch's Point. It should be moderate hike with a little climb. Depart Tractor Supply 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $4.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 -- Chapter Picnic at 5:00 PM - Meadow Park Lake

Come one! Come all! to our Chapter Picnic at Meadow Park Lake. Bring your own drinks, meat to grill with one dish to share. Everything else will be provided. 5:00 pm CT will  be socializing time; we will plan to eat at 6:00 pm. Come rain or shine since we reserved a covered pavilion. Contact Linda Barclay at for additional information.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 -- Canoe/Kayak Outing. Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville, TN

Join us as we explore Byrd Lake and Byrd Creek at Cumberland Mountain State Park. If you have always wanted to try out a kayak or a canoe, here is your opportunity. My goal is to paddle up Byrd Creek until it becomes impassable and then spend the rest of the time paddling around the lake. If you own a non-motorized kayak or canoe, bring your life jacket and join us for this outing. If you don’t own a boat, there are a limited number of sit-on kayaks and several canoes available for hourly or daily rentals. Paddle boards and paddle boats are also available on a first come first served basis. Wear appropriate clothing and realize that swimming is not allowed in Byrd Lake. Bring snacks, water and lunch. Meet at the boat dock at 8:00 am CT. Please pre-register by Thursday, September 10. Contact Carolyn Miller at or 931-260-6674 for additional information and to make arrangements for a boat.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Hike -- Hidden Passage

This is an 8-9 mile moderate hike over relatively flat terrain with water falls and nice overlooks on the way. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost is $5.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Hike -- Colditz Cove/Short Loop of Honey Creek

We will do 2 short moderate hikes for a total of about 6 miles. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Hike -- Old Stone Fort

We will have two hikes for a total of 6 -7 miles of moderate hiking (each hike is approximately 3.5 miles in length). The Old Stone Fort is a loop trail circling a two thousand year old stone wall built by ancient American natives. There is also a nice museum. The Short Springs hike features a short hike to a waterfall. Depart from Tractor Supply at 7:30 am CT. We will lunch at Jiffy Burger in Manchester. Carpool cost is $7.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Saturday, August 29, 2015, Hike -- Pioneer Loop, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville