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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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Hike -- Waterfall Hikes and a Tour Featuring Cummins Falls, Railroad Museum, and Burgess Falls

We will visit Cummins Falls first, going to the overlook, then descending down to the base of the falls (you'll need water shoes). Swimming is an option at the swimming hole that is rated one of the 10 best in the U.S. Next, we will eat lunch at Cinco Amigos Restaurant (some of the best Mexican food you will ever eat) around 11:00 am. Then we will make a short visit to the free Cookeville Depot Railroad Museum. Our final stop will be Burgess Falls for a short hike with 3 very nice waterfalls. Overall about 5 moderate to difficult miles. Depart Cracker Barrel at 7:30 am CT. Gas cost $6.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 -- Crusher Hole on Cane Creek Land Dedication and Celebration

Time of the dedication and celebration is 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM CST (Lunch served at NOON).  If you want the noon-time free lunch, you have to RSVP to (615) 545-0195 or email

Hemlock Falls and Crusher Hole is part of the newly acquired land that will Extend Fall Creek Falls State Park and is part of the land that connects Fall Creek with Virgin Falls.

Directions to Crusher Hole dedication:  From the intersection of 284 and Hwy 30, go six miles and turn right onto State Route 285 (note that you will pass the first intersection of 285 and turn right at the second). Turn right on 285/Cane Creek Road and go 8/10 miles. The property is on the right as you cross the Cane Creek Bridge.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 -- Chapter Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm CT.

Place: First United Methodist Annex, 69 Neecham St, Crossville

Program: Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk City, FL by Joy Topkin.

Dinner: LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville at 4:45 pm.. 

Contact: Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, Hike -- Colditz Cove, Allardt and the Gentleman Swimming Hole, Rugby, TN

This is a 3.5 mile moderate hike. Colditz Cove features a pristine 1.5 mile loop to the 60 foot high Northrop Falls. A short drive brings us to the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole for an additional 2 mile hike. After the hikes, we will stop for lunch at the Harrow Road CafĂ©, a Rugby tradition since the 1880’s. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost is $5. For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or by email at

Saturday, August 23, 2014, Hike -- Russell Cave and Cathedral Caverns in Alabama

Our first visit of the day will be Russell Cave in northern Alabama. Russell Cave has been used for approximately 10,000 years. There is a nature trail that is only a mile but in August it will give you a workout. From here, we will continue to Cathedral Caverns, south of Scottsboro. This is a guided tour of about 1 1/2 hours going a little over a mile into this very impressive cavern. The tour cost is $15. The day's round trip is about a 300 miles, so we will depart from Trinity Tabernacle at 7:00 am CT. Gas cost will be $16. For information and to register, contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152.

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