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Hiking Rules & Information

NOTE 1: Check Blog the Evening Before hikes and/or Early Morning on hike day; It May Be Necessary To Change/Cancel some hikes.

NOTE 2: Wednesday Hike Information - contact Bruce Whitehead at or 941-716-3620.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Hike -- Virgin Falls

This is a 9.5-mile strenuous hike to the 110 foot tall Virgin Falls. Along the way, we will pass a 30-foot waterfall, Big Laurel Falls. There is a stream crossing and some difficult footing on this hike, including the need to cross a rock field at Big Laurel Falls. Depart from Tractor supply at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $4.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, Hike -- Millennium & Merritt Ridge Trail, Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point

This is a joint hike between the Murfreesboro and Plateau Chapters. This 8 mile strenuous hike is a beautiful trail along the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake. We will encounter rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs, and wooded hollows. Lunch will be near the water’s edge, where we should be able to see Center Hill Dam. It’s possible we may see some early wildflowers, too. For more information and to register contact Sara Pollard 615-714-3610 or with the Murfreesboro Chapter or contact Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-7436 or Plateau Chapter will depart at 8:00am CT from SW corner of Crossville Outlet Center off I-40 exit 320. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Hike -- Pogue Creek

This is a moderate, Ranger led, 5 mile hike on a mostly new trail built by the Amish in February. A shuttle will be required. Depart from Cracker Barrel at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost is $5.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 -- CT Maintainer and Adoptee Recognition

The CT Maintainer and Adoptee recognition is at Rock/Creek at 2 North Shore, 301 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405 between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm ET. The entire event is very informal, and the store will have shoppers, and talkers milling around continually, folks eating and drinking, as well as participants who'll want to gather up whenever there is a recognition moment. There will be beverages, finger foods, recognition, including awards for maintainers who have met the hour requirements, awards for all of the organizations, music, lots of images and information about the whole of the Cumberland Trail. You must RSVP to Cheryl Heckler
at or 931-200-7436 in order to attend. Cheryl sent out a separate email asking to collect CT trail maintenance for 2016 & 2017 which needs reported to her whether you attend or not.  We will depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 3:00pm CT.  Carpool cost $7. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Hike -- Cumberland Trail Indian Rockhouse and Stone Door to Lawson Rock Overlook, Chattanooga

This 7 mile moderate in and out hike descends through a "stone door" down rock steps that have been built in the crevice. The trail hugs the rock bluff, leading to Indian Rock House, an archaeological site once provided shelter for the Cherokee Indians and a has a two-story rockhouse up high - two openings, one on top of the other. Further along are three interesting stacked rock formations or chimney rocks that are best visible in winter. You’ll have several wet-weather stream crossings as the trail continues in a rollercoaster fashion. The trail affords a nice view of the Tennessee River below as it bears left away from the escarpment. There is smaller second “stone door” before reaching our destination at Lawson Rock Overlook. Optionally, for those wanting a shorter hike, just hike to the chimney rocks and back for about 4.4 miles. Wear boots, bring water, lunch and snacks. Depart at 8:00am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church on Highway 127 South. Carpool cost $7.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Hike -- TBD

Saturday, March 25, 2017, Hike -- CT Upper Leggett to Rock Creek Bridge & Rock Creek Loop, Sale Creek

This is a moderate 8.4 mile hike on the Cumberland Trail beginning from Upper Leggett Rd descending on the Rock Creek Loop affording views of Rock Creek and traversing several ridges through a mixed forest of pines and hardwoods. At the Boiling Springs Branch Bridge we will continue on the main trail descending and ascending along ridges as it rises above Rock Creek crossing Leggett Branch Cascades to the 80 ft. Rock Creek Bridge. After a lunch break at the bridge we will return on the main trail to the Upper Leggett parking. Wear boots; bring water, snack and lunch. Depart Trinity Tabernacle on Hwy 127 S at 8:00am CT.  Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-200-7436 to register or for additional information. Carpool cost $5.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Hike -- TBD

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Saturday, February 25, 2017, Hike -- Flipper Bend

This is an approximately 8 mile strenuous hike. We will meet Soddy-Daisy Chapter at Walmart parking lot in Soddy Daisy at 9:00am ET. Hike leader: John Politte 423-304-8327. Contact Bruce Whitehead 941-716-3620 if you plan to hike. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 6:30am CT. Carpool cost $5.

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