TTA Plateau Chapter
Lone Mountain - Coyote Point
WELCOME ALL HIKERS: Scheduled Hikes (below)
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The settlement gets its name from a Kentucky man named Sherman Hensley, who in 1903 moved with his young wife to the top of Cumberland Mountain to eke out a living away from the encroaching world of telephones and automobiles. It is approximately 8 mile difficult hike with 2385' elevation gain. If interested in the settlement but don’t want to hike, you can reserve a Ranger Guided Hensley Settlement tour for $10 ($5 if you have a Golden Pass; 1 tour per pass). The ranger drives a 10 pass enger van up the Shillalah Creek trail (a steep gravel road) to the settlement. See the profile on the map at: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/chadwell-gap-to-hensley-settlement--2
Depart from Crossville Outlet Center west parking lot at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost is $10. Pack water, snacks and lunches. For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-200-7436.
Wednesday, October 4 – BSF Honey Creek Loop. This is a moderate sometimes strenuous 5.7 mile hike among fabulous rock cliffs, waterfall and a cave. One of the top scenic hikes in BSF. Depart from Cracker Barrel back parking lot at 8 am. Carpool cost is $7. Pack water, snacks and lunch. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email email@example.com or text/call 931-267-2243.
Saturday, October 7 – Hit the Trails Festival. Festival is the conclusion of the September month long Cumberland County hiking marathon. Over Thirty information booths, including one for our TTA Chapter, will be setup from various outdoor activity organizations and vendors. Contact Cheryl Heckler firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to help man the booth. There will be music and food. The Festival runs from 10am – 3pm at the corner of Stonehenge Drive and Peavine Road in Fairfield Glade.
Wednesday, October 11 – Haw Ridge Park in Oak Ridge. This will be approximately an 8 mile moderate lakeside hike. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart from the VF Outlet Mall west parking lot at 8 am CT. Carpool cost is $7. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email email@example.com or text/call 931-267-2243.
Thursday, October 12 - Chapter Meeting. 6pm CT at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville. Dinner at Casa Grande Restaurant on Miller Ave, Crossville at 5 pm CT. Program: Tree Identification by Don Hazel. Contact Chapter Chair, Bruce Whitehead, 941-716-3620, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to join us for dinner.
Friday-Sunday, Oct 13-15 – TTA Annual Meeting.
Wednesday, October 18 – Norris Dam State Park. Rock Creek, Sinkhole and Andrews Ridge trails. This will be a 6-7 mile moderate (strenuous at times) hike. Carpool cost is $8. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Depart from the VF Outlet Mall west parking lot at 8 am. For additional information contact the hike coordinator, Deb Westervelt, via email email@example.com or text/call 931-267-2243.
Saturday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 22 Backpack trip on Cumberland Trail Norma Road to Bruce Gap Overnight, Caryville, TN. This 17 mile hike is strenuous for distance and ascent/descent rates with an elevation change of 2020'. Hike will require a car shuttle from Norma Road to Bruce Gap trailheads. We will hike 7.5 miles before camping at Montgomery Fork Campground, then out 9.5 miles the next day. Features are a beautiful forest with large hardwoods, Anderson Mountain, Cross Mountain, Royal Blue Unit of the North Cumberland Wildlife Management, seasonal views of the valleys and more distant mountaintops, and possibly see elk and other wildlife. Despite the difficulty, it is a very beautiful and interesting trail. Bring backpacking gear, water, and food for a 2-day, 1-night trip. Depart at 7:30 am CT from Cracker Barrel, Highway 127, just south of I-40 exit 317. Carpool cost $9. For more information and to register contact Curt Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 260-2140 or Cheryl Heckler at email@example.com or (931) 200-7436 .
Wednesday, October 25 - CT Snow Falls/Buzzard Point. From the Laurel/Snow Falls parking lot, we will hike up the creek and then off the mountain to Snow Falls. Bring water shoes to cross a creek. The hike is about 8 moderate miles. Pack water, snacks and lunch. We depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8am CT. Carpool cost is $7. For more information or to sign up contact via text or call Deb Westervelt via email firstname.lastname@example.org or txt/call 931-267-2243.
Saturday, October 28 – Glendale Branch and Coytee Loop Trails. This is a 6 mile easy to moderate hike along the East lakeshore of Tellico Lake. Pack water, snacks and lunch. Carpool cost is $7. Depart from the VF Outlet Mall west parking lot at 8 am. For more information contact, via text or call, Deb Westervelt via email email@example.com or txt/call 931-267-2243.