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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.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, Hike -- Big Ridge State Park

This will be an 8 mile moderate hike with a shorter option of 4-5 miles. The trail meanders along Big Ridge Lake to Loyston Overlook and Meditation Point. Across the dam we will follow the Ghost House Trail, with 2 cemeteries, out to Norris Lake. Depart from the Crossville Outlet Mall at 8:00am CT. Carpool cost $7. Contact is Deb Westervelt (931-267-2243).

Saturday, April 1, 2017, Hike -- Lulu Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mt, GA

This is a joint hike between the Soddy Daisy and Plateau Chapters. The hike is a 5 moderate miles including: the upper falls, Lula Lake, lower falls, and the panoramic vista. For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler from Plateau Chapter 931-200-7436 or Plateau Chapter will depart at 7:30am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church, Hwy 127S to meet Soddy Daisy Chapter at Food City Parking lot in Red Bank. Carpool cost $10.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Hike -- North Chickamagua Cumberland Trail

This is an in-and-out 9 mile moderate to strenuous CT hike from Barker Camp Rd to gorgeous Copper Creek. A 5-6 mile shorter option is a hike off the CT to Furnace Rockhouse (less than a 1 mile round trip with a hill to climb), and then take the CT to Panther Branch overlook and back. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $5. Contact Deb Westervelt (931-267-2243) for info.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, Hike -- CT Piney River Trail from Duskin Creek to Rockhouse Branch, Spring City

This is a moderate 6.5 mile hike from Duskin Creek bridge to Rockhouse Branch bridge and returning seeing White Pine Cascades, Deep Pool Cascades, and a spur trail to Hemlock Falls. Hopefully we will be lucky and see spring wildflowers or Mt Laurel in bloom. For more information and to register contact Cheryl Heckler at 931-200-7436 or Depart at 8:00am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church. Carpool cost $3.

Wednesday, April, 12, 2017, Hike -- CT: Signal Point to Mushroom Rock to Hwy 27, Signal Mountain, TN

Join us for one of the most scenic hiking trails overlooking the Tennessee River Gorge. Signal Mountain is one of the southern sections of the Cumberland Trail with features including Julia Falls, various rock formations and overlooks, including Edwards Point with its spectacular view of the "Grand Canyon of the Tennessee." The hikers will lunch at one of the overlooks. The trail follows bluff tops and ridges 1,800 and 2,000 ft. above sea level, drops into ravines lush with hemlocks towering over tangled growths of laurel and rhododendron before meeting the short trail hikers at Mushroom rock and continuing down the gorge, crossing Suck Creek over a swinging bridge, and continuing out of the gorge to Hwy 27. Our hike begins at Signal Point after our car shuttle drops us off. It is an 8.4 mile hike rated strenuous due to length, elevation up and down, rocky terrain and requires good hiking boots.

The shorter hike will be hiking at a relaxed pace 2 miles from Hwy 27 on a gradual rocky up and then descending 400' along switchbacks into the gorge, crossing Suck Creek over a swinging bridge and gradually ascending 300' to Mushroom Rock, a 20-foot-high sandstone pedestal rock of the Sewanee conglomerate. The short trail hikers will find a lunch spot and relax at Mushroom Rock till the Signal Mountain hikers arrive and the entire group continue back down to Hwy 27. The shorter hike is 4 miles rated moderate+ due to elevation change.

Bring plenty of water, snack and lunch.  Meet at Trinity Tabernacle Church on Hwy 127 South in Crossville at 7:30am CT.  Gas cost $8.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 -- Chapter Meeting

Time: 6:00pm CT
Program: Wildflowers by Karla Miller
Location: First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville
Dinner: 4:45pm CT at Gondola's Restaurant, Woodmere Mall, Crossville
Contact: Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at, or 931-200-7436 for additional information.

Wednesday, April 19, 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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Hike -- CT: Soddy Gorge

This is a new hike on the Soddy Gorge segment of the CT from the Mowbray Pike Trailhead to the Little Soddy Trailhead. The hike is approximately 5 miles crossing several streams, a waterfall, passing thru Little Stone Door, an Indian Rockhouse, an old mining camp, and a natural stone bench. There will be a short shuttle. We can extend the hike 1 mile by doing the Historic Mining Loop. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 7:30am CT. Carpool cost $6.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Saturday, March 25, 2017

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. Photos: Cheryl

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