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Wednesday, February 12, 2014, -- Rock Creek Loop

Tennessee Trails Association - February 28, 2014 - 2:40am

This is 8 mile hike and is rated moderate to difficult due to the steep climb at the end of the hike. The trail follows the banks of Rock Creek, a tributary of the Big South Fork River. It also overlaps parts of the John Muir and Sheltowee Trace Trails. The trail follows part of the old Stearns Logging Railroad along Massey Branch. Depart at 8:00 am CT behind Cracker Barrel. Gas cost $6.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014 -- Chapter Meeting

Tennessee Trails Association - February 28, 2014 - 2:30am
Time: 6:30 pm CT (Notice: Starting in March meetings will start at 6:00 pm CT).

Place: First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville. 

Program: Wildflowers & Native TN Plants by Karla Miller.

Dinner: LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville at 5:00 pm

Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at or 931-456-6437 for additional information.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Hike -- Ice Castles at Piney Falls

Tennessee Trails Association - February 28, 2014 - 2:25am
Lisa Huff, Director of East TN Natural Areas, will lead us on an Ice Castle hike around the Piney Falls Natural Area. We will do perhaps 5 miles of moderate hiking. Depart Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00 am CT, or you can meet us at the Piney Falls parking area on Firetower Road at 9:00 am. Gas cost $5.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014, Hike -- Savage Gulf History Hike, Savage Gulf SNA, Beersheba Springs, TN (Joint hike with Upper Cumberland Chapter)

Tennessee Trails Association - February 28, 2014 - 2:24am
This hike is a 9 to 10 mile strenuous hike which will descend into the Gulf through the Stone Door and follow the Connector Trail to its junction with the Stagecoach Road after a sidetrip to the lower sink of Big Creek. We then follow the Stagecoach Road to the site of the Savage Gulf School and Savage Gulf Cemetery. We will then follow old roads past the Catur Savage cabin before ascending from the gulf to meet Grassy Ridge Road. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks, and lunch. We will depart from Tractor Supply, Highland Square, Crossville at 7:15 am CT.  For information and to register contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152.  Carpool $10 – Picture of Howard walking down Stone Door or overlook above Stone Door.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Hike -- Obed Gorge

Tennessee Trails Association - February 28, 2014 - 2:20am

This hike is 6 moderate to difficult miles due to rocky terrain. It includes nice overlooks and cliffs. Depart from the Vanity Fair parking lot at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost is $5.
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Blue Blazes Trail Hike--March 1

Nickajack Naturalist - February 9, 2014 - 5:36pm
Moccasin Bend Photo: Bob Butters On Saturday, March 1st, National Park Service historian Jim Ogden will be leading a 1.2 mile hike on the new Brown's Ferry Federal Road Trail at Moccasin Bend. Click here for details. For those participants... Bob Butters
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Nature and the Economy

Nickajack Naturalist - February 6, 2014 - 4:41pm
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, a job he came to after serving as a managing director at Goldman Sachs. Jonathon Adams is a science writer. Together, they've written Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive... Bob Butters
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Sequatchie Caddisfly Featured on Tennessee Wild Side

Nickajack Naturalist - February 6, 2014 - 1:39pm
Owen Spring Branch flows from the cave at Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area. Photo: Bob Butters The rare Sequatchie Caddisfly was recently featured on a segment of the Tennessee Wild Side TV program. Click here to learn more and to... Bob Butters
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Russell Cave Hike Report

Nickajack Naturalist - February 5, 2014 - 3:55pm
A good sized group turned out for the latest outing in the Nickajack Naturalist series of nature hikes, at Russell Cave National Monument near Bridgeport, Alabama on Saturday, February 1st. Partnering again with Outdoor Chattanooga, this approximately 1 3/4 mile... Bob Butters
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Sequatchie Cove Adventure

Nickajack Naturalist - February 5, 2014 - 3:07pm
On a chilly day in mid-January, Kim and I, along with our two canine cohorts, Lucy and Camo, headed into the wilds of Sequatchie Cove to search for a spot I've been wanting to locate for nearly twenty years. Shortly... Bob Butters
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Saturday, February 1, 2014, Hike -- Middle Creek, Slave Falls, Needle Arch Loop, Big South Fork, Jamestown

Tennessee Trails Association - February 1, 2014 - 3:02am
This moderate hike will be a combination of the Middle Creek loop and the Slave Falls loop for a total of 9.3 miles. On Middle Creek we will enjoy large rock overhands, rockhouses and high cliffs. On the second loop you will see the 60’ Slave Falls, Needle Arch and Indian Rockhouse. Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. Depart 8:00 am from Cracker Barrel off I-40 Crossville Exit 317. Contact Cheryl Heckler at '' or 931-456-6437 to register or for additional information. Carpool $7. Photos: Ginger, Jim, Pat
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Nickajack Lake Christmas Bird Count

Nickajack Naturalist - January 29, 2014 - 10:15pm
From The Chattanoogan While science is typically thought of as being conducted by professionals, there is a type of science referred to as "citizen science". Much of what we know about the ranges of some species and populations of wildlife... Bob Butters
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Saturday, January 18, 2014, Hike -- Savage Day Loop, Palmer, TN

Tennessee Trails Association - January 18, 2014 - 6:00am
This easy 4.2 mile hike is quite beautiful with lush mountain laurel, hemlock trees, waterfalls, and overlooks of the Gulf. The many points of interest include a suspension bridge across Boyd Branch Creek, Savage Falls Overlook, and Rattlesnake Point Overlooking Savage Gulf. A staircase leads to the deep pool of Savage Falls. Gas cost $7. Depart 8:00 am CT from Trinity Tabernacle Church. Contact Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.netor 931-456-6437 for additional information. Photos: Ginger, Jim
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Must-Have Gadgets For Outdoor Fans

Appalachia and Beyond - January 15, 2014 - 10:10pm
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Little Cedar Mountain Trail Temporarily Closed for Re-Working, Volunteers Wanted

Nickajack Naturalist - January 15, 2014 - 5:40pm
The 3 1/5 mile hiking trail on TVA's Little Cedar Mountain near Nickajack Dam is temporarily closed to the public while major re-routing of some problem sections takes place. The work is targeted for completion, depending on the cooperation of... Bob Butters
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Hike -- Whites Creek

Tennessee Trails Association - January 15, 2014 - 6:45am
 The Whites Creek trail begins along the shoreline and continues as a woodland walk along the ridge tops overlooking the Watts Bar reservoir of the Tennessee River. The hike is rated moderate due to its short (about 3.5mi) length, but has several hill climbs to get your heart pumping. We will also stop at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston for a short walk and some exploring. This is the only federal era 18th Century Fort in Tennessee reconstructed on the original foundation. Depart from Trinity Tabernacle Church at 8:00 am CT. Gas cost $5.
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New Online Trailhead Parking Registration Process

Friends of the Cumberland Trail - April 10, 2012 - 2:36pm

Are you planning to stay the overnight at a campsite on the trail?  If so, please use the new trailhead parking registration process on this site.  By registering in advance, the CT park rangers will know that your car isn’t abandoned and that a hiking party is out on the trail.  Simply go to this page ( and submit your form and the CT staff will get your information.

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Gracemoor Trees of Christmas

White County Chamber of Commerce - December 29, 2010 - 8:00pm

Gracemoor Trees of Christmas
Individuals, businesses and groups will create decorated Christmas Trees to be on display 1-4 US Bank on Mose Dr. Hwy 111 in Sparta. The public may view the trees and vote for their favorite. US Bank will also host the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House on Dec. 9, 2010, 5-7 p.m.,  with the trees to be auctioned at 6 p.m. The trees will remain on exhibit until Dec 31th. Proceeds will benefit Gracemoor, local shelter for domestic violence. Register your tree at US Bank on Bockman Way or Hwy 111.


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