For The Vista
The Tennesee Trail’s Plateau Chapter has announced its busy April schedule of hikes.
There will be a leaderless hike (typically 5 – 7 miles) every Wednesday morning.
For additional information, contact Bill Harris at 931-484-9152 or visit the Plateau Chapter Blog at www.ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com. Check blog for cancelations or changes before hiking.
Here is what is on the slate:
Saturday, April 6 — Old Stone Fort/Short Springs, Manchester, TN. They will have two hikes for a total of 6 -7 miles of moderate hiking (each hike is approximately 3.5 miles in length).
The Old Stone Fort is a loop trail circling a two thousand year old stone wall built by ancient American natives. It is a great wildflower hike especially if the bluebell plants are in bloom.
There is also a nice museum. The Short Springs hike features a short hike to a waterfall. Depart from Tractor Supply at 8 A.M.
Wear good hiking shoes or boots; bring water, lunch and snacks. For more information and to register, contact Don Taylor at 615-973-1814 or [email protected]
Thursday, April 11 — Chapter Meeting. 6:30 P.M. First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville. Program: TN Parks and Greenways by Marvin Bullock.
Dinner at LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville at 5 P.M. Contact Chapter Chair, Cheryl Heckler at [email protected] or 931-456-6437 for additional information.
Saturday, April 13 — Standing Stone State Park, Hilham, TN. This is an easy to moderate hike of about 5 miles.
They plan to see wildflowers, views of the lake and the historic Fisk House. Depart Tractor Supply at 8 A.M.
Bring snacks, water, lunch, and hiking boots. For information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler at 931-456-6437 or [email protected]
Saturday, April 20 — Chimney Top/Spicewood Branch Loop, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. 8+ miles; moderate to difficult with steep sections; lots of wildflowers will be in bloom.
They will hike to Chimney Top from the ranger station via the Chimney Top Trail. The view from the top is wonderful. They will lunch at the top then retreat along the ridge top to the Spicewood Branch Trail for a total distance of about 9.1 miles.
Bring lunch, water, snacks, and wear good hiking boots. Elevation changes and the distance covered make both routes strenuous. Depart from Vanity Fair parking lot in Crossville at 8 A.M.
They will leave from the ranger station about 9:15 A.M.
Saturday, April 27 — CTC New River Segment Celebration, Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN. There will be a cookout under picnic shelter A at 1 P.M ET with an opening ceremony to follow. RSVP Marleya Pendleton at CTC office 931-456-6259 or [email protected]