Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 2, 2014

Kick off the new year with a hike in FFG


CROSSVILLE — The Plateau chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has released its schedule for January. There is a leaderless hike (typically five to seven miles) every Wednesday morning. For additional information, contact Bill Harris at 484-9152 or visit the Plateau Chapter Blog at Check blog for cancelations or changes before hiking.

Saturday, Jan. 4 — Fairfield Glade trails, Crossville.

They will hike two trails in Fairfield Glade. One is a wooded trail, and the other is along a creek for a total of about six moderate miles. There are a few short strenuous uphill climbs. They will depart Vanity Fair west parking lot at 8 a.m. Fairfield Glade hikers can assemble at the four-way stop on Peavine Rd. by 8:15 a.m. to meet with the Vanity Fair carpoolers. If you bring a lunch, the scenic overlook at the end of the second hike will be the lunch location. For more information or to register, contact Howard Owens at 248-3190 or

Thursday, Jan. 9 — Chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The chapter meeting will be at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St., Crossville. The program will be on basic first aid and navigation skills. Dinner will be at Gondola’s in Woodmere Mall, Crossville, at 5 p.m. Contact Chapter Chair Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437 for additional information.

Saturday, Jan. 18 — Savage Day Loop, Palmer, TN.

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. They will depart at 8 a.m. from Trinity Tabernacle. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437 for additional information.