The Plateau Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has announced its December hiking schedule. 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 http://ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com. Rain cancels.
Saturday, Dec. 8 — Whites Creek near Rockwood. The 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 3.5 miles) length, but has several hill climbs to get your heart pumping. The group 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 at 8 a.m. Contact Howard Owens to register at email@example.com or call 484-1328.
Thursday, Dec. 13 — Chapter Christmas party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St., Crossville. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share while socializing with hiking buddies. Bring a gift if you want to participate in the "dirty Santa" gift exchange. For questions, contact Linda Barclay at firstname.lastname@example.org.