Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

April 2, 2012

TTA sets April hikes

CROSSVILLE — The Plateau Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has announced its hiking schedule for April.

There is a leaderless hike (typically 5 - 7 miles) every Wednesday morning. For additional information, contact Bill Harris at 484-9152 or visit the Plateau Chapter Blog at ttaplateauchapter.blogspot.com. Rain cancels.

April 7 - CTC Piney River.

CTC Piney River Trail, Spring City. This trail winds along streams and the Piney River most of its 7.5 mile length. Designated as a pocket wilderness by the Bowater Paper Co., it is now part of the Cumberland Trail. The trail is not difficult but is long and the hike should be undertaken only by hikers that can complete 7.5 miles. Sites of interest along the trail include a picturesque 100 foot suspension bridge and the remains of an old dinky railroad bed. A visit to the Spider Den will be included, if enough hikers are interested. We will need to arrange a shuttle on this one way trail and will hike at a moderate pace. Wear good hiking shoes or boots; bring water, lunch and snacks. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Trinity Tabernacle. For more information and to register, contact Carolyn Miller by e-mail at  cardan@frontiernet.net or at (931) 839-3213.

April 12 – Chapter Meeting.  6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham Street, Crossville. Don Hazel will present “Critters That Hike Where You Hike.” Dinner at LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville at 5 p.m. Contact Chapter Chair Cheryl Heckler at thehecklers@charter.net or 456-6437 for additional information.

April 21 - Cardwell Mountain.

Cardwell Mountain, McMinnville, TN. Cardwell Mountain is a detached piece of the Cumberland Plateau that rises 1,000 feet above the scenic Collins River.

A part of the historic Trail of Tears, the trail climbs to the massive bluffs and boulders atop the mountain. This will be a 5.5 mile loop hike rated moderate. Wear good hiking shoes or boots; bring water, lunch and snacks.  Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Tractor Supply. Contact Howard Owens at 484-1328 or by e-mail at  owenshb@charter.net

April 28 - Black Mountain – Pink Lady Slippers in bloom May 1

CTC Black Mountain, Grassy Cove, TN. We will hike from the trail head at the top of the mountain down to Windless Cave and back, then around the loop on the mountain top. Splendid overlooks, abundant wildflowers especially Pink Lady Slippers, and interesting geology are features of this trail. This is a moderate seven mile hike with a climb of 1,200 feet. Meet at the southeast corner of Cracker Barrel parking lot off Interstate 40 exit 317 at 7:45 a.m. to car pool. Wear good hiking shoes or boots; bring water, lunch and snacks.

For more information or registration, contact Levonn Hubbard via email  at lhhubbard@gmail.com or  call 707-1020 or Marcy Tucker at 788-3470 or by email at matuck42@aol.com.

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