Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 28, 2014

Plateau TTA chapter plans hikes


CROSSVILLE — The Plateau Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has released a new hiking schedule. It includes 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, Feb. 1 — Middle Creek, Slave Falls, Needle Arch Loop, Big South Fork, Jamestown. 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 they will enjoy large rock overhands, rockhouses and high cliffs. On the second loop, they will see the 60-foot Slave Falls, Needle Arch and Indian Rockhouse. Bring snacks, water, lunch and hiking boots. Depart 8 a.m. from Cracker Barrel off I-40 Crossville, exit 317. Contact Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437 to register or for additional information.

Thursday, Feb. 13 — Chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St., Crossville. The program will be Wildflowers and Native Tennessee Plants by Karla Miller. Dinner will be at LaCosta Mexican Restaurant, 138 The Crossings, Crossville, at 5 p.m. Contact Chapter Chair Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437 for additional information.

Saturday, Feb. 22 — Savage Gulf History Hike, Savage Gulf SNA, Beersheba Springs. This is a joint hike with the Upper Cumberland Chapter. This is a nine- 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 Rd. after a side trip to the lower sink of Big Creek. They will then follow the Stagecoach Rd. to the site of the Savage Gulf School and Savage Gulf Cemetery. They will then follow old roads past the Catur Savage cabin before ascending from the gulf to meet Grassy Ridge Rd. Bring hiking boots, water, snacks and lunch. They will depart from Tractor Supply, Highland Square, Crossville, at 7:15 a.m. For information and to register, contact Bill Harris at 484-9152.