Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 24, 2013

Joint hiking adventures planned


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

Nov. 2- 3

Meeman-Shelby/Fort Pillow State Parks, Millington

This will be a joint hiking event with the Murfreesboro chapter. They will leave on Friday, Nov. 1, in the afternoon for the five-hour leisurely drive and get settled into their lodging.

On Saturday they will meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m. for a moderate seven-mile hike on the Pioneer Springs and Chickasaw Bluff Trails at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. On Sunday they will meet at the trailhead at 8 a.m. for an easy 4.8-mile round trip hike on the Chickasaw Bluff trail at Fort Pillow State Park before driving back home.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park has a campground and cabins and there are hotels in Millington for you to choose your lodging from.  For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler at or 931-456-6437.

Nov. 9

CTC Volunteer Appreciation Day (Black Mountain hike and banquet)

Nov. 14

First United Methodist Church Annex, 69 Neecham St.,


The chapter meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. For the program, Bobby Fulcher will give an update report on the Cumberland Trail. 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.

Nov. 16

Grapeyard Ridge Trail

(Great Smoky Mountains

National Park)

This will be a joint hike with the East Tennessee chapter is a moderate 7.9 miles with an elevation gain of 1300 feet over six miles. The trail features include stone foundations, rock walls, a cemetery, the remains of a wrecked steam engine as they walk over and along a babbling creek and through the quiet woods. There is a cabin near the Roaring Fork Motor Nature trailhead with a four-stall barn and corn crib.

This hike requires a 10-mile/20-minute one-way car shuttle. Bring snacks, water, lunch and hiking boots. They will depart from Vanity Fair at 7 a.m., which will get them to the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heckler at or 456-6437.