The Plateau Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association has announced their hiking schedule for the month of August.

•There is a leaderless hike (typically 5-7 miles) every Wednesday morning. For additional information or to get on an e-mail list for the hikes, contact Bill Harris at (931) 484-9152 or Jim McCullough at sue1290@frontiernet.net. Rain cancels.

•Thursday, Aug. 9 — At 6:30 p.m. there will be a chapter meeting at the Art Circle Public Library Community Room in Crossville. Rita and Joe will present an Icelandic journey from their recent adventure in Iceland. Members will also discuss progress and issues regarding the annual meeting.

•Saturday, Aug. 11 — Maude's Crack, Big South Fork. This will be a loop into the No Business Creekgorge which was the site of an early 1900s settlement. After searching for remnants of the old community along No Business Creek, hikers will return to the rim of the gorge through Maude's Crack, a shoulder width split in a 100 foot cliff. Minnie "Maude" Roysdon found this shortcut to the top of the cliff in the early 1900s while bringing lunch to loggers working on the top of the cliffs. In hot weather, the 7-mile hike should be classified moderate to difficult due to the elevation change and a steep climb through the crack. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Depart Cracker Barrel's rear parking lot at 7 a.m. CDT. To register, e-mail or call Jim McCullough at sue1290@frontiernet.net or 484-8222.

•Friday, Aug. 17 — The TTA Plateau Chapter picnic will be held at 5 p.m. at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville. Barbecue pork and smoked chicken will be provided. Sign up for the picnic by Aug. 10 via e-mail or phone to Rita Senko at rsenko@usit.net or (865) 354-6101 so the appropriate amount of meat can be ordered. Please bring a side dish and coordinate food items with Sue Eldridge at billsue@frontiernet.net or (931) 456-4459.

•Saturday, Aug. 18 — Lost Creek Cave hike, a few miles east of Sparta, TN, south of Hwy. 70. There is a steep descent to the cave entrance. Inside the cave there is plenty of head room, so that you will be able to walk to the 40-foot waterfall with no need to crawl. Total hiking distance is 3 miles, with 2.5 miles in the cave, and is rated moderate to difficult due to some uncertain footing, rock hopping, and the need to climb over some rocks and boulders. Two flashlights and extra batteries are required for safety reasons. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water, lunch, and snacks. Meet at the Tractor Supply parking lot in Crossville at 8 a.m. CDT. To register, contact Bill Harris at 484-9152.

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