Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail (please pre-register for these two outings with firstname.lastname@example.org)
1.Bring your bike and ride on this 4 mile paved rail/trail which follows a converted rail bed and features hardwood forests, old railroad bridges over creeks and marshland. A highlight is a long steel framed trestle bridge that spans Sycamore Creek. LARRY MARCHESE-615-681-2294
- Eagle Pass section, 5 mile round trip hike is a continuation of the paved trail, becoming compacted gravel and passing an eagle’s nest. Terminus is Cheatham Dam campground. rating: moderate
meeting time and place: 1:00 Mark’s Creek Trailhead
Railroad History hike at Montgomery Bell. 2:00 Led and gu
ided by State Naturalist,This is an interpretive walk with many stops to learn the history and nature of the park along the way. The distance is about 4 miles and generally very easy. RANDY HEDGEPATH-615-418-5783
rating: easy to moderate
meeting time and place: 2:00/ reg. area
Wildcat, Ore Pit, Jim Bailey Nature Trail at Montgomery Bell – 4 miles This afternoon hike will be a good way to acquaint yourself with the terrain of the park and its history.
meeting time and place: 2:00/ reg. area
Saturday: all hikes will meet in the foyer/hike reg. area at 8:00, to meet up with leaders/coordinators.
Combinations of Henry Hollow loop, 2 miles, Highland Trail, 4 miles, and Sedge Trail .7 miles. Features a rugged landscape of highland rim forest, steep slopes, narrow hollows, streams, waterfalls and drier ridge tops. KEVIN BOWDEN- 615-973-4842
distance: 7 miles
Bowie Nature Park – 5.5 miles Within the park there are 17 miles of winding trails which move the traveler through several Eco-Systems to include wetlands, grasslands, pine forest, oak/hickory forest, riparian and lowland bottomland wetlands. The nature center offers the opportunity for park visitors to learn more about Bowie Nature Park itself with nature exhibits, brochures and art. GARNETT RUSH- 615-210-0660
Downtown Nashville historical and urban hike -6.5 miles. To include, state capitol, Courthouse Square, Union Station, civil war sites, honky tonk district, river views, new convention center and various architectural gems. TOM VICKSTROM-615-405-6713
Harpeth River State Park outing – 3-4 miles. (meet ranger 9:00, Cedar Hill Rd.)To include Mound Bottom, Narrows of the Harpeth Bluff Trail, Montgomery Bell Tunnel (about 3 miles) There is also an option to explore the 3 mile Hidden Lake Trail.
ranger Bill Morton 615-566-9031 (touch base 1 wk prior. )
JIM JOHNSON: COORDINATOR-615-300-3002
Johnsonville History Hike – 5 miles.(Meet ranger at 10:00) Enjoy a Ranger lead hike through the hollows and history of Johnsonville State Historic Park. We’ll follow portions of the Historic Johnsonville Trail, Civil War Forts Trail and African-American Cemetery Loop which will link together to make a stacked loop hike of almost 5 miles.
ranger Bob Holliday (931-535-2789) and AL BALLENGER: COORDINATOR-615-347-2623
Montgomery Bell State Park
Combinations of overnight trail, 10.5 mile loop, This trail has a great combination of history, wooded terrain, and lakes. And you’re close to your lodgings – easy commute! KATHIE AND KARL DUPRE -615-834-9274
Montgomery Bell 1/2 loop – 7 miles. To include pre-park history, guided by State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath. A tour of the most significant pre-park historic sites by way of the Montgomery Bell Trail. This is a 7 mile moderate walk to Laurel Furnace, the Church Birthplace, Hall Spring, and the Lake Woodhaven Spillway. Randy Hedgepath 615-418-5783
Montgomery Bell – Hiking and trail maintenance workshop. Bob Richards will conduct this workshop which will include a morning hike on the Ore Pit Trail to discuss potential problems in the design of the trail and then an afternoon session which will include actual maintenance and trail building. All tools and guidance will be provided. BOB RICHARDS 615-210-1932
Mousetail Landing ( distance from MB/1 HR. 30 MIN)
Overnight Trail, (but not overnight) 8 miles. The hike will be led by local expert, Terry McCoy, a member of the Jackson chapter, whom the group will meet at the trailhead. The trail is a favorite of western Tennesseans. It works its way through hollows and up and down ridges, crossing creeks, meandering along Lick Creek, and finally affording a fantastic overlook of the Tennessee River. TERRY MCCOY 731-535-0625
Natchez Trace Historical and Waterfall outing. Starting from the north, you will make stops at: 1) Gordon House, built in 1818, and Ferry site. 2) Jackson Falls, named for Andrew Jackson, 3) Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area ( 3 mile loop hike), 4) Fall Hollow and 5) Meriwether Lewis Site, where there is a monument,
gravesite and historic exhibit about the famous explorer. ALICE CANNON-615-509-2611, AMY SUTTON-615-525-1573
distance: 5 miles
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park (1 HR. 15 MIN. from MB)
10 and/or 5 mile loop which includes Pilot Knob, the highest point in west Tennessee and great views of Kentucky Lake. Includes a visit to the park’s Folklife Center.
rating: 10 mile/difficult
Edwin Warner Park (meet Vera Vollbrecht at 9:00 hwy #70 ) meet BETTY MAGEE:COORDINATOR 615-319-5394 at Nature Center 8:30
Hill Farm Property. Old Growth Forest Acquisition. This will be a rugged off-trail hike through the property, led by Warner Park Nature Center Director, Vera Vollbrecht. Come with your sturdy boots and walking sticks and explore this exquisite land of old growth trees and a richly diverse habitat.
- limit 12 people.
rating: difficult, off-trail
Sunday all hikes will meet in the foyer/hike reg. area at 8:00, to meet up with leaders/coordinators.
Bicentennial Mall State Park (meet ranger at 10:00 at the Mall Visitor’s Center)
With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plants species form different regions of the state. This hike will be guided by a State Park Ranger. JENNIFER SMITH-615-532-5741 (need a coordinator)
Longhunter State Park
Volunteer Day Loop 4 miles. Fully wooded with bluffs overlooking the shores of J. Percy Priest Lake. LARRY MARCHESE-615-681-2294
Natchez Trace State Park (distance from MB/1 HR. 20 MIN.)
Cub Lake Trail 4 mile loop. This is a pleasant lakefront stroll, and a good trail for viewing the fall colors. It circles Cub Creek Lake with several short hills and flatter areas, wetlands and lakeshore views. DICK MCKEEN-731-469-0619
rating: moderately easy
Railroad History Hike 8:00( Repeat of Friday’s hike.) Led and guided by State Naturalist,This is an interpretive walk with many stops to learn the history and nature of the park along the way. The distance is about 4 miles and generally very easy. RANDY HEDGEPATH-615-418-5783
Montgomery Bell – Beginning Orienteering Course. (meet ranger at park office 9:00) Guided by Montgomery Bell ranger, Eric Runkle. Haven’t you always wanted to know how to use a compass. Have you ever been lost, disoriented, mixed up??? You are not alone, most hikers have experienced this at one time or another. This is your chance to feel confident finding your way. Bring a compass and learn how to navigate the woods of Montgomery Bell. You’ll never feel lost, disoriented, or mixed up again. (No guarantees of course) ERIC RUNKLE-park office Bring your compass.
rating: easy, 2 hours