Flat Rock State Natural Area is a lesser used trail and offers a beautiful example of middle Tennessee cedar glades and barrens. The wooded sections, meadows, and contrastingly stark rocky areas yield their own unique variety of what are often specifically adapted wildflower species.
The loop trail is relatively flat with a few gentle inclines. The first segment is rocky and others may be wet or muddy so hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Register with Mark for meetup location, details, and updates.
Alternate date for inclement weather: Sunday, May 16.
Bowie Nature Park. Fairview. 5 to 6 miles rated easy. We will visit Bowie Nature Park, which is nestled on 700 acres in Fairview, TN. There are over 17 miles of trails and small lakes, cemeteries, and plenty of forest. We will hike the Perimeter Trail, 4.4 miles and will go in between different trails to see small lakes and other scenery. The flowers should be making an appearance. We will meet at the Visitor Center at Bowie at 9:00 am CT. We will also carpool (individual cars) from Murfreesboro. We will leave from the 840 Park N Ride on Broad Street at 8:15 am. Bring water, snacks, camera, and hiking poles. This will be a LEISURELY walk. For information or to sign up please contact Tony Jones at 615-397-4463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This unique natural area offers a huge variety of spring ephemeral wildflowers and even the roadsides along the way offer their own displays. The out and back trail at Washmorgan follows a stream bed to a lovely waterfall. Hikers will have an option to continue on to a second trail on private land. We’ll travel at a pace that allows us to appreciate the natural beauty around us.
Depending on water levels the trail can involve numerous shallow crossings, so you’re encouraged to wear or bring water shoes. Bring plenty of water and snacks and pack a lunch. TTA members only. Register with Mark for meetup location, details, and updates.
Alternate date for inclement weather: Sunday, May 2.
Bowie Nature Park is in Fairview, TN. Easy. 4 mile loop. Joint hike with the Columbia Franklin Chapter. This trail encompasses several short scenic trails of the park touring four of the preserve’s lakes, with opportunities for a longer hike if desired. This is a water and wildlife-lovers walk and wildflowers should be abundant. Contact Libby Francis, 615-319-7501 or email@example.com to register for this hike. We will find a picnic shelter for lunch after the hike.
Moderate. 3.4 mile out and back. The trail begins at Garrison Creek (milepost 427.6) which is about 10 miles south of the Birdsong Hollow Bridge over highway 96. The trail takes you through old growth timber to a scenic overlook and then follows the ridgeline to the War of 1812 monument. For those wanting to hike additional mileage, we will stop at Timberland Park on the Parkway (milepost 437.2) just south of the Birdsong Hollow Bridge for another 2-3 miles. Meet at 8:30 am at the Garrison Creek parking lot. If you would like to join this hike, please contact Kathy Woods, 615-473-6824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gruetli-Laager, TN. Difficult due to distance, rocky terrain and elevation changes. 12 plus miles. We will hike past West Collins campground to the loop on the east side, passing Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls. In addition to spectacular waterfalls this trail has awesome spring wildflowers. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Bring hiking sticks, sturdy hiking boots, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring water shoes for creek crossings and a head lamp. Contact Doug Burroughs at email@example.com or (615) 587-0085 (leave a message) for more information and to register.