What we're about

Trail Dames is hiking club for women of a curvy nature. However, all women are welcome! The Dames are a group of women who are looking for a chance to get out and see the beauty that this world has to offer. We hike slowly, enjoying every second, because we know that it is not the destination that is important, but the journey. And when we reach the top of every mountain, you will find us doing the "Dance of the Real Woman" and celebrating the life that is in us all!

Trail Dames Membership Information:

All women are invited to join the Dames for a few hikes before becoming an official member, so come try us out!

Membership includes:

-The quarterly newsletter. Keep up to date on all things Dame and learn tips of hiking, backpacking and living the life of a Dame!
- A trail Dames patch to show your spirit
-Special discounts and coupons from outdoor companies for Trail Dames only
-Admittance to all Trail Dames hikes
-Special discount on Trail Dames special events

Membership details and application can be found at our website http://www.traildames.com/Membership

Upcoming events (5+)

Hidden Rivers

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

Hidden Rivers Film Premiere Thursday, April 4, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Tennessee Aquarium Members $20 | Non-Members $25 Join us for a special evening in support of freshwater science and conservation as we premiere “Hidden Rivers.” This spectacular new film, shot across Southern Appalachia, celebrates the region’s unparalleled aquatic life. You’ll witness the vivid colors, natural dramas, and rarely witnessed animal behaviors while coming to appreciate the conservation efforts to protect pristine habitats and restore native species. Reception from 6-7 pm, followed by a screening of this inspirational underwater documentary on the giant IMAX screen. Admission includes one drink ticket and light appetizers. You must purchase your ticket at: https://community.tnaqua.org/

Hike Shelter Dogs

Pet Placement Center

One of the things Trail Dames does is give back to the community. This can be providing trail magic, doing trail maintenance or in this case, hiking shelter dogs. Pet Placement Center is Chattanooga's only true no kill shelter. By taking the dogs for a hike we are helping to socialize them and make them more adoptable helping them find their forever homes. We will meet at Pet Placement Center and then caravan over to Reflection Riding at the base of Lookout Mtn. We will transport the dogs in our own vehicles. Bring an old sheet or towels to cover your back seat. We will then take the dogs on hike of about 3 miles. Then bring them back to the shelter. Please check out Pet Placement Center on the web or Facebook. If you are in a position to do so - they have a wish list of items that the shelter needs. Any donations are greatly appreciated. One continual need - paper towels. Please note, no personal dogs on this hike please - this one is for the Pound Puppies! Let's go to lunch afterwards.

Sycamore Falls Trail at Fiery Gizzard

Fiery Gizzard Trailhead

This 3.2 mile hike is a beautiful hike located on the Cumberland Plateau. The trail is well maintained & marked. It would be considered a Trail Dames hike based on length & difficulty. The trail has ups & downs but nothing very steep. Some of the trail is rocky. There is a swimming hole at the base of the falls. Bring 2 liters of water, snacks, hiking poles. Wear sturdy shoes. You may want some water shoes/sandals if it is warm enough to take a dip. There will be a carpool from Chattanooga. There will be a stop at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City before the hike. This is the oldest family owned bakery in TN! Afterwards we can go grab a bite to eat at the Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle, TN

Begineer Backpacking Trip - Weather Permitting

Cumberland Trail - Laurel Snow Falls

• What we'll do Prerequisite: You must have attended a beginner backpacking class on with Trail Dames. Or have permission from the trip leaders. We will hike in 2 miles along Richland Creek to the Henderson Creek campsite. We will set up camp. Then you have a couple of choices - relax in camp, hike to Laurel Falls or hike to Snow Falls or swim in the blue hole. This is the BEST swim hole! On Sunday we will backpack out. • What to bring Backpacking set up - tent or hammock, water purification system, sleeping bag, pad, food for Sat. lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast, optional lunch, water, day pack for hiking excursion. • Important to know If you have questions about this trip - please post to the list. If you have the question - likely someone else does too :D

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