• Gallatin Litter Cleanup

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    Come join the Cumberland River Compact and the City of Gallatin as we help cleanup the Cumberland River! Use this link to receive more information and register for the event:

    https://cumberlandrivercompact.volunteerhub.com/

    Litter can wash into our streams and rivers from land after a rain event, making our waterways hot spots for litter accumulation. Help us clean it up!

  • Let’s leisurely Paddle around a few islands

    Location visible to members

    Time: Meet at 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM START.
    Distance 4 miles
    Estimated time: 3 hours
    Leader: Hassan

    *Bering your own boat*

    Let's enjoy this beautiful day by leisurely paddling around a few islands for four hours. Breaks will be taken whenever anyone needs one, if anyone needs to finish earlier than planned, another paddler will return to the starting point with that person.

  • Beamon Park - Laurel Woods - 7 Mile Hike

    Highland Trailhead

    Where - Beaman Park (northwest of Davidson County)
    Where to meet - Highland trailhead

    Distance - 7 miles (3 hours)
    Difficulty - Moderate to Strenuous
    Beaman Park - Laurel Woods Loop

    Parking - https://goo.gl/maps/zBcYkHndJPCUsaK4A
    Trailhead - https://goo.gl/maps/cguXJ1Ep9vXHGUEr9

  • Radnor Lake Hike Oct 18, 4:00 PM

    Radnor Lake Nature Center

    Come out for a hike at beautiful Radnor Lake Meet: Granny White Pike entrance, Bike Rack by the Nature Center Difficulty: Strenuous (one or two steep ridges) Distance: approx. 4 - 5 miles Pace: Brisk Hike 1. Enter from Granny White Pike/Otter Creek Road. DO NOT enter from the Franklin Road side. The road is blocked 2. There are no signs for Radnor Lake. Turn where Otter Creek Road intersects Granny White Pike 3. Pets are NOT ALLOWED on the trails 4. Observe traffic flow and parking rules ** Canceled if actively raining **

  • Group Volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank 10/19

    Second Harvest Food Bank

    We meet twice a month at Second Harvest. Come join us! We sort and pack food that will be available the next day to someone who can really use the help, as Second Harvest says "someone who is food insecure", not sure where their next meal might come from.

    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in our community. This is not possible without the help of countless volunteers that work each year who help get food ready to go out to the community! If you’d like to see what volunteering in our warehouse looks like, check out this what to expect video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_CzyWGeyFo&feature=youtu.be

    Group Member Registration
    •Everyone who volunteers with Second Harvest must register and create an account on their system. This is required and you will not be allowed to volunteer if you do not have one. If you have not previously created an account in their system, click on this link and create one
    https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/act/volunteer/

    • Minors MUST have a parent or guardian sign the Youth Volunteer Application, https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Youth-Volunteer-Waiver-2018-web.pdf This can be turned in the day of the volunteer project. In addition, minors may choose to create their own account and sign up for the shift using your group’s landing page in order to track volunteer hours.

    Volunteer Duties/Policies and Procedures
    Please review the policies and procedures prior to your shift and be sure to note these important policies:
    • ALL warehouse volunteers must wear masks and close-toed shoes. Volunteers wearing sandals or flip-flops will not be allowed to volunteer. Please ensure that everyone in your group is aware of this policy.
    • There are several volunteer projects that include refrigerated sorting. Please have everyone bring cozy layers in case we ask you to do a “cool” volunteer project!
    • Bags, purses and backpacks are not allowed in the warehouse. Lockers are available or we request that you leave these items in a locked vehicle.
    • In efforts to remain as environmentally friendly as possible, we encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable water bottle.

    Google Map to Second Harvest at 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228 (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=331+Great+Circle+Road+Nashville,+TN+37228&hnear=331+Great+Circle+Rd,+Nashville,+Davidson,+Tennessee+37228&gl=us&t=m&z=16)

    Volunteer parking is at the front part of the lot, closest to the front doors of the building. When you arrive, please sign in at the kiosk and we'll get everyone set with job assignments.

  • Mossy Ridge Trail - Evening Hike for Experienced hikers (Bring a Light!)

    Percy Warner Park - Deep Well Entrance

    HIKE STATS:
    Time: Hike starts promptly at 6:30 P.M.
    Place: Deep Well entrance of Percy Warner Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=36.077928,-86.886243&num=1&sll=36.077908,-86.886234&sspn=0.001225,0.002816&ie=UTF8&ll=36.077908,-86.886234&spn=0.078388,0.180244&z=13)
    Distance: 5½ total miles
    Estimated Hike Time: 2+ hours
    Difficulty: Moderate (https://www.meetup.com/nashville-hiking/pages/Hike_Rating_System/) (Can be very strenuous for novice hikers - Headlamps/flashlights are recommended)
    Hike Leader: Mike Hicks
    Notes: Dogs on a leash okay (Park regs require no more than 6-ft leash - you may be ticketed if you fail to use a leash!)

    The Mossy Ridge Trail is the longest of the three loop footpaths in the Warner Parks. An ideal training hike, the path leaves the Deep Well trailhead and winds through rich hollows and dry ridges of the Harpeth Hills, making frequent but never sustained elevation changes. Scattered in the woods are big trees and a spring-fed waterfall. At 4.5 miles, the Mossy Ridge Trail qualifies as a full-fledged hike that will not disappoint.

    Description courtesy of Johnny Molloy

    Note that because of changes to parking/access at the Deep Well entrance, the hike is now ~5.5 miles.

    Directions to Deep Well entrance of Percy Warner Park:

    From the point where Highway 100 begins at Highway 70 near the Belle Meade Post Office, head west on TN[masked] miles to the large stone gates on the left with Deep Well Entrance sign that mark the entrance of Percy Warner Park (Immediately after the Vaughn Gap Rd/Music City Bikeway Stop Light). Turn left from Highway 100 and pass through the gates, staying right when the road splits. We meet at the Highway 100 Trailhead (1st Pavilion on the left - small pavilion after the 1st set of parking areas). If coming from Old Hickory Blvd or further west, the Entrance will be on your right ~¾ miles past the Old Hickory Blvd Red Light between Edwin and Percy Warner Parks (Just before the Vaughn Gap Rd/Music City Bikeway Stop Light).

    We usually have dinner afterward at the Sam's Sport's bar (at the HWY 100 & HWY 70 split).

    Standard Notice, Disclaimer:
    Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for you own safety and well-being.
    By signing up for this and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at ant event.
    All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
    By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

  • Edwin Warner Park Evening Hike

    Edwin Warner Park

    Meeting Time: 6:00 PM
    Meeting Place: Edwin Warner Park Nature Center
    Hike Distance: ~6 miles
    Estimated Hike Time: ~2 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate, Fast Paced (~3 mph/20 minutes per mile)
    Hike Leader: Michael Hicks
    Notes: Dogs on a leash okay (Park regs require no more than 6-ft leash - you may be ticketed if you fail to use a leash!) This hike will be a combination of the Edwin Warner Woods (Blue) trail and park roads. This is a moderately strenuous hike of 5 - 6 miles with more than 900' of elevation change (details on trail map). Headlamps/Flashlights will be necessary on this hike. Trail Map (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikerhicks/9800982115/)

    Standard Notice, Disclaimer:
    Meetup organizers/ leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for you own safety and well-being.
    By signing up for this and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at ant event.
    All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
    By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

  • Let’s leisurely Paddle on Cumberland river

    Riverbluff Park

    Time: Meet at 9:30 AM for 10:00 AM START.
    Distance 5 miles
    Estimated time: 4 hours
    Leader: Hassan

    *Bering your own boat*

    Let's enjoy this beautiful day by leisurely paddling on Cumberland river from Riverbluff Park to Brush Creek recreation Area for four hours.

    You can eat at Riverview Restaurant best known for their catfish or the Brush Creek Area to enjoy your packed lunch and a beautiful view.

  • 15th Annual Long Hunter Mega-Hike @ Long Hunter State Park

    Long Hunter State Park

    Meeting Time: 6:45 AM
    Meeting Place: Couchville Lake parking lot
    Hike Distance: up to 26 miles
    Estimated Hike Time: Plan on about 12 hours if you decide to hike entire 26 miles
    Difficulty: Easy to Strenuous, depending on how far you choose to hike
    Hike Leaders: Jason Allen and members of the Friends of Long Hunter State Park

    It's that time of year again! The 15th Annual Long Hunter Mega-Hike is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd at Long Hunter State Park. As always, the plan is to hike all of the park's trails -- about 26 miles -- in a single day. And who knows, there may even be a spooktacular surprise or two!

    This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park.

    Participants should meet at the Couchville Lake parking lot (in Area 2) at 6:45 a.m. and be prepared to hit the trails at 7 a.m. sharp. The plan is to complete the hike by sunset, but there's always a chance we could still be out on the trails after dark. So participants might want to bring a light source.

    If you're unable to hike all 26 miles (or just aren't interested in hiking that many miles), no worries -- you can stop whenever you want. Some people hike only a mile or two with us. The main objective is to have fun while enjoying the fall colors and variety of habitats that Long Hunter has to offer -- whether you hike just two miles or all 26.

    Different segments of the hike will be led by various members of the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. Those who complete the hike will receive a frameable certificate of merit. There's also a possibility of getting your photo in a newspaper and/or online. One year The Tennessean newspaper showed up for the event, and the following day there was a nice story about the mega-hike and a photo gallery.

    Just remember to bring lunch and snacks and plenty of water -- and perhaps extra socks and clothes.

    Since Long Hunter's trails are spread out and many of them do not intersect, participants will return to their cars several times in order to drive to different areas of the park. In other words you won't need to carry a heavy backpack around with you; you can leave extra food and clothes in your vehicle and get them later if you wish. You'll also have access to park restrooms at a couple of different locations.

    As for the weather, the hike will take place regardless of the temperature. However, if it's raining or if the weather looks threatening, the event might be postponed since attempting to hike 26 miles in the rain might prove to be difficult -- and probably not much fun.

    The plan is to hike the trails in the same order as recent years: Couchville Lake Arboretum Trail, Nature Loop, Inland Trail, Bluff Trail, Deer Trail, Group Camp Trail, Day Loop, Volunteer Trail, Couchville Glade Trail, Jones Mill Trail, Point Trail, Bryant-Grove Trail. The order is subject to change, but the hike will always start at Couchville Lake.

    No pets, please. Kids are welcome.

    Since this hike is being organized, led and sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Long Hunter State Park group, donations are welcome. Many of the park's hikes and events are organized by Friends of Long Hunter volunteers. Also, many supplies for the park's educational programs are also purchased by the Friends group. To donate to the group or become a member, please go to http://www.friendsoflonghunter.com/membership.html

    For more info, contact park office at[masked] or message one of the hike leaders. You can also keep up with the latest news on the Friends of Long Hunter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark

    Complete Mega-Hike info://tn-nature.blogspot.com/2021/04/15th-annual-long-hunter-mega-hike-set.html

    A recent article on the Mega-Hike: https://digital.tnconservationist.org/publication/?i=671267&article_id=3748440

    Directions:
    Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and then take the first left (which is Area 2) and proceed to the parking lot beside Couchville Lake.

  • Fiery Gizzard Fall Foliage - Saturday, Oct 23rd

    131 Fiery Gizzard Rd

    Do not sign up unless you will carry 2 to 3 liters of water, electrolytes, food and show them to me at the trailhead, especially if you haven't yet hiked with me or haven't hiked with me in a while. No exception. Read disclaimer below. I reserve the right to refuse the participation of anyone whom I feel may not be physically capable of completing the hike or doesn't comply to any stated requirement.

    Grundy Forest State Natural Area - Fiery Gizzard Trail
    https://tnstateparks.com/parks/info/south-cumberland
    https://www.friendsofsouthcumberland.org/

    Time - Start promptly at 9:00 am CDT
    Sunrise - 6:56 am
    Sunset - 5:58 pm

    Plan to be at the trailhead early to get situated.

    Trailhead - Fiery Gizzard North
    131 Fiery Gizzard Rd, Tracy City, TN[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/AvCjLPv66gLphtpcA

    Hiking distance - approx. 10 miles
    Difficulty level - very strenuous
    Trail map - https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/32-fiery-gizzard_1.pdf

    Hike description
    - Start at the Fiery Gizzard North trailhead
    - Fiery Gizzard Trail toward Raven Point Overlook. A new bridge over Little Fiery Gizzard Creek is opened.
    - Stop for lunch at Raven Point Overlook
    - Hike back via Dog Hole Trail

    Optional post-hike snack and refreshment:
    Papa Ron's Pizza & Italian Steakhouse
    402 W Main St, Monteagle, TN[masked]https://g.page/paparonsmonteagle?share

    Disclaimer:
    Meetup organizers/event hosts are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for this and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possible death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant-including you- at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.