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Sumner Trails Chapter - Tennessee Trails Association

Sumner Trails Chapter - Tennessee Trails Association


TTA has chartered the Sumner Trail chapter to serve folks living in Hendersonville, Gallatin, and the Sumner County area. Regular chapter meetings are being held at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the First Methodist Church in Hendersonville. The Sumner Trails Chapter maintains a mailing list to disseminate information about chapter activities and events.

On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law two significant pieces of legislation: the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Scenic Trails Act. Earlier that year, in Tennessee, a State Scenic Rivers Act had been signed into law by Governor Buford Ellington. This legislation came about as the results of efforts by the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, a group of citizens concerned about the preservation and protection of the state’s river resources.

Mack Prichard was a state naturalist who felt that Tennessee should have its own State Scenic Trails Act, patterned after the federal legislation. He decided to met with Bob Brown to pursue this idea.

Mack Pritchard, a naturalist with the Tennessee State Parks system, and Bob Brown, a Nashville banker, had met through their involvement TSRA.Bob Brown, treasurer of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, was an avid hiker and outdoorsman who was interested in developing trails closer to his home in Nashville, so as to not have to travel to the Mountains of East Tennessee to hike.

Bob and Mack met in Bob’s Nashville office to discuss

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