The Tennessee Chapter 2012 Spring Retreat and Executive Committee Meeting will be held at Sterchi Lodge on April 27-29. In the Highlands, spring will just be starting to flush out leaves and wildflowers. Prices are low with bunk house accommodations for 42 people, including breakfasts and Saturday Night Dinner. Attendees need to bring their own linens or sleeping bag, towels plus Saturday & Sunday lunches and beverages

Plan to participate in the Defenders Silent Auction by bringing items to donate plus bidding early and often. The Silent Auction benefits our chapter's lobbying and legislative program.

Sterchi Lodge is located on a mountaintop along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line about 80 miles from Knoxville. It borders both the Pisgah National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest.

Hiking is available on the Appalachian trail, which is located ˝ mile from the lodge on Max Patch Mountain. 360 panoramic video from top of Max Patch may be viewed here

The nearest towns to Strechi Lodge are Del Rio, Tenn., and Hot Springs, N.C.

The driveway is marked with both addresses:

-5000 Round Mountain Road, Del Rio, Tennessee

-6303 Max Patch Road, Hot Springs, North Carolina


Take Interstate 40 East through Newport and across the North Carolina state line. Take the first North Carolina exit (Exit 7 - Harmon Den). Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp—the road turns to gravel almost immediately. Drive approximately 6.8 miles and make a sharp left turn just past a brown forestry sign. You will also see a sign pointing to Max Patch at this turn. Drive approximately 2 more miles, passing the Max Patch Trailhead on the right and a large pond with a boardwalk also on the right. The driveway to the Lodge is on the left, approximately 2/10 of a mile past the pond.