Tennessee State Parks Offer Free Spring Guided Hikes

Tennessee State Parks invites the public to free guided Spring Hikes on March 23.

Tennessee State Parks has announced the second event of their Signature Hikes series for this year: the Spring Hikes, set to take place on Saturday, March 23. These hikes are free of charge and will be led by knowledgeable park staff, providing participants with insights into the natural, cultural, and historical aspects of the parks.

A comprehensive schedule detailing the Spring Hikes available at various parks can be found at this link. The difficulty of the hikes ranges from easy to strenuous, catering to the abilities and interests of a wide audience.

Greer Tidwell, the deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, highlighted the unique opportunity these hikes present. “This is a great opportunity to experience your favorite park in a new way or get to know a new park,” Tidwell stated. He emphasized the benefits of outdoor activity, including exercise, enjoying nature, socializing, and learning about the parks.

The Spring Hikes will feature diverse experiences, such as a nearly three-mile hike at Norris Dam State Park, a historical tour at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and an educational walk through Big Cypress Tree State Park where participants can learn about local flora and fauna.

Hike participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bottled water to ensure a comfortable and safe experience.

In addition to the Spring Hikes, the Tennessee State Parks Signature Hikes series includes National Trails Day Hikes on June 1 and After-Thanksgiving Hikes on November 29.

For those unable to attend the hikes but still wishing to support the parks, donations can be made to the Tennessee State Parks Trail Pack for maintenance projects at this link. Volunteer opportunities for various events are also available and can be found at this link.

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