State Parks to feature hikes to celebrate spring

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s 56 state parks will hold free guided hikes statewide March 18 to celebrate the coming of spring and the bounty of recreation opportunities state parks offer.

Park staff – who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that all Tennessee State Parks have to offer – will guide free hikes throughout the day. From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls in the middle of the state to the majestic mountains in the east, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty.

Cedars of Lebanon will feature a two-mile hike on the Cedar Forest Trail at 2 p.m. Hikers should meet at the first parking lot on the right past the main park office. The hike will be for all ages. 

Spend an afternoon in the Glade on a hike at 2 p.m. at 2 p.m. at Long Hunter State Park near Mt. Juliet. Last fall, rangers conducted a controlled burn to thin out invasive plants and add nutrients to the soil. The hikers will get a chance to search for unique glade plants that benefitted from the efforts. Hikers are advised to wear waterproof shoes for the one-mile hike. Space is limited, and participants must register by calling 615-885-2422. Hikers will meet at Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area off South Mt. Juliet Road.

“For 80 years our state park system has created outdoor adventures and recreational opportunities for all Tennesseans,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “We are always excited to highlight our state’s beauty and special stories.”

The wide selection of events across the state ensures everyone can find a hike suitable for them. Hikes will range in distance, degree of skill, accessibility and time of day in an effort to accommodate the needs of anyone who seeks to enjoy a day outdoors. Planned activities along the trails include wildlife viewing, spring clean-ups, scavenger hunts, historical interpretive programs and more.

For a full list of all planned hikes for March 18, visit tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/spring-hike/#/?holiday=spring-hike. Share photos with Tennessee State Parks on social media using the hashtag #spinghikeTN.

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