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State Parks offering guided Spring hikes

Tennessee’s 56 State Parks are hosting free guided hikes statewide on Saturday, 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.

“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 that 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 http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/spring-hike/#/?holiday=spring-hike. You can share your photos with Tennessee State Parks on social media using the hashtag #spinghikeTN.

COVE LAKE STATE PARK

1:00 PM

Join Ranger Rooker for a fun and informative guided kayak tour around Cove Lake!

Registration is limited to 12 persons who will be provided with a kayak, paddle, & personal flotation device to use. Each kayak seats 1 person only.

Anyone who has their own kayak or canoe is welcome to join but you must bring your own paddle and personal flotation device as well. Please do not register if bringing your own.

Inflatables of any kind are not allowed.

Children must be 12 years old or older; under 16 years of age must have a parent accompany them on the tour.

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes that you are willing to get wet.

We will meet at picnic shelter # 5 at 1:00 PM to start our journey into nature.

Phone: (423) 566-9701

NORRIS DAM STATE PARK

10:00 a.m.

See what life was like living and working in the CCC camp in the 1930’s.  You can still see the trout hatcheries and oil drain pits as well as the foundations of the dormitories and mess hall.  This hike will be 1/2 mile, please bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Phone: (865) 426-7461

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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