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National Trails Day celebrated at Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 3.

Events will include free, ranger-led hikes through areas with waterfalls and scenic vistas as well as hikes focused on local history and trail clean-ups. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails, there’s a hike for everyone.

Since 1993, the American Hiking Society has set aside the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day. The goal is to bring together outdoor enthusiasts of all backgrounds to participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects.

The National Trails Day hikes represent the third in a series of statewide hiking events for 2017. Additional statewide hiking events include First Hikes in early January, Spring Hikes in March, National Public Lands Day Hikes in September and an After-Thanksgiving Day Hike in November.

A list of all National Trails Day hikes at Tennessee State Parks can be found at http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/national-trail-day/#/?holiday=national-trails-day-hikes.

For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit their recently updated website at www.tnstateparks.com.

2017 National Trails Day at Cove Lake State Park

June 3

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Come celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday June 3rd at 10:00 am by joining us for a ranger guided kayak tour of the Cove Creek section of Norris Lake. During the 3 mile round trip flatwater kayak tour you will see the Cove Lake Dam that enabled the creation of Cove Lake.  In addition, you will see a number unique rock outcroppings and water fowl.

Registration is limited to 11 persons who will be provided with a kayak, paddle, & PFD to use. Each kayak seats 1 person only.  The kayak tour will last around 3 hours, so be prepared to have fun and be sure to pack a lunch or snack.  Please bring plenty of water and wear appropriate kayaking attire because you will get wet. We will be meeting at the main park office then driving a short distance to the launch area.  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. Children must be 12 years old or older and must have a parent accompany them on the tour if under the age of 16.

Meet at:

Cove Lake Main Park Office

Cove Lake State Park
Phone: (423) 566-9701
110 Cove Lake Lane
Caryville, TN 37714

Ranger Casey Hatmaker
Phone: 423-566-9350
Email: casey.hatmaker@tn.gov

Come Hoot and Holler with us at Norris Dam State Park

National Trails Day

8:30 p.m.

Join Ranger Brett Phillips on National trails day at our Andrews Ridge trail head as we journey down the Hootin’ Hollow trail.  The hike will begin at 8:30 p.m.  The Hootin’ Hollow trail is a moderate 1 mile hike. We will discuss owls of Tennessee and hopefully hear some of these species along our journey.  You will need a flashlight, a bottle of water and sturdy hiking shoes.

Meet at:

Andrews Ridge Trail head on the west side of Norris Dam State Park. Please view our park map for location.

Norris Dam State Park
Phone: (865) 426-7461
125 Village Green Circle
Rocky Top, TN 37769

Brett Phillips
Phone: 865-809-7898
Email: brett.phillips@tn.gov

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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