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State Parks to celebrate National Trails Day

(Tennessee State Parks press release) Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free guided hikes at all 56 state parks on Saturday, June 1. 

This will be the third of the state parks’ signature hikes this year, following First Day Hikes in January and Spring Hikes in March. Thus far, 4,787 park visitors have participated in the hikes. 

“This is an opportunity for people to feel connected to nature and to learn about a Tennessee State Park at the same time with the guidance of a park ranger,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Whether you’re interested in a park’s history, seeing incredible views or taking a challenging trek, our parks give everyone that feeling that you can’t get anywhere else.” 

The American Hiking Society designates the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day as a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Last year, 108,947 people participated in 1,203 events across 50 states.

Tennessee State Parks are offering a variety of ranger led hikes, night hikes, history hikes, nature hikes or trail clean-up hikes. With more than 1,000 miles of trails, ranging from easy paved trails to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, the state parks have something for everyone.   

For more information about the hikes click here.

Norris Dam State Park has not yet finalized its plans for the National Trails Day hike, but as soon as that information becomes available, we will share it with you on the air and online.

June 1…Cove Lake State Park

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join Seasonal Ranger Cheyenne to hike to the Devil’s Racetrack.

During the 3 mile round trip hike you will experience a number of waterfalls and an excellent view of Cove Lake from atop Devil’s Racetrack.

Wear sturdy close toed shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water as this hike will be moderate to strenuous.

All ages are welcome but ages 8 or older are recommended due to the nature of the trail. Children  under 16 years of age must have a parent accompany them.

Event is limited to 12 persons so pre-registration is required. Cost is FREE!

We will meet at the Cove Lake State Park Swimming Pool Parking lot at 9:00 AM before driving a short distance to the parking area. Please arrive on time as we’ll promtly leave at 9:00 AM. 

Follow directions to 110 Cove Lake Lane, Caryville TN 37714; after entering the park entrance please follow the signs to the swimming pool, restrooms will be available at the pool parking area before we leave.

Park Ranger Mark Rooker
Phone:(423) 566-9701

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