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Lets Get Out and Hike

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Longer days, warmer weather and the emerging spring wild-  owers are sure signs that spring is here. To mark the coming of the spring season, state parks and natural areas are holding a number of spring hiking events. The History of Old Stone Fort’s Waterfalls Join one of the park’s ranger for a guided hike touring all of the waterfalls found at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester. Visitors will have a chance to not only visit the many waterfalls on the park but also learn how the waterfalls have impacted the landscape of Old Stone Fort for the past 2,000 years. Meet at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park Museum . Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park is located at 732 Stone Fort Drive in Manchester. For more information, call 723- 5073. Denny Cove Trail Work Meet Ranger Jason Reynolds at the Denny Cove parking area at the South Cumberland State Park to work on one of the newest parts of the park. The newest edition of the part includes multiple overlooks, waterfalls and rock formations. Look for the Denny Cove sign directly across from the Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department on U.S. Highway 41, about two miles south of Foster Falls. Follow the gravel road about 3/4 of a mile to the Denny Cove parking area, on the right. Come prepared with sturdy shoes, snacks and plenty of water. South Cumberland State Park is located at 11745 US 41 in Monteagle. For more contact Jason Reynolds at (931) 924-2980 or email at Tims Ford Spring Photography Hike Tims Ford State Park will celebrate the spring season with a 2.5-mile morning photography hike along our Lost Creek Overlook and Marble Plains Trails. Meet our park ranger guide at the visitor’s center with a camera, hiking shoes and water to start the spring season off right. This moderately diffi cult hike will off er beautiful views of Tims Ford Lake, Oak-Hickory forests and wildlife, open  elds with spring wild owers and a vantage point view of the historical Marble Plains Church. There is no cost to this hike, and online registration is available for attendance expectations. Families and pets on leashes are welcome. Meet at Tims Ford State Park Visitor’s Center. For more information, contact Ashlie Fitzpatrick at (931) 962-1183 or (800) 471-5295 or email at Blue Hole Trail Meet Nathaniel Ranger Garrison at the Blue Hole Trailhead at Rock Island State Park. This is a steep ½-mile one-way trail that winds down and along beautiful waterfalls and seeps, ending at the Blue Hole. It has many steep steps, but is sure to please with numerous ferns, mosses and wild owers. Sturdy shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet/muddy are required. Meet at Blue Hole Parking Area. For more information, contact Nathaniel Garrison at (931) 686-2471 Ext. 4 or email at Rock Island State Park is located at 82 Beach Road in Rock Island. Hike with Highland Rim Trails Association Join the Highland Rim Trails Association for a six-mile hike at Rock Island State Park that includes the Collins River Nature Trail, the Eagle Trail and the Downstream Gorge Trail. All three hikes feature wild owers and the beautiful Collins and Caney Fork rivers. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Wear sturdy hiking boots. Contact Joan Hartvigsen at jhartvigs@ or 931-962- 0811 to register and for carpool information or meet us at Rock Island State Park Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Big Six Waterfall Hike Kick off spring with a guided hike to the park’s six major waterfalls at Fall Creek Falls State Park. This moderately strenuous hike features a combination of trails that allow you to experience six waterfalls in about six miles of hiking. Bring water and a snack. Meet at the park’s nature center. For more information, contact Matthew Brown at (423) 881-3297 or email at Fall Creek Falls State Park is 2009 Village Camp Road in Spencer.