MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — The following hikes have been scheduled for January at the South Cumberland State Park. For more information call 423-534-6552 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Sunday, Jan. 10: 10 a.m., Laurel Gorge Hike: Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot for a moderate 5-mile hike out to view the Laurel Gorge. Come ready for beautiful panoramic views and towering cliffs, so bring a camera. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Meeting address: 498 Foster Falls Rd., Sequatchie.
Noon, Sunday Afternoon Lake Walk: Meet Ranger Jessie at the Grundy Lakes for a short, easy hike around Grundy Lakes to look into the beauty of the natural world. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Meeting Address: 587 Lakes Road, Tracy City.
6 p.m., astronomy: Meet with Ranger Park at the visitor’s center for a look into the wonders of the night sky. There will be a short walk on the Meadow Trail out to where the telescope will be set up so wear close toed shoes. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Meeting address: 11745 US 41, Monteagle.
Wednesday, Jan. 13: 8:30 a.m., Trail Run, Savage Day Loop: Keep your healthy resolution on track with a brisk trail run. The pace is slow for beginners. Choose a 2-mile or 4-mile option. Meet Ranger Gheesling at Savage Gulf Ranger Station. Meeting Location: 3177 Hwy 399, Palmer.
Saturday, Jan. 16: 9 a.m., Hike to Buggytop. Meet Ranger Park at the Carter State Natural Area parking lot for a strenuous, 5-mile hike to the entrance of one of the largest cave openings in the state of Tennessee. There will be significant elevation change as well as rough ground, so please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Meeting address: 6829 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood.
Sunday, Jan. 17: 10:30 a.m., Collins Gulf overlook/Suter Falls Hike: Enjoy the geologic beauty of Collins Gulf and Suter Falls. We will hike 1/3 mile to the overlook at Collins West campground, then on to Suter Falls. This impressive feature marks the head of the Collins Gulf. This is a relatively steep, 2-mile, round trip hike. Meet Ranger Gheesling at the Collins West trailhead. Meeting address: 2689 55th Ave., Gruetli-Laager.
Friday, Jan. 29: 1 p.m. Stone Door Hike: Meet Ranger Aaron at the Stone Door parking lot for an easy, 2-mile hike to see the beautiful Stone Door overlook. This hike is a great introduction to South Cumberland State Park. The Great Stone Door is one of the most stunning overlooks in the state and provides views across all of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget your camera. Meeting location: 1183 Stone Door Rd., Beersheba Springs.
11 a.m., Hiking Through History: Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking lot for a look into the turbulent past of the coal mining industry that created much of the region by hiking a moderate 2.3 miles. Our history is full of tragedy and comedy so come on out with a healthy curiosity to learn more. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Meeting address: 587 Lakes Road, Tracy City.
Sunday, Jan. 31: 1 p.m., Meadow Trail Hike: Meet Ranger Park at the visitor center for an easy hike around the Meadow Trail to search for what critters may still be above ground this time of year. Please dress for the weather and bring water. Meeting address: 11745 US 41, Monteagle.
Hiking a little closer to home
At Tims Ford State Park, Winchester:
There are 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails in addition to the 22 miles of bike trails that are also used for hiking at Tims Ford State Park. Two of the three trails begin at the visitor center, while the third wraps the shoreline near our marina.
Lost Creek Overlook Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Overlook Trail — 1.0 Miles — Paved — ADA Accessible
Marble Plains Loop Trail — 1.2 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Ray Branch Shoreline Trail — 6.0 Miles — Natural — Difficult
Evans Loop Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Spann House Trail — 4.0 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Highland Rim Wildflower Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural — Moderate
Tims Ford Bicycle Trail — 6.0 Miles — Paved — Easy
Clifton Doyle Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural — Easy
At Old Stone Fort, Manchester:
There are a number of trails with varying degrees of difficulty from easy to moderate at Old Stone Ford State Park in Manchester.
Old Stone Fort Enclosure Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Forks of the River Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Abandoned River Channel Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Little Duck River Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Garrison Road Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Nature Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Golf Course Trail — 2.0 Miles — Paved Surface — Moderate