Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes on Friday, Nov. 28. The fourth in the quarterly hikes program, the After Thanksgiving Hikes will be offered at each of the 55 state parks.
“The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends while working off that holiday feast,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “Enjoy the beautiful fall scenery that Tennessee has to offer at one of our great state parks.”
From Tims Ford to Fall Creek Falls to Roan Mountain and every state park in between, the 2014 After Thanksgiving Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers.
At Tims Ford, Join Park Ranger Craig Underwood for a 2.2 mile hike on the Lost Creek Overlook Trail. The Lost Creek Overlook Trail crosses two swinging bridges and hilly terrain ending with spectacular overlook views of Tims Ford Lake. Participants will need to wear boots and weather appropriate clothing.
Hikers should meet Underwood at the Visitor Center a little before 10 a.m. For more information, contact Underwood (931) 962-1183.
At Fall Creek Falls, join Stuart Carroll at 9 a.m. at the nature center for an 18-mile scenic drive and short hike to the Lost Creek waterfall. We will stop for a sight or two enroute. This hike is a great way to follow up a family Thanksgiving get together, with some beautiful scenery! Total hike distance is 1.5 miles. Total time is 3 hours.
For a more in-depth look into the different planned hikes, visit <http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/after-thanksgiving-hike>.
Tennessee’s 55 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups.
State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit <http://tnstateparks.com> or connect via Facebook or Twitter.