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Published on March 20, 2024
Free Guided Hikes in Tennessee State Parks Beckon Outdoor Aficionados This SaturdaySource: Facebook/Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks are dialing in on an outdoor enthusiasts' dream with a lineup of free guided hikes coming this Saturday. Tennessee’s natural splendor is on full display, with park staff ready to lead the way through the second of their Signature Hikes series this year, according to WVLT.

“This is a great opportunity to experience your favorite park in a new way or get to know a new park,” Deputy Commissioner Greer Tidwell said, as reported by WBIR. Offering up a chance to mingle with fellow trailblazers and immerse oneself in nature, discovering the park's hidden gems - from historical treasures to the natural wonders that pepper our planet.

The walks are spread across various parks including the verdant slopes of Roan Mountain State Park and the historic trails of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. Preparing for these adventures means more than just lacing up your boots; participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring bottled water. Detailed safety warnings like wearing closed-toe shoes are more than mere suggestions – they’re essential trailside companions.

 While some participants learn about Tennessee history at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, others will hike about three miles round trip at Norris Dam State Park, Greer Tidwell noted in a statement through SValleyNow. For those who want to delve deeper into the local flora and fauna, Big Cypress Tree State Park offers a hike that melds a paved trail with an educative boardwalk experience.

Additional Signature Hikes in the series following the Spring Hikes event, include National Trails Day Hikes on June 1 and After-Thanksgiving Hikes on Nov. 29.