The Annual Spring Hike is a great way to get outdoors.

By Stacey Leasca
Updated March 13, 2020
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Though we may not be traveling far and wide these days, or going anywhere near confined spaces, doesn’t mean we can’t get out. In fact, Tenneesse State Parks may have the perfect solution for everyone: Free guided hikes.

On Saturday, March 21, Tenneesse State Parks will be offering visitors the chance to walk alongside some of its best guides at its annual Spring Hike.

“Our annual Spring Hike is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore Tennessee State Parks' natural side,” the parks explained in a post. “Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through a park's most remote stretches, you'll find what you're looking for at a Tennessee State Park.”

According to the park officials, all the hikes will be guided by park staff. Along the way, the staff member will share insight and information on the “natural, cultural and historical treasures that Tennessee State Parks has to offer.”

The available hikes include a 2.5-mile hike at Big Ridge, where guests could spot the park’s famed wildlife and even a few spring flowers popping up early.

Or, hikers could head to Stinging Fork Falls for a 3 mile round trip in-and-out hike that is considered a bit more difficult terrain than others. But, on this one, four-legged friends are welcome too.

For those hoping for a little more history, there is the Booker T. Washington walk. On that trip guests will be lead by Americorp Member Kahla Stewart, who will guide everyone through the assorted kiosks in the park and help explain the gorgeous natural surroundings.

But that’s not all. There are a number of walks, hikes, and activities at varying difficulty levels for guests to take part in all weekend long. Check out the parks’ website for all the details and get in a bit of fresh air for a change, even if it’s just for the day.

This event is still scheduled at the time of publication. Tennessee State Parks adds: "Please remember, schedules and events may change — contact the park or hike leader for more information or to confirm events."

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