National Trails Day June 1 features guided hikes at 56 state parks


National Trails Day June 1 features guided hikes at 56 state parks

ABOVE: Radnor Lake State Park, in Oak Hill about 4 miles north of Brentwood via Granny White Pike, is one of the State Parks offering hikes. Hikes also will be led at Bicentennial Mall, Montgomery Bell, Harpeth River and Henry Horton state parks, among others

 

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, with free guided hikes at all 56 state parks.

This will be the third of the state parks’ signature hikes this year, following First Day Hikes in January and Spring Hikes in March. Thus far, 4,787 park visitors have participated in the hikes.

“This is an opportunity for people to feel connected to nature and to learn about a Tennessee State Park at the same time with the guidance of a park ranger,” said Anne Marshall, acting deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Whether you’re interested in a park’s history, seeing incredible views or taking a challenging trek, our parks give everyone that feeling that you can’t get anywhere else.”

The American Hiking Society designates the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day as a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Last year, 108,947 people participated in 1,203 events across 50 states.

Tennessee State Parks are offering a variety of ranger led hikes, night hikes, history hikes, nature hikes or trail clean-up hikes. With more than 1,000 miles of trails, ranging from easy paved trails to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, the state parks have something for everyone.

For more information about the hikes visit: https://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/national-trails-day-hikes/.

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