Fall Creek Falls is hosting First-Day Hike to celebrate new year

By | December 28, 2017 8:43 am

Park Rangers across Tennessee will be helping Tennesseans make their New Year’s fitness resolution by providing free-guided First-Day Hike events, including Fall Creek Falls State Park.

According to a press release issued by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, “From Reelfoot Lake to Fall Creek Falls to Warriors’ Path and every state park in between, our 2018 First Day Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities and are offered at all times of (the) day. Start a New Year tradition with your family in 2018. Begin the New Year right. Make a #resolutiontohike and connect with the outdoors with Tennessee State Parks.”

Tennessee, which has 55 state parks, will be offering free-guided First-Day Hike events at each of Tennessee’s state parks. These hikes are part of the national America’s State Parks First-Day Hikes initiative, which is organized in each state across the country.

First-Day Hike will be offered at some parks beginning on Dec. 31 and will carry on throughout the day of Jan. 1. These free-guided hikes will range in length, depending on the park, and will be tailored for novice hikers. For experienced hikers, some of the First-Day Hikes will be longer in length and will be more strenuous.

Fall Creek Falls State Park, which is located at 2009 Village Camp Rd., in Spencer, will be hosting its “First-Day Hike,” beginning at 10 a.m., Jan. 1, 2018. Park Ranger Robert Becker will be guiding hikers from the main overlook of Fall Creek Falls on a hike to the base of the falls.

Hikers will learn about the rich history and the ecological balances that make Fall Creek Falls unique.

This First-Day Hike to the base of Fall Creek Falls is free to the public, but registering for the event is strongly encouraged. Register for this hike at tnstateparks.com under the events section of the Fall Creek Falls State Park portion of the website.

Additional information on the guided hike at Fall Creek Falls, contact Becker at (423) 881-3297. For more information about other First-Day Hike events held across the state, visit tnstateparks.com.

During the 2017 First-Day Hike, more than 60,000 people took part across the country. Tennessee state park visitors are encouraged to share photos from their hike on social media with the hashtag #resolutiontohike.

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