Fall Creek Falls State Park hosting free guided hikes to celebrate spring
By Bobby Lee McCulley | March 22, 2018 10:19 am
Fall Creek Falls State Park, along with Tennessee’s other 50-plus state parks, will be hosting a free, guided hike, on March 24, to highlight the amenities and programming available during one of Tennessee’s most beautiful seasons.
Longer days, warmer weather, and the emerging spring flowers are early indications that spring is coming. To celebrate the start of spring, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is promoting spring hiking, on March 24.
“Our rangers are trained to share the rich history of Tennessee’s public lands in a way that excites the imagination and leaves you wanting more,” stated Brock Hill, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy commissioner.
The annual Spring Hike event is a great opportunity to shed the winter blues, make new friends, and explore the natural side of Tennessee’s state parks and all of their offerings. These guided hikes will highlight the natural beauty of the state parks, as well as shed light on the natural, cultural, and historical treasures that each Tennessee State Park has to offer.
Park rangers will lead guided hikes throughout the day that take visitors past scenic vistas, budding wildflowers, and roaring waterfalls. Hikes will range from short family-friendly walks, to adventurous all-day endeavors through the park’s most remote stretches.
Residents throughout the Upper Cumberland have numerous opportunities to attend a free-guided hike during the Spring Hike event. The following are some of the area state parks’ guided hiking events for March 24.
-Fall Creek Falls State Park – Meet with Cara Alexander, at 9 a.m., at the Main Overlook for Fall Creek Falls, to hike to the base and learn the history and ecological balances that make Fall Creek Falls unique.
-Rock Island State Park – From 10 a.m. until noon, meet a park ranger at the end of Powerhouse Road to go on a guided hike on the Downstream Trail, which will take hikers past waterfalls and wildflowers.
-Burgess Falls State Park – Park rangers will be taking hikers from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on a guided hike of the entire Burgess Falls loop. This hike will allow hikers to see rolling cascades and three large waterfalls along the Falling Water River.
Each quarter, Tennessee State Parks provides free, guided hikes statewide. Other guided hikes offered throughout the year by Tennessee State Parks include the National Trails Day, in June, National Public Lands Day, in September, After Thanksgiving Hikes, in November, and First Day Hikes, in January.
For additional information about other hiking events and the locations of additional state parks, visit the Tennessee State Parks website at www.tnstateparks.com.