Tennessee state parks kick off 2014 with First Hikes

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day. Each state park will hold its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year as part of the quarterly hikes program.

“Our First Hikes have been very popular and we are excited to continue this series in the New Year,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “The First Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.”

From Reelfoot Lake to Fall Creek Falls to Warriors’ Path and every state park in between, the 2014 First Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be about one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. 

At Cedars of Lebanon State Park, the First Hike will be Jan. 1 at 2 p.m., beginning at the nature center. The one-mile hike will be a loop on the Dixon Merritt Nature Trail. Hikers will return for refreshments and hot cocoa. All ages are welcome, and hikers are encouraged to be prepared for all temperatures and wear appropriate clothing. 

For a more in-depth look into other planned First Hikes, visit tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/1st-hikes.  

 Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes of 2014 are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike Jan. 1 at a state park close to home.

For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit tnstateparks.com or connect via Facebook or Twitter. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call 888-867-2757.

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