Tims Ford State Park, others plan First Day Hikes

Tennessee’s 57 state parks offer some gorgeous views and rich Tennessee history. Join area rangers for First Day Hikes at Tims Ford, South Cumberland, Old Stone Fort, and other state parks on January 1. | File Photo

THINGS TO DO | Tennesseans can launch their New Year’s resolutions for healthy lifestyles with one of the free guided hikes on New Year’s Day at Tennessee State Parks throughout the state.

There are hikes available for all ages and abilities. More than 40 parks are participating, and all the hikes are led by Tennessee State Parks rangers.

Details about the hikes at specific state parks can be found at this link.

Nearby Tims Ford State Park will participate with a 2.5-mile loop hike on the Lost Creek Overlook Trail and return on the Overlook Trail that begins at 10 a.m. South Cumberland State Park in Sherwood also plans an easy three-mile hike that offers two beautiful overlook views and some amazing geological features. Meet at the trailhead located at 1900 Old CCC Road in Sherwood at 10 a.m. Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester will also plan a hike near the fork of the Little and Big Duck Rivers where the peoples of Manchester walked nearly 2,000 years ago. Meet at the park visitor’s center at 1 p.m.

Other interesting hikes include a strenuous 10-mile excursion at Fall Creek Falls State Park; a trip along the Peg Leg Mine trail followed by a cup of hot cocoa at Roan Mountain State Park; a two-mile round trip on flat terrain at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park; and a moderately difficult 1.5-mile trail at Panther Creek State Park.

Hikers are encouraged to wear appropriate hiking boots, layered clothing, and consider taking hiking sticks. Hikers should also consider making overnight stays at parks with lodges, campsites and cabins. While everyone is encouraged to participate in the First Day Hikes, visitors are reminded that the parks are open 365 days a year.

The First Day Hikes are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. To see all available First Day Hikes, click here.

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