Tennessee State Parks Offer 'Spring Hikes" Saturday

Tennessee state park officials are asking hikers to join them on Saturday, March 18 to welcome the new season.

Longer days, warmer weather and the emerging spring wildflowers are sure signs that spring is here... or at least coming. Tennessee state park officials are asking hikers to join them on Saturday, March 18 to welcome the new season.

The free, annual Tennessee State Parks Spring Hike is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore our natural side. Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through a park's most remote stretches, you'll find what you're looking for at a Tennessee State Park. All hikes will be guided by park staff who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that Tennessee State Parks has to offer.

In the Chattanooga area, Booker T. Washington State Park is offering a Scavenger Hunt beginning at 10 am. If you're an early riser, Harrison Bay State Park is offering a Sunrise Hike.

Booker T. Washington State Park

March 18, 10am to 12pm

Spring Hike Scavenger Hunt. Meet at Pavilion #1B, Recreation Area #1 at 10am (eastern). For question please email Ranger Thomas at or call 423-322-2712.

What to bring:

Cell phone or Tablet with Camera

Comfortable footwear

Water and a snack

Pets welcome on a leash

Meet at: Pavilion #1B, Recreation Area #1

Harrison Bay State Park

March 18, 7:15AM

What better way to start your spring, or your day, than an easy stroll to watch the Sun come up over Harrison Bay. This Ranger lead hike will start out at the Camp Store and we'll walk the road to the Point then hike a short trail for the best view of the Sun coming up. If you don't feel like getting off the pavement don't worry, there are picnic tables at the Point where you can sit and relax. You will want to bring your coffee, your camera, and your friends. This hike is ideal for seniors and limited mobility persons.

Meet at: CampStore

From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls in the middle of the state to the majestic mountains in the East, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty.

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