Tennessee State Parks

Spring Hike

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Longer days, warmer weather and the emerging spring wildflowers are sure signs that spring is here. Join us on Saturday, March 19 to welcome the new season.


Our annual Spring Hike is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore Tennessee State Parks 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. Happy Spring, from Tennessee State Parks! 

Please remember, schedules and events may change - contact the park or hike leader for more information or to confirm events.

New events are being added weekly, so be sure to check back.

Spring Hike - Walk through History

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
You won't wont to miss this guided history walk through the park.

Spring Hike - Boardwalk Trail

Big Cypress Tree State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join park staff and special guests for a leisurely and informative walk on the boardwalk trail.

spring Hike - Dismal Swamp Hike

Big Hill Pond State Park, Mar 19 @ 2:30 pm
Come hike the hills and swamps of west Tennessee. You never know what you may see from waterfowl to wild pigs roaming in the swamps.

Spring Hike

Big Ridge State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Come along and spend some exclusive time with a Big Ridge State Park ranger on this hike.

Spring Hike - High Ridge/Shoreline Trail

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
Join us for a hike on our High Ridge/Shoreline Trail to observe the vast amount of plants and wildlife that our park has to offer.

Spring Hike - Spring Scavenger Hunt

Booker T. Washington State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:30 am
Calling all scout troops, youth organizations, families and adults that are kids at heart! Come explore your park on this fun scavenger hunt.

Spring Hike - River Trail Hike

Burgess Falls State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy scenic views of three of the four waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area.

Spring Hike and Clean the Limestone Sinks

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
The hike and clean-up winds through numerous examples of the abundant limestone sinks that are found on the park.

Spring Hike - Lakeshore Trail

Chickasaw State Park, Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
An easy and scenic walk through the woods and around the lake. A great way to greet the spring!

Spring Hike - Bunkam Cave

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join the Park Manager as we explore the Bunkum Cave Trail in search of spring blooms! Folklore, medicinal and edible use and identification will be discussed.

Spring Hike - Hike and Clean-up

Cove Lake State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Leave those winter blues and please join us for a spring hike and lake bank clean-up.

Spring Hike - Byrd Creek Trail

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join Ranger Johnson on an adventurous hike along Byrd Creek.

Spring Hike - Head of Sequatchie Tour

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
On this hike we will visit Devilstep Hollow Cave on the Falcon Warrior Trail and other notable landmarks.

Spring Hike - History Then Adventure

Cummins Falls State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
You won't want to miss this guided hike with park manager Ray Cutcher.

Spring Hike - Twilight Trek

David Crockett State Park, Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm
Join park rangers for a short hike to see the park at dusk. The end of the hike we will be joined by some of amazing nocturnal critters where visitors will be able to get up close and personal.

Spring Hike - Preening the Park

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff, the Pioneer Friends Group and volunteers for a day of sprucing up the place for the new season.

Spring Hike - Sunset Nature Walk

Dunbar Cave State Park, Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm
Join the park ranger for an easy stroll as the sun sets. We'll listen for the sounds of nature and see early spring wildflowers.

Spring Hike - Highland Rim Trail

Edgar Evins State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Take in views of Center Hill Dam on this scenic hike on the Highland Rim Trail.

Spring Hike - Big 6

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Bring your camera and be ready to see the six most prominent waterfalls at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Spring Hike - Fort Tour

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
We will walk to the fort and the village of Tuskegee and discuss what life was like for the inhabitants over 250 years ago.

Spring Hike - Ft. Pillow

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Come out and enjoy the start of spring with the staff of Fort Pillow on our annual spring hike.

Spring Hike - Judge Branch Trail

Frozen Head State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Join a ranger along this beautiful, scenic trail as we meander along the creek and through the rich deciduous forest of East Tennessee.

Spring Hike - Pattison Forge Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy a moderate one-mile hike through the Narrows of the Harpeth, including a brief history of Montgomery Bell’s tunnel and Pattison Forge site.

Spring Hike - Spring Cleaning

Harrison Bay State Park, Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm
Come along with us as we hike along the beautiful Lake Chickamauga shoreline and do a little spring cleaning to improve the environment at the same time.

Spring Hike - Spring Fit

Henry Horton State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:30 am
Join Henry Horton State Park for a hike that will test the athlete within you!

Spring Hike - Past the Falls

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:06 am
Spring is here and it is time for an adventure! Let's do something that we have not done in a long time. Let's explore Gee Creek.

Spring Hike - Spring into Nature

Indian Mountain State Park, Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm
Come out and hike and enjoy our beautiful park that we all love. Drinks and snacks will be provided by the park.

Spring Hike - Footprints of the Past

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm
Enjoy a healthy, three mile hike with Ranger Bob. We'll visit sites related to Old Johnsonville and celebrate its history and the springtime.

Spring Hike - Arboretum Tour

Long Hunter State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
What do Chinkapin Oak, Black Walnut and Chickasaw Plum have in common? They are just a few of the trees found on the Arboretum tour.

Spring Hike - Woodland Trail

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Mar 19 @ 8:00 am
This hike is on a flat paved trail and is great for all ages. Join us!

Spring Hike and Cookout

Montgomery Bell State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Meet Ranger Tim at the park office for this moderate four mile hike. We will be on the trail several hours and we will stop to have a cookout at Lake Woodhaven.

Spring Hike - Eagle Spotting

Mousetail Landing State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Join Ranger Daniel on a three mile hike along the moss covered ridges to see and photograph an active Bald Eagle nest.

Spring Hike - Spring Wildflowers on Pin Oak Lake

Natchez Trace State Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Come early and enjoy our annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM, before we head out on a short spring wildflower walk.

Spring Hike - Float

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm
We will depart from Eva Beach on an exploration of the former N.C. and St. Louis Railroad Trestle Bridge.

Spring Hike and Cleanup at Camp Sam

Norris Dam State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
We'll start with an easy hike to CCC Camp 494 and learn about the Three Cs and the work they did at the park and then at the camp site we'll have a spring cleaning.

Spring Hike - Builders of the Old Stone Fort

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Mar 19 @ 11:00 am
Step back in time to over 2,000 years ago. Participants will see the entirety of the prehistoric enclosure during this guided hike, including lesser known features of the site.

Spring Hike - Trout Lily Trail

Panther Creek State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
This trail offers spectacular scenic views of Cherokee Lake, dazzling displays of spring wildflowers and excellent opportunities to observe wildlife.

Spring Hike - Ladder Trail

Pickett State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join Ranger Hodge on Saturday morning for a fun hike around the ladder trail. There will be a creek crossing where we may find some cool creatures so wear shoes that can get wet.

Spring Hike - Woods and Water Walk

Pickwick Landing State Park, Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
Start your spring with a refreshing hike through the woods near the water's edge. The park manager will be your guide on this family-friendly walk.

Spring Hike

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Mar 19 @ 10:30 am
We will be walking in the footsteps of those long before us. Along the way we will talk about the unique history of the park.

Spring Hike - Weeds in the Woods

Radnor Lake State Park, Mar 19 @ 1:00 am
This is a great opportunity to learn about the role of weeds in a woodland ecology and enjoy an afternoon on the trail.

Spring Hike - Park Tour

Red Clay State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
If you want to learn more about Cherokee history then come and join us for a hike around the park. This is an easy stroll and all ages are invited.

Spring Hike - Archaeology of Reelfoot Lake Pontoon Tour

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Join archaeologist Bill Lawrence and a ranger from the park for a pontoon tour and a short hike to explore the seldom scene prehistoric Indian mounds at Reelfoot Lake.

Spring Hike - Spring Clean-Up Hike

Roan Mountain State Park, Mar 19 @ 1:30 pm
Shake the dust of your boots and help us clean up winter deadfall and get ready for summer.

Spring Hike - Family Friendly Guided Hike

Rock Island State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Bring the family and enjoy a 1.5 mile moderate hike to view native spring wildflowers on the Downstream Trail.

Spring Hike - Sunset at the Whitehouse Cliffs Overlook

Rocky Fork State Park, Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm
Join the ranger for a short (but steep) sunset hike to enjoy this breathtaking scenery.

Spring Hike - Spring into Action!

Seven Islands State Birding Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Please join the entire staff of Seven Islands State Birding Park as we share upcoming plans for 2016, and enjoy an easy hike to a worksite on the park.

Spring Hike - Interpretive History Hike

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Shake off those winter blues and learn about Sergeant York and the York Homestead on this moderate interpretive history hike.

Spring Hike - Climber’s Loop

South Cumberland State Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join Ranger John at the Foster Falls parking lot for a moderate two mile hike to explore the spectacular Foster Falls and the surrounding towering cliffs.

Spring Hike - History of Standing Stone

Standing Stone State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Learn about the standing stone and the importance of the Civilian Conservation Corps on this refreshing, 1.5 mile ramble.

Spring Hike - Arboretum Ramble

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
Join us on a guided tour of Sycamore Shoals' arboretum. Discover a variety of native trees and fun facts about their unique qualities, historical uses, and contributions to local culture.

Spring Hike - Discovery Trail

T.O. Fuller State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:45 am
Enjoy the beautiful essence of the season as we engage in our natural world on the Discovery Trail.

Spring Hike to Devils Den

Tims Ford State Park, Mar 19 @ 9:00 am
Did you know that Tims Ford State Park has a waterfall? Join Ranger Rains for a hike on the Ray Branch Trail in search of this elusive waterfall and explore a lesser known area of the park

Spring Hike - Sunrise Hike

Warriors’ Path State Park, Mar 19 @ 6:30 am
We'll walk through the pre-dawn bird chorus, enjoy a spring sunrise at the overlook, and then stroll on back among the early spring wildflowers.