A Walk in the Winter Woods

Randy Hedgepath | February 25, 2015 | State Naturalist | Permalink

A walk in the winter woods is an expansive experience. The views at this time of year are longer and wider, exposing the details of the once hidden land. Through the forest you can see rocks, ravines and slopes that you would not have seen through the wall of green. Discover the joy of hiking and walking through the winter woods.

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Tennessee’s New State Park and the Spanish Entrada

Ward Weems | February 19, 2015 | History | Permalink

Where history in Tennessee begins…

Rocky Fork State Park is in the process of becoming a reality. It is a portion of a large wilderness area brought into public ownership in Northeast Tennessee that will be accessed through the Tennessee State Park managed property. No other such expanse remains to be obtained - and it is also the first area of Tennessee to come into written history.

Here was the entry point of the first known Europeans into what is now Tennessee. Following the Nolichucky River, the Spanish expeditions of both Hernando de Soto and Juan Pardo entered Tennessee in the vicinity of Rocky Fork. Their route seems to have taken them around, rather than through the Rocky Fork property as they followed a loop of the Nolichucky River.

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