First Hike of 2016 at Tennessee State Parks

January 4, 2016  |  Permalink

On Friday, January 1st, hundreds of hikers kicked off 2016 with Ranger-led hikes at Tennessee State Parks! Whether it was the start of New Years Resolutions or time to enjoy with family, 1,414 hikers got out to stretch their legs and experience the outdoors. The First Hikes are one of the Tennessee State Parks series of five annual, statewide hikes.

Here are some highlights from this fun day of outdoor adventure. 


Big Hill Pond State Park

Many hikers braved chilly weather to hike the Turkey Call Trail to the Dismal Swamp Boardwalk and then treked up to the Observation Tower. The Big Hill Pond Observation Tower is a 70 foot tall tower where visitors can experience some of the most spectacular views in West Tennessee!


David Crockett State Park

The Trek In and Get Out In 2016 hike at David Crockett State Park began at Crockett's Mill Restaurant. This group then hiked to the Lake Lindsey Waterfall and stopped by the Crockett Museum for a short stop and talk about frontier life in the winter. The Friends of David Crockett State Park provided some great refreshments to refuel after this fun hike!


Radnar Lake State Park

Radnor Lake State Park hosted their 14th Annual New Years Eve Hike this year! The park rangers led a midnight hike to the newest acquired ridgetop at the park and taught hikers about the Radnor Lake watershed and the historical and natural features of this property.


T.O. Fuller State Park

The first hike of the year at T.O. Fuller State Park took place on the Discovery Trail. Almost 50 hikers got to observe various forms of nature and wildlife as they discussed the history of Thomas O. Fuller. During the break on the hike, a park ranger presented a Birds of Prey program. And as if that wasn't enough, our friends from the Tennessee Trails Association served samples of black-eyed peas, cornbread, chips and dip, and hot chocolate!


Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford State Park hosted an Astronomy Night Hike to kick off 2016! Hikers got hot chocolate and refreshments followed by a hike to the field where there was a telescope set up for an astronomy program.


Don't forget to join us next year for more fun on January 1, 2017!

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Morgan Gilman