Annual Spring Hikes Take Bloom Across Tennessee

March 22, 2016  |  Permalink

Spring is here and Tennessee State Parks embraced the upcoming warm weather on Saturday, March 19th with the annual Spring Hikes!

Despite an unseasonably cool day for March, 865 participants came out to Tennessee State Parks. These groups took part in ranger-led hikes, park cleanups, scavenger hunts, and more fun outdoor activities to welcome spring!

Here are some of the highlights from the 2016 Spring Hikes!

Big Cypress Tree State Park

We welcomed many special guests to the Spring Hike at Big Cypress Tree State Park! Special guests for the hike were University of Tennessee - Martin Biology Professors Dr. Tom Blanchard and Dr. Dawn Wilkins, who shared their knowledge of park fauna. Hikers also got the opportunity to hear from Allan Trently, Tennessee State Parks West Tennessee Ecologist, who spoke about the ecology of the area. It was an educational and entertaining adventure for participants of all ages!

Montgomery Bell State Park

Over 65 hikers came out to Montgomery Bell State Park on Saturday for a 4 mile hike. After the hike, participants refueled with a wonderful cookout at Lake Woodhaven.

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Rangers at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park led hikers on a fun hike along the park's Ladder Trail. The hike included a small creek crossing where many creatures were found!

Rocky Fork State Park

Tennessee State Parks' newest park hosted a short, but steep and strenuous sunset hike to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that this park has to offer. Hikers took advantage of this "golden hour" that many professional photographers find as the best time for photography because of the way the light falls on the peaks and ridges provides the perfect background.

Seven Islands State Birding Park

The staff at Seven Islands led a Spring Into Action day of work at this wonderful park in preparation for spring birding migration! Participants were able to get their hands dirty and had some fun as they conducted trail maintenance and removed some exotic invasive species.

Mark your calendars to join us next year on Saturday, March 18, 2017!

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Morgan Gilman