Bicycle Ride Across the Highland Rim

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on September 18, 2017  |  Permalink

The 2017 ‘Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee’ began Saturday September 16 at Montgomery Bell State Park.

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A Favorite Wildflower

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on April 24, 2017  |  Permalink

It is hard to pick a favorite spring wildflower, there are so many beautiful flowers in Tennessee’s spring woods. I like the intricate and colorful flowers but I also like the plain small white ones too. If you take the time to use a hand lens magnifier they turn out to be intricate and beautiful as well. 

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Icy Beauty

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on January 26, 2017  |  Permalink

Winter can be dark and grey but certain conditions can present you with incredible scenic wonders. A string of days with temperatures below freezing can build fairyland castles around waterfalls. 

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Some Interesting Fall Mushrooms

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on December 6, 2016  |  Permalink

Mushrooms provide interest and beauty to a late autumn walk.

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Fall Colors on the Paw Paw Trail at Fall Creek Falls

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on October 17, 2016  |  Permalink

The dramatic reds and yellow of red maple, farkleberry, and tulip trees make the Paw Paw Trail at Fall Creek Falls an ideal walk on a fall day. 

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Late Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on August 23, 2016  |  Permalink

Gossett Tract at Harpeth River State Park is a haven of late summer beauty. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath as he walks through open, sunny meadows on a tour of late summer wildflower blooms. 

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Swimming at the Park Lake

Written by Niki Conolly | Posted on June 23, 2016  |  Permalink

A hot dry summer makes a lot of us yearn for a swim. 

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Mountain Laurel

Written by Niki Conolly | Posted on May 16, 2016  |  Permalink

Take a walk in a state park soon and enjoy the show.

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Unique Trillium in the Last Days of Spring

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on April 27, 2016  |  Permalink

Mayapple and twisted trillium are highlights of the late spring ephemeral wildflower season.

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Hotspots for Spring Wildflowers

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on April 12, 2016  |  Permalink

Spring flowers are in full display in many of our parks and natural areas this month. Here are a few of my favorite places to enjoy them:

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Purple Phacelia

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on April 8, 2016  |  Permalink

 Set against a backdrop of spring green leaves and budding trees, purple phacelia can be found growing singularly or in waves of purple. This spring ephemeral doesn't disappoint. 

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Spring Flowers on Trees

Written by Randy Hdgepath | Posted on March 10, 2016  |  Permalink

Spring blooms are not just for flowers. Take a look at some of Randy's favorite early spring bloomers.

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Wonderful Winter Waterfalls

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on February 19, 2016  |  Permalink

State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath shares his tips on making the most of your winter waterfall trip. 

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Green in the Winter

Written by Randy hedgepath | Posted on January 6, 2016  |  Permalink

Evergreens are the color in an otherwise gray and brown winter forest, but not all the green in the winter is evergreen. 

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Forests of November

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on November 9, 2015  |  Permalink

The waning fall color holds its magic in the November woods.

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Fall Color Immersion

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on October 2, 2015  |  Permalink

Randy has some great tips for the ultimate fall color experience. 

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Late Season Wildflowers

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on September 1, 2015  |  Permalink

Late summer and early fall wildflowers provide a bounty of color. State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath, shares some of his favorite fall flowers and where to find them.

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A Bounty of Beauty and Color in August

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on August 17, 2015  |  Permalink

August is when hot weather’s charm starts to wear thin, but it is a great time to see wild plants with their ripe fruits and berries. These ripe and soon to be ripe fruits give the season some of its most beautiful and colorful sights.

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How About a Shady Walk?

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on May 26, 2015  |  Permalink

Warmer weather doesn't mean staying inside! Tennessee State Parks have plenty of shady trails, perfect places to escape the summer heat. Dark Hollow Trail at Big Ridge State Park is ideal for exploring our shadier side!

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The Ephemeral Season

Written by Randy Hedgepath | Posted on March 19, 2015  |  Permalink

It is spring ephemeral season. That time of the year when wildflowers rush to grow, bloom and store energy for another year. These plants start growing as soon as the days get long enough and the soil temperature is warm enough. 

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