National Trails Day Gets a Rainy Welcome in Tennessee State Parks

June 8, 2016  |  Permalink

National Trails Day is an event hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose of National Trails Day is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Each year all 56 Tennessee State Parks host at least one free event ranging from ranger-led hikes to trail building to historical tours and so much more! With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone. “Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country and you won’t be disappointed at any one of our state parks,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill. “From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail.”

Despite rainy weather, we had hundreds of brave participants who hiked, kayaked, ran, built trails, rappelled, beautified our trail systems, and learned about the history of our parks! Here are some of the highlights from 2016 National Trails Day at Tennessee State Parks.

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park kicked off National Trails Day with a night hike at 12:01AM! These hikers had such a great time on the new Chucmore Trail that they closed National Trails Day with another hike at 11:59PM!

Roan Mountain State Park

Roan Mountain State Park hosted the 5th Annual Diamond Dash Trail Run for National Trails Day. A great group of runners came out to join the Roan Mountarin Park Rangers for an adventurous and strenuous 5K trail run.

Pickwick Landing State Park

These hikers got a very special experience at Pickwick Landing State Park. In honor of National Trails Day, the park staff led the very first hike on a proposed new trail system. The trail was not yet open to the public, so this group got a sneak peak at these beautiful views!

Henry Horton State Park

A little rain couldn't stop these families from rappelling for National Trails Day! After a hike to the newly formed wetlands at Henry Horton, participants of all ages got to rappel from the Observation Tower.

Cove Lake State Park

Did you know that you could see waterfalls near Cove Lake State Park? These hikers made the strenuous 3 mile trek to the top of the Devil's Race Track to enjoy the wonderful views of the Northern Cumberland Mountains and the valley below.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for National Trails Day next year - Saturday, June 3, 2017!

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