A group of hikers enjoys Rock Island State Park on National Trails Day 2017. (Photo: Contributed)

Lace up your boots, slip on your favorite hiking shoes and find your trail on National Trails Day.

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day and kick off Great Outdoors Month with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 2.

The variety of events includes ranger-led day hikes, night hikes, history hikes, nature hikes and trail clean-up hikes. With more than 1,000 miles to explore, ranging from easy, paved trails to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there is something for everyone.

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“We are grateful to Governor Haslam for making Tennessee the first state to proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month in 2018,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “These hikes recognize the important individual and community benefits of getting outside, including better health, economic infusion for local communities, and appreciation and stewardship of our public lands.”

Since 1993, the American Hiking Society has set aside the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts to participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects.

National Trails Day is one of five free statewide hiking events Tennessee State Parks offer. Additional events include First Day Hikes in January, Spring Hikes in March, National Public Lands Day in September and After-Thanksgiving Day Hikes in November.

Here is a list of 10 state parks relatively near Chattanooga that have National Trails Day events planned on June 2. Click on the name of each park for more information.

-Booker T. Washington

Fort Loudoun

Harrison Bay

Hiwassee/Ocoee

Red Clay

Cumberland Mountain

Old Stone Fort

Rock Island

South Cumberland

Tims Ford

Click here for a list of all National Trails Day hikes at Tennessee State Parks.

Tennessee State Parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit their recently updated website at www.tnstateparks.com.

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