Spring Hike 2018 at Tennessee State Parks. (Photo: Nathaniel Garrison)

Longer days, warmer weather and emerging spring wildflowers signal that spring is here.

Officials with Tennessee State Parks invite you to join them March 24 to welcome the new season.

The annual Spring Hike event is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore Tennessee State Parks’ natural side. Whether you’re looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through a park’s most remote stretches, you can find what you’re looking for at a Tennessee State Park.


All hikes will be guided by park staff who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that Tennessee State Parks have to offer.

From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River in west Tennessee to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls in the middle of the state to the majestic mountains in the east, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty.

Here are a dozen hikes taking place at state parks within an hour and a half drive of downtown Chattanooga:

Click here to see all Spring Hikes planned for March 24 at state parks across Tennessee.