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:
- A 2.5-mile spring hike with a scenic lake view at Booker T. Washington.
- Turkey hike at Cumberland Trail State Park’s Head of Sequatchie.
- A 2.5-mile shoreline hike at Harrison Bay.
- Night hike at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park.
- Historical hike at Red Clay.
- A 2-mile spring trek on the Pioneer Short Loop Trail at Cumberland Mountain.
- Hike to the base of Fall Creek Falls.
- Hike in either the morning or the afternoon at Old Stone Fort.
- Hike the Downstream Trail at Rock Island.
- Collins Gulf wildflower pilgrimage at South Cumberland State Park.
- 12 mile Collins Gulf Loop hike at South Cumberland State Park.
- A 3-mile hike on the Ray Branch Trail at Tims Ford.
Click here to see all Spring Hikes planned for March 24 at state parks across Tennessee.