5 Unique Hikes for National Trails Day in Tennessee

Friday, June 3, 2016

Looking for somewhere unique to hike this weekend? Why not celebrate National Trails Day on June 4th in Tennessee? All 56 state parks in Tennessee are offering hikes to recognize the importance that trails play in connecting us with each other and our environment.

With that in mind, here are five hikes unique hikes on National Trails Day that will not disappoint:

Norris Dam - 12:01 AM Hike
Norris Dam is kicking off the National Trails Day festivities with a 12:01AM hike along the brand new Chucmore Trail. This 4.5-mile loop trail is rated strenuous and is best for adults. This hike is perfect for those who start living life after midnight and who want to experience a brand new trail in the Knoxville area.

Tims Ford - Blueway Water Hike
Not all trails are on dry land. We have more than 60,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks in Tennessee. “Blueways” are trails that move along these bodies of water, offering boat inlets and camping for those hikers looking for a more aquatic approach to the outdoors. The Tims Ford Blueway is one of the newer ones in the state, and is great for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. The park is providing watercraft and a ranger to lead the hike. The limit is 20 participants, so don’t wait to register.

Roan Mountain - Diamond Dash 5k Trail Run
For those who would rather run than walk a trail, Roan Mountain State Park has you covered. Join us for a tough, scenic and fun 5k trail run. Aftewards, make sure you drive to the top of the mountain and step foot onto the Appalachian Trail. It's a view and experience you won't want to miss. Registration starts at 8:30 AM (Eastern Time) and the race starts at 9 AM, with prizes for the top finishers.

Pickwick Landing - Sneak Peek of a Brand New Trail
Pickwick Landing is offering hikers a sneak peek at a brand new trail in the park. The general public cannot even access this trail. This three-mile hike ranges from moderate to strenuous, but adults and children are all welcome. Plan to put some work into this hike, but know that the views are worth it.

Henry Horton - Rappelling
What other National Trails Day event is offering hikers the option to hike AND rappel? That’s right, this hike heads out to the Observation Tower that overlooks the new wetlands area at Henry Horton State Park. Hikers will even have the opportunity to rappel from the tower.

For more information on these and other hikes being offered around the state, please click here.


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