April 26, 2013

Hiking trail in the woodsTennessee State Parks offers many hiking trail options, at some or all of the 54 parks and 83 natural areas. Families or individuals as well as professional and business groups can choose from hikes geared for all ages and for all abilities from the novices to the more experienced hikers.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers the most hiking trails and adventure options by far but most of the hikers are traveling there from 2-3 hours away by car; so why not stop on the way and enjoy some trails as part of your trip coming to the Great Smoky Mountains or on your way back home.Tennessee is proud of its landscapes, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, historic heritage, natural and recreational offerings including 18-hole golf courses and cultural experiences that will give participants a variety of adventures.For one of the easiest hiking trails of all, go to the Big Cypress Tree State Park, for a simple one-third of a mile 30-minute easy walk on a paved trail that is level and handicapped accessible.

Panther Creek State Park its two-mile moderately-difficult hike along the Trout Lily Trail and Cherokee Lake to show off the scenic views.

At Chickasaw State Park, the new moderately-strenuous Owen’s Spring Trail will is officially open. The 1.5-mile-long hike will be led by a park ranger, and hikers will be taken to a number of springs and to an old fish stocking pond’s remains.

Fort Pillow State Park a historic site of both Confederate and Union encampments.

The David Crockett State Park has an unique hike of approximately three miles along part of the Trail of Tears with a stop halfway at Lake Lindsey. A great trail for late evenings if each hiker has a head lamp or flashlight.

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