Free hikes at Tennessee parks available on New Year’s Day


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s state parks are offering free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day.

Officials say that the free hikes will be available at all 56 state parks on Jan. 1 with the exception of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, which hosts a New Year’s Eve event in Nashville. Hikes are led by a park ranger and vary in degrees of difficulty.

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society is hosting its sixth annual New Year’s Day hike at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge.

It’s set to start at 9:30 a.m. at the auditorium where you will be greeted by fellow hikers. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. The guided hike then takes off at 10 and is expected to last about 45 minutes. This hike is free and open to all but you are asked to leave pets at home.

Start out the year on the “right foot” by joining Ijams Nature Center for their New Year’s Day hike. It’s set to kick off at the quarry parking lot at iIams Nature Center at 1 p.m. this afternoon and last until 4 p.m. This hike is recommended for ages 18 and up. Registration is $5 per hiker.

Parks officials say the free hikes are part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes in all 50 states. Other free hikes are offered throughout the year. More information can be found at the Tennessee State Parks’ website.

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