Tennessee Parks offers post-Thanksgiving hikes and programs


If you want to avoid the Black Friday / Thanksgiving weekend shopping chaos, Tennessee State Parks has a peaceful alternative. Parks across the state are hosting a series of hikes and programs for all ages and abilities.

Skip the Black Friday shopping and join us on Friday, November 24, for a post-holiday hike with family and friends. We have hikes for all ages and abilities, from easy peaceful strolls to rugged ramblings. With 56 State Parks to choose from, it’s easy to find just the right hike at a park near you.

Please remember, schedules and events may change – contact the park or hike leader for more information or to confirm events.

For a complete list of events, visit Tennessee State Parks online.

Day After Thanksgiving Hike 2017 — November 24: 9:30 a.m.-Noon

Booker T. Washington State Park is the scene of the  Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike. Meet in the pool parking lot at 9:30 a.m.; the hike will commence at 10:00 a.m. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact one of the Park Rangers. The Park is located at 5801 Champion Road, Chattanooga. Phone: (423) 894-4955. The event is free. Registration required

Black Friday/Black Powder Hike — November 24: 11:00-12:30

Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to learn about the history of black powder musket shooting, and get a little exercise too!  Meet at the black powder shooting range behind the Visitor’s Center to learn how the frontier folk hunted for food.  A ranger led hike to the homestead and Crockett Shoals will follow.  Want to make a full day of it?  There will be a Black Powder Blanket Shoot beginning at 12:30.  18th Century attire is required to participate in the Black Powder Shoot.  Come spend the Thanksgiving Holiday at David Crockett Birthplace State Park! The parks is located at 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone. Phone: (423) 257-2167. The event is free. Registration required.

Gobble Wobble the Lake Side- Christmas FernTrails at Norris Dam — November 24: 3:00 p.m.

The hike will start at the TVA visitor center at 3 pm. The traill is one mile in length that follows the beautiful Norris Lake and circle back through the Historic CCC cabins to the parking area. It will take one hour to complete this trail. HIkers should bring sturdy hiking shoes and plenty of treats for the Ranger. Start your holiday season out right with a great trail hike after a holiday feast! The park is located at 125 Village Green Circle, Rocky Top. The event is free. Registration required.

Walking in Frontier Footsteps — November 24: 4:00 p.m. –

Join Ranger Davis will conduct special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path on Friday, November 24. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country.  Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center, at 4:00 pm. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 21 at 3:30 pm EST.

Black Friday Hike at the Trace —  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A ranger will lead guests along the Pin Oak Trail for a discussion of fall nature and local history. Hikers may also participate in a scavenger hunt. This trail is easy to moderate with a few short but steep elevation changes. Hikers should wear comfortable shoes.The park is located at 24845 Natchez Trace Road, Wildersville. The event is free. Registration required.


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