Sept. 25– In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas invite the public to take part in hikes and volunteer activities across the state on Saturday, Sept. 28.
This year’s theme is "Helping Hands for America’s Land." Each of the 54 Tennessee State Parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. A Tennessee State Parks/National Public Lands Day 2013 commemorative hiking stick medallion will be given to the first 1,000 participants across the state.
At Pickwick Landing State Park, join Ranger David Hancock for an afternoon hike on the Island Loop Trail. Meet at the trail head which is beside Cabin 9 at 2 p.m. It will be a moderately difficult hike of about 2.5 miles that will take about 1.5 hours. Sturdy shoes or toe covered sandals are recommended. Hikers may wish to bring a day pack or fanny pack with water, light jacket and rain gear. The two-hour hike with a 15 person limit will go on in light rain, but not severe weather.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day, volunteer stewardship event. Last year, more than 175,000 volunteers across the country built trails, planted trees and removed litter to improve America’s shared lands for all who visit them.