First Hikes of 2020

January 1, 2020

Rock Island State Park

10:00 am - 12:00pm

Get the new year started right and get outside! A Park Ranger will lead you on a moderate hike on the Collin's River Trail.

Please dress for the weather and bring water.

Meet at the parking lot at the Collin's River trailhead, across from the TVA substation.

Meet at:

Collin's River Trail

Fall Creek Falls State Park


This strenuous 1-mile hike begins at 10:00AM and travels from the Fall Creek Falls overlook to the base of Fall Creek Falls and back. This beautiful hike traverses the plateau with many scenic views. Dress warm and wear sturdy shoes, be sure to bring water/snacks!

Meet at:

Fall Creek Falls Main Overlook

South Cumberland State Park

Stone Door

9:00 – 11:00

Happy New Year!

Please join South Cumberland in heralding in the new year with a First Day hike at Stone Door! This is a pleasant two mile guided hike that will take visitors to the best overlook in the park. Visitors are still encouraged to wear hiking boots, suitable clothing for the weather, and water to drink on the hike. Please meet Ranger Spencer at the Stone Door ranger station for the start of the program.

Meet at:

1183 Stone Door Rd, Beersheba Springs, TN 37305

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you ready to ring in the new year right? Join us at Old Stone Fort for our first official signature event of the year! Signature Events, such as the Tennessee State Parks First Day Hikes, are scheduled events which are free and open to the public. The First Day Hike is a special way to bring in the New Year by adventuring outside with your friends, family and members of your community. Use this event to earn points towards your Healthy Parks, Healthy Person goals. For more information on Healthy Parks, Healthy Person:

For Old Stone Fort's First Day Hike event we will be traversing the strenuous Backbone Trail. In total, this trail is approximately 3.5 miles long and has some significant ups and downs. We will meet on top of the Museum at 10AM. From there we will walk along the prehistoric Native American Mounds and discuss their cultural significance to the area. As we hike we will see both the Big and Little Duck Rivers, as well as the three magnificent waterfalls found along them. This is a loop trail and the hike is expected to last approximately 2+ hours. Please dress in layers, as the weather will be cold but you will get warm as we hike. Please also bring a personal reusable water bottle and snacks if you prefer. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Dogs on leash welcome to attend.

Difficulty: Strenuous

Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours

Length: 3.5 miles Meet at: On Top of the Museum

Burgess Falls State Park

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Wear warm clothing and your hiking boots and join a Ranger Jonathan for a guided hike of Burgess Falls! The entire loop is about 1-1/2 miles round trip and you will see rolling cascades and three large waterfalls along the Falling Water River. This trail is moderately strenuous with a few sections that have stairs, so be prepared for a little bit of a workout. Along the way, our park ranger will introduce you to a little bit of the park's history. Meet the ranger at 9:00am in the lower (main) parking lot next to the playground and the kiosk. We hope to see you there!

Meet at:

Kiosk in main parking lot at the trail head

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