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Free Guided Hikes

Below is a press release from the Tennessee State Park Services about free guided hikes. I love to go hiking and see God’s country. What God created. I believe taking a hike with the family or church group is a great thing. You don’t have to go on a guided hike, you can go on one yourself or as group. I recommend you hike a group.

See Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

Steve’s Hiking Tips

  • Make sure you let someone know what trail you will be on, about what time you plan to start and stop. Remember most signals often are not reached on a cellular device. You may want to invest in a map and compass.
  • Always stay on the trail!
  • Take nothing but Pictures
  • Leaving nothing but foot prints
  • Basically leave no trace!
  • Do not litter, carry your trash with you
  • Do not feed the wildlife

Free Guided Hikes

Free Guided Hikes

Free Guided Hikes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second year for this event, and one in a series of five statewide hikes throughout the year.

“The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Our parks are beautiful this time of year, and we want everyone to enjoy what our parks have to offer.”

Tennessee State Parks is also partnering with REI Co-op, the nation’s largest consumer and specialty outdoor retailer, on their #OptOutside campaign. REI is closing the doors of 143 of its retail locations and has instead asked their employees to do what they love most, which is enjoying the outdoors.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with REI on this as they’ve been a big supporter of several of our Tennessee State Parks projects.” said Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “While REI is challenging its employees and customers to get outside on black Friday, we challenge all of these folks to visit a Tennessee State Park that day and see what we have to offer.”

The hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look at hikes in your area, visit This link will also show what is offered regionally so visitors can see different options of hikes available.

To help aspiring adventurers choose how to #OptOutside, features recommended hiking trails, which include many Tennessee State Parks. We encourage visitors on social media to use #TNgobblewobble and #OptOutside to share their trail experience.

For more information, please visit


After Thanksgiving Day Hikes ‪#‎TNgobblewobble Photo Contest!

Send us your best photo from Friday, November 27 that represents the great outdoors from one of the 56 Tennessee State Parks. If your photo is chosen as the winner, you’ll win a free weekend getaway from Tennessee State Parks. Winner will have a choice between a two night stay in a cabin or an inn.

  1. Take a photograph during your After Thanksgiving Day Hike
  2. Send us your photo on Facebook ( or Twitter (@TennStateParks) by Monday, November 30.
  3. Use hashtags #TNgobblewobble and #OptOutside
  4. Our marketing team will select the winner based on the photo that best illustrates the great outdoors and all that our Tennessee State Parks have to offer!
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The Author

Steve Patterson

I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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