Are you headed to the eastern section of Tennessee this summer? Do you enjoying hiking? If so, be sure to pack your hiking boots. Over the years, I have visited the state multiple times. During my travels, I was able to explore several of the area's hiking trails. Here's a quick rundown on a few that I would recommend to others:
Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Park is located in Morgan County. It features more than 80 miles of trails and 14 mountain summits to explore. It also provides access to the famed Cumberland Trail. Hikers that have an abundance of moxie and serious leg muscles may want to give the 6.9 mile long Chimney Top Trail a try. Casual hikers with a passion for wildflowers and waterfalls may prefer the 2.1 mile long Panther Branch Trail.
Big Ridge State Park
Big Ridge State Park is located in Union County. It features more than 15 miles of summer hiking trails. Because I enjoy history, there are several trails in this park that I find favor with. Among them are the 1.5 mile long Lake Trail, the 1.7 mile long Big Valley Trail and the 1.2 mile long Ghost House Trail. All three offer access to old cemeteries.
Warriors' Path State Park
Warriors' Path State Park is located in Sullivan County. It features more than 10 miles of summer trails. I'd suggest that hikers give the Devil's Backbone and the Fall Creek Loop a try. Park highlights include remnants of old buildings, fragrant Japanese honeysuckle, Fall Creek and great views.
Roan Mountain State Park
Roan Mountain State Park is located in Carter County. It features more than 11 miles of summer hiking trails. There are also other hiking trails located nearby. If you ask me, the park's flora, fauna and amazing views make it a jewel. The Catawba rhododendrons in June are a "must-see." I'd suggest that seasoned hikers contemplate taking the 4.1 mile long Chestnut Ridge Trail. The view from Strawberry Bald is noteworthy.
Panther Creek State Park
Panther Creek State Park is located in Hamblen County. It features more than 6 miles of summer hiking trails. I love this park for several reasons. First, it's steeped in Native American history. There are also Civil War tombstones located in the area. Second, it has rolling hills and resplendent scenery. History buffs should consider taking the 3.5 mile long Lost Road Trail. It contains the remnants of old structures. I also liked the 0.6 mile long Seven Sinkholes Trail.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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