Cedars of Lebanon State Park and Long Hunter State Park are among the state's 56 state parks that will host free guided hikes on Saturday, March 18, to celebrate the coming of spring.
The Cedars of Lebanon hike will begin at 2 p.m. and will spotlight the two-mile-long Cedar Forest Trail, offering hikers a chance to see what early bloomers are emerging. Hikers are instructed to meet at the first parking lot on the right past the main office. The hike is on a moderate trail with some elevation, and no strollers will be allowed. The ranger-guided hike is free and open to all ages.
Prior to the spring hike at Cedars of Lebanon, participants can meet authors Lori Jill Smith and Jane Banks Campbell, who recently assembled memories of the early history of Tennessee State Parks for their book, "Tennessee State Parks." Through their personal postcard collections, Smith and Campbell invite readers to discover each park's special place in the state's history. The "Meet the Authors" event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 18.
Long Hunter State Park's "Afternoon in the Glade" hike is also set for 2 p.m. and will offer hikers the opportunity to see unique glade plants. Hikers are urged to wear waterproof footwear as the one-mile hike is on a trail that becomes a flowing stream in early spring. Space is limited, and participants must be registered. To register for the free hike, contact the Long Hunter State Park at (615) 885-2422.