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Celebrating Tennessee State Parks 75th Anniversary and Stepping Into 2012

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Ranger Tyler Blystone led the hike and gave several mini-programs along the 3.5 mile Jones Mill Mountain Bike Trail located at the Bryant's Grove area of Long Hunter.

An award of a 75th Anniversary T-shirt was presented to the oldest and the youngest hiker to make the entire trek. Jacob Newman, 9, won the award for the youngest. Jacob attended the hike with his mother, Jamie Newman, both of Smyrna. Bill Davis of Mt. Juliet received the award for being the oldest hiker at the event. No one else would admit to being over 65. Davis is a regular hiker at Long Hunter and a long time friend and supporter of the Park.

The T-shirts and a 75th Anniversary Patch will be available for purchase at any Tennessee State Park throughout 2012. Everyone completing the hike not only made new friends and had a great time but also earned a Certificate for their efforts, a spokesperson said.

The Long Hunter State Park staff and the Friends of Long Hunter host a number of hikes and other events throughout the year. For further information on Long Hunter State Park, phone the Park Office at 885-2422, email friendsoflonghunter@gmail.comor go to for information on all of Tennessee State Parks.

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