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State parks to host National Trails Day hikes

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Tennessee State Parks, including Cedars of Lebanon and Long Hunter state parks in Wilson County, will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 3.

Events will include free, ranger-led hikes through areas with scenic vistas as well as hikes focused on local history and trail clean-ups.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park will host the hike in conjunction with Volunteer Day. Attendees should meet at the nature center at 9 a.m. and bring gloves and sturdy shoes. The event will last until noon, and the park will honor TN Promise hours for students. Large groups and TN Promise Scholars should register for the free event at the state parks website.

Long Hunter State Park's hike will also coincide with a volunteer project as Friends of Long Hunter and REI Brentwood tackle a stewardship project that has been on the park's "backburner." Plans call for prep work to begin to repair the access trail from the Area 3 parking lot to the lakeshore. Friends of Long Hunter will provide the tools and gloves, and REI will provide snacks and drinks. Attendees should wear clothing and sturdy shoes, and every volunteer will earn a 2017 REI Stewardship T-shirt. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Area 3 parking lot in the Couchville Bluff Area. The Long Hunter event will also conclude at noon.

"While Tennessee State Parks are free to enter year-round, this day is a great opportunity to get the most out of your visit," Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill said. "Under the skilled guidance of our rangers, visitors can enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the state parks system that we have been refining for 80 years."

A list of all National Trails Day hikes at Tennessee State Parks is available at goo.gl/5nH0Yv.

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