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Tennessee State Parks to host National Trails Day, photo contest

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Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free guided hikes at all 56 parks, including Cedars of Lebanon and Long Hunter, on Saturday, June 4.

The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there's a hike for everyone, park officials said.

"Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country, and you won't be disappointed at any one of our state parks," said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. "From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail."

The event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Tennessee State Parks will also host a photo contest on National Trails Day. Hikers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #findyourtrailTN. Submissions are required to incorporate the National Trails Day sticker, which will be available to hikers at all Tennessee State Parks for no charge on June 4 while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and food, and to wear long pants and appropriate footwear. To learn more, visit tnstateparks.com/about/special-event-cards/national-trail-day.

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