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Tennessee parks offer food, hiking for Thanksgiving

The Volunteer State has beautiful landscapes to offer even on the holidays. (Photo from Tennessee State Parks)


Tennessee State Parks is set to build on its record-setting numbers of participants in its Signature Hike Series this year with free After Thanksgiving Hikes at all state parks on Nov. 29.

The state parks, friends of the parks groups, and the Tennessee State Natural Areas will host hikes, interpretive programs and stewardship projects for all ages the day after Thanksgiving.

The After Thanksgiving Hikes are the last of the five Signature Hikes this year, following successful First Day Hikes, Spring Hikes, National Trails Day Hikes, and National Public Lands Day Hikes. Thus far this year, the state parks have had over 6,500 participants in the hikes, which have far exceeded the 3,242 participants in 2018.

The state parks offer a variety of hikes. With more than 1,000 miles of trails, ranging from easy paved trails to rugged backcountry trails, the state parks have something for everyone.

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Other parks will also be focusing on food.

Six will host Thanksgiving buffets on Nov. 28 featuring traditional roasted turkey and dressing as well as other home-style cooking, including desserts.

The feasts will be at Cumberland Mountain State Park, David Crockett State Park, Henry Horton State Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, Natchez Trace State Park, and Pickwick Landing State Park.

Times and prices vary by location. Some discounts are available for children and seniors.