State parks offering ‘first hikes’

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at 55 state parks as part of the annual First Day Hike program across the state.

“This is a great way to start off that New Year’s resolution to be more active, and we’re glad Tennessee State Parks can offer these free hikes,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Norris Dam State Park is planning a hike beginning at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1. Details have not been finalized, but the hike is expected to finish about 2 a.m.

For more information, contact Park Manager Mark Morgan at (865) 425-4500, or via e-mail at