Tennessee State Parks to host Day After Thanksgiving Hikes

We’ve rounded up 10 free hikes within driving distance.

Hit the trail at Radnor Lake

Hit the trail at Radnor Lake. | Photo by NASHtoday

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Whether you’re searching for a Black Friday alternative or wish for a post-shopping outdoor adventure, Tennessee State Parks is bringing back its annual Day After Thanksgiving Hikes on Friday.

Many of the free, guided hikes are suitable for all ages and abilities and range from peaceful strolls to off-trail excursions. If you want to embark on a self-guided hike with friends and family — we have tips for that, too.

Strap on your hiking boots and check out 10 hikes within a ~1 hour drive of Nashville. Pro tip: Individual hikes typically fill up quickly, so be sure to register in advance.

🥾 Join a guided hike

  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville | 3-4 p.m. | This hike is on a flat and paved sidewalk and is suitable for all ages — leashed dogs are welcome.
  • Long Hunter State Park, Nashville | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Bring the family for a short 1-mile hike on the Inland Trail.
  • Harris Ridge Trail Project at Radnor Lake, Nashville | 2-5 p.m. | This off-trail strenuous hike to one of the park’s newest ridgetops will include a half hour segment for volunteers to learn about and pull invasive plants on Harris Ridge — the hike will conclude with a sunset view atop the ridge + hikers should bring bottled water, a headlamp, gloves, and a walking stick if desired.
  • Bledsoe Creek State Park, Gallatin | 1 p.m. | This 3-mile hike on the High Ridge and Shoreline trails is considered “moderately strenuous.”
  • Harpeth River State Park, Kingston Springs | 9-10:30 a.m. | Meet at the Harris Street Bridge parking lot for a “moderately difficult” 1.6-mile hike through the Narrows of the Harpeth.
  • Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Hike the new paved Cave Creek Trail accessible for wheelchairs and strollers — leashed dogs are welcome in the back of the hike.
  • Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Spend the late morning on this 2-mile hike along the Adeline River Trail — leashed dogs are welcome.
  • Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns | 9-11 a.m. | Hit the Ore Pit trail for a 1.5-mile history and nature hike.
  • Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point | 9 a.m. | Meet at the Millennium Trail parking area for this 2.5-mile hike by the lake and two of the park’s old homesteads.
  • Dunbar Cave State Park, Clarksville | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Join Ranger Adam for a 2.75-mile hike to discover how the landscape has been altered by the various cultures that have utilized it throughout the centuries.

🥾 Plan your own hike

Tennessee offers 57 state parks, including three parks within the borders of Davidson County — Radnor Lake, Bicentennial Capitol Mall, and Long Hunter. State parks are open 365 days a year and offer a variety of activities and camping opportunities. Bonus: Tennessee residents receive a 10% discount for most campsites, cabins, and lodge rooms throughout the state.

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