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OSF holds New Year’s hike

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

To ring in the New Year and continue the celebration of Tennessee State Parks 75th anniversary, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester will host a First Hike at 10 am on Jan. 1.

Starting from the museum, a park ranger will lead the 1 ¼ mile hike around what is called the Old Stone Fort telling hikers about the site built  by Native Americans 2,000 years ago.

Wear hiking shoes, bring some water, and enjoy some coffee and hot chocolate in the museum afterward.

For more information about First Hikes in other Tennessee State Parks, visit

All 50 states are offering First Day Hikes in state parks across the country as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year round recreation at America’s State Parks.

Hikes are occurring from Massachusetts to California to ring in the New Year and connect individuals and families to nature fostering physical and emotional well-being and shared stewardship of our natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Each year, over 720 million people visit America’s State Parks and contribute over $23 billion to the economy. State Parks are a “close to home” resource and an important part of our country’s fabric, enhancing our quality of life.

Whether you are a first time visitor to this park or a regular, we hope that this First Day Hike inspires you to make America’s State Parks an important part of your exercise routine and your life.