Tennessee State Natural Areas Program Offers Two Mid-Winter Hikes on 26th January 2013

On Saturday, the 26th January 2013, The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Natural Areas is going to host two day hikes at Middle Tennessee areas on including Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County and excursions to Short Springs State Area in Coffee County.

Virgin Falls has Tennessee’s best-loved hiking Short Springs State Natural Area Hike. On the Short Springs hike, hikers will pass waterfalls on beautiful trails.

Springs State Natural Area Hike: Robin Wooten, theTennessee State Parks Area Manager will lead hikers on a three-mile hike through Adams Falls, Busby Falls and Machine Falls Loop trails. The hikers have to be prepared for a slow-speed hike with elegant scenery as the trails include many ups and downs, beautiful waterfalls and creek crossings.

Participants have to meet exact at 10:00am, at the State Short Springs Natural Area trailhead parking lot is a 420-acre normal area that is located 3.5 miles north-east of Tullahoma. There will be also a 1.5-mile Laurel Bluff Loop Trail hike that is optional followed by the main excursion.

Short Springs is a remarkable area with natural diversity and spectacular waterfalls includes low cascades, rich forest slopes and ravines, springs and waterfalls.  The sheer escarpment is particularly impressive with its numerous wet-weather seeps during the wet winter and spring months.

Hikers should arrive in wearing layers of clothing and strong boots, should also carry lunch and sufficient water. Reservations are to be made by 24th January 2013.

Hikers planning for camping or lodging in nearby area should consider Tims Ford state parks or Old Stone Fort for overnight accommodations.

Virgin Falls State Natural Area Hike: Forrest Evans, Stewardship Ecologist will take hikers through one of Tennessee’s most-loved hiking trails. The tiring eight-mile trail to the falls moves down of the raised ground and meanders along a creek, sinks, waterfalls and passing caves.

Hikers will have lunch at the falls that offers remarkable views. The trail then backpedals up to the parking area. Participants have to meet at 7:30am at the Nashville Kroger parking lot situated at 5544 Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage. Participants will carpool and group to the trail head.

Hikers should arrive in wearing layers of clothing and strong boots, should also carry lunch and sufficient water. Reservations are to be made by 25th January 2013. The hike can be canceled in the event of rain.

Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre area located neighboring to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The place is named as Virgin Falls as it is formed by an underground stream that comes from a cave.

Hikers planning an overnight stay can contact Cumberland Mountain or Fall Creek Falls state parks for accommodation as they offer a range of choices.

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