Ditch the deals for a Black Friday hike

Hannah Swayze • Nov 19, 2018 at 1:42 PM

David Crockett Birthplace State Park, 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone, 423-405-8058

After Thanksgiving Hike: Explore the John Crockett Trail look with Ranger McKay. The trail is a leisurely 1.3-mile walk through the meadow. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing. The group will meet at the Visitors Center at at 3 p.m. This hike is free.

Black Friday Powder Shoot: Beginning at noon, David Crockett Birthplace is sponsoring a Black Friday Black Powder Shoot on Nov. 23. There is a $10 entry fee and prizes will be given to to winner of both men’s and women’s categories. Period weapons and attire are required to participate. It is free to observe. Meet at the black powder shooting range for the competition.

Roan Mountain State Park, 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain, 423-547-3900

After-Thanksgiving hike: Burn off those Thanksgiving calories at Roan Mountain State Park at the After- Thanksgiving hike at 10:30 a.m. Meet ranger Keifer Helle at 10:30 a.m. at the check-in station in the campground for a hike along the river. Warm clothes and sturdy boots are recommended for this free event.

Rocky Fork State Park, 501 Rocky Fork Road, Flag Pond, 423-637-3709

Take a hike and bring along canned food: Burn calories, learn history and help local food-insecure community members on Black Friday. Rocky Fork State Park will host a post-Thanksgiving hike on Nov. 23. The group will meet in the main parking lot at 10 a.m. for an easy/moderate two-mile hike along Rocky Fork to the Flint Creek Battle site. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing and bring canned or non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Participation in the hike is free.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 West Elk Ave., Elizabethton, 423-543-5808

Walking in Frontier Footsteps: Ranger Davis will guide an interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals on Nov. 23. The event is a casual stroll but participants should dress for the weather. Meet at the picnic area beside the Visitors Center at 11 a.m. This event is free and by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. No pets are allowed.

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