Start off 2019 of the right foot with a hike on New Year's Day

Johnson City Press • Dec 31, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Start 2019 out on a good note by taking the celebration out into nature. Tennessee State will be hosting First Day hikes at parks across the state on Jan. 1. 

For more hikes or to register for a local one, visit tnstateparks.com.

David Crockett Birthplace State Park, 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone: 2-3:30 p.m., free. Join a park ranger for a trek on the Crockett Shoals Overlook Trail and the Homestead Trail. The combined length is 1.85 miles and will end with hot chocolate to toast in the New Year. Dress warmly. (423-257-2167)

Roan Mountain State Park, 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain: 10 a.m.-noon, free. Take a 1.5-mile hike with park ranger Phil Hylen for a trip up to Ravens Rock. Meet at picnic shelter 3 across from the camper check-in station. Relax by the fire with hot chocolate or coffee before or after the hike. The Ravens Rock hike is 0.9 miles and is of moderate to strenuous difficulty. Be sure to wear layers and sturdy boots. Bring water and a camera for photos of the overlook. (423-547-3900)

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton: 9-10 a.m.; Chad Bogart, historical interpreter, will lead a “First Footing” tour of the historic Carter Mansion, the oldest frame house in Tennessee, at 1031 Broad St. in Elizabethton. Learn about 18th-century 12th night and New Year traditions and superstitions. The event may be canceled due to inclement weather. The event is free but registration is required. Register at tnstateparks.com. (423-543-5808)

Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City: 1-2:30 p.m., free. Johnson City Parks and Recreation invites citizens to take their first steps of 2019 in the outdoors. Parks and Recreation staff will lead a leisurely paced, 1.5-mile hike at Winged Deer Park, making stops along the way to learn about the park’s winter environment. The outing is for all ages. Meet at the Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course parking lot off Carroll Creek Road. No registration required. (423-283-5821)

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