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More Great Hikes In Tennessee State Parks

     The Tennessee Conservationist features More Great Hikes from Tennessee State Parks in each issue of the magazine. This tradition was begun in 2005 by Fran Wallas, an accomplished trailblazer and trailbuilder with a gift for sharing her experiences from a variety of pathways crisscrossing Tennessee State Parks. The More Great Hikes series continues Fran’s legacy by sharing first-person encounters with state park hiking and walking trails, and by offering helpful insights into the types of unique natural features one should expect to find along that hike.


Remembering Fran Wallas: trailbuilder, trailblazer and state parks advocate
The Tennessee Conservationist family lost a dedicated contributor, tireless trailbuilder and stalwart for Tennessee State Parks when Frances “Fran” R. Wallas passed away on October 20, 2010. One of the many ways Fran shared her love of trails, state parks and the outdoors was through her "Great Hikes" series offered in print and online. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to Fran’s family and many friends. We will always remember Fran and the tremendous contributions she made for our great state and the great outdoors. Indeed, we pledge to continue the "Great Hikes" series with her zeal for trail building and exploration in mind.



2011 More Great Hikes

March-April 2011
by Louise Zepp

Harrison Bay State Park
Photo by Tennessee State Parks
This native pink azalea was seen blooming trailside at Harrison Bay State Park.
May-June 2011
by Bob Richards
Bledsoe Creek State Park
Photo by Bob Richards
Trailhead sign for the Mayo Wix Trail, a 0.75 mile long paved trail at Bledsoe Creek State Park.
November-December 2011
by J.R. Tinch
Tims Ford State Park
Photo by Amanda Latham
Second suspension bridge on Lost Creek Overlook Trail at Tims Ford State Park.

2010 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2010
South Cumberland St. Park
Photo by Fran Wallas
Upper Greeter Falls on Stone Door Trail in South Cumberland State Park.
March-April 2010
Norris Dam State Park
Photo by Mike Scott
Yellow Trout Lily found on TVA's River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park.
May-June 2010
Cedars of Lebanon
Photo by Fran Wallas
Glade Cress, seen along the Hidden Springs Trail at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
July-August 2010
South Cumberland Rec. Area
Photo by Fran Wallas
Brianna Millar climbing bluffs at Foster Falls in South Cumberland Recreation Area.
September-October 2010
Cumberland Trail
Photo by Fran Wallas
Rock escarpment on the Possum Creek Segment of the Cumberland Trail.
November-December 2010
Rock Island
Photo by Fran Wallas
Twin Falls is a popular kayaking spot at Rock Island State Park.

2009 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2009
Fort Pillow State Hist. Park
Photo by Fran Wallas
An overnight backpacking campsite in Fort Pillow State Park.
March-April 2009
Edgar Evins State Park
Photo by Fran Wallas
Toothwort is one of the white blooms seen on a spring hike at Edgar Evins State Park.
May-June 2009
Cumberland Trail
Photo by Marty Silver
Gaywings bloom along the Piney River section of the Cumberland Trail.
July-August 2009
Long Hunter State Park
Photo by Lisa Powers, Froghaven Farms
An Eastern Prickly Pear cactus along the trail at Couchville Cedar Glade at Long Hunter State Park.
September-October 2009
Pinson Mounds
Photo by Fran Wallas
The wetland along the boardwalk at Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park.
November-December 2009
Tims Ford
Photo by Fran Wallas
The evergreen Ground Cedar, of the Clubmoss family, can be seen at Tims Ford State Park.

2008 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2008
Cumberland Mtn State Park
Photo by Fran Wallas
The narrow passage on Pioneer Trail at Cumberland Mountain
State Park in Crossville.
March-April 2008
Meeman-Shelby Forest SP
Photo by Fran Wallas
Cypress knees on Pioneer Springs Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.
May-June 2008
Old Stone Fort
Photo by Fran Wallas
Virginia Bluebells in bloom March-May at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester.
July-August 2008
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Photo by Fran Wallas
The trailhead of the Gilbert Gaul Trail at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
September-October 2008
Warriors' Path
Photo by Marty Silver
Patrick Henry Lake at Warriors' Path State Park in Kingsport.
November-December 2008
Cumberland Trail
Photo by Jim McCullough
Gary Ruetenik of Crossville gets a great view on his hike at Black Mountain on Cumberland Trail.

2007 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2007
Long Hunter State Park

Three Ways to Hike The Perfect Winter Trail at Long Hunter State Park
March-April 2007
Standing Stone State Park

The Lake Trail’s in Bloom at Standing Stone
May-June 2007
Burgess Falls SNA

The butterfly garden at Burgess Falls State Natural Area.
July-August 2007
Cumberland Trail
Photo by Fran Wallas
Sandstone rock house at the beginning of the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment.
September-October 2007
Roan Mountain
Photo by Fran Wallas
Chestnut Ridge Trail at Roan Mountain State Park in Roan Mountain.
November-December 2007
Savage Gulf
Photo by Fran Wallas
A view from the Savage Creek Overlook in Savage Gulf.

2006 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2006
Pickett State Park

Pickett State Park's Hidden Passage Trail is a Wonderful Winter Trek
March-April 2006
Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake State Natural Area Offers an Easy Hike for People Wild About Wildflowers
May-June 2006
Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Natural Area Offers an Overnight Hike With Scenic Detours
July-August 2006
Carter Natural Area

Buggytop Cave-A Cool Hike for a Hot Day
September-October 2006
NB Forrest State Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park - A Colorful Woodland Loop
November-December 2006
Montgomery Bell State Park

A Six-Mile Overnight Hike For Beginners of All Ages

2005 Great Hikes by Fran Wallas

January-February 2005
Mousetail Landing State Park

Intermediate Overnight Loop Trail at Mousetail Landing State Park
March-April 2005
South Cumberland

Beginner Backpacking Hike to Horsepound Falls
May-June 2005
Cumberland Trail

Rock Creek Segment Offers A Shady Hike for a Hot Day
July-August 2005
Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls Cable Trail - The Shortest Hard Hike
September-October 2005
Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park - A Haunted Hike For the Halloween Season
November-December 2005
Big Hill Pond State Park

Wetlands, Wilderness and Wildlife at Big Hill Pond

Totaling nearly one thousand miles, Tennessee State Parks' trails reflect the state's great natural diversity and offer an incredible array of outdoor recreational opportunities.