Hiking can be a great way to connect with nature and get some exercise! The Cumberland Wildlife Management Area offers many different trails for all levels of expertise. There are smooth, paved trails around Cove Run Lake that are great for kids, as well as more advanced trails at Justin P. Wilson Cumberland State Park and Indian Mountain State Park for the avid hiker. The Tennesee State Parks have some of the most beautiful scenery on this side of the Appalachia. It’s truly remarkable and worth every minute!
Things to Know
While hiking can be an enjoyable activity, it’s always important to be safe. Here are a few tips to make your trip a success:
- Check the weather; there’s nothing worse than being caught in a storm and not being able to find your way back.
- Know where you’re going. The state park websites are full of maps that have their trails marked. Be sure to stay on those marked trails!
- Bring a day pack with you. Do your research to find out what is best to bring in the areas you may be hiking. It’s better to be extra prepared than not at all.
- Bring extra water! Too often, people don’t bring enough, if any, water on their hikes. Hydration is the most important thing if something should go wrong.
- Wear proper clothing. All the seasons’ temperatures can vary throughout different times of the day. Proper footwear is essential too. If you don’t have properly fitting hiking shoes or boots, consider investing in some if you’re out on more rugged terrain.
- Create a plan and timetable for when you leave and when you plan on returning and let a friend know. If you do end up lost, it can help to get rescue workers to you sooner, rather than later.