We had a total of 82 hikers for the First Hike on New Years Day at Edgar Evins State Park. There were 3 that didn’t get in the group picture...79 are in the picture. It is posted on the Edgar Evins State Park Facebook Page along with other pictures of the hike and traditional New Years Day lunch. We had TTA people from the Jackson, Columbia/Franklin, Highland Rim, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Upper Cumberland and East Tennessee Chapters, We also had folks from Montgomery Bell, Cumberland Mountain, Nathan Bedford Forrest, David Crockett and Henry Horton State Parks Friends Groups. It was a picture perfect day weather wise and there were a lot of happy faces. The morning hike was on the 3 mile Millennium Trail built by TTA in 2000 to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary. After lunch, some of the participants hiked the 2 mile Highland Rim Nature Trail.
It is so nice to see state wide TTA participation in events again. We went several years with little or no participation in events that once were very popular with a number of chapters taking part, The New Years Day Hike goes back about 20 years and has been a very popular event. We started out hiking at Frozen Head, then the Trail of Tears near the Cumberland Caverns, then to the Bridgestone/Firestone Wildlife Management Area before moving the location to Edgar Evins State Park. We have had everything from ice storms to balmy weather during the tenure of the hikes. EESP has made covered picnic shelters available with a fireplace and wood, running water, electrical outlets and flush toilets. Having picnic tables versus eating from food placed on the ground has been a notable improvement as well.
All in all...a very successful and fun day...