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Ready for outdoor activities? Opportunities abound

J. H. Osborne • Mar 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM

If you’re itching to get gardening or to just get outside, here are some opportunities you won’t want to miss. And how’s this for an added bonus? They’re free!

Why not check out Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s 2018 Green and Growing Seminars? There are two left.

The theme for Thursday’s Green and Growing Seminar is Get Succulent Savvy, and it will be presented by Billy Wright with Poplar Grove Farms.

The theme for the March 22 seminar is Seed Saving 101 and will be presented by local organic farmer John Woodworth, owner of Ziegenwald Dairy.

The free seminars are sponsored by Keep Kingsport Beautiful and the Kingsport Public Library. They begin at noon in the library auditorium.

For more information, call (423) 392-8814.

Tennessee’s state parks are hosting free, guided hikes on March 24 to highlight their amenities and programming.

“Our rangers are trained to share the rich history of Tennessee’s public lands in a way that excites the imagination and leaves you wanting more,” said Brock Hill, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy commissioner.

All hikes will be guided by park staff who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical features of the parks.

Locally, a Spring Wildflower Walk will be held at Warriors Path State Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants should meet at the park's mountain bike trail parking area, at the end of Freeman Road.

The Wildflower Walk will feature the "spring ephemerals," so called because they last just a short time.

Park officials recommend you come dressed for the weather, which at this time of year can be cool and damp. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and bring along a snack, some water and your camera.

Register for the walk at this link: https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/register/spring-wildflower-walk

For more information, contact Warriors Path State Park by calling 423-239-8531.

David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone will hold a Spring Storybook Trail Hike on March 24 from 10-11 a.m. when the grand opening of the park’s story book trail will be held. You can take a walk, read a story and experience children’s literature and the outdoors in a unique way. Park officials say this is a short, easy trail and a great introduction to hiking for young children. Meet at the playground parking lot at the park, which is located at 1245 Davy Crockett Park Road in Limestone. For more information, call (423) 353-2070.

Up on Roan Mountain at the state park, there will be a spring clean-up on March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants can join park staff for a trail maintenance work day to clean up winter deadfall and get the trails ready for spring and summer visitors.

Remember to dress in layers for variable spring weather because it can still be quite chilly on the mountain in March. You should also wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, work gloves and sturdy boots. And bring along drinking water and snacks.

This hike/project is considered moderate to strenuous and is suitable for participants 14 and older.

Letters for volunteer service hours completed can be provided.

Participants should meet at the park headquarters. Register for the event at this link: https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/register/spring-cleanup-2018

For more information, call (423) 772-0190.

Take a spring hike at Sycamore Shoals state park in Elizabethton on March 24. The event begins at 10 a.m. On previous hikes, visitors have seen numerous native wildflowers and animals ranging from otters to eagles. Meet Ranger Corbin Hayslett in the Visitor Center to begin the leisurely stroll along the graveled Patriot's Path trail. Participants should bring hydration, wear appropriate footwear and dress accordingly for the weather.

Register for the event at this link: https://tnstateparks.itinio.com/register/spring-hike-2018-at-sycamore-shoals-

For more information, call (423) 543-5808. The park is located at 1651 West Elk Ave. in Elizabethton.

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