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Park to offer weekend hikes

Erwin Record Photo by Richard Roark • A sign welcomes visitors to Rocky Fork in any season.

From Staff Reports

Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park will offer a couple of hikes this weekend.

Seasonal Interpreter Ethan Sane will be guiding a free hike on Saturday, Jan. 15, to a few of the old home sites that exist within Rocky Fork State Park. Participants are asked to gather at the Interpretive Campfire Area at 11 a.m.

As hikers explore the old home sites, Sane will discuss their history and what it might have been like to live there during the time of their existence. On this expedition, attendees will likely see two to three sites over the course of a few hours.

Hikers should feel free to bring food and water. Hikers will be going off trail for a short distance, so the ground could be irregular/muddy. Waterproof shoes or boots would be ideal. The hike is rated easy-moderate and will cover roughly three miles.

In addition, the park will offer its January Full Moon Hike on Sunday, Jan. 16. 

Participants should meet Ranger Jeff Sweeney at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the park for this hike. 

Attendees will enjoy a moderate hike up to Whiteoak Flats to observe the full moon. This hike is an exclusive after-hours hike and requires a participation fee of $5 per person.

Hikers will hike up to the overlook to observe the full moon along the Rocky Fork Valley and the distant mountain peaks. This hike is intended for adults and children old enough to hike 2.5 miles. Although participants usually see the moon, inclement weather and other conditions mean that there is no guarantee. 

No pets are permitted for this hike. Participants are advised to bring a head lamp or flashlight, as well as water and snacks. Hiking apparel appropriate for the season is encouraged. 

Park staff caution against relying on Apple Maps for directions to the park; instead, use Google Maps. 

For more information about Rocky Fork and its events, call (423) 735-9289 or email [email protected]