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Pickwick Landing, Tennessee State Parks offering New Year’s Day hikes

A dozen West Tennessee state parks, including those in Hardin and McNairy counties, are offering “First Day” hikes to visitors.
The ranger-led hikes are to help people explore the state’s parks, as well as launch a healthy start to the New Year.
Pickwick Landing State Park has its hike on Sunday, Jan. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Park rangers will lead hikers along its 2.8 mile natural surface Island Loop Trail.
Those wishing to participate should meet at the trail head by Cabin 9 by 10 a.m. Park officials advise dressing for the weather and bringing water to drink. Dogs are also welcome, but need to remain on a leash.
Big Hill State Pond in the McNairy County community of Pocahontas is also offering a hike on New Year’s Day, starting at noon.
The park is at 1435 John Howell Road, and participants should meet at the park’s office.
Hikers will walk down the Turkey Call trail where they will enjoy a scenic, ranger-guided hike through the wooded areas of the park, cross the Dismal Swamp boardwalk, climb the 70 foot observation tower for a bird’s eye view, and finally cross the Travis McNatt lake levee.
There will be opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing and photos along the way.
Information about all of the hikes happening on New’s Year Day in West Tennessee and throughout the state is available at

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