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Take a hike

Ring in the new year with a walk through
the Doe Mountain Recreation Area.

By Bethany Anderson

The Tennessee State Parks Department is once again joining the nation in hosting First Day Hikes at multiple State Parks. Since Johnson County, does not have a State Park within its boundaries the event will be held at Doe Mountain Recreation Area.
“I am excited about being a part of the First Day Hike event here in Johnson County,” said County Mayor, Mike Taylor. “I can’t think of a better way or place to ring in the New Year than a hike at our county’s own Doe Mountain.”
First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states.
Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of our state parks.
First Day Hikes vary in distance and rigor from park to park but are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers.
According to local officials, all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family.
Naturally, the benefits are endless as hikers are invited to take in the beauty of their state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of
these local treasures throughout the year.
Johnson County’s First Day Hike event is the joint effort of GoJoCo, the Johnson County Health Department, the Johnson County Farmer’s Market, and Doe Mountain Recreation Area. Plans include a guided hike beginning and ending back at Doe Mountain Recreation Area.
There will be refreshments, door prizes, and special events for children and families. All are welcome to attend, and all recreation area fees will be waived for participants. Local civic and religious groups, as well as city and county officials all plan to be in attendance.
“I would like to encourage everyone in Johnson County to enjoy our beautiful local outdoor spaces and to have a healthier 2019,” Taylor added. “Hopefully, this will be a great way to start those healthy new habits for us all.”
The First Day Hike event will take place on Tuesday, January 1 at 2 p.m. Hikers are invited to meet at Doe Mountain Recreation Area to sign the necessary waivers beforehand.
More information about First Day Hike can be found on the Tennessee State Park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-day-hikes.