The Tennessee Conservationist features Fran Wallas’ Great Hikes in Tennessee State Parks in each issue of the magazine. Fran is an accomplished trailblazer and trailbuilder with a gift for sharing her experiences from a variety of pathways crisscrossing Tennessee State Parks. Drawing upon her first-person encounters with state park hiking and walking trails, Fran offers helpful insight ranging from each trail’s degree of difficulty to the types of unique natural features one should expect to find along that hike.
| January-February 2008
Cumberland Mtn State Park
The narrow passage on Pioneer Trail at Cumberland Mountain
State Park in Crossville.
| March-April 2008
Meeman-Shelby Forest SP
Cypress knees on Pioneer Springs Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.
| May-June 2008
Old Stone Fort
Virginia Bluebells in bloom March-May at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester.
Fall Creek Falls State Park
The trailhead of the Gilbert Gaul Trail at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
| January-February 2007
Long Hunter State Park
Three Ways to Hike The Perfect Winter Trail at Long Hunter State Park
| March-April 2007
Standing Stone State Park
The Lake Trail’s in Bloom at Standing Stone
| May-June 2007
Burgess Falls SNA
The butterfly garden at Burgess Falls State Natural Area.
Sandstone rock house at the beginning of the Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment.
Chestnut Ridge Trail at Roan Mountain State Park in Roan Mountain.
A view from the Savage Creek Overlook in Savage Gulf.
| January-February 2006
Pickett State Park
Pickett State Park’s Hidden Passage Trail is a Wonderful Winter Trek
| March-April 2006
Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake State Natural Area Offers an Easy Hike for People Wild About Wildflowers
| May-June 2006
Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head State Natural Area Offers an Overnight Hike With Scenic Detours
| July-August 2006
Carter Natural Area
Buggytop Cave–A Cool Hike for a Hot Day
| September-October 2006
NB Forrest State Park
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park – A Colorful Woodland Loop
| November-December 2006
Montgomery Bell State Park
A Six-Mile Overnight Hike For Beginners of All Ages
| January-February 2005
Mousetail Landing State Park
Intermediate Overnight Loop Trail at Mousetail Landing State Park
| March-April 2005
Beginner Backpacking Hike to Horsepound Falls
| May-June 2005
Rock Creek Segment Offers A Shady Hike for a Hot Day
| July-August 2005
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Fall Creek Falls Cable Trail - The Shortest Hard Hike
| September-October 2005
Big Ridge State Park
Big Ridge State Park - A Haunted Hike For the Halloween Season
| November-December 2005
Big Hill Pond State Park
Wetlands, Wilderness and Wildlife at Big Hill Pond
Totaling nearly one thousand miles, Tennessee State Parks' trails reflect the state's great natural diversity and offer an incredible array of outdoor recreational opportunities.