If you’re camping at Cherokee Landing in Middleton, Tennessee, the TVA Nature Loop offers 2 1/2 miles of trails with great views of the Tennessee River. If you’re planning a visit to Natchez Trace, hiking trails can be found at nearby Chickasaw State Park, which has over 4 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails from Fern Creek Trail at just .8 miles to Lakeshore Trails at 1.5 miles.
The Florida Trail Association (FTA) boasts more than 1,400 miles of trails that begin in Big Cypress and end at the Gulf Island National Seashore. The FTA has designated trail areas in these four regions: Panhandle, North, Central and South. Florida’s hiking season begins in late October and runs through early April. For trails near your preserve, visit www.floridatrail.org.
A visit to our North Carolina or Virginia preserves takes you past some of the prettiest hiking trails you can find – those of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For a detailed listing of hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit www.blueridgeparkway.org.
Texas’ Lake Whitney State Park, near the Lake Whitney Preserve, offers plenty of hiking trails and is also known as a top bird watching spot.
September 22: Medina Lake Cajun Festival features authentic Cajun food and music, plus four top Cajun and Zydeco bands from Louisiana. Don’t miss the Gumbo Cook-off. Event is held at Lakehills Civic Center, just 5 miles from the Texas Medina Lake Preserve. For information call (800) 364-3833.
September 29: Native American Celebration at Tennessee’s Natchez Trace Preserve includes drum team and feather dancers.
October 12-14: Oktoberfest in Hohenwald, Tennessee, just 10 miles from the Natchez Trace Preserve. Event includes giant flea market, arts & crafts, live music and food concessions. Sponsored by the Hohenwald Arts Guild.
October 19: Enjoy the Fall Festival in Wauchula, near the Peace River Preserve in Florida, as Main Street-Wauchula welcomes local vendor booths and live entertainment in a very family friendly atmosphere reminiscent of yesteryear! Sponsored by Main Street Wauchula. For information call (863) 767-0330.
October 19: Fish Fry at Orlando Preserve, Orlando FL
October 20, 26 and 27: Carolina Landing Haunted Basement, Fair Play, SC
October 26-28: Halloween Costume Party at Bay Landing Preserve, Bridgeport, TX
October 28: Fireside Ghost Stories and marshmallow road at 8 p.m. at Orlando Preserve, Orlando, FL
September is best at Chesapeake Bay because our toes will be a’tapping to five live bluegrass bands during our annual Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 21-22, and there are still some reservations available, and members get discounted tickets! ~ Terry DuRose, Property Manager