Young fans of the outdoors now have an easy trail they can hike while also reading a book.
Tims Ford State Park will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the park to officially celebrate its newest Storybook Trail. Attendance is free, though advance registration is encouraged.
According to Park Ranger Destiny Adcox, the trail has been at the state park since last May, but COVID-19 prevented the park from having a formal “grand opening” and trail celebration.
The trail is a little under half of a mile in length, giving walkers, runners, hikers and storybook readers just under a mile of trail to trek down and back.
The trail also has a “nice, easy slope,” meaning hikers of any skill level will have no trouble walking the trail.
Funding for the trail came from a grant through the Tennessee Trails Association. The overall cost of the trail project was just $1,136.26 with the entire cost covered by the TTA grant.
The book currently on the trail is titled “Anybody Home?” which features main character Polly Possum, who is looking for a new home for her expected opossum children.
While searching for a new home, she meets a host of animals and learns how they make their homes in the world.
The book is written by retired teacher and librarian Marianne Berks and illustrated by Rebecca Dickinson.
When selecting the books for the trail, Adcox said she tries to keep the books themed around nature and animals, and “Anybody Home?” fit right into the theme.
The book will stay on the trail for another few months before being rotated out for another selection. The books will rotate yearly.
Attendees can register online at tnstateparks.com/parks/events/tims-ford/#/?park=tims-ford.