National Trails Day will be upon us Saturday, June 2nd. The American Hiking Society sponsors this annual event, which celebrates our nation’s 200,000 plus miles of recreation trails. Participants across the country join in to recognize the tremendous opportunities these trails provide in getting folks outdoors. Many National Trails Day activities are organized around volunteer trail cleanup projects, as well as guided hikes and walks.
Follow the gushing water of Tennessee’s Bald River and you will be taken through a peaceful route of pristine wilderness, stunning views, and eventually, if you’re on the right track, Bald River Falls, an awe-inspiring 100-foot waterfall that is one of the most photographed in the nation.
So uniquely wonderful is the area, located some 30 miles south of the Smokey Mountains, that it may be surprising to learn that much of it lacks federal Wilderness protections.