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TVA Celebrates National Trails Day With Activities, Enhancements

May 30, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting hiking enthusiasts and volunteers to commemorate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, by enjoying three popular Tennessee Valley trails and helping make them even better.

TVA is encouraging the public to join TVA staff and other volunteers for a hike or to take part in a trail improvement work day at one of the following trail sites:

East Lakeshore Trail, Lenoir City, Tenn., 9 a.m. EDT

Members of the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir and TVA will celebrate 10 years of trail building on the East Lakeshore Trail system in Loudon and Monroe counties. Following a brief ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Coytee Trailhead, attendees can enjoy a hike on one of the associated trails. Contact Clay Guerry at or (865) 632-1334 for information.

(Directions from Fort Loudon Dam: south U.S. 321 to Route 95. Right on Highway 95, then right on Axley Chapel Road. Turn right on Coytee Road to parking area)

Hemlock Bluff Trail, Union County, Tenn., 9 a.m. EDT

TVA staff is hosting a trail work day at Hemlock Bluff along Norris Reservoir, which is a designated National Recreation Trail. The trail is a moderately difficult six-mile loop with views of Norris Reservoir from both water level and a high limestone bluff.  During the work day, volunteers will remove invasive species, and trim trees and shrubs encroaching on the trail. Some hand tools will be provided. Contact Heather Hart at or (865) 632-6362 for information.

(Directions from I-75: Exit on Highway 61 and go east (follow signs to Loyston Point Recreation Area), turn left onto Park Lane, turn right on Forgety Road, turn left on Mill Creek Road, turn right on Loyston Point Road, turn left before entering campground to trailhead on the left)

Pennington Gap Greenway Trail System, Pennington Gap, Va., 10 a.m. EDT

A Trail Fest will celebrate the future construction of the Pennington Gap Greenway Trail and will feature a Leave No Trace activity. The event will include children’s activities, a Trail Talk, the Tasty Trail Mix Taste-Off and tree-planting. Contact Martha Podren at or (423) 467-3802 for information.

(Directions: Take Route Alt. 58 towards Pennington Gap. Turn onto Route 421 going towards St. Charles. Turn right onto Leeman Field, just outside downtown Pennington Gap.)

image of people working on a trail

(Click to enlarge) Volunteers joined TVA staff in conducting trail maintenance on TVA's River Bluff Trail near Norris Dam to celebrate National Trails Day in 2011. During the 2012 event on June 2, maintenance efforts move to Hemlock Bluff Trail further up Norris Reservoir.

Hikers and volunteers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing and work gloves (for volunteers).

TVA maintains about 137 miles of developed trails on the public lands it manages. TVA provides recreation opportunities at 80 campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps. TVA’s environmental stewardship efforts encompass nearly 11,000 miles of public shoreline and about 293,000 acres of land.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

Media Contact

Travis Brickey, Knoxville, (865) 632-6263
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000

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