Happy Trails

Are you an avid hiker? Then June is your month! That’s when we celebrate National Trails Day, a time to get outside, hit the trail and maybe even do a little service work.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a proud participant in National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 2—but the number of things to see and do on public lands and waters in the Tennessee Valley is far too many to limit to a single day.

TVA maintains more than 170 miles of trails across the Tennessee Valley, offering something for every hiker, biker and horseback rider. With our guide map on TVA.com/trails, finding the right one has never been easier. Find detailed trail descriptions, information on amenities, difficulty, distance, uses and any relevant notes to enhance the experience.

“Our miles and miles of trails offer just about any kind of experience a hiker or biker could want,” says Bucky Edmondson, TVA Director of Natural Resources. “TVA’s Natural Resources staff works year-round with our valued volunteers, monitoring and maintaining these trails. From ADA-accessible and child-friendly strolls to challenging uphill adventures, we’ve got it ready for you to enjoy on National Trails Day® or any day.” 


Friday, June 1, 2018

Annual Trail Maintenance and Invasive Plant Removal at Forest City Trail

TVA will team up with the Watts Bar Lake Association to host their annual trail maintenance activity at Forest City Trail. The trail is located on Watts Bar Dam Reservation. Trail work will begin at 9 am and end at noon.  Gloves and tools will be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes.

Locations: Forest City Trail, Watts Bar Dam Reservation | Lat: 35.62443 Long: -84.77536

TVA contact: Scott Ledford  wsledford@tva.gov


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Bike Boat Brew & Bark

TVA is proud to partner with Visit Knoxville and others to support this popular annual event held at Knoxville’s Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River waterfront. Activities include a guided Urban Bike Ride to Suttree’s Landing, a guided urban hike to Suttree’s Landing from Market Square, the Annual Volunteer Landing Riverwalk Tour with Historian Jack Neely, guided Brewery Slow Rides to Volunteer Landing, the Visit Knoxville Powerboat Nationals and much more. Boat races start at 8 a.m. and continue through 7 p.m. Other activities begin throughout the day with exhibit booths open from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.

For a schedule of events and activities, look here: https://www.visitknoxville.com/bike-boat-brew-bark/

Location: Volunteer Landing, Fort Loudon Reservoir | Lat: 35.96109 Long: -83.91316

TVA contacts: Tiffany Foster tlfoster@tva.gov | Kristina Bonds khbonds@tva.gov


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wild Cat Trim Day

TVA and WATeR will team up to honor National Trails Day by maintaining vegetation and exploring a proposed section of new trail near Fort Loudoun Reservoir. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Work will last no more than 2.5 hours, and is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Wild Cat Point Parking Area, Fort Loudon Reservoir | Lat: 35.62193 Long: -84.20579

TVA contact: Darrell Cuthbertson dacuthbertson@tva.gov


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bioblitz at Muscle Shoals Trails

Discover Life in America and TVA will host “Bioblitz”, a fun day of plant and insect identification.

Location: Muscle Shoals Dam Reservation, Nature Trail

TVA contact: Melinda Watson mawatson@tva.gov


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Water Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers Celebration

TVA is teaming up with Knoxville’s River Sports for their regular Thursday night social to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. There will be product demos, free water trails maps, cool swag giveaways and a viewing of outdoor films. The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: River Sports Outfitters 2981 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. | Lat: 35.952967 Long: -83.964882

TVA contacts: Suzanne Fisher lsfisher@tva.gov | Aurora M Pulliam admoldovanyi@tva.gov


Saturday, July 7, 2018

50th Anniversary Service Event: Kill the Dam Invasives

TVA is proud to team with the Appalachian Trail community for a big work day to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act!

Volunteers will work to remove invasive plants at multiple locations along the A.T. to make the greatest impact. Work will occur between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday July 7th. Lunch, t-shirts and live entertainment will be provided.

Starting at 3 p.m., there is an optional Naturalist Walk led by Matt Drury, Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Natural Resources coordinator, to learn about the native species volunteers have worked to protect.

This event is suitable for experienced trail maintainers as well as beginners. Wear long pants, long-sleeves and sturdy shoes. Bring sun protection and lots of water.

TVA is proud to be a part of this event that is also supported by REI, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the U.S. Forest Service.

The event is free but volunteers must register in advance: www.appalachiantrail.com/daminvasives.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bioblitz at Worthington Cemetery

Discover Life in America and TVA will host “Bioblitz”, a fun day of plant and insect identification on the trails throughout the Worthington Cemetery Ecological Study Area on Melton Hill Reservoir.

Location: TVA Worthington Cemetery Ecological Study Area, Oak Ridge, TN.

Coordinates: 36.04781 -84.207069

TVA contact: Melinda Watson mawatson@tva.gov