We have grandboys in Tennessee, north of Chattanooga, and so we visit as often as we can to enjoy boys on the farm. But while there. we look for easy walks that grandboys can participate in with us.
The Visitor Center itself has a great 3-D map of the Plateau and the coves of the area, which has waterfalls, caves, hiking trails, and amazing views from the edges of the bluffs in the area. But not only did we learn about a 2 mile loop trail on the Visitor Center property.
We also discovered a permanent installation of a Storywalk®, found volunteers offering information about composting,
and also got a chance to hold lots of cool snakes and turtles,
had help roasting marshmallows along the trail,
and were invited to make fairy houses in the woods.
On the grounds of the Visitor Center was a “Nature’s Play Area” where grandboys hopped from stump to stump and balanced on long logs.
While we took this Easy Walk, the boys’ mom, Amy, my daughter-in-law, worked at the craft fair nearby that was also part of “Trails and Trilliums” festival. She offers a large variety of soaps, shampoos, lip balms, hand knitted caps, and other charming things. You can find a better list to all she has available at Solace Farm Homestead.
We had driven by the Visitor’s center many times in the past, but apparently an Easy Walk does not count as a hike. When we had asked before about places to walk, we were told the visitor center had no place to walk. Lesson learned–be sure to tell folks you are looking for Easy Walks when you ask about places to walk!
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,” and edited “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com