May 7
1:00 pm Eastern

Bring your camera and join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath on this 3.5-mile hike to view Mountain-Laurel in the Rugby State Natural Area.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the mountain-laurel is one of America’s most loved native shrubs. Clusters of striking flowers should be in bloom for this hike, with colors that range from white, to pink-rose, to deep rose. The Rugby State Natural Area is located in Morgan County adjacent to the village of Rugby.

The natural area forest includes tulip poplar, red maple, and sourwood with northern red oak, white oak, and hickories scattered throughout. Our hike leader is Randy Hedgepath, who has been walking through the Tennessee woods for most of his life. He has an extensive history of environmental service and in 2007 Randy became the State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks.  These trails have many ups and downs and are considered moderately difficult, so be prepared for slow going and gorgeous scenery. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring plenty of water.