Hike with State Natural Areas’ Lisa Huff
SATURDAY | OCT. 19
10:00 AM Eastern, Rugby Visitor Centre
Every third Saturday of the month, the Friends of the Rugby State Natural area hosts a free guided hike. These moderate hikes range from 1.5 to 3 miles long. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks, and watch the weather. This week’s special guest leader is Lisa Huff, with Tennessee State Natural Areas. Here’s more from hike co-leader Benita Howell:
“We’ll hike along the Cox Branch and Allerton Ridge trails, back to the Visitor Centre via Massengale Trail. We’ll begin by walking original Rugby Colony roads, High Street and Highland Road, toward our Cox Branch Trail, then down to the confluence of Cox Branch with Little Creek. The original town plan designated that area surrounding our bridge as a public park named “Glen Park.” On the way back at the Massengale Homeplace, Lisa will describe goals and plans for a prescribed burn when weather conditions permit, sometime early in 2020. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10 a.m. Eastern, for this easy hike of 2.5 to 3 miles. Bring water and snacks and dress appropriately for the weather and to protect yourself against possible ticks and chiggers.”
RSNA boasts beautiful slopes and loops underneath towering umbrella magnolia and hemlock. By October, the terrain is taking on fall colors making this a perfect time for photos. Save time after the hike for lunch at Rugby’s Harrow Road Cafe.
We meet at 10:00 AM Eastern in front of the Historic Rugby Visitor Centre.