On Saturday March 14th the Friends of the Rugby State Natural Area and Historic Rugby, Inc. will kick off the 2015 season with an opportunity to see beyond the buildings in the National Historic District of Rugby, Tennessee. Free morning and afternoon guided hikes on seven different trails will take you to early settler home sites and secluded places of recreation for the early colonists.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., ET, at the Community Building with hikes beginning at 10 a.m. Free trail maps will be available.

Hikers can sign up for either morning or afternoon guided hikes on Kellogg’s Crack Loop, White Oak Trail, Massengale Loop, Laurel Branch Trail, Cox Branch-Allerton Trail, the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole with Meeting of Waters loop or the Historic Trail to the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole with return via Uffington.

Hikers’ merchandise, including a special T shirt, (see photos below), will be available at the Commissary.

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And, for those of you who may wonder about the health benefits of hiking, here’s a link to an interesting September 25, 2014, online article from Outside magazine’s News From The Field column: “Study: Hiking Makes You Happier” by Lauren Steele.

Come visit Rugby for the Hike Rugby! Event on March 14 and relieve stress the healthy, natural way!