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Since I'm new to the forum I may as well give a little intro on myself. I work in ecology research and as a result spend a couple months every summer working outside (usually in streams), sometimes camping for weeks at a time. That said I haven't done much backpacking (all that research gear requires a car!) and I'm really looking to get into it more.

Come Jan I'll be moving to central TN (almost exactly halfway between Nashville & Knoxville) and was hoping you guys could suggest some good dayhikes or overnighters? I'm predicting my new job will keep me really busy, so I doubt I'd be able to do much more than one night out at a time. Thanks in advance!
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Welcome......

Where yer at ----you will have unlimited opportunities.......

One of the first places ill suggesr is alum cave trail in the smokies......

After that the world is all yers......

Frozen head, virgin falls,  cherokee national forest, big south fork, savage gulf, and a ton of other spots are close to you as well.....
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Alum cave is an excellent choice. I'm heading there Tuesday.There are tons of great trips in the Smokey Mountain National Forest.
This weekend I'm doing a section of the Appalachian Trail, which isn't too far from you.
Feel free to check out my blog for some semi-local locations. I do Tn, NC, and VA.

http://treelinebackpacker.wordpress.com/
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welcome to Tennessee. Kevin's list is full of great hikes. i might also add the Cumberland Trail segments -- most are pretty close to your new home.

Virgin Falls and the Scott's Gulf area in general is a must-hike, and real close to ya.


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Fall Creek Falls SP, Savage Gulf, Fiery Gizzard...all in the Cumberland area and pretty close to you.

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Welcome to Tennessee!

hiking-tiger's suggestions are a great place to start!

The Cookeville-Crossville area is a great place for hikers. Fall Creek Falls is my favorite. But adding some of my favorites to hiking-tiger's suggestions:

A nice 1 or 2 hour dayhike is the Black Mountain Loop on the Cumberland Trail just outside Crossville. Black Mountain Loop Trail

A longer hike is the Brady Mountain part of the Grassy Cove Segment of the Cumberland Trail, just outside Crossville. Brady Mountain Trail

Lots of both overnight and dayhikes are available on the Cumberland Trail near Crossville. See CTC Volunteers Trail Maps .

A great dayhike is the new State Park Cummins Falls, Cummins Falls State Park . Cummins Falls is just outside Cookeville.

Standing Stone State Park is just north of Cookeville and is a great place for dayhikes. Standing Stone

Virgin Falls, recently bought by the state, is a great dayhike. Virgin Falls

North of Crossville, Pickett State Park is a great place to camp in a developed campground and has some nice dayhikes. Pickett State Park

My second fav is Big South Fork, with lots of great dayhikes and two main developed campgrounds. Big South Fork is an hour north of Crossville. Big South Fork

Burgess Falls, just outside Cookeville, is another my favs. Burgess Falls

You are moving to hiker's paradise! There are more hiking and camping areas that you can learn from the locals.

You might consider joining Tennessee Trails . There is a chapter in Cookeville, and one in Crossville. That's a good way to meet other hikers AND to learn of the nearby camping and hiking opportunities. An even more active group is Cumberland Trail Volunteers , based just north of Chattanooga in Soddy-Daisy.

Enjoy!
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Thanks everyone! Driving down for the interview I was very excited to see sign after sign for parks and wilderness areas. If I'm lucky I'll actually be doing some fieldwork in the Smokies in the fall.
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Welcome to Tennessee!  Others have given you the suggestions I would make.  You'll love it here.  It's a wonderful part of the country and I've found it very welcoming to newcomers.
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