Hiking Roan Mountain – Carver’s Gap to Roan High Knob to Cloudland Mountain to Roan High Bluff

We started our week in east Tennesse by hiking Roan Mountain (the sixth highest peak in Tennessee). From Carver’s Gap we hiked on the Appalachian Trail to the Roan High Knob shelter. The summit of Roan High Knob (6285 ft.) was the highest point of our week. Then we headed to Cloudland Mountain (where an …

Overnight Backpacking Alone (My First Time)

I went solo backpacking on a 13-mile hike and camped overnight alone in the Wildcat Shelter at Montgomery Bell State Park. It was my first time overnight camping in the woods. It was also my first time doing it all alone. I survived by drinking from streams, eating with a toilet trowel, producing fire from …

Montgomery Bell Park State Park

We went to Montgomery Bell State Park to hike and bike. The boys joined us.  We biked on a few of the trails on the extensive mountain bike trail network.  We hiked to all three of the lakes on the 3700-acre property.  We also saw all the iron ore pits from when was mining was …

Hiking Fall Creek Falls State Park

We kicked off the 2021 RV season with a visit to spectacular Fall Creek Falls State Park. I was positive no Dean child would ever come with us on a trip but Max proved me wrong (on our 8th trip). He and Arden joined us over Spring Break. I planned a full day of hiking …

Hiking Harpeth River State Park

The Harpeth River State Park is pretty unique. It spans multiple locations over many miles. It is mainly for relaxing canoeing and kayaking with 9 put-ins / take-outs along 40 miles of the river. We plan to do that this year. There is also great hiking here. There are 3 places to hike that we …

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

We took our 5th RV trip to Cedars of Lebanon State Park in September.  We hiked almost all the trails in this state park (6 trails in 2 days).  There are so many things to see along the way.  There are caves, sinkholes, rock formations, and more cedar trees growing in the thin, rocky soil …

Bledsoe Creek State Park (Gallatin, TN) Hiking Shoreline Trail and High Ridge Trail

Camping in the blazing hot Tennessee Summer without working AC?!?  Not advised!  In July we went to Bledsoe Creek State Park (in Gallatin, Tennessee).  This was our first state park camping in our RV.  It was extremely hot on the weekend we went.  It was 98 degrees (the hottest weekend of 2020).  We hiked the …

Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville (Our Second RV Trip)

Back in the middle of June we traveled back to Clarksville (our second RV trip) and checked another Tennessee state park off our list, Dunbar Cave State Park!  This was our second RV trip so we spent part of the weekend still getting set up and acquainted with our new RV.  The rest of the …

RV Trip #1 – Port Royal State Park

We took our very first RV trip once the COVID quarantine lifted back in mid May. We went to go see Port Royal State Park in Clarksville, TN. We hiked around and explored it fully. While we were in town, we also hit a few other places on our list (including Liberty Park).  We hiked …