Get on out, the weather’s fine

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

After our chilly temperatures earlier this week, we seem to be heading into a nice stretch of weather perfect for getting outdoors, so let’s take advantage of it!


Little River Trading Co. and Cycology Bicycles are teaming up Saturday for the second annual Welcome Winter Fest, with festivities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Little River in Maryville and beyond.

There will be food trucks, entertainment and vendors at Little River. Amidst the other activities, Cycology will conduct free bike-safety checks all day. And LRTC will host a hike to Spruce Flats Falls to usher in the winter hiking season.

If you still have some energy, head to “Light It Up at Loyston” at 6 p.m. Saturday. Cedar Bluff Cycles will lead a set of beginner-friendly rides at the Loyston Point Trails, followed by some socializing.

While Lisa Mueller will be leading a women’s group, it’s a co-ed event with two loops – a five-mile and a seven-mile – to choose from (or to combine). Headlights are recommended.

Don’t forget that the grand opening of the Imagination Library Storybook Trail at Norris Dam State Park is at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by ranger-led hikes at 10:15, 11 and noon. The ribbon cutting is in the parking area by Lakeside Trail.

Saturday also brings Cranksgiving to Knoxville for the first time, courtesy of DreamBikes. Cranksgiving is a national event that combines a bicycle scavenger hunt with a food drive. Teams of riders cross the city to collect food items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, you can enjoy a moonlight hike at Panther Creek State Park. There’s a small fee, but every attendee will get a gift. ’Tis the season!

Find details on these and many other fun opportunities on the Outdoor Knoxville calendar.

Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to ensuring that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.

 

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