Get Out & Play: No reservations needed

Carol EvansUncategorized

No reservations? No problem. Take your sweetheart for a hand-in-hand stroll and snuggle up on one of these three idyllic seats around town.

Concord Park: Your bench overlooking the still lake awaits you midway through the Parkey Strader loop greenway, a .25 mile loop which circles the soccer fields and bends around a section of Fort Loudoun Lake. Take in the reflection of the water and winter calm of the park as you enjoy the view! If your date night includes a four-legged friend or a mini-me, the park offers a playground – and a dog park is just right across the street!

Seven Islands State Birding Park:  Just 20 minutes from downtown, there is an abundance of beautiful sights and sounds for nature enthusiasts of all kinds and ages. This scenic 410-acre park along the French Broad River features over 190 species of birds, eight miles of mowed walking or hiking trails that weave through a diverse ecosystem, and a 1.2-mile paved greenway that leads to the water’s edge. In addition to inspiring vistas, there’s always the chance encounter of a startled grouse take-off, or the flight of deer as they retreat to the woods. To get to our favorite bench at LeConte Overlook, overlooking the water and mountains, park in the gravel lot and follow the Upland Loop trail to the right.

PetSafe Charter Doyle Dog Park: If your valentine has four legs, take your furry friend out on a day-date! The park offers individual areas for large and small dogs to play unleashed. While your pup runs, sniffs, wags and frolics, you can cozy up with a hot cup of coffee on one of the several benches in the park. Or take your pup for a stroll (on-leash) along the 0.4-mile paved loop circling the park. And if you enjoy romping through the woods, enjoy a short hike on the 0.2-mile Mildred Doyle Nature Trail loop.

No need to rush to the store for a last-minute card. Ijams is hosting a Valentine card workshop this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. Your thoughtful, handmade card will surely impress the nature lover in your life!

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