Ad­ven­tures done in a day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORT — Compiled by staff writer Su­san Pierce

The long hol­i­day week­end makes time for a week­end get­away to a state park for camp­ing or boat­ing. But if travel isn’t on your agenda, there are a va­ri­ety of short out­door ad­ven­tures of­fered this week­end that can be done in a day.

FRI­DAY, MAY 26

Night Hike: Cloud­land Canyon State Park, 122 Cloud­land Canyon Park Road, Ris­ing Fawn, Ga., 8-10 p.m., $10 per per­son plus $5 park­ing.

Learn facts about the ge­ol­ogy and his­tory of the park dur­ing a 2-mile hike. For ages 10 and older; mi­nors must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. 706-913-7170. Star Party: DeSoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Park­way, Fort Payne, Ala., 7:30 p.m. CST, free.

NASA ed­u­ca­tor John Weis leads dis­cus­sion of con­stel­la­tions us­ing tele­scopes to see night sky. 256-997-5025 Ten­nessee Spring Star Party: Fall Creek Falls State Park, 2009 Vil­lage Camp Road, Spencer, Tenn., Fri­day-Sun­day, fee for lodg­ing and food.

Cum­ber­land As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety leads pro­grams for pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur astronomers; night sky view­ing Fri­day and Satur­day nights. 423-881-5708.

SATUR­DAY, MAY 27

Sunset Stroll to Sun

set Point: Cloud­land Canyon State Park, 122 Cloud­land Canyon Park Road, Ris­ing Fawn, Ga., 5-9 p.m., $5 park­ing.

Ranger- l ed stroll to over­look with views of Tren­ton, Look­out Val­ley and Sand Moun­tain. Meet at West Rim Ac­cess park­ing lot for 45-minute hike. 706-657-4050.

Su­san’s Curves

Hike: Re­flec­tion Rid­ing Ar­bore­tum and Na­ture Cen­ter, 400 Gar­den Road, 1-2 p.m., free for mem­bers, $10 non­mem­ber adults.

This slightly stren­u­ous trail joins Nel­son’s Up­s­lope af­ter Shen­stone Land­skip clear­ing. Curv­ing around the moun­tain­side, it passes steep rock ravines to reach the in­ter­sec­tion of South Ridge, Brad­ford Williams Loop trail and Lights Mill trail. Bring wa­ter and snacks. 423-821-1160.

Red Wolf Feed­ing

and Talk: Re­flec­tion Rid­ing Ar­bore­tum and Na­ture Cen­ter, 400 Gar­den Road, noon, mem­bers free, reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion of $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11 for non­mem­bers. 423-821-1160.

MON­DAY, MAY 29

Sit­ton’s Gulch Hike: Cloud­land Canyon State Park, 122 Cloud­land Canyon Park Road, Ris­ing Fawn, Ga., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15 per per­son plus $5 park­ing.

Mod­er­ately stren­u­ous 5-mile hike starts at bot­tom of gulch, goes up 600 stairs then re­turns on a 3- mile hike down­hill. 706-913-7170.

STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG STRICK­LAND

Re­flec­tion Rid­ing Ar­bore­tum and Na­ture Cen­ter will host a talk about red wolves there and al­low the pub­lic to view a feed­ing at noon Satur­day.

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