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Rock Island offers spring beauty
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If you want to enjoy spring, take a trip to Rock Island State Park. Wildflower hikes and special guests will be offered on weekends leading up to Easter.
 “Come celebrate spring and all its splendor by getting outside and enjoying a guided hike led by park and special guest naturalists,” said park naturalist Dava Lundquist.
• March 25 at 3 p.m. — There will be a hike to Bone Cave Natural Area with a park naturalist. The area is currently closed to the public.
“We will hike to the entrance of the cave, stop and have a snack while discussing the natural and historical aspects of this natural area,” said Lundquist. “The hike will be approximately half a mile and does include a fairly steep hill.”
Along with bringing a snack, water is recommended for this trip. The group will meet at Rock Island State Park office and caravan to trail head. Please reserve a spot by March 23.
• March 31 at 9:30 a.m. — Downstream Trail with Dennis Horn, a master gardener, member of Tennessee Native Plant Society and committee for rare plants in Tennessee, and author of Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians.
The group will meet at Twin Falls parking lot in White County. It will be a moderate 1.5-mile hike. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended. Following the hike there will be a book sale and signing. Proceeds go to Tennessee Native Plant Society.
• April 1 at 1 p.m. — Wildflower Hike with a state naturalist Randy Hedgepath and enjoy a 1.5-mile moderate hike to view native spring wildflowers on the Downstream Trail. The trail follows along the bluff to a rock overhang with views of the Blue Hole.
“Here we will stop for a snack and enjoy good company,” said Lundquist. “Randy’s extensive knowledge and fun personality is sure to please hikers of all ages.”
Sturdy shoes, water and sack lunch recommended. Meet at the Twin Falls Overlook off Powerhouse Road in White County. 
For questions, contact Lundquist at 686-2471 ext. 4.