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Prentice Cooper, Franklin State Forests Campsites Closed to prevent spread of Coronavirus

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of ForestryNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is closing the campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice. A surge in the number of campers is creating safety and health concerns for the public and forestry staff.

Campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice.

Campsites at Prentice Cooper and Franklin State Forests until further notice.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Rocky Mountain High – Part 4

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I rolled into Ouray, Colorado on an early Sunday afternoon, mesmerized by the beauty of it all.  My first thought was that it looked like a little town in Switzerland.   Oddly enough, it’s known as the Switzerland of America. 

Go figure!

I was looking forward to seeing my friends, Kim and Craig Kotzen, and finally getting a chance to ride the incredible Million Dollar Highway. 

From the first day I started riding, my biker brothers and sisters have been telling me of all the great places to ride, and the “must do” events.

The Million Dollar Highway was on that list.

Million Dollar Highway.

Million Dollar Highway.

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Austin Peay State University alumnus, retired faculty member creates Bonnie M. Chester Endowment

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) alumnus Dr. Edward W. Chester (’62) recently made a gift of $100,000 to the Austin Peay Foundation to establish the Bonnie M. Chester Endowment to honor the memory of his late wife. Chester gave an additional $8,000 to fund scholarships during the investment period.

Austin Peay alumnus Dr. Edward W. Chester makes gift to establish the Bonnie M. Chester Endowment. (APSU)

Austin Peay alumnus Dr. Edward W. Chester makes gift to establish the Bonnie M. Chester Endowment. (APSU)

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APSU Govs Outdoors has spots available for Teen Adventure Camp

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) Govs Outdoors is holding an outdoor adventure camp for teens this summer.

Govs Outdoors Teen Camp is open to ages 12-15 and focuses on getting teens outdoors and into activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and caving, all offered in the Clarksville area.

APSU Govs Outdoors Teen Camp is open to ages 12-15 and focuses on getting teens outdoors and into activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and caving, all offered in the Clarksville area.

APSU Govs Outdoors Teen Camp is open to ages 12-15 and focuses on getting teens outdoors and into activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and caving, all offered in the Clarksville area.

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Santa joins Bobber the Water Safety Dog for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holiday message

 

Written by Leon Roberts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersNashville, TN – Kris Kringle filed a reindeer flight plan and entered American airspace with an early sleigh ride today to record a holiday safety message with Bobber the Water Safety Dog in Middle Tennessee.

On the shoreline of J. Percy Priest Lake, Santa Claus and “Hap Hazard Elf” joined Bobber the Water Safety Dog to shoot a public service announcement in hopes that people all over the world will make it a priority to be safe at home this Christmas and when recreating at Corps of Engineers recreation areas, hiking trails, and when boating or even walking along the shoreline.

Safety Santa, Bobber the Water Safety Dog, and Hap “Hazard” the Elf film a holiday safety public service announcement Dec. 17, 2018 at J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tenn., to encourage the public to be vigilant and safe at home this Christmas and when visiting and recreating at Corps of Engineers lakes. (Leon Roberts, USACE)

Safety Santa, Bobber the Water Safety Dog, and Hap “Hazard” the Elf film a holiday safety public service announcement Dec. 17, 2018 at J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tenn., to encourage the public to be vigilant and safe at home this Christmas and when visiting and recreating at Corps of Engineers lakes. (Leon Roberts, USACE)

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Dunbar Cave State Park, Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes the Day After Thanksgiving

 

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Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, November 23rd, 2018. Dunbar Cave State Park will be holding an “After Thanksgiving Hike” Wednesday.

“Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving to engage in healthy, fun activities,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It’s a chance to explore the state parks with loved ones around the holidays, with skilled rangers leading the way.”

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

Dunbar Cave State Park Visitor Center.

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Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave, a Natural Treasure

 

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Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Dunbar Cave State Park will intrigue nature lovers, history buffs, spelunkers and budding archeologists. This 144-acre park in Clarksville is situated around Dunbar Cave which has the distinction of being the 280th largest cave complex in the world, stretching 8.5 miles toward the center of the earth.

The entrance to Dunbar Cave was inhabited by local prehistoric peoples for thousands of years before settlers arrived.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

Entrance to Dunbar Cave.

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Kids catch interest in outdoors, environment at Cheatham Lake Annual Fishing Rodeo

 

Written by Trey Church
Cheatham Lake Conservation Biologist

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAshland City, TN – Kids caught fish and an interest in the outdoors and environment during the Cheatham Lake Annual Fishing Rodeo.

“The Fishing Rodeo brought about many smiles, healthy competition, education, and memories to last a lifetime,” said Amy Hill, an event participant.

Every child (up to age 15) who signed up for the event received a prize ranging from fishing rods, archery sets, sporting equipment, local gift cards, and tackle boxes. Every participant was also treated to lunch from event sponsors.

This boy and father celebrate catching a fish during the Cheatham Lake Annual Fishing Rodeo in Ashland City, Tennessee, June 16th, 2018. (Trey Church, USACE)

This boy and father celebrate catching a fish during the Cheatham Lake Annual Fishing Rodeo in Ashland City, Tennessee, June 16th, 2018. (Trey Church, USACE)

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Austin Peay State University embraces community with Foy Center’s new outdoor camp for teens

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – This summer, Austin Peay State University’s Foy Fitness and Recreation Center is offering a new summer camp for teens—Govs Outdoors (GO) Teen Camp.

The day camp, which furthers APSU’s commitment to the surrounding community, focuses on getting teens outdoors and offers activities ranging from hiking and biking, to rock climbing and caving, all of which are offered in the Clarksville area.

APSU's Foy Fitness and Recreation Center to hold summer camp for teens.

APSU’s Foy Fitness and Recreation Center to hold summer camp for teens.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Mammoth Cave National Park

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyCentral Kentucky – On a recent trip to Northern Kentucky, I decided to take a quick “ride through” of Mammoth Cave National Park.  I had passed by it several times on previous trips, but had never ventured off to see it first hand.  If you’re a biker, (and you probably are) you HAVE to ride this magnificent park.

Mammoth Cave National Park is located just of Interstate 65 at exit 48, (the Park City exit), that turns onto Ky-255.  It turns into Park City Road that joins Mammoth Cave Parkway.  

The park is a U.S National Park that encompasses portions of Mammoth Cave, which is the longest cave system in the world.  The park’s 52,830 acres are located in Edmonson County Kentucky and is centered on the Green River. 

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

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