January 14, 2019
DeKalb County tourism may have gotten a shot in the arm this past fall thanks to Trail Runner magazine.
Edgar Evins State Park was listed as one of the top “Leaf-Peeping Runs in the Southeast” in an issue dated October 30 and published online.
“This hilly, 6,000-acre state park clutches 12 miles of moderate dirt trail weaving through mixed hardwood forests located near the idyllic shores of Center Hill Lake,” the magazine reported. “You’ll nab the most miles by starting at the Millennium and Merritt Ridge parking lot and linking the Millennium and Merritt Ridge loops via a 1.5-mile connector trail. The 6.2-mile route traverses sparsely trafficked rolling hills, and presents opportunities for birding, as owls, hawks and wintering bald eagles have been spotted among the park’s stunning leaves.”
Other area sites mentioned in the publication were Window Cliffs State Natural Area near Baxter, Virgin Falls State Natural Area near Sparta, Fall Creek Falls State Park near Spencer, Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon and the City of Cookeville.