November brings cooler temps to East Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Here is a list of upcoming events in Anderson County that will keep you and your family active and outdoors all month long. That means you can enjoy that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!
Bigfoot Blast on November 3rd at Windrock Park.
Don’t be surprised if you catch multiple sightings of Bigfoot at Windrock Park’s 4th Annual Bigfoot Blast 5K & 10K. Be prepared for challenging trails with rolling hills and a beautiful mountain view. If you’re not an avid runner, that’s ok. Walking is welcome too. Proceeds from the Bigfoot Blast will be going to the Boys & Girls Club of North Anderson County. You can find more information on the race here.
Secret City Half Marathon and 5K – November 16th in Oak Ridge
Whether you choose the half marathon or the 5K, this will quickly become one of your favorite annual races. The race takes runners along a fast and largely level course. The route follows the beautiful Clinch River with runners passing a quarry for a change of scenery. The course continues down a serene tree-lined road and through the heart of Oak Ridge. Runners will get to enjoy impressive views all the way to the finish. For more information about the race, click here.
Hike of the month at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge
Each month the UT Arboretum hosts a hike of the month on the third Saturday. This month the hike will take place at 9:00 am on November 16th.
The UT Arboretum is located at 901 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge and offers over 5 miles of trails that vary in length and difficulty. Interpretive signs describe points of interest along the way making your hike informative as well as great exercise. It’s a great place to bring the family and enjoy a day outdoors! For more information, call 865-483-3571.
National Take a Hike Day – November 17th
East Tennessee trails are among some of the best. One of our favorite places to hike is the Norris Watershed. Pick from over 30 miles of trails, some of which offer spectacular views of Norris Lake and the Clinch River. The watershed is great for experienced hikers as well as those looking for a casual stroll. It’s also a great place to pack up the kids and take a family hike. For a map of the watershed trails, click here.
Norris Dam State Park Gobble Wobble Hike – November 29th
Hike off that turkey and dressing with a guided hike at Norris Dam State Park on Friday, November 29th at 1:00 pm. The half-mile hike will take participants to the Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC) where a park ranger will do a short program on the camp. The hike is family friendly and there is no charge to participate. Hikers are to meet at the Lenoir Museum parking lot.
If you’d rather hit the trails by yourself, the park offers over 21 miles of trails with spectacular views! The park has developed detailed description for each trails, complete with background details, elevation changes, length and explanations of what you’ll see on the trails. You can find the descriptions here. Call the park office for more information at 865-425-4500.