Start 2023 out right with a First Day Hike at Cowans Gap State Park. This hike is 2.5 miles long over moderate to hard terrain. The hike is along the Knobsville Road Trail climbing Cove Mountain to the park overlook. The hike involves a steady climb to the overlook and may continue on to a second overlook depending on time and trail conditions. Bring water to drink and dress appropriately in layers for the weather and wear comfortable hiking boots. It is suggested that you bring a walkoing stick of trekking poles for the hike. This hike is not recommended for young children but hardy pets are welcome. The hike leaves from Pavilion 2 beginning at 1:00 pm. Enjoy free hot beverages and snacks before the hike. The hike is sponsored and led by the Friends of Cowans Gap State Park. Registration not required but suggested. In case of bad weather, you can find cancelation information on the Cowans Gap Facebook page or the Friends of Cowans Gap Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there.