TOP PHOTO:  Judi Davis is with the Governor’s Books from Birth foundation.

It was a tad chilly in the shade as Abby Sampieri waits to cut the ribbon.

By Charlotte Underwood

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A ribbon cutting was held at 4:30 pm on Thursday afternoon for the Story Book Trail at Cove Lake State Park.  See more photos HERE.

  The trail, which features story panels of the book “As An Oak Grows,” is part of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, which launched the trail program in 2018. Cove Lake is the 13th state park to have a Story Book Trail. It is about a half-mile child-friendly nature trail around “Goose Island.”  

According to Park Manager Casey Hatmaker, the trail is designed to “get kids involved in nature and to promote literacy.” Hatmaker said the book was a great fit since the trail had several oak trees along it.  

There is no shortage of beauty at Cove Lake State Park.

Park officials also planted an oak tree in honor of the trail dedication.  

“We thought it would be nice for the kids to be able to watch the tree change and grow,” Hatmaker said.  

For those wishing to walk it, the trail begins right in front of the fishing pier at Cove Lake.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/15/2019-PHOTOS  COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD)