Tennessee State Parks

Upcoming Events

Tims Ford hosts Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together at our Recreation Hall and play gospel, country and bluegrass music. Everyone is welcome and should feel free to bring their own instrument and play or just sing along. Two Saturdays each month beginning at 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information call 931-962-1183.

Canoe Floats

Join our experienced naturalists for a three hour canoe float through seldom explored areas of Reelfoot Lake. Trips depart from the visitor center every weekend in March and April on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Observe old growth cypress forest, a heron rookery and an eagle nest as we leisurely paddle through the cypress swamp. Large fish swimming, ducks taking flight and an occasional snake making an appearance add excitement to the trip. A variety of bird life such as songbirds, ducks, herons, owls, or eagles are occasionally seen flying high over the lake. We suggest you bring snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, a camera and binoculars in a waterproof, floatable container. Donations are accepted and can be placed in donation box inside the visitor center. For more information and to make reservations please call 731-253-9652.

South Cumberland hosts Backpacking Trip to Raven’s Point

Apr 19 – Apr 20

Join Ranger Park at the Grundy Forest Parking Lot at 2 p.m. CT for an overnight experience to Raven’s Point. This 10 mile loop will take you down the strenuous Fiery Gizzard Trail and up to the Raven’s Point Campsite to spend the night before returning the next night on the Dog Hole Trail. This is a difficult hike, please be prepared and have intermediate backpacking skills. Call for reservations, limit 15 people. 931-924-2980 

 

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Earth Day Hike & Project

Apr 22

Join us for a hike through the beautiful meadows of Davy Crockett’s birthplace. Lovely grass meadows where many species of birds & small game live & play. We will be doing a service project just for them to enhance their habitat. Contact Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov or 423-257-2167.

Spring Volunteer Day

Apr 26

Want to be a part of something that will change the face of your community? Join the Spring Volunteer Team in an effort to save a historically significant area of the park from an invasion of exotic plant species. Lunch will be provided and those who attend all three volunteer days will receive a Henry Horton Spring Volunteer Team t-shirt. We will meet from 8 a.m. to noon CT. For more information and to RSVP call Ryan Jenkins at 931-364-7724 or email ryan.jenkins@tn.gov.

South Cumberland hosts Introduction to Rock Climbing

Apr 26

Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot at 9 a.m. CT for an introduction into the sport of rock climbing, all gear is provided. Call ahead for information and reservations, 931-924-2980. 

South Cumberland hosts Grundy Lakes Clean Up

Apr 26

Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking lot at 1 p.m. CT for a clean-up of the area. We will be handling glass and metal, gloves will be provided, but wear long pants as well. Come help our park look spectacular! For more information call 931-924-2980.

South Cumberland hosts The Human Impact

Apr 26

Meet Ranger Park at the visitor’s center at 4 p.m. CT for a display of the human impact on the South Cumberland area. This informative and entertaining program will have participants handling items found across the park from various time periods and learning the history and possible futures of the region. For more information call 931-924-2980.

South Cumberland hosts Introduction to Astronomy

Apr 26

Meet Ranger Park at the visitor’s center at 8 p.m. CT for an introductory look at the night sky. We will identify planets, constellations and galaxies while exploring celestial legends and myths! Wear a jacket and bring binoculars if you have them. In case of rain we will meet in the visitor center for fun, informative videos and stories. For more information call 931-924-2980.

Rock Island hosts Earth Day

Apr 26

Activities have ranged from guided hikes, history hikes, park clean ups and garden plantings. Activities and times will be announced closer to date. Please contact the park office for more information. Please register in advance for groups.

Making a Vanity Tray Basket

Apr 26

Using a basket construction style that dates back to the Victorian era, Candy Alexander will provide instruction on making vanity tray baskets. The baskets, 6"w x 12"l x 3"h, have a drilled wood base, braided rim and use round reed. Bring garden or kitchen shears, a kitchen towel, pencil spray bottle of water, and 12 small spring clips or clothespins. The workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET costs $25 and is open to 4-15 participants. To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required. Please register early to ensure a spot in the class! For more information call 423-543-5808.

Earth Day Hike

Apr 26

Long Hunter hosts Earth Day Festival

Apr 26

A day of nature hikes and presentations sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. Activities for this free, family-friendly event start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. CT.  For additions, last-minute hikes, cancellations and other park news, check the Long Hunter Facebook page www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark.

Morning Bird Walk at 8:15 a.m.
Join Middle Tennessee Regional Interpretive Specialist John Froeschauer for a morning stroll to see (and hear) some of our feathered friends. Long Hunter is a unique habitat with its mix of glades, prairie, woods, and lakeshore, and we'll be attempting to identify both local and migratory birds by sight and sound. Please bring binoculars if you have them. The program will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the park office.

Live Reptiles Program at 10:15 a.m.
Everyone loves snakes, right? If you answered no, then perhaps this program will change your mind. Meet herpetologist Lisa Powers and some of her reptilian friends from Froghaven Farm! Lisa will show us a wide variety of reptiles and explain the many ways in which they are beneficial - and why you should never harm them. Don't miss this rare chance to see reptiles up close and personal! Meet at the Couchville picnic shelter in Area 2.

Iris Fund Presentation at 11:15 a.m.
For 20 years, Tennessee's iris license plate has generated funds which have beautified, enhanced and improved state park landscapes. This program, presented by the program administrator, discusses highlights of planting, invasive plant removal, and habitat enhancement activities throughout the state, including those at Long Hunter State Park. Presented by John Froeschauer, who is a regional interpretive specialist for Tennessee State Parks. Meet inside the park office.

Day Loop Nature Hike at 1:15 a.m.
Join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a 4.5-mile hike on the wild and scenic Day Loop Trail. This trail features some of the park's most impressive natural features: majestic trees, rocky outcrops, numerous wildflowers, songbirds and shorebirds, and splendid views of Percy Priest Lake from high atop the bluffs. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and snacks. Since this is a special interpretive hike, no pets please. Meet at Day Loop/Volunteer Trail parking lot on Bakers Grove Rd. For further directions, call 615-885-2422.

The Odes: Dragonflies & Damselflies at 2:15 p.m.
The Odonates - better known as dragonflies and damselflies - are a fascinating group of insects. Field biologist Richard Connors, our guest speaker, has been photographing and studying these creatures for many years. With multifaceted eyes and colorful bodies, some are described as “flying jewels”. There are over 150 species of Odes found in Tennessee. This program will show a sampling from across the state and alert you to what might be found right here at Long Hunter. Meet inside the park office.

Getting to Know Cedar Glades at 3:30 p.m.
Long Hunter is well known for its rare cedar glade habitat. But what exactly is a cedar glade? This presentation will focus on these unique ecosystems and offer participants greater insight and understanding of these beautiful areas. Leading our discussion will be Middle Tennessee State University biology professor Kim Sadler, who is also co-director of the Center for Cedar Glade Studies at MTSU. Meet inside the park office.

Campfire Night: Earth Day Edition at 6 p.m.
Let's wind down from our Earth Day festival by relaxing under the stars around a glowing campfire! The Friends of Long Hunter will provide a few snacks, but feel free to bring other food, potluck items to share, beverages, s'mores, musical instruments, games, stories, telescopes, or any other campfire-appropriate items. This event is appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Long Hunter State Park. Meet at Group Camp 2 (behind park office).

Sycamore Shoals hosts Community Plant Exchange

Apr 26

From 9-10 a.m. ET the front parking lot will be bustling with plants and people. Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants, to exchange for species you don’t have - a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Country Music Marathon

Apr 26

One of the best places to view both the full and half Country Music Marathon is at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the many shops at Farmers Market. This annual race kicks off around 7 a.m. CT and continues through the early afternoon. The race is one of Nashville’s top events, attracting people from all over the United States. For more park information call 615-741-5280. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/nashville/register

South Cumberland hosts Hike to Laurel Gorge

Apr 27

Ready for a moderate 5 mile roundtrip hike? Meet Ranger Park at the Foster Falls Parking Lot at 9 a.m. CT for a refreshing morning stroll out to Laurel Gorge and back. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Dress for the weather. For more information call 931-924-2980.

South Cumberland hosts Grundy Lakes Canoe Float

Apr 27

Meet Ranger Park at the Grundy Lakes parking lot at 2 p.m. CT for a fun day out on the lake. Being that it will still be cold, this trip will be an interpretive experience exploring the ecology of the lakes area. Call ahead for reservations or more information, 931-924-2980. 

South Cumberland hosts Meadow Trail Night Hike

Apr 27

Join up with Ranger Park at the visitor’s center at 7:30 p.m. CT for a 1.3 mile stroll around the Meadow Trail to view the park at night. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a flashlight. For more information call 931-924-2980.

Montgomery Bell hosts Screaming Eagle Trail Showcase

May 01

From noon to 2 p.m. CT the public is invited to the Screaming Eagle Trail Showcase at Montgomery Bell State Park. This is a great opportunity to meet the people involved in, and learn more about the venues along Tennessee's Secreaming Eagle Trail. The Trail, part of  the Tennessee Trails and Byways system features the history, landscape, music and cuisine of Middle Tennessee. The Screaming Eagle Trail Showcase highlights many of the features found along the Trail including crafts, music, performances and living historians from Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson Houston, Humphreys, Mongomery and Stewart counties. This event is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourism and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Please RSVP  by April 23 to 615-741-9004 or Patricia.Gray@tn.gov. 

Fall Creek Falls hosts TN Spring Star Party

May 02 – May 04

Join fellow star gazers for a weekend of celestial fun. Professional and amateur astronomers will give presentations and dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate programming in the event of bad weather. There is no registration fee, your only cost is lodging and food. For more information, contact Allen Ball at mistal@bellsouth.net or Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org. Please make reservations with Fall Creek Falls Inn at 1-800-250-8610 and ask about the special package deal.

7th Annual Walk Me Home 5K

May 03

The 7th Annual Walk Me Home 5K Walk/Run raises awareness of the children in foster care in Tennessee and helps fund the Walk Me Home Enrichment Fund, which provides financial assistance for a variety of special needs and activities, such as camps, musical instruments/lessons, school/church trips and medical assistive devices. The race is sponsored by the National Foster Parent Association in partnership with the Tennessee Foster Adoptive Care Association. For complete details about this event visit www.firstgiving.com/walkmehome/nashville2014. For more information about the park call 615-741-5800.

BRAT Spring Ride (Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee)

May 03 – May 04

Welcome to the annual Spring Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. The 2014 Spring Ride will show you the best of what Middle Tennessee has to offer, from the prime vantage point of a bike seat. With our trusty mix of family-friendly and more challenging routes, you can experience as much of this magical river valley as you like. Registration closes on April 26. For complete details visit www.thebrat.org.

Johnsonville hosts Union Artillery Garrison Spring Living History Event

May 03 – May 04

The roar of Civil War cannons will again echo in the hollows of Johnsonville State Historic Park on May 3-4, 2014, as the park hosts its annual artillery garrison weekend. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday May 4th as Union cannoniers demonstrate the role of the artillery and its destructive power as it was used during the Civil War and at the Battle of Johnsonville on November 4, 1864. Other demonstrations such as camp life, military drill and cooking will also take place. For directions call (931) 535-2789, or visit tnstateparks.com/parks/contact/johnsonville.

Byrd Creek 15K Trail Run

May 10

​More details to come. For more information call 931-484-6138.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

May 10

Meet other birders and naturalists at 8 a.m. ET at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 20th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga

May 17 – May 18

Step back to a vibrant and dangerous time…America declares Independence in the summer of 1776, and people beyond the mountains build forts, stock powder and sharpen hatchets for the oncoming war. Walk among local legends—the vivacious Bonnie Kate, mysterious Old Abram, dignified Col. Carter, and daring John Sevier—for a glimpse of life on this dark and bloody ground. Colonial, native, and British re-enactors share their past through talks, mini-dramas and demonstrations of 18th century life. Battle re-enactments are held both days. Contact the park for detailed schedule. Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Huntington’s Disease 5K Walk

May 17

This walk raises funds to support the programs and services of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s mission and increase awareness about HD. For details about this event visit www.hdsa.org/events/12299/details.html. For more information about the park call 615-741-5800.

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Civil War Cannon Firing Re-enactment

May 17 – Jan 18

History comes alive with the re-enactment of the first military action of the Civil War in Tennessee, which happened in the small, nearby community of Travisville. The cannon firing re-enactment starts at 2 p.m. CT and admission is $5 per person over the age of ten. For more information call 931-864-3247.

Cystic Fibrosis Walk-a-thon

May 18

Great Strides raises funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development. This family-oriented event also includes children's activities, food and festivities. For details visit http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/123_Tennessee_Nashville?fr_id=2309&pg=entry. For more information about the park call 615-741-5800.

Western Wallflower Cruise

May 19 – May 25

Join park rangers and the seasonal naturalist for daily boat tours to view a magnificent display of this infrequent Tennessee wildflower, and other species endemic to the limestone bluffs on Center Hill Reservoir. Be sure to arrive prepared for sun and rain exposure, and to bring your binoculars and camera. Bottled water and a bagged lunch also recommended, as we will stop for lunch on the shoreline. The cruise is $10 per seat for adults and $5 per seat for children 12 and under to be paid on arrival. Meet at the courtesy dock near the cabins. Boat will leave promptly at 10 a.m. CT. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. This ride lasts for approximately three hours including our stop for lunch. Limit 12 people per tour. Sorry, no children under three years of age. Reservations will open on May 1. To sign up call 931-858-2114 or 931-982-3918, or email Ranger Mark at Mark.Taylor@tn.gov.

Fort Pillow hosts Memorial Day Celebration

May 24 – May 26

Join park staff as we kick off our summer programming season. There will be outdoor activities and programs for all ages. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 24th Annual Native American Festival

May 31 – Jun 01

A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Discover Native American arts, music and historical legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. Admission charge. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. ET each day. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Vintage Base Ball

Jun 01

Grab a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of baseball fun. Vintage base ball (two words) is a reflection of how baseball (one word, the modern game) existed at an earlier time. These vintage games are guided by the 1864 edition of Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player and begin at noon. Additional dates: June 29, July 13, August 10, August 24. For a complete schedule visit the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball’s web page at http://tennesseevintagebaseball.com. For park information call 615-741-5280.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Statehood Day

Jun 01

The year 2014 marks Tennessee’s 218th year as a state and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park’s own 18-year anniversary as a state park. Join us for some fun, family-friendly activities to celebrate Statehood Day. For more information call 615-741-5280.

National Trails Day Hike

Jun 07

Rock Island hosts National Trails Day

Jun 07

Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day! Experience the park trails with your own knowledgeable guide. Or feel like helping out? Scheduled park clean up’s are planned as well! This is a great opportunity to volunteer, have fun, and make a difference! Groups, families and individuals all welcome.

Free Fishing Day Kids Fishing Rodeo

Jun 07

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Appalachian Heritage Fair

Jun 07 – Jun 08

This event showcases local artisans and their handmade more Traditional Appalachian style crafts, traditional flowers, herbs and Local organic farmers. Tractor Show, Traditional Mountain Music, Local food vendor will be on hand. For more Information or to be considered as a craft vendor please contact: Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov The times are Sat June 7 from 10-5 and Sun June 8 from 10-4:30.

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts National Trails Day Hike

Jun 07

To celebrate National Trails Day we will be hiking the Bunkum Cave Trail. There will be two stops along the way, first at the observation deck which Overlooks Bunkum Cave and Frog Cave and then at the head of Bunkum Cave where you will learn some brief history about the uses of the cave and its past and present inhabitants. This hike is rated at level 2, so we recommend you wear sturdy shoes and bring something to drink. Those wishing to attend will need to meet at the Bunkum Cave Trail head at 9 a.m. CT. Trail length is 2.25 miles round trip. For more information call 931-864-3247.

Fort Pillow hosts National Trails Day Hike

Jun 07

Join Fort Pillow staff at 9 a.m. CT for a five mile hike along the Yellow Trail. We will travel along the 1861 earth works and visit the restored fortifications. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Fishing Rodeo

Jun 07

Bring your kids for a fun and exciting fishing rodeo. Meet at the boat ramp parking area at 9:00 a.m. ET to enjoy a friendly fishing competition in Cherokee Lake in celebration of east Tennessee FREE fishing day (no fishing license required). Fishing equipment and bait will be provided by the park. Prizes will be awarded for the largest and most fish caught. This event is open to kids between the ages of 8 and 15 and is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and begins May 30th. For more information call 423-587-7046.

Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp

Jun 09 – Jun 13

Join us at Spoone Shelter for Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET each day. During these fun-filled day-camps, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of environmental, natural and recreational programs including: canoeing, stream stomps, hiking, orienteering, recycling, Leave-No-Trace activities, water safety, and much more. On Friday, we will enjoy a pizza party and closing celebration at River Sports Outfitter’s Climbing Center in Knoxville.

Parents, the Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp is free for participants ages 10 to 14 through a generous grant from River Sports Outfitters and the Friends of Panther Creek State Park. Your kids will get hands on experience participating in field investigations and conservation projects while addressing local environmental issues. Certain restrictions and requirements apply. Registration begins May 31st with a maximum of 20 participants each week. For more information and registration call 423-587-7046.

Fort Pillow hosts Youth Fishing Rodeo

Jun 14

We’re celebrating Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day. All kids 12 years old and under can participate and win prizes. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. CT. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Summer Jr. Ranger Camp

Jun 16 – Jun 20

Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp

Jun 16 – Jun 20

Join us at Spoone Shelter for Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET each day. During these fun-filled day-camps, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of environmental, natural and recreational programs including: canoeing, stream stomps, hiking, orienteering, recycling, Leave-No-Trace activities, water safety, and much more. On Friday, we will enjoy a pizza party and closing celebration at River Sports Outfitter’s Climbing Center in Knoxville.

Parents, the Junior Ranger Naturalist Camp is free for participants ages 10 to 14 through a generous grant from River Sports Outfitters and the Friends of Panther Creek State Park. Your kids will get hands on experience participating in field investigations and conservation projects while addressing local environmental issues. Certain restrictions and requirements apply. Registration begins May 31st with a maximum of 20 participants each week. For more information and registration call 423-587-7046.

Warriors’ Path hosts Dragonfly Day

Jun 21

Jewelwings, Sprites and Skimmers! Discover the world of these and other native dragonflies and damselflies. Learn to observe, photograph and identify native dragonflies and damselflies. Free but pre-registration is required. For more information call 423-239-6786 or 423-239-8531 or marty.silver@tn.gov.

Harrison Bay hosts Paddlesports Demo-Day

Jun 21

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Harrison Bay park rangers on Saturday June 21 to try out paddlesports equipment from local Chattanooga retailers. All activities are at the lake behind the campgrounds and free to the public. Event will last from morning until 4 p.m. ET. Feel welcome to try the equipment provided, or bring your own. For more information, please contact the park office at 423-344-6214.

67th Annual Rhododendron Festival

Jun 21 – Jun 22

Celebrate and explore the world’s largest natural Catawba rhododendron garden - take in the expansive views and bushes abloom atop Roan Mountain. At the foot of the mountain, the festival features handmade crafts, food and a variety of traditional music, plus an array of old-time folkway demonstrations. For details and schedules visit www.roanmountain.com/festival.htm.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Pioneer Camp Crockett

Jun 21

This pioneer camp is to help kids understand and experience their Appalachian frontier heritage of the early 1800’s.  Kids will get hands on experience with archery, traditional crafts of the time period, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and more.  Local artisans and interpreters will be on hand to instruct.  This event will begin at 10:00 am. For more information contact: Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

Frozen Head hosts Night Sky Viewing

Jun 27

Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12 inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9:30 p.m. ET at the park’s visitor center. Additional dates: July 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. ET and Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-346-3318 or email Ranger Hodge at Michael.E.Hodge@TN.gov.

Fall Creek Falls hosts Astronomy Weekends

Jun 27 – Aug 23

Join us for discussions regarding constellations, lunar lore and our brightest star, the Sun. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. Additional dates: July 25 & 26, Aug. 22 & 23. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Independence Celebration and Muster

Jun 28 – Jun 29

Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of independence arrives to the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. Activities begin at 10 a.m ET daily with the celebration taking place on Saturday. Activities conclude at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Summer Art Show and Sale

Jun 29 – Jul 27

This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one: 12th Annual Judged show and the 20th Annual Watauga Valley Art League Member show. Public is invited to meet the artists at the June 29 reception from 1:30-4 p.m. ET and to enjoy the art exhibits through July 27. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Rock Island hosts Fourth of July Events

Jul 04 – Jul 05

A weekend full of outdoor family activities to include crafts, tie dye, games, sand castle contests and bicycle parades. No fireworks are allowed on the park, a schedule of nearby firework & activities are available at the park office.

Fall Creek Falls hosts Fourth of July Celebration

Jul 04

Dress up your car, your bike or yourself for our traditional parade, which ends in Campground A. After watermelon and cake, we will move to the field for events such a sack race, the egg toss, tug-o-war and other family favorites. For more information call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

Fort Pillow hosts Independence Day Celebration

Jul 04 – Jul 06

Celebrate our country’s independence and the long weekend at Fort Pillow. We have three days of outdoor programs and activities planned for your fun and adventure. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Independence Day Celebration

Jul 05

This event is held for all our campers staying here at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.  A “Best Decorated Bicycle” will be given after our bicycle parade.  For more information contact the Visitor’s Center at 423-257-2167 or Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

Sycamore Shoals hosts Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals

Jul 10 – Jul 26

Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Now in its 35th year, the performance depicts the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes, and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Performances are presented every Thursday through Saturday evening, July 17-19 and 24-26. Bleacher seating is available in the amphitheater. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Admission Charge. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Frozen Head hosts Night Sky Viewing

Jul 26

Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12 inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9:30 p.m. ET at the park’s visitor center. Additional dates: Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. ET and Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-346-3318 or email Ranger Hodge at Michael.E.Hodge@TN.gov.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 11th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Aug 02

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. (Rain date to be announced). For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 6"x6” Exhibit by Watauga Valley Art League

Aug 03 – Aug 31

Now in its third year, this fun exhibit showcases miniature masterpieces, 6” by 6” or smaller. Join us for the opening reception on Sunday Aug. 3 from 1:30-4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Crockett Days

Aug 16 – Aug 17

Join park staff and local historical interpreters for a 2-day event celebrating the birth of David Crockett, pioneer, political leader, and one of Tennessee and Greene County’s most famous sons.
Explore living history demonstrations depicting life on the frontier, activities, workshops, kid’s games, crafts, wagon rides, period food and music. All activities will highlight early Pioneer life in Tennessee.
Beginning at, 10 am-5 pm on Saturday and 9 am-4:30 pm on Sunday. Contact our Visitor’s Center 423-257-2167 or Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

Fall Creek Falls hosts Triathlon

Aug 17

Push your limits in a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride, and a 10km run. For more information on this event contact Kevin Mahan by email at kevin@endurancesportsmanagement.com or call 865-988-3906. Be sure to ask what other races will be offered throughout the year!

Fall Creek Falls hosts 1st Annual Fishing Classic

Aug 22 – Aug 23

Come and put your angling skills to the test! A Saturday fishing tournament on Fall Creek Lake is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Contact Ranger Robert Becker at 423-881-3297, or robert.becker@tn.gov for information concerning entry fees, Inn package deals, and boat availability. Limited to 25 teams of 2 persons.

Frozen Head hosts Night Sky Viewing

Aug 29

Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12 inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 9:00 p.m. ET at the park’s visitor center. Additional date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-346-3318 or email Ranger Hodge at Michael.E.Hodge@TN.gov.

14th Annual Camper’s Night Light Contest

Aug 30

Decorate your campsite with a creative selection of lights. 1st place prize, for most original display, is one week of FREE Camping at Standing Stone State Park. 2nd place prize is two days/nights of FREE Camping at Standing Stone State Park. Judging will begin at dark. Camping Fee is required to participate! For more information call Shawn Hughes (931) 823-6347.

Urban Competition

Aug 30

This obstacle race competition is creatively designed to maximize fun yet be challenging for all levels. A portion of proceeds are donated to charity. for details visit www.uquestusa.com/arena.html. For more information about the park call 615-741-5800.

Fort Pillow hosts Labor Day Celebration

Sep 01

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Fort Pillow with outdoor activities and programs for all ages. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Fall Creek Falls hosts 36th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival

Sep 05 – Sep 07

This weekend’s jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking and much more. For more information call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 13th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Sep 05 – Sep 07

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! The event opens with a torchlight ceremony at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday night. Clans and family societies will be on hand throughout the weekend to help with family history. Festivities include dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, re-enactments of 18th and 19th century heritage and lectures. The festival runs 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a special musical concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission charge. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Unity Jr Ranger Program

Sep 09 – Sep 14

32nd National Rolley Hole Marble Championships

Sep 13

This is a one of a kind family experience as featured by ESPN, ABC Evening News, Sports Illustrated, Charles Kurault and CBS, Smithsonian Institution, CNN, National Geographic, Southern Living…. Everyone is invited to participate in marble games of all types. Festival will include kids’ games, marble making, swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, music and food. (Registration is required for Rolley Hole Tournament.) For more information call Shawn Hughes (931) 823-6347

Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Sep 20 – Sep 21

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution! Activities begin at 10 a.m. ET each day and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Sep 20

Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution at 10 a.m. ET for a memorial service and wreath laying service to celebrate the 234th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying. For more information please contact Ronnie Lail at 423-914-8677 or by email at Wataugatnssar@Gmail.com. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail March

Sep 25

Since 1975, members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain. This historic re-enactment will take place on Thursday at approximately 2 p.m. ET when marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 233 years ago. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Fall Creek Falls hosts TN Fall Star Gaze

Sep 26 – Sep 27

Join us to view the night sky, learn about night sky viewing equipment, and engage in discussion with individuals experienced in the field of astronomy. Feel free to bring your telescope if you have one! For more information, contact Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org.

National Public Lands Day Hike/Pioneer Cooking/Music

Sep 27

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts National Public Lands Day

Sep 27

Join park staff at the Crockett Cabin at 11:00 am for an interpretive Hike on the River Bluff Trail along the Nolichucky River and a service project by helping to pick up litter & debris along the trail as we go. Contact our Visitor’s Center at 423-257-2167 or Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

3rd Annual Storytelling Festival

Sep 27

Join in the fun at the 3nd Annual Storytelling Festival at Standing Stone from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT. Hear storytellers weave their magic of the spoken word through their storytelling technique. Hear one or all stories, bring a picnic or eat lunch by purchasing food at our food booths. Meet at Shelter# 4. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Event is sponsored by members of Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Int. For more information contact sponsoring members, Sarah Hogue at 931-823-1849 or Barbra Seeley at 931-265-0196.

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts National Public Lands Day Hike

Sep 27

Join us for a fall hike on the Bunkum Cave Trail. We will be making two stops along the way, first at the observation deck which Overlooks Bunkum Cave and Frog Cave and then at the head of Bunkum Cave where you will learn some brief history about the uses of the cave and its past and present inhabitants. This hike is rated at level 2, so we recommend you wear sturdy shoes and bring something to drink. Those wishing to attend will need to meet at the Bunkum Cave Trail head at 9 a.m. CT. Trail length is 2.25 miles round trip. For more information call 931-864-3247.

Fort Pillow hosts National Public Lands Day Hike

Sep 27

Join the staff of Fort Pillow at 11 a.m. CT for a National Public Lands Day Hike through some of Fort Pillow’s historic trails. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Rock Island hosts Craft Fair

Sep 28 – Sep 29

This annual event is put on by Rock Island Lions Club and part of the proceeds go to helping those in need of eye care. The festivities are located at the natural sand beach area and consist of live music, food vendors and crafts. Park staff have booth with children’s crafts.

Sycamore Shoals hosts 19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Oct 02 – Oct 05

This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display. Hours: Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Rock Island 5 Miler

Oct 04

This 5 mile run wanders along roadways and trails throughout the park. The hilly terrain makes this run moderate to strenuous. Walkers are welcome. Event is the first in an annual series of Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. Registration is online at Raceonline.com.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Oct 04 – Oct 25

Meet other birders and naturalists every Saturday in October, at 8 a.m. ET at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Fort Watauga Knap-In

Oct 04 – Oct 05

Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET knappers will be showcasing primitive skills, crafting arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools. There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as the bow, arrow and atlatl throughout the day. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Rock Island hosts National Public Lands Day

Oct 05

Help the park stay clean to protect the rivers and land that make up beautiful Rock Island. Exact event information and time to be announced closer to date.

Tims Ford hosts Heritage Day

Oct 11

Join us for a day of historical demonstrations by local volunteers of different crafts including blacksmiths, shingle makers, cloggers, and a group of dulcimer players. Also enjoy a hay ride and bluegrass music from our Saturday Night Pickin’ & Grinnin’ event. The events are free to the public and located at the Recreation Hall. For more information call 931-962-1183.

Edgar Evins hosts 9th Annual History Hayride

Oct 11

Bring your blanket for a hayride back into time as the Friends of Edgar Evins and park staff bring history alive. There will be approximately 10 stops along the route where a cast of colorful characters will reveal the history of the area and its people. Reservations are required and the cost is $15 per person. Reservations will open on Sept. 1, 2014. The hayrides fill up quickly so call early. For reservations or more information call the park office: 931-858-2114 or 800-250-8619, ext. 107 or 102.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Mountain Melodies

Oct 11

Join park staff to celebrate the rich heritage of traditional mountain Music in our region. Local groups will showcase their talents and Storytelling abilities for the community. This event will be held at the campground shelter beginning at 11:00 am. For more information contact: Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov or Ken.Tester@tn.gov or the Visitor’s Center 423-257-2167

Sycamore Shoals hosts Spinning and Fiber Meet

Oct 11

Join area fiber artists and producers for a day of spinning, felting, workshops, vendors, fiber sources, competitions and so much more! Activities run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Tennessee’s History Festival

Oct 17 – Oct 18

Experience day to day life during the mid 19th century at our annual History Festival. Interact with civilians, soldiers and other historic figures as they bring Tennessee’s history alive. This free event features demonstrations, re-enactors and other interpretive programming. School groups may make reservations for Friday’s activities with Park Manager Mike Cole at 615-741-5800.

Tennessee’s History Festival

Oct 17 – Oct 18

Experience day to day life during the mid 19th century at our annual History Festival. Interact with civilians, soldiers and other historic figures as they bring Tennessee’s history alive. This free event features demonstrations, re-enactors and other interpretive programming. School groups may make reservations for Friday’s activities with Park Manager Mike Cole at 615-741-5800.

Heritage Day

Oct 18

​Bring your family to the 3rd annual Heritage Day celebration at the Upper Campground Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. This event will include live music, food, crafts, hay rides, games and prizes, candy bags, tomahawk throwing, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin piñatas, historical displays and demonstrations. This is a free family event but attendants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to local families in need. For more information call 423-587-7046.

Halloween Trunk or Treat & Spooky Trail

Oct 18

Fall Creek Falls hosts Fall Colors Weekend

Oct 18 – Oct 19

Join us for bicycle tours, guided hikes and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls State Park. For more information call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

Frozen Head hosts Night Sky Viewing

Oct 24

Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations. Everyone will have the opportunity to view celestial wonders through the park’s 12 inch telescope. Meet up with the park ranger at 7:30 p.m. ET at the park’s visitor center. For more information call 423-346-3318 or email Ranger Hodge at Michael.E.Hodge@TN.gov.

Rock Island hosts Halloween

Oct 25

Cabin and Campground guests can enjoy holiday fun involving costume contests, campground decoration contests, hayrides and tie dye.

Halloween Trunk or Treat & Spooky Trail

Oct 25

Fall Creek Falls hosts Wild Food Day

Oct 25

Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just part of the activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast. For more information call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

Fort Pillow hosts Fall Festival

Oct 25

Enjoy a family-friendly, fun evening of programs and events including a costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest and a hayride. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. CT with the hayride starting at 6:30 p.m. All children 10 and under are welcome to participate, but everyone is welcome for the hayride. Prizes will be awarded. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion

Oct 30

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at a 200 year-old mansion. Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, the graveyard at the Carter Mansion isn’t haunted… we think! The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Trick or Treat in the Haunted Forest

Oct 31

Come out and bring the kids to trick or treat through our woods.  There will be a lighted trail to lead the way so you don’t get lost.  Ghost, ghouls and haints will hand out treats along the trail and give you a little scare.  Dress appropriately for cold weather, bring a flashlight and a candy bag. A $1
per person donation for the park will be taken at the entrance. Event is 7:00-8:00pm For more information contact:  Visitor’s Center at 423-257-2167 or Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

Edgar Evins hosts 13th Annual Friends Group Pontoon Boat Color Cruise

Nov 01

Cruise beautiful Center Hill Lake with the Friends of Edgar Evins. If Mother Nature cooperates fall foliage will be ablaze and guests can take in views of lake homes and historical landmarks such as the former Potato Cave. Tours are approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours long. Sorry, no children under age 3 years. Cost is $15 per person and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Edgar Evins. For reservations call the park office 931-858-2114 or 800-250-8619, ext. 107 or 102.

Sycamore Shoals hosts TN Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition

Nov 01 – Nov 25

The Tennessee Watercolor Society holds biennial exhibitions in one of the five regions of the state showcasing the work of our state’s fine artists who paint in watermedia. In 2014, nationally known juror Pat Dews will chose 30 paintings from the exhibition in Franklin, Tenn. to travel the state.  Locations include Humboldt, Cookeville, Knoxville, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton and the Chattanooga area.  The paintings will be on display at the park visitor center. Hours: Tues. through Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and Sun. 1-4:30 p.m. ET. The full exhibition as well as past exhibition works and a member gallery may be viewed at www.tnws.org. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Fall Creek Falls hosts Backpacking Trip

Nov 15 – Nov 16

Join us for a 13-mile trek through some of the more remote portions of the park. This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers and includes a two-day guided hike with an overnight camp. There is a $10 fee and pre-registration is required. For more information call the nature center at 423-881-5708.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster

Nov 15 – Nov 16

It’s a jollification! The Washington County Militia musters its troops for good times and good cheer! Re-enactors in period dress provide demonstrations of old-time skills and scenes from daily life in America’s colonial past. Activities begin at 10 a.m. both days and end at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Big Foot Scramble 5m Run

Nov 22

Join us for this scenic 5m run through Standing Stone State Park. This event is part of the State Parks Running Tour and is sponsored by the Frostbite Running Club. For more information call Lynn Burnett, 931-823-6124 or liv2run@live.com.

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Thanksgiving Hike

Nov 28

Enjoy the brisk fall air with a hike along the Bunkum Cave Trail There will be two stops along the way, first at the observation deck which Overlooks Bunkum Cave and Frog Cave and then at the head of Bunkum Cave where you will learn some brief history about the uses of the cave and its past and present inhabitants. This hike is rated at level 2, so we recommend you wear sturdy shoes and bring something to drink. Those wishing to attend will need to meet at the Bunkum Cave Trail head at 9 a.m. CT. Trail length is 2.25 miles round trip. For more information call 931-864-3247.

Fort Pillow hosts After Thanksgiving Day Hike

Nov 28

Bring family and friends together for our After Thanksgiving Day Hike. This guided hike through some of our historic trails offers a look into the history of this area. Join the staff at Fort Pillow at 11 a.m. CT. For more information call 731-738-5581.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

Nov 30 – Jan 04

A visit to the park visitors center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts. Please contact the park to request a place in this show. Wreaths, made by community members, civic groups and schools, bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region and will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 4th. Hours: Tues. through Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals hosts Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Dec 05 – Dec 06

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Join us from 6-9 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday for music, refreshments and costumed interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. For more information call 423-543-5808.

Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Crockett Christmas

Dec 06

Crockett Christmas is a living history event that will provide visitors with a glimpse of Christmas past on the frontier. The birthplace cabin will be decorated in pioneer spirit along with Traditional music playing inside the cabin from 4:30-7:30 pm.Traditional storytelling will be provided along with hot wassail and edibles common to that period.  The path to the cabin will be lit by candlelight and a nice warm fire in the cabin and outside the cabin will keep you toasty warm.  Event time will be 4:00-8:00 pm for Saturday. One day Only. Contact the Visitor’s Center at 423-257-2167 or Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Dec 06

Join park staff as we commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, the day that officially launched the United States’ entry into WW II. We will observe the occasion with a display of highlights of the infamous Pearl Harbor attack as well as a showcase on Secretary of State Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 1945 for his role in creating the United Nations. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more info call 931-864-3247.

Christmas in the Park

Dec 13

Join the friends and staff of the park to celebrate the 11th annual Christmas in the Park program beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Upper Campground Pavilion. The festivities will include crafts, Christmas stories and hayrides throughout the park. Warm yourself by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and sugary treats provided by the Friends of Panther Creek State Park. This is a free family event but participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to those in need during the holiday season. For more information call 423-587-7046.

Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Christmas in the Park

Dec 20

Join park staff as we celebrate the holidays the way they were enjoyed in the late nineteenth century, the time period in which former Secretary of State Cordell Hull lived in this rural area on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. This holiday open house includes refreshments and seasonal decorations in the restored birthplace cabin. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more info call 931-864-3247.