Tennessee State Parks

National Public Lands Day Hikes

Tennessee Public Lands Day – September 27, 2014 - Helping Hands for America's Lands

Recognizing the importance of building partnerships that combine a love of the outdoors and volunteering, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has declared September 27, 2014 Tennessee Public Lands Day.  View the Proclamation.

In honor of this important day, Tennessee State Parks and our Friends Groups are hosting a variety of volunteer stewardship projects, hikes and interpetive programs for all ages - find one at a park near you.

Thank you to all our Friends and volunteers for their hard work and support!

Please remember, schedules and events may change - contact the park or hike leader for more information or to confirm events.

National Public Lands Day - Volunteer Project and Park Tour

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Help clear and prepare an area for our new butterfly garden flower bed and afterwards enjoy a ranger guided tour of the park. Please RSVP.

National Public Lands Day - Tree Identification Hike

Big Cypress State Park, Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm
Walkers will learn about park history and the wildlife and plants that are common to the area. We will also stop by the park kiosk that is set on a concrete pad that replicates the size of the Big Cypress tree that used to stand on the property.

National Public Lands Day - Litter Derby

Big Hill Pond State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Have fun, and make a difference! The Derby is comprised of three events, with teams competing for the most litter collected in each event. Registration is required.

National Public Lands Day - Norris Lake Clean-up

Big Ridge State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Big Ridge State Park is joining other groups, communities and counties for a Norris Lake clean-up. Clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Hikes and Clean-up

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Bledsoe Creek is offering two hikes to celebrate National Public Lands Day - take your pick!

National Public Lands Day - Ribbon Cutting/Opening Ceremony

Booker T. Washington State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Join park staff for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the newly remodeled Group Camp, recently renovated Group Lodge and brand new Aviary.

National Public Lands Day - Hike and Volunteer Projects

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
The Friends of Cedars of Lebanon are hosting several volunteer projects - everyone is invited to come by and help out.

National Trails Day - Lake Placid Clean-up

Chickasaw State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Using boats and boots, we'll clean-up the shoreline of Lake Placid. We hope you join us!

National Public Lands Day - Bunkum Cave Trail Hike

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
On this moderate hike, we'll learn about the history of the cave and what it was used for, and about its past and present inhabitants.

National Public Lands Day - Dam Trail Hike and Clean-up

Cove Lake State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:30 am
Please join us for our Dam Trail Hike and Clean-up! Enjoy a beautiful hike at Cove Lake and then give back to the community with our National Public Lands Day service project.

National Public Lands Day - Ozone Falls Clean-up and Hike

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
We will be removing invasive vegetation and picking up trash along the trail to the falls and at the base of the falls.

National Trails Day - Trailhead Nursery Native Plant Project

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm
Join the Friends of Cumberland Trail for a rewarding afternoon of native plant gardening and a native plant sale.

National Public Lands Day - Boy Scout Jamboree

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Area scouts will be meeting at the Head of Sequatichie on the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail for the Boy Scout Jamboree.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance Project

Cummins Falls State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy a morning of trail tread work at Cummins Falls.

National Pubic Lands Day - Night Sky Hike

David Crockett State Park, Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm
We'll hike through the grass meadows and trails to Lake Lindsey, and learn about the Solar System along the way.

National Public Lands Day - River Hike and Wildlife Habitat Project

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Sep 27 @ 11:00 am
On this moderate hike, we'll learn how the Cherokee used the river cane that is prevalent in the area and other fun facts.

National Public Lands Day - Nature Hike and Trail Cleanup

Dunbar Cave State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
The group will hike the two mile Recovery Trail and learn about trees, wildflowers, birds and mammals while picking up trash from the trailside.

National Public Lands Day - NPLD Celebration

Edgar Evins State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 am
Gather the family and join us for a day of hikes, pontoon rides, lake shore clean-ups and more!

National Public Lands Day - Morning Hike and Afternoon Clean-up

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Fall Creek Falls will be offering a hike in the morning and a volunteer opportunity in the afternoon.

National Public Lands Day - Lake Float

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm
Join us for a lake float and learn a bit about the history of this scenic valley.

National Public Lands Day - Historic Hike

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a hike through Fort Pillow's historic trails.

National Public Lands Day - Brushy Mountain Prison Mine History Hike

Frozen Head State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm
Discover the colorful stories and somewhat sad history of the old prison mine. Hike is approximately two and a half miles long.

National Public Lands Day - Triathlon to Benefit Harpeth River State Park

Harpeth River State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Have fun, help the park and enjoy Public Lands Day with a seven mile canoe/kayak float, followed by a three mile run/walk, closing with an 11 mile bicycle ride.

National Public Lands Day - Hike and Clean-up

Harrison Bay State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm
Join us for the grand opening of the new birds of prey enclosure, followed by a hike with some native plant management and litter clean up along the way.

National Public Lands Day - Birds of Prey Home Renovation

Henry Horton State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Volunteers will help repair and rebuild enclosures for our birds of prey rehabilitation and interpretation program! Project runs from 8 a.m. til noon. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Henry Horton.

National Public Lands Day - Compass Orientation Hike

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a fun compass orientation and then explore the world with confidence on our new navigation course.

National Public Lands Day - Ballard Lake Trail Hike

Indian Mountain State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a park history and nature hike in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day Lakeside Walk and Cleanup

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 9:30 am
Help us get the Depot looking sharp for our 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville event. As we clean, we'll also discuss the history and events that led up to this historic battle.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance Project

Long Hunter State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:30 am
Help park staff with trail maintenance and also building brush piles to enhance wildlife habitat on the Deer Trail. We look forward to seeing you!

National Public Lands Day - Hike and Clean-up Project

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Join us for an easy hike and clean-up on our paved bike trail. We will also visit the Woodland Shelter, the first structure built at the park, back in 1937.

National Public Lands Day - Night Hike to Hall Springs

Montgomery Bell State Park, Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm
Join park rangers for a fun night hike and learn why Hall Springs has the nickname werewolf springs.

National Public Lands Day - Pack and Paddle

Mousetail Landing State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 am
Experience Mousetail Landing's wildest, guided adventure ever - our NPLD Pack and Paddle! Registration required.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Relocation Project

Natchez Trace State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Help park rangers carry materials to the worksite and construct bridges as part of a trail relocation project at the Red Leaves Trail.

National Public Lands Day - Beach Clean-up

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Join us for a morning beach clean-up and fossil hike.

National Public Lands Day - Camp Kinchen Preservation

Norris Dam State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
We’ll be clearing vegetation from around old building sites, reviewing old photos and searching for additional buried foundations.

National Public Lands Day - Invasive Plant Removal at the Fort

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Volunteers are needed to help clear away invasive growth and help preserve the tremendous history found at Old Stone Fort.

National Public Lands Day - Lost Road Trail Hike and Clean-up

Panther Creek State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
We're celebrating NPL Day - everyone is welcome to participate in either the Lost Road Trail hike, our park litter clean-up or both.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Clean-up Adventure and Hike

Paris Landing State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Join park staff for a rewarding morning of trail clean-up, followed by a trail hike and, weather permitting, a cookout.

National Public Lands Day - Pogue Creek Canyon Trail

Pickett State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Don't forget to bring your camera for this three mile picturesque hike.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Mulch Project

Pickwick Landing State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Volunteers are needed to shovel and rake mulch on the Island Loop Trail. The job, depending on the number of volunteers, should only take a couple of hours. Your support is appreciated!

National Public Lands Day - Archaeofest Volunteer Prject

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Sep 20 @ 12:00 am
Volunteers are needed to help direct vehicles to the parking areas during our 32nd annual Archaeofest, Sept. 20-21.

National Public Lands Day - History of Old Town Hike

Port Royal State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm
Enjoy a walk around the historical area and learn about the history of the old town and the Trail of Tears.

National Public Lands Day - Volunteer Day

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 27 @ 8:00 am
Join park staff and Friends of Radnor Lake for an enjoyable morning of volunteer work. Volunteer Days are held the fourth Saturday of each month, except December.

National Public Lands Day – Radnor Lake Research for Natural Area Management Hike

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm
Join Dr. Robert Loeb on a hike to learn about the scientific research being performed at Radnor Lake. Reservations are required.

National Public Lands Day - Native Garden Project

Red Clay State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Spend a morning helping us create a Cherokee-themed garden of edible and medicinal plants.

National Public Lands Day - Boardwalk Hike

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm
Join us at 1:30 p.m. for a scenic and easy hike on the boardwalk. Observe the unique cypress trees, plants and a variety of birds.

National Public Lands Day - Conservation Area Restoration

Roan Mountain State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
We'll be removing invasive plants and restoring the area for native warm-season grasses and wildflowers.

National Public Lands Day - Rock Hopping Clean Up

Rock Island State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Come out for a Rock Hopping Clean Up in the Caney Fork Gorge! The group will go into the Beautiful Caney Fork Gorge to give this popular scenic area a much needed trash-lift.

National Public Lands Day - Caney Fork River Float

Rock Island State Park, Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm
Come out for the Caney Fork River Float! Reservations required.

National Public Lands Day - Butterflies and Bug Babble

Seven Islands State Birding Park, Sep 28 @ 11:00 am
join Knoxville Zoo's Education Coordinator and insect investigator, Steve McGaffin while he pursues these winged beauties.

National Public Lands Day - Burial Site Trail Hike

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a fall hike on the Burial Site Trail.

National Public Lands Day - Laurel Gorge Hike

South Cumberland State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Ready for a moderate five mile round trip hike? Meet at the Foster Falls Parking Lot for a refreshing morning stroll out to Laurel Gorge and back.

National Public Lands Day - Stone Door Hike

South Cumberland State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm
Join us for an easy, two-mile hike to the Stone Door overlook, one of the most beautiful overlooks in the state. Bring water, a snack and wear sturdy shoes.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Clean-up and Paddle Boating on Kelly Lake

Standing Stone State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a fun day of trail clean-up, invasive plant removal, a picnic lunch and paddle boat ride on the lake. Please RSVP for the boat ride.

National Public Lands Day - Interpretive Hike

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 27 @ 10:30 am
Discover the vital role Sycamore Shoals played in the early frontier community, and how you can be a part maintaining the integrity of this unique historical site. Reservations required.

National Public Lands Day - Hike and Birds of Prey Program

T.O. Fuller State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
The annual hike begins at 9 a.m. and will be approximately two miles long, followed by a Birds of Prey Program.

National Public Lands Day - Blueway Kick-off

Tims Ford State Park, Sep 27 @ 11:00 am
Come out for the Tims Ford Blueway Trail Kick-off! Created through the cooperation of several partners, the trail is a multi-route canoe/kayak trail on beautiful Tims Ford Lake.

National Public Lands Day - Rocky Fork Hike

Warriors’ Path State Park, Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Spend a morning learning and enjoying the area's natural and cultural history and help us collect pine cones to help repopulate the hemlock forests.