Tennessee State Parks

National Public Lands Day Hikes

National Public Lands Day – September 26, 2015 - Helping Hands for America's Lands

In honor of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks and our Friends Groups are hosting a variety of volunteer stewardship projects, hikes and interpretive programs for all ages. Last year, more than 1,000 people participated in this day of service. This year, we have a variety of events and service projects planned, including litter clean-ups, trail maintenance, hikes and even a few canoe floats. Events are being held at different times throughout the day and some parks are having multiple events. This is also an excellent opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to bank volunteer hours.  Find a park near you and join us!

In recognizing the importance of building partnerships that combine a love of the outdoors and volunteering, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has declared September 26, 2015 Tennessee Public Lands Day.  View the Proclamation.

We appreciate and thank our many volunteers and Friends!

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

National Public Lands Day - History Hike

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
Join a park ranger for a mile walk around the Tennessee State Capitol and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

National Public Lands Day - Boardwalk Walk

Big Cypress Tree State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Explore the beauty of the park's bottomland and the sloughs, areas that provide habitat for wildlife and opportunities for bird watching.

National Public Lands Day - Litter Derby

Big Hill Pond State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:30 am
Everyone is invited to the second annual National Public Lands Day Litter Derby! Put on your walking shoes, your hiking boots or saddle the horse, we hope to see you.

National Public Lands Day - Five County Shoreline Cleanup

Big Ridge State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Be a part of this community wide clean-up effort! Bring your friends, bring your family. Have fun while helping out on National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day - Playground Project

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Help put together playground equipment at Bledsoe Creek State Park! This is a great project for any TN Promise Scholars.

National Public Lands Day - Outdoor Fun

Booker T. Washington State Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
We are celebrating NPLD with two opportunties to get outside and enjoy the park - on foot or by canoe.

National Trails Day - Overlook Hike and Clean-up

Burgess Falls State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
This is a great opportunity to learn about the park's natural features, the fundamentals of basic back-country and hiking safety, and help keep Burgess Falls beautiful!

National Public Lands Day - Assorted Service Projects

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Projects include picking up litter, cleaning-up brush and trimming limbs throughout the park. Help us stay clean and green!

National Public Lands Day - Lakeshore Trail Tidy-up

Chickasaw State Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
We will be hiking the Lakeshore Trail and also doing some litter pick-up. This is an easy hike with some beautiful lake views.

National Public Lands Day - Bunkum Cave Trail Hike

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
We have the perfect recipe for enjoying an early autumn day: a touch of history, a moderate hike and scenic overlooks of Bunkum Cave and Frog Cave. Join us!

National Public Lands Day - Lake Bank Clean-up

Cove Lake State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
A fall day is the perfect day for a lake bank clean-up.

National Public Lands Day - Landscaping Project

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Calling all volunteers! Fall is a great time to tackle some landscaping projects, and we could use your help.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Building

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:30 am
The Cumberland Trail is recruiting volunteers to build trail at North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area.

National Public Lands Day - Two Events

David Crockett State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Make tracks and see the stars at David Crockett State Park. Help us build a trail and later, please join us for a night hike from 6:30 to 8 PM.

National Public Lands Day - Service Project and Hike

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Sep 26 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff and volunteers on an interpretive hike and service project in our park so that we may continue to serve the community for years and generations to come.

National Public Lands Day - Merritt Ridge Trail Maintenance

Edgar Evins State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Calling all TN Promise Scholars! Get your volunteer service hours in early by joining Ranger Taylor with some trail maintenance.

National Public Lands Day - Falls Hike

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Join Assistant Park Manager Andy Wright with a hike to the base of Fall Creek Falls. This short but strenuous hike is guaranteed to take your breath away!

National Public Lands Day - Light Trail Maintenance

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Help us continue to celebrate National Public Lands Day with some light maintenance along the paved bike trail.

National Public Lands Day - Historic Fort Tour

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm
Learn about the lives of the soldiers who called Fort Loudoun home from 1756 to 1760 on this short but fun tour.

National Public Lands Day - Yellow Trail Hike

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
The Yellow Trail at Fort Pillow winds its way along some of the 1861 breastworks built by confederate soldiers. Join us for this unique hike in West Tennessee.

National Public Lands Day - Judge Branch Trail Clean-up and Hike

Frozen Head State Park, Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm
Celebrate National Public Lands Day in the serene beauty of the Cumberland Plateau.

National Public Lands Day - Narrow of the Harpeth Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
We will hike along the upper banks of the Harpeth River to where an engineering marvel lies, the 300-foot, hand carved tunnel.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Trimming

Harrison Bay State Park, Sep 26 @ 3:30 pm
We'll be trimming and cleaning-up the Nature Trail.

National Public Lands Day - Volunteer Project and Canoe Float

Henry Horton State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
The Duck River is our NPLD focus this year. We'll be completing work on one of the new river access points and then, enjoy a relaxing canoe float.

National Public Lands Day - Hiwassee Hiking Adventure

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
With the temperatures going down, this is a great time of year to go on an adventure and hike up to a beautiful vista overlooking the majestic Hiwassee river.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Trimming and Clean-up

Indian Mountain State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Don your trail work clothes and join us for a morning of trail trimming and clean-up.

National Public Lands Day - Shoreline Clean Up Volunteer Workday

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
All hands on deck! Help us spruce the place up as we prepare for our annual 151st Anniversary of the Battle on Johnsonville.

National Public Lands Day - A Walk Through The Woods

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Join Ranger Bob and our special guest for this community walking event as we exercise our bodies and our minds while exploring the park.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance

Long Hunter State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
We will be working on some trail projects but we won’t be successful without YOU!

National Public Lands Day - Clean-up and Hike

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Hey everyone! Join us for our annual NPLD hike and clean-up. The trail is paved and flat, and along the way we'll visit the oldest structure built in the park.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Input

Montgomery Bell State Park, Sep 26 @ 11:00 am
We are in the process of applying for a grant for an ADA approved paved walking and biking trail at Montgomery Bell State Park and want your input.

National Public Lands Day - Hall Springs Night Hike

Montgomery Bell State Park, Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Did you know Hall Springs is also called Werewolf Springs? Join us to find out why!

National Public Lands Day - Mossy Trail Nature Hike

Mousetail Landing State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
This guided nature hike includes some bird spotting, (it's fall migration), enjoying the flora and fauna, and picking-up any litter we find along the way.

National Public Lands Day - Cub Lake Clean-up

Natchez Trace State Park, Sep 19 @ 9:00 am
We're getting a jump start on National Public Lands Day! Join park staff on Sat. Sept. 19 for a rewarding morning of shoreline clean-up on beautiful Cub Lake.

National Public Lands Day - Shoreline Walk and Clean-up

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
On this 1-mile, moderate hike along the banks of Kentucky Lake, we will share episodes from the park's storied history. Join us!

National Public Lands Day - Hike and Help

Norris Dam State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
There’s no better way to celebrate National Public Lands Day than by getting out and spending the day on public land. And there’s no better place than Norris Dam State Park.

National Public Lands Day - Enclosure Trail Preservation

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
Volunteers are needed to help preserve the park’s 2,000 year old mounds and clean interpretive signage.

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

Panther Creek State Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
We'll kickoff the celebration with a hike along the scenic Lost Road Trail. The trail offers excellent opportunities for wildlife observation.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Marking and Hike

Paris Landing State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Come out and enjoy an interpretive hike and trail marking with park staff and volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day - Light Trail Maintenance

Pickett State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
We'll be hiking a new portion of the impressive Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area to perform some light trail maintenance.

National Public Lands Days - Litter Pick-up and Canoe Float

Pickwick Landing State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Make your reservation now for this morning canoe float on beautiful Pickwick Lake.

National Public Lands Day -  Historical Walk and Clean-up

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
Did you know Pinson Mounds is on the National Register of Historic Places? Learn more on this short walk and clean-up.

National Public Lands Day - Port Royal Clean-up

Port Royal State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a easy walk suitable for all ages. Reservations required.

National Public Lands Day - Volunteer Day

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
Join the Radnor Lake Staff, Hands on Nashville and Friends of Radnor Lake for our monthly volunteer day, a great way to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

National Public Lands Day – Environmental Management Hike

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Learn about various research projects at the park. Projects concern long-term forest changes related to invasive/endangered plant species, animals and landscape history.

National Public Lands Day - Aviary Programs

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Join the ranger staff at the new aviary center at Radnor Lake for a tour and a bird of prey program.

National Public Lands Day - Love Red Clay Day

Red Clay State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
In honor of National Public Lands Day, we are hosting Love Red Clay Day!

National Public Lands Day - Shoreline Clean-up and Lake Tour

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Sep 26 @ 8:30 am
Did you know that Reelfoot Lake is Tennessee's largest natural lake? Join our experienced naturalist for an interpretive hike and shoreline clean-up, followed by an interpretive pontoon boat tour around the lake.

National Public Lands Day - Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Participate in this national day of service by volunteering to give back to the public lands you love… namely, Roan Mountain State Park!

National Public Lands Day - Sand Beach Clean-up

Rock Island State Park, Sep 26 @ 12:00 am
Spend the day at Rock Island! In addition to a beach clean-up its the annual Lion's Club Craft Fair.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Bridge Project

Rocky Fork State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Celebrate a day of service with Northeast Tennessee 's newest (and your favorite) state park, Rocky Fork.

National Public Lands Day - Trail Maintenance

Seven Islands State Birding Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
We'll be improving sections of the Loop Trail and Seclusion Bend Trail, areas that are in much need of a facelift. Please join us.

National Public Lands Day - Historical Restoration Project

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Park history, trail clean-up and light maintenance adds up to a fun and rewarding afternoon at the park!

National Public Lands Day - Greeter Falls Clean-up

South Cumberland State Park, Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm
Enjoy the beauty of Greeter Falls while helping to keep the area beautiful!

National Public Lands Day - Fiery Gizzard Trail Work

South Cumberland State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Join us at South Cumberland State Park to celebrate National Public Lands Day 2015! We have a few opportunities to have fun and give back to the park you so love.

National Public Lands Day - Spectacular Scenery Trail Hike and Clean-up

Standing Stone State Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Come out to Standing Stone State Park's National Public Lands Day spectacular scenery hike and trail clean-up!

National Public Lands Day - Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm
Join Historic Interpreter Chad Bogart on a special guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path.

National Public Lands Day - Butterfly Garden Clean-up and Hike

T.O. Fuller State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
We'll be sprucing up the Butterfly Garden and enjoying a scenic hike on a segment of our Discovery Trail. Please join us!

National Public Lands Day - Invasive Vegetation Removal

Tims Ford State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
Grab your gardening gloves and help us beautify the front entrance garden.

National Public Lands Day - Sinking Waters Hike and Clean-up

Warriors’ Path State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:00 am
An autumn day and an easy to moderate hike with Ranger David means good fun and good memories. Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us!