Tennessee State Parks

Spring Hike

It's nearly time to break out your hiking boots, zip up your jacket and get outside! Longer days, warmer weather and the emerging natural beauty are sure signs that spring is nearly here. To welcome the season on March 22nd, Tennessee State Park rangers are hosting a series of guided hikes across the state providing our guests a unique look at the spring season.

Trails are the pride and joy of our state parks. Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through a park's most remote stretches, you'll find what you're looking for at a Tennessee State Park.

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

37th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Sep 11 @ 12:00 am
The Mountaineer Folk Festival’s jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking and much more.

First Day Hike - Nature Walk at Big Cypress

Big Cypress State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm
Enjoy the scenic beauty of Big Cypress from our paved trail and a our new boardwalk trail! The park is a popular bird watching spot, so feel free to bring your camera and binoculars.

Boardwalk Nature Hike

Big Cypress State Park, Feb 21 @ 10:00 am
Join Allan Trentley, West Tennessee Stewardship Ecologist with Tennessee State Natural Areas on on in-depth interpretive walk along the newly constructed 1,100 ft. boardwalk.

First Day Hike - Dismal Swamp Hike at Big Hill Pond

Big Hill Pond State Park, Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm
Don'f forget to bring your camera for this two hour interpretive hike across the dismal swamp boardwalk and to the observation tower. This hike is of medium difficulty and is approximately four miles long.

First Day Hike - Chestnut Ridge Nature Hike at Big Ridge

Big Ridge State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Greet the New Year at Big Ridge! Spend the afternoon reacquainting with nature on this three mile wildlife and history hike.

First Day Hike - Two For the New Year at Bledsoe Creek

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm
Park staff have two hikes lined up for our annual First Hike of 2015 - take your pick!

First Day Hike - Walk ‘n Roll in the New Year at Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington State Park, Jan 1 @ 8:00 am
This bike or hike will get you in gear for 2015! Join us for a morning shoreline walk or ride. Our more experienced participants can also put their endurance and skills to the test.

First Day Hike - Waterfall Hike at Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Falling Water River is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. What better way is there to start off the new year? Don't forget your camera!

First Day Hike - Running Trail Walk at Cedars of Lebanon

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm
Park staff invites you to put your New Year's resolutions into motion on our new Running Trail. Experienced runners, beginners and walkers are welcome to join us for this fun afternoon jaunt.

First Day Hike - Lake Shore Trail Hike at Chickasaw

Chickasaw State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Gather your friends and family for a refreshing walk around scenic Lake Placid. After the walk we'll relax with refreshments.

Christmas in the Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Dec 20 @ 9:00 am
Join park staff as we celebrate the holidays the way they were enjoyed in the late nineteenth century.

First Day Hike - Bunkum Cave Trail Hike at Cordell Hull Birthplace

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Come and join us on Thursday January 1st at 9:00 am C.S.T. as we hike the Bunkum Cave Trail at Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park.

First Day Hike - Cove Lake Fitness Walk

Cove Lake State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Kick the New Year off to a healthy start on our 3.5 mile fitness walk. This is an ideal event for those looking for a beautiful, brisk and easy walk.

Christmas on the Plateau and Toy Drive

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Dec 19 @ 5:00 pm
Christmas on the Plateau offers a variety of free, family oriented events. In addition, Cumberland Mountain is hosting a toy drive to help kids have a very Merry Christmas!

First Day Hike - Hikin’ into 2015 at Cumberland Mountain

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Don't miss Hikin' into 2015! This annual event features a moderate hike on the Pioneer Loop Trail, hot cocoa and a tour of our newly renovated Bathhouse Museum.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Program

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Jan 20 @ 1:13 pm
The Tennessee Department of Health is offering this 6-week program to help you improve your health - one step at a time! The program is free, but registration is required due to limited space.

First Day Hike – First Look at Soak Creek Gorge Hike on the Cumberland Trail

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm
Our first public hike into Soak Creek Gorge! This hike features a beautiful new slice of the Cumberland Trail landscape and a famed whitewater paddling creek.

First Day Hike - Walk the Paths of the Past, While Hiking Into the Future at David Crockett

David Crockett State Park, Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm
Mark it in your calendars, January 1, 2015 - your first appointment of the year is with us at David Crockett State Park! First Hike 2014, we had the highest number of hikers - help us break our record for 2015.

Cabin Fever Social

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm
Join park staff, pioneer friends group members and volunteers during the cold boring winter months for an old fashioned sewing bee social.

Preening the Park

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Mar 21 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff, Pioneer Friends Group members and volunteers for a day of preparation for spring.

The Frozen Frizzen Shoot

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Feb 7 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff for the first of the year muzzleloader shoot at our range. Please contact us for more information and to sign up

Homeschool Days

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Apr 16 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff, Pioneer Friends Group Members and volunteers for this first Homeschool Days event. You must sign up for this event and there will be a small fee to help off-set the cost of supplies.

Earth Day Hike and Volunteer Project

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Apr 22 @ 12:00 am
We will take a leisurely hike through the beautiful meadow trails, and then we will give back to nature by enhancing the habitat of our park critters.

Grin the Bear Shoot

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, May 2 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff for our second of the year muzzleloader shoot at our range. Rules and regulations apply so please contact us for more information and to sign up.

Memorial Day Weekend

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, May 23 @ 12:00 am
Kick-off summer with park staff and our new seasonal interpretive ranger! Our pool opens for the season and activities are planned. The only thing missing is you!

Appalachian Heritage Fair

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Jun 13 @ 12:00 am
Discover the area's unique Appalachian crafts and traditional mountain music at this two day event, that also features a tractor show and local food vendors.

Pioneer Camp Crockett

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Jun 27 @ 10:00 am
Pioneer Camp helps kids understand and experience their Appalachian frontier heritage of the early 1800s. Hands-on fun with archery, tomahawk throwing, fire starting and much more.

Independence Day Celebration

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Jul 4 @ 12:00 am
This annual event for our campers is a family favorite and our newly renovated campground is a great place to celebrate the holiday. Book your campsite today.

First Day Hike - Limestone Creek Trail History Hike at Davy Crockett Birthplace

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff for a brisk hike along the Limestone Creek Trail along with ol' time stories and a generous helping of history.

Crockett Days

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Aug 15 @ 12:00 am
Explore living history demonstrations depicting life on the frontier, activities, workshops, kid’s games, crafts, period food and music. All activities highlight early Pioneer life in Tennessee.

Flash in the Pan Shoot

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Dec 12 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff for our fourth muzzleloader shoot of the season. Rules and regulations apply so please contact us for more information and to sign up.

Native American Cultural Festival

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Sep 19 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff, Pioneer Friends Group Members and volunteers for our first Native American Cultural Festival at the park. (tentative)

National Public Lands Day - Service Project and Hike

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Sep 26 @ 9:04 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.

Mountain Melodies Music Festival

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Oct 10 @ 12:00 am
Bluegrass, Blues and Barbeque! Join us to celebrate the rich heritage of traditional mountain music in our region.

Trick or Treat in the Haunted Forest

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm
Bring the kids to trick or treat through our woods! Ghosts, ghouls and haints will hand out treats along the trail.

Turkey Shoot

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Nov 14 @ 9:16 am
This event is for muzzleloader guns only! You must call the Visitor Center to sign up for the event or email us to sign up.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Thanksgiving Turkey Trek

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Nov 27 @ 9:19 am
Burn off the wobble and the gobble and join us for an informative and healthy trek through the park.

Crockett Christmas

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Dec 5 @ 4:30 pm

First Day Hike - Winter Nature Walk at Dunbar Cave

Dunbar Cave State Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
This two mile, easy walk through the woods and around the lake on the Recovery Trail offers scenic rewards for all ages. Please RSVP by December 31.

First Day Hike - Edgar Evins Potluck and Hike

Edgar Evins State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Celebrate the New Year with a hike and meal, friends and fun! Please join park staff and the Friends of Edgar Evins for this family-friendly event.

First Day Hike - Fall Creek Falls Lower Loop (10-mile) Trek

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Jan 1 @ 8:30 am
Meet Ranger Matt Brown for a strenuous, 10 mile trek around the Lower Loop Overnight Trail. The hike crosses Cane Creek Gorge, so expect some spectacular views along the way.

Basket Weaving Workshop

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Feb 20 @ 12:00 am
Reservations are being accepted for our annual Basket Weaving Workshop, led by renowned basket weavers, Jim and Nancy Phillips.

FCF Thaw 15km Run and Weekend Excursion

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Mar 7 @ 12:00 am
Enjoy a 15k springtime run traversing one of the most beautiful areas on the Cumberland Plateau.

Waterfalls Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Mar 21 @ 7:53 am
Photography seminars, hikes and driving tours to multiple waterfalls are offered in addition to excursions to more remote areas to see the lesser visited waterfalls of the park and surrounding area.

Easter Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Apr 4 @ 12:00 am
Meet in the Village Green for an Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids on Saturday.

34th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Apr 11 @ 8:04 am
Explore the wildflower rich areas of the park to see many early spring wildflowers and breathtaking views.

Tennessee Spring Star Party 2015

Fall Creek Falls State Park, May 15 @ 8:25 am
Programs range from entry to professional level. Dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate bad weather programs.

Astronomy Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Jun 19 @ 8:43 am
Make plans to attend any or all of our Astronomy Weekends. We will explore constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting.

Astronomy Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Jul 17 @ 12:00 am
Make plans to attend any or all of our Astronomy Weekends. We will explore constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting.

Astronomy Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Aug 14 @ 12:00 am
Make plans to attend any or all of our Astronomy Weekends. We will explore constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting.

Fourth of July Celebration

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Jul 4 @ 12:00 am
Dress up your car, your bike, or yourself for the traditional parade to Campground A.

Tennessee Fall Star Gaze

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Sep 4 @ 12:00 am
View the night sky, learn about night sky viewing equipment and engage in discussion with individuals experienced in the field of astronomy.

Fall Colors Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Oct 24 @ 9:54 am
Makes plans to enjoy the autumn splendor of the Cumberland Mountains with our guided hikes, bicycle tours and other family-friendly programs.

Wild Foods Day

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Oct 31 @ 12:00 am
Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just a few of the activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast.

Backpacking Trip

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Nov 14 @ 12:00 am
Embark on a 13-mile trek through some of the more remote portions of Fall Creek Falls State Park. This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers.

Christmas on the Mountain

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Dec 4 @ 12:00 am
A weekend of Yuletide fun with a mountain craft show, holiday music and a storytelling breakfast with Santa for the little ones!

First Day Hike - Fort Loudoun History Hike

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Join Fort Loudoun staff for our First Hike to the Fort. We'll meet at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. for this history filled hike to Fort Loudoun and Tuskegee. The hike is under one mile and will last about one hour.

First Day Hike - Five Miles of Fort Pillow

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
We're mixing it up a little this year to portray different sections of the trail system that makes up Fort Pillow State Historic Park. Hot cocoa, coffee and snacks will be provided for all participants before and after the hike.

December Programs and Activities

Frozen Head State Park, Dec 1 @ 12:00 am
Don't let the cold get you down! Join us for a variety of activities to keep you warm - guided birding walks, history hikes, waterfall hikes and more.

First Day Hike - Debord and Emory Gap Falls Hike at Frozen Head

Frozen Head State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Debord and Emory Gap Falls treated park visitors to amazing photo opportunities last year, as each waterfall froze into beautiful curtains of blue ice. Grab your camera and join rangers on a hike to both waterfalls.

Mound Bottom Guided Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm
Part of our winter hike series - join us on Sunday afternoon for a ranger-led hike to view the Mississippian Period Indian Mound Complex. Please RSVP.

First Day Hike - Narrows of the Harpeth Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy a moderate one-mile hike through the Narrows of the Harpeth, including a brief history of Montgomery Bell’s tunnel and Pattison Forge site and bluff overlooking the Narrows.

First Day Hike - Lakeshore Loop Trail Trek at Harrison Bay

Harrison Bay State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm
Step into the New Year on the right foot with our hike on the Lakeshore Loop Trail.

First Day Hike - New Year’s Eve Star Hike at Henry Horton

Henry Horton State Park, Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
Set your sights on the stars and greet 2015 at one of the most beautiful spots at Henry Horton. Join park staff for a pleasant walk, astronomy program, hot chocolate and s'mores! Please RSVP.

50 Day Challenge

Henry Horton State Park, Dec 6 @ 12:00 am
The challenge is on! Join us in keeping healthy and fit throughout the holiday season by walking 50 miles in 50 days!

First Day Hike - Afternoon Sunset Adventure at Hiwassee/Ocoee

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Jan 1 @ 4:00 pm
Albert Einstein stated that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." What are your New Years plans? Same thing as last year? Try something more exciting, more fulfilling and more fun!

First Day Hike - Ballard Lake Trail Nature Walk at Indian Mountain

Indian Mountain State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Jump start that New Year's resolution of getting in shape while enjoying an informative nature hike on our Ballard Lake Trail.

A Soldier’s Christmas

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am
This original and educational event features an encampment by members of the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry, a Union living history organization.

Christmas Open House

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm
Drop by and see the park’s two amazing 12 foot Christmas trees, shop for special Christmas items in the park gift shop, enjoy Christmas refreshments and music.

First Day Hike - Ranger Bob’s History Hike at Johnsonville

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Shake off the holiday blahs and enjoy a moderate, three mile New Year's Day hike with Ranger Bob. We'll travel portions of the Civil War Forts Trail and the African-American Cemetery Loop.

Civil War Preservation Trust Park Day - Volunteer Work Day

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am
Support the preservation of Civil War sites through your service helping out at the Park Day Volunteer Workday.

Johnsonville Charge 5 Mile Run

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Jan 31 @ 11:00 am
Run five miles to help out students in Humphreys County at the Johnsonville Charge. Walkers are welcome.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Workday

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm
Lend a hand on the nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event helping out at Johnsonville State Historic Park.

National Trails Day - Johnsonville Trail Sampler

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Jun 6 @ 10:00 am
Let’s all take a hike out where the air is right, let’s all take a hike and sample the trails at Johnsonville State Historic Park.

Johnsonville Union Artillery Garrison Spring Living History Event

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Apr 18 @ 10:00 am
The roar of Civil War cannons will again echo through the hollows. Union soldiers will be in action throughout the day demonstrating how artillery crews loaded, aimed and fired Civil War era artillery.

Spring Hike - History Hike at Johnsonville

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm
Spring has sprung and it’s time for a hike at Johnsonville State Historic Park!

First Day Hike - Fun Hat Day at Long Hunter

Long Hunter State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Don your fun headgear and join us on the Couchville Lake Loop Trail for a slightly moderate, fitness hike. Bring your camera for scenic shots of the lake and of course...hats!

First Day Hike - Woodland Shelter Hike and Birds of Prey Program at Meeman-Shelby Forest

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Park staff and the Friends of the Forest are heading to the Woodland Shelter! We'll learn about park history, native flora and fauna, forest ecology and other topics of interest and enjoy hot cocoa, cider and s'mores

Train and Train History Festival

Montgomery Bell State Park, Jan 16 @ 9:30 am
This annual, free event features model trains and train history, including their significance to the park. Overnight packages are available for those wishing to spend the night.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Montgomery Bell State Park, Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm
Dance into 2015 at our New Year's Eve Gala! Festivities include a champagne toast at midnight, cash bar, appetizers and special room packages are available for our overnight guests.

First Day Hike - Bald Eagle Search st Montgomery Bell

Montgomery Bell State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Join ranger Tim for a two mile hike on the Spillway Trail in search of Montgomery Bell's American Bald Eagles. Declared the National symbol in 1782, these majestic birds are a treat to see.

First Day Hike - Eagle Point Loop at Mousetail

Mousetail Landing State Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
What are your New Year's Resolutions for this year? Do you want to be more physically active, reconnect with nature, or make some new friends? Join us here at Mousetail Landing State Park to start 2015 right... with an adventure!

First Day Hike - Red Leaves Trail Hike at Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy a three mile hike along Brown's Creek Lake on the Red Leaves Trail.

Scavenger Hunt

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 am
Join in the fun of the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Search-A-Word and Photo Scavenger Adventure Challenge.

First Day Hike - Hike the Knob at Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
Start the new year off right with a hike to the top of Pilot Knob led by the rangers of NB Forrest State Park.

First Day Hike - Midnight Hike at Norris Dam

Norris Dam State Park, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am
Never mind the New Year’s parties, start 2015 with us, on a hike, at midnight, along the Andrews Ridge Trail.

First Day Hike - First Volunteer Day at Old Stone Fort

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Spend a rewarding morning helping us preserve the Entrance Mounds at Old Stone Fort. Built approximately 2,000 years ago, Old Stone Fort is an archaeological jewel in our state park system.

First Day Hike - Panther Creek Lost Road Trail

Panther Creek State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Follow portions of primitive roads traveled by early settlers and enjoy the scenic vistas of Cherokee Lake. This trail offers excellent opportunities to observe wildlife too!

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Paris Landing State Park, Dec 31 @ 12:00 am
Ring in the New Year at Paris Landing with music, dancing, food and fun!

First Day Hike - Shoreline Clean-up at Paris Landing

Paris Landing State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
We're offering a helping hand to the New Year with a shoreline clean-up walk. Hot chocolate and s'mores will be provided at the end of the hike.

First Day Hike - Midnight Hike and Potluck at Pickett

Pickett State Park, Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm
Start your New Year off on the right foot with food, friends, fun and a midnight hike.

First Day Hike - Easy Healthy Hike at Pickwick Landing

Pickwick Landing State Park, Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm
Join Ranger Ball for a healthy hike on the first day of the new year!

First Day Hike - First Foot Hike at Pinson Mounds

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
In keeping with the old celtic tradition of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, we will be hosting the First Footing of 2015 on New Years Day! The ranger-led hike will explore some areas of the park seldom seen.

First Day Hike - Historic Hike at Port Royal

Port Royal State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm
Feeling restless? Get out of the house for the first hike of the year at Port Royal . Learn about the history of the old town of Port Royal, the Trail of Tears, and some natural history too! Please RSVP.

Volunteer Days

Radnor Lake State Park, Jan 24 @ 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.

First Day Hike - New Year’s Day Harris Ridge Hike at Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:30 am
Join Ranger Jesse Germeraad for a hike to one of the park's newest ridge tops. This is a strenuous two hour hike. Reservations required.

Waterfowl ID Programs

Radnor Lake State Park, Dec 6 @ 7:00 am
Join park rangers for our popular Waterfowl ID programs. Ideal for all ages and no reservations required.

Harris Ridge Hikes

Radnor Lake State Park, Dec 28 @ 12:00 am
Explore one of the park's newest ridge tops! This is a great opportunity to see the view from the top of the ridge and learn about the historical and natural features of this property.

First Day Hike - New Year’s Eve Harris Ridge Night Hike at Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake State Park, Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
Join Park Manager Steve Ward and Park Ranger Sam King for a fun, but strenuous off-trail night hike. Reservations open on Dec. 21 and are required.

Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center Tours

Radnor Lake State Park, Dec 5 @ 12:00 am
This is a great opportunity to learn more about this exciting environmental education project currently underway at the park. Reservations are required, but please join us!

First Day Hike - Early Bird Hike at Red Clay

Red Clay State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 7:00 am
Come to Red Clay State Historic Park for a refreshing hike on the Council of Trees Trail.

Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival and Tours

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 am
It's eagle season at Reelfoot Lake! During the winter, hundreds of eagles call the lake home. Eagle tours are offered in Jan. and Feb. with the Eagle Festival taking place Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

First Day Hike - Reelfoot Lake Winter Hike

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm
Reelfoot Lake invites you to join Ranger Jerry Hall for a visual feast on this late afternoon walk - eagles, snow geese and ice formations are just a few of the wonders we may see along the way. Please RSVP.

First Day Hike - Walking in a Winter Wonderland at Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
Hit a high point with Roan Mountain State Park’s First Day Hike. What better way to celebrate the New Year than to climb to the summit of beautiful Roan Mountain?

Winter Naturalists’ Rally

Roan Mountain State Park, Feb 14 @ 12:00 am
Join us for the 7th annual winter exploration of the Roan Highlands and its unique grassy balds, scenic trails, trees, shrubs and geology.

Spring Hike - Clean-Up Hike at Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park, Mar 21 @ 10:30 am
Shake the dust off those boots and come prepared to hike far and work hard!

Spring Naturalists’ Rally

Roan Mountain State Park, Apr 24 @ 12:00 am
For 57 years, lovers of Roan Mountain and its natural wonders have been gathering for this annual event. Sign up for dinner, lectures, hikes, bird watching, viewing the night sky and more!

Jr. Trout Tournament

Roan Mountain State Park, May 9 @ 12:00 am
Our annual Junior Trout Tournament is a great opportunity to catch The Big One on the scenic Doe River. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

National Trails Day - Diamond Dash Trail Run at Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park, Jun 6 @ 8:30 am
Meet at Campground Check-In for an adventurous 5K+ run that celebrates our love of trails.

Rhododendron Festival

Roan Mountain State Park, Jun 20 @ 10:00 am
A long-standing springtime tradition that hails the blooming of the world-famous Rhododendron Gardens atop Roan Mountain. The festival features crafters, folkway demonstrators, musicians and tasty food!

Independence Day Celebration

Roan Mountain State Park, Jun 27 @ 12:00 am
Roan Mountain State Park commemorates the 4th of July the old-fashioned way with a bicycle parade, traditional field games, checkers tournament, watermelon eating contest and more.

Junior Ranger Camp

Roan Mountain State Park, Jul 6 @ 12:00 am
Kids ages 8-12 learn about the fascinating natural world around them and acquire valuable outdoor skills at this award-winning day camp. Registration required.

Xtreme Roan Adventures Youth Rally

Roan Mountain State Park, Jul 25 @ 12:00 am
Children ages four and older enjoy a fun-filled day of nature talks, hikes, live animal exhibits, and lunch. Led by Friends of Roan Mountain. Registration required.

53rd Annual Fall Naturalists’ Rally

Roan Mountain State Park, Sep 11 @ 12:00 am
The 53rd annual fall gathering of nature enthusiasts of all stripes!

National Public Lands Day - Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park, Sep 26 @ 12:00 am
Participate in this national day of service by volunteering to give back to the public lands you love… namely, Roan Mountain State Park! Work project time and details TBA.

Chili Cook-off

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 3 @ 8:00 am
Cook up a pot of your secret recipe and compete for prizes, or just come sample the chefs’ creations!

Autumn Harvest

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm
Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage at the Miller Farmstead and celebrate Autumn at the park’s annual harvest festival with traditional crafts, food, and entertainment.

Halloween in the Campground

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm
Campers vie for best decorated campsite and kids trick or treat from site to site. Haunted hayrides, kids’ games, food vendors and a bonfire add to the fun!

Old Time Yule

Roan Mountain State Park, Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm
Step back in time and experience how Christmas was celebrated years ago, with traditional music and tasty treats at the Miller Farmstead.

Easter Egg Hunt

Roan Mountain State Park, Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm
Celebrate Spring with this Easter tradition for children ages 10 and younger.

First Day Hike - Rock Island’s Downstream Trail

Rock Island State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Start the New Year out being healthy, outdoors and learning new things! Join Ranger Allen on this moderate and beautiful 1.6 mile hike of Twin Falls and the Caney Fork Gorge area. Registration required.

First Day Hike - Sunset Hike at Seven Islands

Seven Islands State Birding Park, Jan 1 @ 4:30 pm
Majestic views of the French Broad River and beautiful sunset views of the Smoky Mountains will start your New Year off on the right foot. Please join us!

First Day Hike - Historic Home Tour at Sgt. Alvin C. York

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff for a tour of the Historic York Home. This two story residence was the home of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I, Sgt. Alvin C. York.

December Programs and Activities

South Cumberland State Park, Dec 1 @ 12:00 am
We have a little bit of everything this month - bird hikes, waterfall walks - even a Christmas Day hike to Sycamore Falls. Join us!

First Day Hike - Savage Day Loop Hike at South Cumberland

South Cumberland State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Celebrate the New Year in the great outdoors with Ranger Jessie! This educational hike features breathtaking views and the history of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area.

First Day Hike - Laurel Gorge Hike at South Cumberland

South Cumberland State Park, Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm
Start the year off right with a hike to Laurel Gorge! We'll have some stunning views on this five mile afternoon hike, so be sure to bring your camera.

First Day Hike - Backcountry Winter Walk at Standing Stone

Standing Stone State Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Calm your cabin fever and join park ranger Keifer Helle as the park celebrates the New Year with an invigorating winter walk through the backcountry of Standing Stone State Park.

Old Christmas: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jan 3 @ 12:00 am
Christmas isn’t over yet! Discover the English, German, Scottish and Irish roots of our modern holiday celebrations.

Colonial Skills and Trades: Militia Muster at Fort Watauga

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Feb 14 @ 12:00 am
Step into a colorful Revolutionary world! Re-enactors portray a variety of characters who share their past through mini-dramas and demonstrations of 18th century life.

Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Mar 28 @ 10:00 am
Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit with some of the best fiber artists of our region! Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing and more.

Carter Mansion Celebration and Militia Muster

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Apr 11 @ 12:00 am
Join us for two days of history, traditional arts and family fun as we celebrate the oldest frame house in Tennessee, and the historically prominent Carter family.

Landscape Seminar & Plant Auction

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Apr 18 @ 9:00 am
This is a great opportunity to add new species to your landscape!

Community Plant Exchange

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Apr 25 @ 9:00 am
Out annual plant exchange is a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your plant collection.

Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, May 9 @ 8:00 am
Meet other birders and naturalists at 8 a.m. at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

21st Annual Siege at Fort Watauga

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, May 16 @ 12:00 am
Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke and see history come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga. Join us as 200 colonial and Native re-enactors present this dramatic re-enactments.

First Day Hike - Carter Mansion Tour at Sycamore Shoals

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
Join us for an enjoyable mid-morning tour of the Carter Mansion. Festively decorated for the holidays, this elegant frontier home is the perfect setting to learn about seasonal traditions of the 18th Century. Reservations required.

25th Annual Native American Festival

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, May 30 @ 10:00 am
A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists and scholars share their arts, music and legends.

Summer Art Show and Sale

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jun 28 @ 12:00 am
This multi-media exhibit is two art shows in one and runs through the end of July.

Independence on the Frontier: Militia Muster

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jun 27 @ 12:00 am
Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.

Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm
Now in it's 37th season, Liberty is presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. A regional favorite, performances are July 9-11, July 16-18 and July 23-25.

13th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Aug 1 @ 8:58 am
Meet naturalist Don Holt at 9 a.m. for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day.

9th Bi-Annual Newell Hendershot Watermedia Exhibition

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Aug 8 @ 9:03 am
Don’t miss this unique show which comes to us once every two years!

14th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 11 @ 9:07 am
Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! In addition to music and festivities, clans and family societies will be on hand throughout the weekend to help with family history.

Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 235th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals with a memorial and wreath laying service.

Overmountain Victory Trail March

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm
Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975.

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 26 @ 9:34 am
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!

18th Annual Fort Watauga Knap-In

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 3 @ 10:00 am
Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the two day Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week.

21st Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 1 @ 10:05 am
This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.

Spinning and Fiber Meet

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 10 @ 9:00 am
Join area fiber artists, producers and vendors as they share their knowledge of spinning, felting, rug hooking, basketry, weaving, fiber production and so much more!

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm
Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. 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.

Walk in Their Boots: A Military Timeline

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 7 @ 10:00 am
In honor of Veteran’s Day, join re-enactors and historians from across the nation for this unique look at our country’s military history.

Colonial Harvest Celebration

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 8 @ 10:00 am
Festivities continue at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Winterfest Art Show

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 29 @ 12:00 am
The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on November 29 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Show runs through Jan. 3.

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm
Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, enjoying music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. Reservations required.

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Feb 7 @ 9:00 am
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room.

October Bird Walks with the Lee and Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 10 @ 8:00 am
Meet other birders and naturalists at 8 a.m. for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

January Traditional Art Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Jan 1 @ 12:00 am
A traditional art is a skill worth preserving! Through our workshops and wonderful instructors we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever.

February Traditional Art Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Feb 1 @ 12:00 am
A traditional art is a skill worth preserving! Through our workshops and wonderful instructors we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever.

March Traditional Art Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Mar 1 @ 12:00 am
A traditional art is a skill worth preserving! Through our workshops and wonderful instructors we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever.

April Traditional Art Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Apr 1 @ 1:08 pm
A traditional art is a skill worth preserving! Through our workshops and wonderful instructors we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever.

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Mar 7 @ 9:00 am
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room.

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Aug 1 @ 9:00 am
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room from 9 a.m. to noon.

Gardening Series with Ben Hunter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 17 @ 9:00 am
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Each program meets in the park Community Room from 9 a.m. to noon.

First Day Hike - New Years Day Hike at T.O. Fuller

T.O. Fuller State Park, Jan 1 @ 9:30 am
Join T.O. Fuller State Park as we celebrate our first hike of the year! The hike will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be along T. O. Fuller State Park’s Discovery Trail

Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Tims Ford State Park, Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm
Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together at our Recreation Hall and play gospel, country and bluegrass music two Saturdays each month.

First Day Hike - Midnight Hike at Tims Ford

Tims Ford State Park, Jan 1 @ 12:01 am
Join Ranger Hylen for a midnight hike to ring in the New Year! We'll fortify ourselves with hot chocolate before heading out on a two mile loop hike.

Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Tims Ford State Park, Jan 10 @ 5:30 pm
Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together to play gospel, country and bluegrass music. Everyone is welcome and should feel free to bring their own instrument and play or just sing along.

Heritage Day Celebration

Tims Ford State Park, Oct 10 @ 12:00 am
a family-favorite, Heritage Day offers a variety of interpretive programs and activities, many showcasing the history of the communities along the Elk River that were impacted by the development of the Tims Ford Reservoir.

Winter Garden Seminar

Warriors’ Path State Park, Jan 17 @ 10:00 am
Dig into the new year and learn all about super-tough native wildflowers for your yard. This event is free but pre-registration is required.

First Day Hike - Sinking Waters Wetland Night Hike at Warriors’ Path

Warriors’ Path State Park, Jan 1 @ 5:30 pm
​Discover a “new world” of nature discovery on this first night of the new year! Experience a winter night at YOUR state park, out in the Sinking Waters wetland.

Spring Nature Festival

Warriors’ Path State Park, Apr 17 @ 12:00 am
Experience the delights of spring nature discovery in the great Tennessee outdoors. Join other nature enthusiasts for a variety of seminars and activities led by professionals and trained naturalists.