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. 
 

11th Annual Tennessee History Festival

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
Join us Friday and Saturday as history comes alive at our annual history festival.

The Story of Tennessee: Tours of Bicentennial Mall

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Jun 1 @ 12:00 am
Walk through history on ranger-led walks every Wednesday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through December.

Nashville Urban Runoff 5k and Water Quality Festival

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Oct 25 @ 8:00 am
Runners/Walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Festivities are for the whole family to enjoy.

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.

Fall Festival

Big Cypress State Park, Nov 1 @ 9:00 am
This seasonal festival kicks off at 9 a.m. CT and offers a variety of arts and crafts exhibits, interpretive programs, food and live musical entertainment through 3 p.m.

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.

Halloween Trunk or Treat & Spooky Trail

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Oct 25 @ 3:17 pm

Long Hunters on the Tennessee Frontier

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Oct 4 @ 9:00 am
Demonstrators and historians will provide a glimpse into life of the areas Long Hunters. Demonstrations will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 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!

Thanksgiving Hike

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Nov 28 @ 9:00 am
Enjoy the brisk fall air with a hike along the Bunkum Cave Trail.

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.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, Dec 6 @ 9:00 am
Join park staff as we commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, the day that officially launched the United States’ entry into WW II.

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.

8th Annual Louie Bluie Festival

Cove Lake State Park, Sep 27 @ 12:00 am
This free, all-day, family-fun festival features two stages of music, arts and crafts, storytelling, a kid's fun zone and other activities.

5th Annual Knap-In and Primitive Skills Festival

Cove Lake State Park, Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
Make plans to attend this annual, free event featuring flint-knapping and primitive skill demonstrations. Activities 9 a.m. til sunset each day.

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 @ 5:34 pm
We will be removing invasive vegetation and picking up trash along the trail to the falls and at the base of the falls.

Girls Outdoors Workshop

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Oct 4 @ 9:00 am
This workshop is open to girls ages 10-12 and will provide hands-on activities highlighting outdoor exploration, career pathways and the natural world. Reservations required.

Monthly Head of Sequatchie Opening

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Nov 8 @ 8:00 am
Enjoy a day at the Head of Sequatchie - a scenic jewel in our park system.

Monthly Head of Sequatchie Opening

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Oct 4 @ 8:00 am
Enjoy a day at the Head of Sequatchie - a scenic jewel in our park system.

Monthly Head of Sequatchie Opening

Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park, Dec 13 @ 8:00 am
Enjoy a day at the Head of Sequatchie - a scenic jewel in our park system.

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.

Mountain Melodies

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Oct 11 @ 12:00 am
Celebrate the rich heritage of traditional mountain music of East Tennessee.

Trick or Treat in the Haunted Forest

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
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.

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.

September Programs and Activities

Dunbar Cave State Park, Sep 3 @ 12:00 am
We are greeting autumn with a variety of programs and nature walks. Join us!

13th Annual Friends Group Pontoon Boat Color Cruise

Edgar Evins State Park, Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm
Cruise beautiful Center Hill Lake with the Friends of Edgar Evins.

9th Annual History Hayride

Edgar Evins State Park, Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm
Bring your blanket for a hayride back into time as the Friends of Edgar Evins and park staff bring history alive.

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!

September Programs and Activities

Edgar Evins State Park, Sep 1 @ 12:00 am
Usher in autumn with our sunset cruises and other nature activities. Our cabins and campground are perfect locations for a weekend getaway.

Fall Star Gaze

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Sep 26 @ 12:00 am
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.

Fall Colors Weekend

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Oct 18 @ 12:00 am
Enjoy the blaze of fall color at Fall Colors Weekend on the Cumberland Plateau.

Wild Food Day

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Oct 25 @ 12:00 am
Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just part of the activities.

Backpacking Trip

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Nov 15 @ 12:00 am
This hike is for both novices and experienced backpackers and includes a two-day guided hike with an overnight camp.

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.

Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Oct 4 @ 10:00 am
Overlooking scenic Lake Watauga, living history re-enactors will take you back in time to life in the 18th century.

Garrison Weekend

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Nov 1 @ 10:00 am
History comes alive - view an 18th century infirmary, soldier’s barracks, commander’s quarters, a blacksmith shop and a Cherokee encampment.

Christmas Garrison

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, Dec 6 @ 10:00 am
Celebrate Christmas in 18th century style, including a special candlelight tour of the fort at 6 p.m.

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.

Rattlesnake Hollow 5K and 2.1 Historic Hike

Fort Pillow State Historic Park, Oct 25 @ 11:00 am
This 5K is a chip timed race on a challenging and scenic course. For those not in the race, the Historical Hike showcases the park's unique historical features.

After Thanksgiving Day Hike

Fort Pillow State Park, Nov 28 @ 11:00 am
Bring family and friends together for a guided hike through historic trails.

Fall Festival

Fort Pillow State Park, Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly, fun evening of programs and events including a costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest and a hayride.

Night Sky Viewing

Frozen Head State Park, Oct 24 @ 9:30 pm
Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations.

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.

September Programs and Activities

Frozen Head State Park, Sep 8 @ 12:00 am
Autumn is a beautiful time at Frozen Head. Enjoy ranger-led hikes in the rich forests or strolls to a waterfall. Fun and Adventure, Naturally!

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.

Step Back In Time Festival

Henry Horton State Park, Sep 19 @ 12:00 am
An annual favorite! This family-friendly festival features music, food, storytellers, re-enactors and living history demonstrations.

Hunters for the Hungry Triathlon

Henry Horton State Park, Sep 20 @ 7:00 am
The Hunters for the Hungry Triathlon kicks off at 7 a.m. CT. All registration fees benefit the Hunters for the Hungry of Marshall County program. Registration required.

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.

Homes and Spirits Tour

Henry Horton State Park, Oct 23 @ 11:10 am
Join us for three days of southern charm, historic traditions and ghostly tales on our Homes and Spirits Tour.

Civil War Christmas Tour

Henry Horton State Park, Dec 5 @ 12:00 am
Our Civil War Christmas Tour includes a variety of historic Civil War locations including Carnton Plantation and Stones River Battlefield.

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.

150th Anniversary Battle of Johnsonville at Johnsonville

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Oct 31 @ 12:00 am
Join us for a special 150th Anniversary Battle of Johnsonville Living History and Commemorative Event.

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.

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 22 @ 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.

Travelling Exhibit - Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War Quilt Show

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Oct 31 @ 12:00 am
Drop by the Johnsonville State Historic Park and view the travelling exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War quilt show.

33rd Annual NAIA Fall Festival and Pow-Wow

Long Hunter State Park, Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
Now in its 33rd year, the annual NAIA Pow-Wow showcases tribal customs and cultural experiences with three days of family fun.

September Programs and Activities

Long Hunter State Park, Sep 6 @ 12:00 am
Park staff and the Friends of Long Hunter have a great September line-up of family-friendly activities planned.

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.

Astronomy on the Lake

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for a look into the brilliant night sky. We'll identify some of our planets and stars and talk about the changing night sky.

Bell Ringer 50k/25k Trail Run

Montgomery Bell State Park, Dec 13 @ 7:00 am
The Bell Ringer 50k/25k route takes place on Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN. It features running on one of the best trail networks in the Nashville area.

Train and Train History Festival

Montgomery Bell State Park, Jan 17 @ 9:30 am
This annual, free event features model trains and train history including their significance the park. Overnight packages are available for those wishing to spend the night.

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.

CampO.U.T. - Camp Outdoors, Unplugged, Together

Montgomery Bell State Park, Oct 11 @ 12:00 am
Want to learn more about camping? Let us help with our free weekend CampO.U.T. Camping gear and food provided. Sign up by October 5.

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.

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.

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.

Rock n’ Race Weekend

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Sep 20 @ 12:52 pm
The Eva Beach Music and Arts Festival includes the best in local performers, arts, crafts, food, and this year, an amazing race.

All Hallows Eve Lantern Walk

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Oct 31 @ 12:59 pm
Join us for a lantern-led walk through the shadows of Eva Beach as we hear tales of Civil-War era soldiers and civilians.

North South Skirmish Association Forrest Escort Division Target Competition

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Nov 8 @ 1:06 pm
An annual fall event, target competitions between living history soldiers dressed in Confederate and Union attire.

Lighting of the Knob

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Nov 29 @ 1:23 pm
Join park staff and the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park as we kick off the holiday season with the Lighting of the Knob.

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville at Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Oct 31 @ 7:28 am
Join us for a special 150th Anniversary Battle of Johnsonville Living History and Commemorative Event.

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.

Heritage Day

Panther Creek State Park, Oct 18 @ 11:00 am
3rd Annual Heritage day at Panther Creek State Park

Christmas in the Park

Panther Creek State Park, Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm

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.

2014 Fall Photo Contest

Paris Landing State Park, Sep 1 @ 12:00 am
Our annual Fall Photo Contest is open to all amateur photographers of any age. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12.

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.

New Year’s Eve Hike

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.

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.

32nd Annual Archaeofest

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, Sep 20 @ 12:00 am
Join us for a two-day celebration of Native American culture both past and present with a spotlight on Archaeology.

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.

Volunteer Days

Radnor Lake State Park, Oct 25 @ 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.

Volunteer Days

Radnor Lake State Park, Nov 22 @ 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.

Fall T.O.S. Birdwalks

Radnor Lake State Park, Sep 10 @ 7:30 am
The Tennessee Ornithological Society (T.O.S.) has scheduled their Fall 2014 Wednesday Bird Walks.

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.

Scenic Boat Cruises

Reelfoot Lake State Park, May 1 @ 12:00 am
May 1 - September 30. You are invited to enjoy the fascinating world of Reelfoot Lake by taking a Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour.

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Oct 24 @ 12:00 am
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend featuring pelicans, canoe floats, pontoon boat tours and much more!

Reelfoot Lake Arts and Craft Festival

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Oct 3 @ 9:00 am
The Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival is a regional favorite, featuring hundreds of crafts, food and music. And its free!

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.

Archaeology of Reelfoot Lake: Pontoon Tour and Hike

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm
Join archaeologist Bill Lawrence to explore these rarely seen prehistoric Indian mounds by boat and an off-trail hike. Fee is $15 per person. Reservations required.

Ghost River Canoe Floats

Reelfoot Lake State Park, Oct 11 @ 7:11 am
Discover the history, diversity and beauty of the Ghost River State Natural Area on these naturalist-led floats. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required.

Chili Cook-off

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 4 @ 8:00 am
Kick-off the fall season with food, fun and fellowship.

Autumn Harvest

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm
Celebrate autumn at our annual harvest festival with traditional crafts, food and entertainment.

Halloween in the Campground

Roan Mountain State Park, Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm
The campground is transformed into a spooky scene as campers vie for best decorated campsite.

Old Time Yule

Roan Mountain State Park, Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm
Join us at the Miller Farmstead as we end the year’s events with an old-fashioned holiday celebration.

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.

Craft Fair

Rock Island State Park, Sep 27 @ 4:30 pm
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.

Rock Island 5 Miler

Rock Island State Park, Oct 11 @ 4:52 pm
This five mile run wanders along roadways and trails throughout the park.

National Public Lands Day - River Clean-up

Rock Island State Park, Oct 5 @ 5:02 pm
Help the park stay clean to protect the rivers and land that make up beautiful Rock Island.

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.

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Nov 11 @ 11:00 am
Join park staff and friends as we commemorate Veteran's Day.

Day After Thanksgiving Hike

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy the brisk fall air and work off some holiday calories with a hike along the Burial Site Trail.

Christmas in the Valley

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Dec 13 @ 12:00 am
Join park staff and the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation as we celebrate the holidays. Times TBA.

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.

September Programs and Activities

South Cumberland State Park, Sep 1 @ 12:00 am
Join us for mushroom hunts, canoe floats, geology hikes and more!

3rd Annual Storytelling Festival

Standing Stone State Park, Sep 27 @ 10:00 am
Storytellers will be weaving their magic from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at this free, family-friendly event.

17th Annual Car Show

Standing Stone State Park, Oct 11 @ 12:00 am
Spend a fun-filled, fall day enjoying antique cars, trucks, hot rods, music and food.

Big Foot Scramble 5 mile Run

Standing Stone State Park, Nov 22 @ 11:00 am
Join us for this scenic 5m run through Standing Stone State Park. This event is sponsored by the Frostbite Running Club.

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.

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm
Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 30 @ 9:00 am
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.

Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 15 @ 10:00 am
The Washington County Militia musters its troops for good times and good cheer! Re-enactors in period dress provide demonstrations of old-time skills.

Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 1 @ 9:00 am
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.

Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at a 200 year-old mansion. Bring the family!

Spinning and Fiber Meet

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 11 @ 9:00 am
Join area fiber artists and producers for a day of spinning, felting, workshops, vendors, fiber sources, competitions and so much more!

19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 2 @ 9:00 am
This four-day exhibition features a show and demonstrations by local quilters.

Fort Watauga Knap-In

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 4 @ 10:00 am
Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week

Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 4 @ 8:00 am
Meet other birders and naturalists every Saturday in October for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 20 @ 10:00 am
Join the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution for a memorial service and wreath laying service to celebrate the 234th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals.

Overmountain Victory Trail March

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

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 20 @ 10:00 am
Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780.

Fall Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sep 1 @ 12:21 pm
Traditional art workshops are offered through November. Instruction includes wet felting, spinning and other fiber arts, primitive trapping and fishing and more.

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.

Fall Festival

T.O. Fuller State Park, Oct 25 @ 12:00 am
Come as we celebrate our annual Fall Festival with a safe alternative for Trick-or-Treating.

Camporee

T.O. Fuller State Park, Nov 16 @ 12:00 am
Participate in our first annual Camporee in an event geared toward families and camping clubs.

After-Thanksgiving Day Hike

T.O. Fuller State Park, Nov 28 @ 12:00 am
Enjoy a guided hike on the park’s Discovery Trail to observe various forms of nature and wildlife.

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.

Shade Tree Pickin’s

Tims Ford State Park, Oct 11 @ 11:00 am
Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together at our Recreation Hall and play gospel, country and bluegrass music.

Heritage Day

Tims Ford State Park, Oct 11 @ 12:00 am
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.

25th Annual Bicycle Ride across Tennessee

Tims Ford State Park, Sep 14 @ 12:00 am
Our Fall Tour is the original BRAT – a seven-day excursion through a different part of Tennessee each year.

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.