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. 
 

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.

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.

Ghost House Hike

Big Ridge State Park, Oct 3 @ 12:00 am
October means it's time for our annual Ghost House Hikes! These spine-tingling night hikes are offered every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 25. Reservations required.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Burn off the turkey at Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Big Ridge State Park Burn off the Turkey Hike

Halloween Trunk or Treat

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm
Join park staff for our annual Trunk and Treat. This free event begins at 7 p.m.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Two Hikes

Bledsoe Creek State Park, Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
We have two hikes planned - take your pick! A 3.5 mile hike along the Shoreline Trail which offers scenic views of Old Hickory Lake or a 1.5 mile hike along our paved Mayo Wix Trail and Birdsong Trail.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Burgess Falls Waterfall Hike

Burgess Falls State Park, Nov 28 @ 9:00 am
Break free of that post-meal malaise with a brisk two-mile hike to Burgess Falls and back.

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.

Birds of Prey Program with S.O.A.R.

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm
Have you ever seen the majestic bald eagle, hawk, or owl in person? Join us for this lively and informative session presented by Save Our American Raptors.

4th Annual Trunk or Treat

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm
Bring your friends and family for a safe and unique way to trick or treat by going campsite to campsite in a family-friendly, festive atmosphere.

Puppet Craft Workshop

Cumberland Mountain State Park, Oct 24 @ 12:00 am
Geared for ages eight-12, this workshop features live performances and sessions on crafting the perfect nocturnal puppet. 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, Dec 13 @ 8:00 am
Enjoy a day at the Head of Sequatchie - a scenic jewel in our park system.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Walk and Workout Hike

David Crockett State Park, Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
Join on Friday afternoon for a two mile, moderate hike. Along the Fitness Trail we will stop to work out on the newly installed exercise equipment and learn more about this unique park feature.

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Thanksgiving Turkey Trek

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Nov 28 @ 11:00 am
This late morning hike features scenic views and tales about the legendary Davy Crockett. Don't be surprised if we see some wild turkeys too!

October Programs and Activities

Dunbar Cave State Park, Oct 1 @ 12:00 am
Take your pick from an assortment of free, family-friendly hikes and activities. Reservations are required. We look forward to seeing you!

Annual Pontoon Boat Color Cruise Sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins

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

October Programs and Activities

Edgar Evins State Park, Oct 2 @ 12:00 am
Join us for our Ranger led Fall Color Cruises and our annual History Hayride - have Fun and Adventure, Naturally!

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Turkey Pen Spin at Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Nov 28 @ 9:00 am
Meet Ranger Brent at the Camper's Check-In Station at 9:00 am CST for a brisk, calorie burning walk to Fall Creek Falls via the Turkey Pen Ridge trail in honor of the season's favorite bird.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Lost Creek Waterfalls Hike at Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Nov 29 @ 9:00 am
Join Stuart at the Nature Center for an 18 mile drive, then a short hike down to the Park system's newest state natural area, Lost Creek.

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Exercise your way into the Holiday’s

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

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.

October Programs and Activities

Frozen Head State Park, Oct 7 @ 12:00 am
Fall color hikes, birding hikes, guided history hikes, waterfall hikes, volleyball, campfires, a night sky program and much more!

Hidden Lake Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Oct 26 @ 10:00 am
Part of our winter hike series - a two mile hike along the bluffs and lakes featuring points of interest from the quarry and resort eras. Please RSVP.

Pattison Forge - Narrows of the Harpeth Hike

Harpeth River State Park, Oct 19 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a moderate, one mile hike through the Narrows of the Harpeth. Please RSVP. Part of our winter hike series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traveling Exhibit - Civil War Quilt Show

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Oct 4 @ 12:00 am
Drop by the Johnsonville State Historic Park and view the traveling exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War quilt show.

Halloween: 1864

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of storytelling and 19th century fun, including fortune telling games such as the three luggies or snapping an apple.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Where The Turkeys Trot 10k Hike

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm
Enjoy the day after Thanksgiving hiking at Johnsonville State Historic Park.

Hiking for Health Festival

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Nov 22 @ 10:00 am
Help the community and help your health! Registration is open for HIking for Health, a community outreach event benefiting the citizens of Humphreys County.

150th Anniversary Commemoration Day

Johnsonville State Historic Park, Nov 4 @ 12:00 am
Please join park staff, local and state officials for a 150th Anniversary historic landmark dedication ceremony. In addition, there will be an in-depth tour of this Civil War site.

8th Annual Long Hunter Mega-Hike

Long Hunter State Park, Oct 25 @ 7:00 am
Join us once again as we attempt to hike all of Long Hunter's trails - 26 miles - in a single day. This annual event is a middle Tennessee fall favorite!

After Thanksgiving Hike - Long Hunter State Park

Long Hunter State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Long Hunter State Park will host a leisurely two mile nature hike on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This ranger-led walk will take place on the Couchville Lake Trail, and will last from 10 AM to approximately noon.

After Thanksgiving hike - Meeman-Shelby Forest State park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Nov 28 @ 9:00 am
Meeman-Shelby State Park will be having an after Thanksgiving Day Hike on Friday November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am-11:00 am.

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - A Walk in the Woods at Montgomery Bell

Montgomery Bell State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for an after thanksgiving hike at Montgomery Bell

After Thanksgiving Hike - A Walk in the Woods at Montgomery Bell

Montgomery Bell State Park, Nov 29 @ 10:00 am
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for an after thanksgiving hike at Montgomery Bell

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.

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Burn Off that Turkey!

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm
This ranger led hike is a great opportunity to to burn off those holiday calories and take in the vistas and wildlife along Kentucky Lake.

Fall Color Cruises

Norris Dam State Park, Oct 18 @ 12:00 am
Take in the beautiful fall color of Norris Dam via pontoon boat tour on Norris Lake. Cruises are offered four times a day from October 18-31.

Holiday Homecoming Celebration

Norris Dam State Park, Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for a walk through time to discover the old-time holiday traditions of the region. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, old-time music and holiday treats.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Marine Railway Trial Hike

Norris Dam State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy scenic lake views and fresh air while hiking on the second longest trail in the park and considered by some, to be the most difficult due to some terrific grades.

Christmas in the Park

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

After Thanksgiving Hike - Gobble Wobble Hike

Panther Creek State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
The Panther Creek Gobble Wobble is a moderately strenuous hike offering amazing views of Cherokee Lake and the surrounding ridges. Join us!

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Pickett State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Join Ranger Monique Hodge at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park on Friday, November 28th for an After Thanksgiving's day hike.

10th Annual Christmas in the Park

Pickwick Landing State Park, Dec 12 @ 12:00 am
Kick off the holidays with our festival of lights, carriage rides, crafts a visit from Santa and much more!

After Thanksgiving Hike - Burn Off that Turkey!

Pickwick Landing State Park, Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
Grab your camera and join us for an easy, interpretive hike on the Healthy Hike Trail.

Port Royal by Lantern

Port Royal State Historic Park, Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm
Follow the trail by lantern light as actors portray the stories of this historic area. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations are recommended.

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.

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.

After Thanksgiving Hike - Harris Ridge Hike at Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake State Park, Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
Burn the Turkey........Harris Ridge Hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area

Red Clay Pow Wow

Red Clay State Historic Park, Oct 25 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a weekend of Native American dance demonstrations, crafts, stories, primitive encampments and living history.

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!

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.

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.

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.

October Programs and Activities

South Cumberland State Park, Oct 1 @ 12:00 am
We have a little bit of everything this month - a trail run, waterfall hikes, geology walks and more. Join us!

After Thanksgiving Hike - Buggy Top Trail Maintenance

South Cumberland State Park, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Pay your thanksgiving spirit forward by volunteering at South Cumberland State Park!

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.

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!

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.

Fall Workshops

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Oct 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.

A Walk In Their Boots

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 8 @ 10:00 am
A Veteran's Day celebration, honoring the 240 plus year history of the American soldier. This free event offers displays, encampments and re-enactments.

After Thanksgiving Walk at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Nov 28 @ 7:30 am
Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country.

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 15 @ 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.

Adopt-A-Tree

Warriors’ Path State Park, Dec 6 @ 10:00 am
Make a difference for our future! Help us bring “re-leaf” to Northeast Tennessee by planting tomorrow’s forests at Warriors' Path.

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.