Celebrate July 4 at a State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Independence Day is right around the corner. It’s a time for freedom, family, and fireworks. Together we celebrate the founding principles of this great nation. What better place to do that than on the public lands that exist to connect you, the people, to the great outdoors? Whether you’re looking for something to do the weekend before or the day of, we have the perfect Fourth of July celebration for you. 

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Planning Your Solar Eclipse Trip

Tennessee State Parks | June 15, 2017 | | Permalink

On August 21, a band of darkness will sweep over Tennessee as the moon blocks out the sun for the first solar eclipse to affect this area since 1478. We want to make sure you are prepared to have the best experience possible. Here’s what you need to know to have a great visit at Tennessee State Parks:

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State Parks to Host Student Volunteers on Tennessee Promise Saturday

Tennessee State Parks | June 6, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, June 24.

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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Coming to Tennessee

Tennessee State Parks | June 6, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Six Tennessee State Parks and surrounding communities have been expressly chosen by Humanities Tennessee to host "Water|Ways": a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

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7 Adventures for June #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | May 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The summer season is in full swing at our parks and June is jam-packed. This month is known for Free Fishing Day (always the Saturday of the first full week in June), Father's Day and of course our 8 Adventures for June! Here are a few of our favorite 80th Anniversary must-do adventures to take you through the month. 

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Tennessee State Parks Among Finalists for National Gold Medal Award

Tennessee State Parks | May 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Tennessee State Parks is competing for top honors in a National Gold Medal Award for best state park system. Tennessee is one of four state finalists. Check out the video that highlights some of the ways Tennessee is unique. 

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8 Adventures for May #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | April 28, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is right around the corner, and Tennessee State Parks are there to kick off your summertime funtime. Here are a few of our 80th Anniversary adventures to get you through the month. 

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at one of our eight restaurants

Tennessee State Parks | April 27, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Mother's Day at Tennessee State Parks

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Pickett State Park Opens New Archaeology Museum and Research Station

Tennessee State Parks | April 25, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park unveiled a new Archaeology Museum and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) field research station. The new facility is a working museum that will display artifacts unearthed on-site from the park, Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area and surrounding areas.

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A Favorite Wildflower

Randy Hedgepath | April 24, 2017 | State Naturalist | Permalink

It is hard to pick a favorite spring wildflower, there are so many beautiful flowers in Tennessee’s spring woods. I like the intricate and colorful flowers but I also like the plain small white ones too. If you take the time to use a hand lens magnifier they turn out to be intricate and beautiful as well. 

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TDEC and Conservation Partners Add 1,058 Acres Near Fiery Gizzard Trail

Tennessee State Parks | April 19, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Open Space Institute (OSI), today announced the addition of 1,058 acres to South Cumberland State Park in Marion County. 

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Is there actually a state park within an hour of every Tennessean?

Tennessee State Parks | April 12, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

A group of seventh-graders tackled this question, and the results might surprise you! 

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TDEC Opens Window Cliffs State Natural Area to the Public

Tennessee State Parks | April 11, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

On Friday, April 7, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) unveiled a new State Natural Area to the public.

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Newly Formed Tennessee State Parks Conservancy Aims to Enhance Statewide Park System

Tennessee State Parks | April 7, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

A recently formed nonprofit partner of Tennessee State Parks within the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will look to enhance visitor offerings at Tennessee State Parks in education, health and other special areas.

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8 Adventures for April #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | March 28, 2017 | | Permalink

In honor of our 80th Anniversary, we’ve put together a list of 80 adventures across the state for you to enjoy in 2017. Here are a few of those adventures that we think are perfect for the month of April:

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Easter Feasts and Fun

Tennessee State Parks | March 27, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Looking for a way to spend Easter weekend? We have activities and dining specials that are perfect for the whole family. 

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7 Adventures for March #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | March 10, 2017 | | Permalink

Looking for something to do this month? Here are seven adventures from our "80 Adventures to Celebrate 80 Years" storymap that you should check out in March. 

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Join us for our 2017 Spring Hikes!

Tennessee State Parks | March 8, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Tennesse State Parks are hosting the 2017 Spring Hikes on Saturday, March 18th. Get outside and welcome spring at one of our 56 hikes across the state! 

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Tennessee State Parks Receives TNCPE Interest Award

Tennessee State Parks | March 8, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence presented Tennessee State Parks with the TNCPE Interest Award at the 24rd Annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on March 27, 2017.

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4 Parks for Your 2017 Bucket List

Tennessee State Parks | March 3, 2017 | | Permalink

Every year, we like to highlight five parks that are doing exceptional work in Tennessee. While we have 56 fantastic state parks, we think you need to know about the great things happening at these specific parks. Add them to your bucket list and come see why they are all deserving of recognition:

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