Some Interesting Fall Mushrooms

Randy Hedgepath | December 6, 2016 | State Naturalist | Permalink

Mushrooms provide interest and beauty to a late autumn walk.

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Gather Around Our Table for Thanksgiving

Tennessee State Parks | November 7, 2016 | | Permalink

Bring the family for a Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of making a turkey this year! All eight Tennessee State Park Restaurants are offering wonderful Thanksgiving buffets that the whole family will enjoy.

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5 reasons to get married in a Tennessee State Park

Tennessee State Parks | November 3, 2016 | | Permalink

If a natural setting wedding has captivated your dreams, you have come to the right place. Whether you need space for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions or anniversary celebrations, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Tennessee State Parks.

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Better Camp Food: Turkey Apple Chili

Tennessee State Parks | November 1, 2016 | | Permalink

Just because you’re going camping doesn’t mean you have to eat hotdogs and dried noodles. The food you consume on a camping trip should be just as awesome as the environment in which you eat it. 

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Fall Colors on the Paw Paw Trail at Fall Creek Falls

Randy Hedgepath | October 17, 2016 | State Naturalist | Permalink

The dramatic reds and yellow of red maple, farkleberry, and tulip trees make the Paw Paw Trail at Fall Creek Falls an ideal walk on a fall day. 

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Fall Color Viewing in Tennessee

Tennessee State Parks | October 13, 2016 | | Permalink

The chill of the autumn morning, the glow of an evening fire, and the smells of nutmeg and cinnamon characterize this time of year. Yet another thrill, especially for outdoor enthusiasts, is the changing of the leaves. Like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, the fall foliage draws people in, begging them to stop and absorb the spectacle.  

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Discover Tennessee History this Fall

Tennessee State Parks | October 5, 2016 | | Permalink

Fall is a time of learning. As school starts back up and the weather changes, many people feel an increased desire for reading, writing and culture. While it’s great to curl up with a good book next to a big fire, we want to make sure you can quench your thirst for knowledge while also enjoying the outdoors. So throw on your jacket, grab a warm drink and head out to one of these five historical parks:

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Fall Festivals at Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks | September 9, 2016 | | Permalink

Fall is a great time for festivals in Tennessee. The leaves are changing, the farmers are harvesting crops and the weather is (sometimes) cooler. Many of our state parks are hosting festivals in honor of the culture, traditions and history of our state. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Summer’s Last Stand: Labor Day Weekend Events

Tennessee State Parks | September 2, 2016 | | Permalink

This long weekend is the final stand against the quickly approaching winter.  So let’s not miss the opportunity to bask in the last great days of summer! 

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10 waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville

Tennessee State Parks | August 26, 2016 | | Permalink

It’s hard not to stand in awe and amazement at the base of a 256-foot waterfall.  With spectacular cliffs surrounding you, and gallons of water pouring over the rock face, the magnitude of the situation is hard to deny.  Fall Creek Falls is just one of a dozen waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville, Tennessee. Let’s take a look at ten of our favorites:

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Late Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

Randy Hedgepath | August 23, 2016 | State Naturalist | Permalink

Gossett Tract at Harpeth River State Park is a haven of late summer beauty. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath as he walks through open, sunny meadows on a tour of late summer wildflower blooms. 

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5 places to spend the night under the stars

Tennessee State Parks | August 18, 2016 | | Permalink

There is something about sitting out under the night sky. On a clear evening with a new moon, the canopy of stars engulfs you, evoking  a sense of wander and mesmerizing pleasure. There are several great parks in Tennessee where you can, “Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them” 

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5 things to do near Edgar Evins State Park

Tennessee State Parks | August 10, 2016 | | Permalink

Edgar Evins State Park is located just 65 miles east of Nashville along the banks of Center Hill Lake.  The 6,000-acre park sits in a steep, hilly area of Tennessee known as the Eastern Highland Rim. The park has cabin and campground sleeping options, and is a perfect place to stage a weekend on the lake or a visit to one of the other attractions in the Cookeville area. Let’s look at where to stay and what to do on your next visit:

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Don’t lose your way. Use our maps!

Tennessee State Parks | August 5, 2016 | | Permalink

To help you find and stay on the trails, we have compiled a list of all the maps we have available to the public. These maps are organized by park and neatly packaged on a new page called, “Park Trail Maps”. You can find a link to this new page at the bottom of each individual park’s page and on the “Hiking” section of our site.

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3 backcountry campsites within 100 miles of Nashville

Tennessee State Parks | August 3, 2016 | | Permalink

Sometimes we need to leave the car behind, throw the essentials in a pack and dive deep into the heart of the forest. For those days, for those adventurers, the backcountry campsite represents a secluded oasis in the desert of life. For those of you who need a getaway, here are three backcountry sites within 100 miles of Nashville:

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Annual BRAT tours cyclists through Cumberland region

Tennessee State Parks | August 2, 2016 | Park News | Permalink

Cyclists are invited to sign up for the 27th annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) – a week long excursion through the beautiful scenery of the Cumberland region on Sept. 11-17.

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Can I bring my pet to the park?

Tennessee State Parks | July 29, 2016 | | Permalink

We know it’s important for your furry friends to get outdoors. There’s nothing worse than a bored dog that decides to eat the chair leg or the couch cushion.  They need to smell fresh air and get a chance to stretch their legs every now and then. Taking your animal to a park is one great way to bond with them and help them get the exercise they need.

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5 things to do near Natchez Trace State Park

Tennessee State Parks | July 27, 2016 | | Permalink

Anyone who has driven from Memphis to Nashville has probably seen signs for Natchez Trace State Park. The park sits in almost the exact middle between these two cities. As soon as you hop off the interstate at Exit 116, you arrive at the 48,000-acre mass of land that is a mixture of state park, state forest and wildlife management area. The size, seclusion and interstate access make it perfect for a weekend getaway. Let’s look at the places to stay and the things to do on your next trip:

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3 places to make an impact on TN Promise Saturday

Tennessee State Parks | July 22, 2016 | | Permalink

Are you a high school senior in Tennessee looking for TN Promise service hours? As the August 1 community service deadline approaches, your Tennessee State Parks have planned activities this weekend to help you get outdoors and volunteer. There's still time to plan a trip to a park. Here are a few great places you can put your hands to work to make your parks beautiful and prepare for your college journey:

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3 parks with water activities for a hot summer day

Tennessee State Parks | July 20, 2016 | | Permalink

This week is set to bring some of the hottest temperatures we’ve had in Tennessee all summer. If you need a break from the heat and somewhere to cool off this weekend, we have several ideas. Here are three of our favorite parks with water features to whet your appetite for adventure and help you survive the weather:

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