Dining options for a Happy Thanksgiving

Tennessee State Parks | October 10, 2017 | | Permalink

The only thing better than gathering family and friends together over a good meal, is when that meal is at a Tennessee State Park. All eight state park restaurants are offering a special Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 23. 

Read More…

Discover Tennessee History this Fall

Tennessee State Parks | September 29, 2017 | | 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:

Read More…

8 October Adventures #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | September 29, 2017 | | Permalink

The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, the mosquitoes are retreating, and there is no better time to get outside in Tennessee than the month of October. Grab your jacket, fill the thermos with your favorite fall beverage, and let’s head out on one of these great adventures!

Read More…

Bicycle Ride Across the Highland Rim

Randy Hedgepath | September 18, 2017 | State Naturalist | Permalink

The 2017 ‘Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee’ began Saturday September 16 at Montgomery Bell State Park.

Read More…

Get Outside and Enjoy the Fall

Tennessee State Parks | September 1, 2017 | | Permalink

While summer is winding down and school has started back, the best time to enjoy the outdoors is just beginning. The fall season is the ideal season to head for the woods. With that in mind, we have a few ideas to kick start your fall trip planning:

Read More…

7 September Adventures #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | September 1, 2017 | | Permalink

The temperatures are cooling down, which means it is time to ramp up the outdoor adventures. 

Read More…

Where to View the Leaves in Tennessee

Tennessee State Parks | September 1, 2017 | | Permalink

Leaf change is one of our favorite times of the year. It’s the last burst of energy before a deep, wintry sleep. Many of our visitors share this passion. We receive phone calls and emails every year from guests trying to plan their visits around the peak viewing times. 

Read More…

1,190 Kids Complete Junior Ranger Camps in 2017

Tennessee State Parks | August 16, 2017 | Ramble Parks Mascot | Permalink

The summer of 2017 is drawing to a close, and with it the junior ranger camps at our parks across the state have ended. Between the months of June and July, 44 of our parks hosted camps and reached over 1,190 kids.

Read More…

6 Adventures for August #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | July 31, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the heat is letting up. We know August will bring with it some of the hottest temperatures of the year. To help you stay cool, these August adventures are packed full of indoor learning and easily-accessible destinations in Tennessee. Beat the heat and enjoy the parks with these six adventures: 

Read More…

Head Outside for Labor Day Weekend

Tennessee State Parks | July 31, 2017 | | Permalink

The last days of summer are upon us, so don’t pass up the chance to spend a little more time in the sun this Labor Day weekend! Start planning now for how you’ll spend September 2-4. It’s your time to celebrate the hard work you’ve put in all year. Here are a few ideas to get your planning juices flowing:

Read More…

Beat the Heat this August

Tennessee State Parks | July 30, 2017 | | Permalink

August in Tennessee brings some of the most grueling temperatures of the year. The humidity outside assaults you like waves beating against the shore.  Everything you wear sticks to you like a pair of ‘80s leather pants. Yet it’s no fun to stay indoors. There’s nothing on TV and the only thing standing between you and college football are the dog days of summer.

Read More…

Backpacking Memories: A Guided Adventure

Tennessee State Parks | July 19, 2017 | | Permalink

Throughout the year, Tennessee State Park staff lead guided backpacking adventures. These guided trips provide guests with the tools, equipment and knowledge needed for a successful backpacking trip. This guest blog from photographer David Pineros highlights our most recent trip at Henry Horton State Park. 

Read More…

Fall Creek Falls State Park Strengthens Recycling Program

Tennessee State Parks | July 13, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Fall Creek Falls State Park has expanded its environmental sustainability efforts this summer thanks to a partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful, to provide 30 recycling bins throughout the park for visitor use.

Read More…

10 Adventures for July #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | June 28, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is here! Time to get out and explore your Tennessee State Parks. Whether you’re looking to escape the heat in one of our indoor exhibits, spend some time on the water or stare into the night sky, we have the adventures that will make this a summer to remember. 

Read More…

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. 

Read More…

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:

Read More…

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.

Read More…

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.

Read More…

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. 

Read More…

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. 

Read More…