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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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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Mother’s Day

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

Mother's Day at Tennessee State Parks

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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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The Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) presents The Horton 100

Tennessee State Parks | March 3, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Henry Horton State Park is proud to host The Horton 100, the annual springtime Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) event on April 22-23.

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Casey and Elizabeth’s Wedding

Tennessee State Parks | March 1, 2017 | | Permalink

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have the wedding of your dreams. We sat down with newlyweds Casey and Elizabeth to talk about their November 2016 wedding at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. 

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Next Stop: Train Fest

David s. Piñeros | February 21, 2017 | History | Permalink

Each year, people from all around the state gather at the Train History Festival, held at Montgomery Bell State Park. Join David s. Piñeros as he brings out the engineer in all of us on an inspiring visual journey from this year's event. 

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Backcountry Camping Fees at Frozen Head State Park Will Support Trails

Tennessee State Parks | February 14, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Beginning April 1, 2017, reservations will be required for all 10 backcountry campsites at Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County. The modest fees will go towards campsite and trail maintenance and improvements, ensuring every experience lives up to a visitors’ expectations.

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7 Outdoor Adventures in February

Tennessee State Parks | February 9, 2017 | | Permalink

This year, we want to help you get outdoors.  Whether you are a history buff or a waterfall chaser, Tennessee State Parks has something for you. To celebrate our 80th anniversary, we’ve put together a list of 80 adventures that stretch across all 56 of our parks. Each month, we’ll give you a few of those activities that represent some of the best adventures we have to offer.

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South Cumberland State Park Recognized for Best in Resource Management Statewide

Tennessee State Parks | January 31, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized South Cumberland State Park for Excellence in Resource Management for park staff’s work to improve trails, combat invasive pests and provide richer recreation experiences for visitors over the past year.

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Long Hunter State Park Honored for Literacy Project-2016

Tennessee State Parks | January 31, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Long Hunter State Park for Excellence in Innovation for park staff’s demonstrated ability to improve the park through new ideas. The innovative project Long Hunter accomplished in 2016 was the Reading Ranger Story Trail, which combines outdoor recreation and literacy for children and families.

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Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park Recognized for Best in Interpretation Statewide

Tennessee State Parks | January 31, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park for Excellence in Interpretation for park staff’s ability to provide high quality activities and tours centered around the park’s World War I history.

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Roan Mountain State Park Named 2016 ‘Park of the Year’

Tennessee State Parks | January 31, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Roan Mountain State Park as the 2016 Park of the Year for its demonstrated excellence in innovation, sustainability, interpretation, resource management and fiscal responsibility.

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Valentine’s Specials 2017

Tennessee State Parks | January 30, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Romance is in the air at Tennessee State Parks. From delicious buffets  and romantic getaways, state parks are offering an assortment of sweet deals on Feb. 10th, Feb. 11th and/or  Feb. 14th, 2017.

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Icy Beauty

Randy Hedgepath | January 26, 2017 | State Naturalist | Permalink

Winter can be dark and grey but certain conditions can present you with incredible scenic wonders. A string of days with temperatures below freezing can build fairyland castles around waterfalls. 

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