One of the most popular attractions to our state parks and natural areas is the possibility of seeing wildlife in a natural setting. Our areas offer some of the best opportunities in the state to observe wildlife. The addition of Seven Islands State Birding Park to our system adds another great wildlife viewing destination.
I have been traveling all over our great state and visiting lots of parks. You might have even seen me (a lot of people think I got taller for some reason)! If you haven't, just be patient. Giant raccoons are more popular than you think.
For our second entry we return to the idea of the sweep of the Frontier Line across Tennessee as European contact emerged from the crossing points of the Appalachian Mountains or down the valleys from Virginia. Settlers from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and, somewhat latter, Germany made early purchases of land from the Cherokee at Sycamore Shoals in what is now Elizabethton, Tennessee. Other purchases pushed further to the southwest, but still in East Tennessee. These settlers were advancing down the second geologic division of the state after the Appalachian Mountains – the Ridge and Valley region.
Tennessee has to be the best of states in which to put a park system! The diversity that Tennessee State Parks presents across the state is remarkable. And this is both a natural and cultural diversity. The great geologic divisions of the state, and the ecological regions that follow according to climate and terrain, bring about diversity in stories of people in these environments.