Top 5 parks for Fourth of July

Tennessee State Parks | June 30, 2016 | | Permalink

This weekend marks the 240th anniversary of Independence Day. All across the country, people will dawn their red, white and blue and mark the birth of our nation with BBQs and fireworks. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate with friends and family, look no further than Tennessee State Parks. 

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5 things to do near Cumberland Mountain State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 28, 2016 | | Permalink

Whether you want to paddle on the lake or picnic along the trail, Cumberland Mountain combines classic charm with modern convenience to create a restful and refreshing vacation spot. To help you plan your next trip, let’s look at 5 things to do near Cumberland Mountain State Park

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5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville

Tennessee State Parks | June 24, 2016 | | Permalink

Picture this: it’s Friday afternoon in Nashville, the weekend weather forecast looks gorgeous, and you’re ready to spend a night in the woods. You have just enough daylight to head home, round up your gear, and hit the road. But where will you go? You might start with ones of these…5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville.

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Swimming at the Park Lake

Niki Conolly | June 23, 2016 | State Naturalist | Permalink

A hot dry summer makes a lot of us yearn for a swim. 

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5 things to do near Paris Landing State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 22, 2016 | | Permalink

Named after an old steamboat and freight landing spot on the river, Paris Landing State Park offers some of the best water recreation in Tennessee. It is a perfect weekend getaway for people living in Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee, and an ideal basecamp for all of your adventures on Kentucky Lake.  Let’s take a look at 5 things you can do on a weekend trip to Paris Landing.

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5 parks for history lovers

Tennessee State Parks | June 17, 2016 | | Permalink

Do you love history? While our parks are great places to enjoy the outdoors, they are also perfect for history buffs. Many of them tell the stories of the people and places that shaped the history of Tennessee and the United States. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not jump in the car and check out these 5 parks for history lovers:

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5 things to do near Tims Ford State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 15, 2016 | | Permalink

Tims Ford State Park sits on the bank of one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast, Tims Ford Lake. The park is less than two hours from Nashville, Chattanooga and Huntsville, Alabama, making it the perfect destination for escaping the summer heat in Middle Tennessee. Here are 5 things you won’t want to miss on your next visit to Tims Ford State Park:

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5 facts about black bears

Tennessee State Parks | June 9, 2016 | | Permalink

Did you know that TWRA estimated there were 3,500-5,000 black bears in Tennessee in 2012? This included some 1,800 in state and national parks, according to a story from WBIR-TV. We share our public lands with a variety of animals, including bears, and we want to make sure you are “beary” aware of how to stay safe this summer. Here are 5 facts you need to know about black bears in Tennessee:

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National Trails Day Gets a Rainy Welcome in Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks | June 8, 2016 | Park News | Permalink

National Trails Day took place on Saturday, June 4th in all 56 Tennessee State Parks. Despite rainy weather, we had hundreds of brave participants who hiked, kayaked, ran, built trails, rappelled, beautified our trail systems, and learned about the history of our parks!

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5 things to do near Roan Mountain State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 7, 2016 | Park News | Permalink

Roan Mountain State Park is one of the most striking and beautiful places in Tennessee. The park sits at the base of Roan Mountain, which at 6,258’ is one of the highest peaks on the Appalachian Trail. Because of its natural beauty, Roan Mountain is a bucket list destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and Roan Mountain State Park is the perfect staging ground for your trip. Here are 5 things you can do on your next trip.

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Cumberland Mountain State Park Opens New Restaurant Patio for the Summer

Tennessee State Parks | June 3, 2016 | Park News | Permalink

Cumberland Mountain State Park celebrated the opening of a new restaurant patio with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 27.

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5 More National Trails Day Hikes

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

The sense of arrival draws many people to hiking. It's that bend in the trail where the trees clear to an expansive overlook, the tapestry of the canyon below unraveling before your eyes. It's the sound of rushing water and the misty feeling of the air that comes with an approaching waterfall. Even before you can see it, your senses of touch, smell, taste, and hearing tell you of its presence. Fortunately, we have 1,100 miles of adventures in Tennessee that can deliver the sense of arrival, satisfaction and engagement that you crave. Come enjoy the beauty of a walk in the woods with us on June 4 as we celebrate National Trails Day at our 56 state parks.

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Father’s Day at Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks | June 2, 2016 | | Permalink

Looking for a great way to spend Father's Day? Join Tennessee State Parks as we celebrate all of the outstanding fathers!  

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5 things to do near Pickwick Landing

Tennessee State Parks | June 1, 2016 | Park News | Permalink

Looking for some relief from the summer heat? Sometimes the best therapy for a southern summer is a trip to the lake, and what better place to start than Pickwick Landing. Here's are five things to do in and around the park on your next visit.

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