Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on 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.
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on 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:
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on 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:
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on 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:
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 16, 2016 | Permalink
The Middle Tennessee History Coalition (MTHC) and Bledsoe Creek State Park are pleased to announce the addition of an 18th century trade cabin display to the Tennessee History Trail at Bledsoe Creek State Park. The public is invited to attend the grand opening of the display on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 15, 2016 | Permalink
Over the last week, we’ve had quite a few new visitors to our parks. As gamers across the state have embraced Pokémon Go, our parks have seen an increase in visitors trying to “catch ‘em all”. We think it’s great that an augmented reality game can connect new visitors to the natural beauty and cultural resources in Tennessee State Parks.
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 13, 2016 | Permalink
Knoxville, Tennessee, is no stranger to weekend adventures. While Big Orange and the Great Smoky Mountains get a lot of press, there are some state parks in the area that are well worth your time. Let’s take a look at 5 things to do near Knoxville that don’t involve tailgating or Gatlinburg.
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 11, 2016 | Permalink
Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, July 23.
Written by Ramble | Posted on July 8, 2016 | Permalink
We love summer in Tennessee! Each summer Tennessee State Parks anticipate the arrival of our SIRs (Seasonal Interpretive Rangers/Recreators) because we know summer is almost here. Every May the SIRs gather for a week-long training, and this year we gathered at the beautiful Fall Creek Falls State Park. This training begins building the foundations of their interpretive programming careers, as they learn what our parks and programming are all about! There is some in-class portions, but the emphasis of the training is to learn by experience. Rangers and staff led many programs throughout the week, and our new seasonal staff was there every step of the way. From nature hikes to canoe floats to exploring nature with children, our Seasonal Interpreters learned how to deliver world class programs from some of the state’s best Rangers and Interpreters.
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 8, 2016 | Permalink
Summer is a great time to get outdoors, but if you’re pushing kids around in strollers, it’s hard to know where to go for a little fresh air and freedom. There’s nothing worse than arriving to park with a toddler only to discover the trails are not suitable for strollers. To keep that from happening to you, we put together this list:
Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 6, 2016 | Permalink
On the border of Georgia and Tennessee sits the only two-time winner of Outside magazine’s Best Towns contest, Chattanooga. The City of Chattanooga is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. From multi-pitch rock faces and mountain bike trails, to whitewater rafting and caving, this city has something for everyone. It’s also a great place to spend some time at one of our state parks. Let’s take a look at where to stay and what to do on your next trip to the greatest outdoor city in the United States.