The dramatic reds and yellow of red maple, farkleberry, and tulip trees make the Paw Paw Trail at Fall Creek Falls an ideal walk on a fall day.
Gossett Tract at Harpeth River State Park is a haven of late summer beauty. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath as he walks through open, sunny meadows on a tour of late summer wildflower blooms.
August is when hot weather’s charm starts to wear thin, but it is a great time to see wild plants with their ripe fruits and berries. These ripe and soon to be ripe fruits give the season some of its most beautiful and colorful sights.
Warmer weather doesn't mean staying inside! Tennessee State Parks have plenty of shady trails, perfect places to escape the summer heat. Dark Hollow Trail at Big Ridge State Park is ideal for exploring our shadier side!
It is spring ephemeral season. That time of the year when wildflowers rush to grow, bloom and store energy for another year. These plants start growing as soon as the days get long enough and the soil temperature is warm enough.
A walk in the winter woods is an expansive experience. The views at this time of year are longer and wider, exposing the details of the once hidden land. Through the forest you can see rocks, ravines and slopes that you would not have seen through the wall of green. Discover the joy of hiking and walking through the winter woods.
Short days and long nights are what characterize December. In fact, the shortest day and the longest night of the year is the winter solstice which is on December 21st. After this day the days start getting longer but are still very short until the equinox on March 20th. This time of year is also prone to long periods of grey cloudy weather with rain and sometimes snow making the days seem almost like night. No wonder then that a lot of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., where you feel depressed and unmotivated. The best treatment for this malady is as much exposure to sunlight and/or daylight as possible. Some recommend getting up early, especially on sunny days, to insure you are not sleeping thru any precious daylight hours. Also recommended is getting outside, despite the cold, and soaking up as much light as you can. Your local greenspace or nearby state park can be your venue for the light treatment.
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.