Tennessee State Parks

Upcoming Events

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Guided Deep Swamp Canoe Trips

Join us for a guided tour of Eagle Lake, a mature Bald Cypress swamp, a remote and seldom seen area. Offered through Labor Day. Reservations needed.

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Guided Pontoon Boat Trips

Our relaxing guided boat trips are a great way to explore Poplar Tree Lake's beauty and wildlife .Tours are offered through Labor Day and reservations are required.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
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Summer Band Schedule

Join us on Saturday nights for our summer concert series.

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Tims Ford State Park
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14-Week Backpacking Series

This hands-on series covers all the info necessary to successfully plan an overnight backpacking trip. Led by experienced rangers, series includes classroom time and hiking.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
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August Programs and Workshops

Summer may be winding down, but not our August workshops!

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Panther Creek State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Canoeing, crafts, nature hikes and the 17th annual Trojan Trek 5K.

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South Cumberland State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Park rangers lead a variety of hikes this month including Hiking through History and our popular Investigative Hiking Series.

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Reelfoot Lake State Park
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Scenic Pontoon Boat Tours

Looking for something unique and different to do? Learn about the history and wonders of Reelfoot Lake on these popular interpretive tours. Offered thru September.

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Join us for some fun park nature programs and a little history, including a black powder rifle fire demonstration.

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Frozen Head State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Stay cool at Frozen Head with shaded nature hikes, bird walks, history hikes and much more!

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
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August Programs and Activities

There is still a bit of summer left - join us for pontoon boat tours, waterfall hikes, field games, photography tips and much more.

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Tims Ford State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Join park staff for a meet and greet with our raptor ambassadors at the aviary, enjoy a canoe float and get closer to nature in our butterfly garden.

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Port Royal State Historic Park
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August Programs and Activities

Join us for a variety nature and history hikes and programs.

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Dunbar Cave State Park
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August Programs and Activities

A variety of ranger-led programs are offered throughout the month. Join us!

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Standing Stone State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Are we on the Cumberland Plateau or the HIghland Rim? What is the name of those tiny fossils? Join us for a variety of programs to find the answers!

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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August Programs and Activities

Summer may be winding down, but the programs aren't! See what we have planned and join us.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion.

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Paris Landing State Park
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2015 Fall Photo Contest

Our annual Fall Photo Contest is open to all amateur photographers of any age. Entries will be accepted from Sept. 1 through Oct. 11.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
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Tennessee Fall Star Gaze

View the night sky, learn about night sky viewing equipment and engage in discussion with individuals experienced in the field of astronomy.

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Labor Day Weekend

We have some great programs planned for Labor Day Weekend!

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Standing Stone State Park
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Labor Day Weekend

History hikes, marble making and creek stomps are just a few of the fun activities we have planned. Join us!

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Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail State Park

Head of Sequatchie Open Day

Nestled in the Cumberland Mountains, Head of Sequatchie is a beautiful place to enjoy the seasonal beauty of late summer to early early winter.

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Chickasaw State Park

Snakes!

Did you know king snakes can kill and eat venomous snakes? Meet Cleo the king snake and learn more about these amazing reptiles.

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Chickasaw State Park

Birds of Prey Program

Barred owls are often called hoot owls, rain owls or wood owls. We call ours, Chester. Come and learn more about Chester and Henry, the red-tailed hawk.

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Johnsonville State Historic Park

Artist Reception

Artist Evelyn White will be at the Johnsonville State Historic Park Welcome Center to discuss her art during an afternoon reception from 1 PM to 3 PM.

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Henry Horton State Park
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Farmers Market

The Henry Horton Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 AM – 12 PM in the picnic loop of the park through October 31st. Buy local, buy fresh. Produce, jams, honey and more!

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Fort Pillow State Historic Park
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Labor Day Celebration

Summer may be winding down, but we have a lot of fun activities and programs planned for the whole family. Join us!

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Johnsonville State Historic Park
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Oil Paintings of Evelyn White

Artist Evelyn White's paintings depicting the Civil War will be on display through Sept. 27. Join us for the Artist Reception on Sept. 5.

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Chickasaw State Park

Brewer’s Cabin Tours

Tours of historic Brewer's Cabin offer visitors a glimpse into life during the 1800s.

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Indian Mountain State Park

Annual Miner’s Mile

A regional favorite, the Miner’s Mile is a family-friendly event. There is a 2 mile fun/fitness walk, a fast 5k, and a challenging 10k course.

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Build a Bow Workshop

This is the chance to build your very own bow out of PVC pipe! Reservations are required.

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Pickett State Park

40th Annual Old Timer’s Day

Looking for something to do on Labor Day? Join park staff and the Friends of Pickett for a day of music, food and fun.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
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37th Annual Mountaineer Folk Festival

The Mountaineer Folk Festival’s jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking and much more.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
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14th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! In addition to music and festivities, clans and family societies will be on hand throughout the weekend to help with family history.

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Roan Mountain State Park
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53rd Annual Fall Naturalists’ Rally

The 53rd annual fall gathering of nature enthusiasts of all stripes!

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Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park

World War I Encampment and Live Gospel Music

Bring your favorite camping chair and learning hat, and come out to enjoy a little bit of history and music!

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Edgar Evins State Park

Star Trails Photography Workshop

Join award-winning photographer Bob Salyers for an introduction to night shooting and camera setting.

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Harrison Bay State Park

Star Parties

Ideal for for amateur and professional astronomers as well as anyone interested in astronomy.

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Henry Horton State Park
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Farmers Market

The Henry Horton Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 AM – 12 PM in the picnic loop of the park through October 31st. Buy local, buy fresh. Produce, jams, honey and more!

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Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
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BRAT 2015

Dip through the hills of scenic East Tennessee on the 26th annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee. Five days and a fully supported route.

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Seven Islands State Birding Park

Stay Oriented

Have you ever had trouble determining how a compass works or what all those lines are on a map? This is a great opportunity to cure your orienteering woes!

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion.

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Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Pioneer Skills Class - Weaving

Learn the basics of weaving. This class is limited to five people and costs $30, supplies included.

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Henry Horton State Park
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Step Back In Time Festival

A regional favorite! This family-friendly festival features music, food, storytellers and living history demonstrations.

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Henry Horton State Park

Hunters for the Hungry - 5K, 10K or Triathlon

The Hunters for the Hungry 5K, 10K and Triathlon kick off at 7 a.m. CT. All registration fees benefit the Hunters for the Hungry of Marshall County program. Registration required.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Gathering at Sycamore Shoals

The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 235th Gathering at Sycamore Shoals with a memorial and wreath laying service.

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Seven Islands State Birding Park

Aquatic Ecology River Romp

Have you ever wondered what sorts of creatures live in the shoals around Seven Islands? Come beat the heat and wet your feet.

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Pickett State Park

Fall Astronomy Day

Did you know Pickett was named a Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park for their commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the night sky? Join us to find out why!

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Henry Horton State Park
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Farmers Market

The Henry Horton Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 AM – 12 PM in the picnic loop of the park through October 31st. Buy local, buy fresh. Produce, jams, honey and more!

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Standing Stone State Park
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33rd National Rolley Hole Championship and Marble Festival

Everyone is invited to this unique, family-friendly event that offers the famous Rolley Hole Tournament, demonstrations, music, food and much more.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
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Rock n’ Race Weekend

Enjoy the best in local music, arts, crafts, food and more at this family-friendly annual event.

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Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
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33rd Annual Archaeofest

Join us for a two-day celebration of Native American culture both past and present with a spotlight on Archaeology.

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Harpeth River State Park

Mound Bottom Archaeological Tour

Join Prehistoric Archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf for a tour of Mound Bottom, one of the largest mound groups in the state.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Overmountain Victory Trail March

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975.

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Standing Stone State Park

4th Annual Storytelling Festival

Spend the day listening to storytellers weave their magic of the spoken word.

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Cove Lake State Park

9th Annual Louie Bluie Festival

This free, all-day, family-fun festival features two stages of music, a Kid’s Fun Zone, art and handmade crafts and regional food.

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Henry Horton State Park
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Farmers Market

The Henry Horton Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 AM – 12 PM in the picnic loop of the park through October 31st. Buy local, buy fresh. Produce, jams, honey and more!

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Rock Island State Park
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Lion’s Club Annual Craft Fair

Enjoy beautiful Rock Island at the annual Lion's Club Craft Fair. Music, crafts and food vendors make this a popular regional event.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
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Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution!

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Old Time Music Jam

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion.

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