Tennessee State Parks

Upcoming Events

Dunbar Cave State Park
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October Programs and Activities

Take your pick from an assortment of free, family-friendly hikes and activities. Reservations are required. We look forward to seeing you!

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South Cumberland State Park
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October Programs and Activities

We have a little bit of everything this month - a trail run, waterfall hikes, geology walks and more. Join us!

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
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Fall Workshops

Traditional art workshops are offered through November. Instruction includes wet felting, spinning and other fiber arts, primitive trapping and fishing and more.

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Edgar Evins State Park
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All Day

October Programs and Activities

Join us for our Ranger led Fall Color Cruises and our annual History Hayride - have Fun and Adventure, Naturally!

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Big Ridge State Park
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Ghost House Hike

October means it's time for our annual Ghost House Hikes! These spine-tingling night hikes are offered every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 25. Reservations required.

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Johnsonville State Historic Park
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Traveling Exhibit - Civil War Quilt Show

Drop by the Johnsonville State Historic Park and view the traveling exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil War quilt show.

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Frozen Head State Park
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October Programs and Activities

Fall color hikes, birding hikes, guided history hikes, waterfall hikes, volleyball, campfires, a night sky program and much more!

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Norris Dam State Park
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Fall Color Cruises

Take in the beautiful fall color of Norris Dam via pontoon boat tour on Norris Lake. Cruises are offered four times a day from October 18-31.

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Henry Horton State Park
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Homes and Spirits Tour

Join us for three days of southern charm, historic traditions and ghostly tales on our Homes and Spirits Tour.

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Frozen Head State Park

Night Sky Viewing

Enjoy a night under the stars discussing the night sky and how to identify the constellations.

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Cumberland Mountain State Park
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All Day

Puppet Craft Workshop

Geared for ages eight-12, this workshop features live performances and sessions on crafting the perfect nocturnal puppet. Reservations required.

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Port Royal State Historic Park
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Port Royal by Lantern

Follow the trail by lantern light as actors portray the stories of this historic area. Admission is $5 per person. Reservations are recommended.

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Reelfoot Lake State Park
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Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend featuring pelicans, canoe floats, pontoon boat tours and much more!

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Long Hunter State Park

8th Annual Long Hunter Mega-Hike

Join us once again as we attempt to hike all of Long Hunter's trails - 26 miles - in a single day. This annual event is a middle Tennessee fall favorite!

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Nashville Urban Runoff 5k and Water Quality Festival

Runners/Walkers of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Festivities are for the whole family to enjoy.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter

Meet other birders and naturalists every Saturday in October for a morning of birding during the migratory season.

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Radnor Lake State Park

Volunteer Days

Join park staff and Friends of Radnor Lake for an enjoyable morning of volunteer work. Volunteer Days are held the fourth Saturday of each month, except December.

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Fort Pillow State Historic Park

Rattlesnake Hollow 5K and 2.1 Historic Hike

This 5K is a chip timed race on a challenging and scenic course. For those not in the race, the Historical Hike showcases the park's unique historical features.

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Tims Ford State Park

Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Pickin’ & Grinnin’ is a group of local musicians that get together at our Recreation Hall and play gospel, country and bluegrass music two Saturdays each month.

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Fort Pillow State Park

Fall Festival

Enjoy a family-friendly, fun evening of programs and events including a costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest and a hayride.

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T.O. Fuller State Park
All Day

Fall Festival

Come as we celebrate our annual Fall Festival with a safe alternative for Trick-or-Treating.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
All Day

Wild Food Day

Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just part of the activities.

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Red Clay State Historic Park
Multi-Day

Red Clay Pow Wow

Enjoy a weekend of Native American dance demonstrations, crafts, stories, primitive encampments and living history.

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Harpeth River State Park

Hidden Lake Hike

Part of our winter hike series - a two mile hike along the bluffs and lakes featuring points of interest from the quarry and resort eras. Please RSVP.

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Harpeth River State Park

Mound Bottom Guided Hike

Part of our winter hike series - join us on Sunday afternoon for a ranger-led hike to view the Mississippian Period Indian Mound Complex. Please RSVP.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at a 200 year-old mansion. Bring the family!

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