Tennessee State Parks


State Naturalist

One of the most popular ways to experience Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee State Natural Areas is to spend time with State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath. This summer Randy will be hitting the trail at a variety of state parks and natural areas, leading wildflower hikes, nature walks and scenic excursions. Check your schedule and make plans to meet up at a Tennessee State Park soon. To find an event at a state park near you, take a look at our event calendar.

Unable to join Randy on his outdoor adventures? You can learn more about Randy and our natural resources at our state park blog

If you would like to have Randy present an interpretive program or lead an interpretive walk or hike for your group, please email him at Randy.Hedgepath@tn.gov or call 615-418-5787. 

State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath has more than 31 years of experience with Tennessee State Parks. Randy has served as a Ranger Naturalist at South Cumberland and Radnor Lake State Parks. He was appointed State Naturalist for Tennessee State Parks in 2007. A graduate of UT-Martin and former National Park Service Interpretive Specialist, Randy is one of the most sought after interpretive specialists in the southeastern United States.

Do you have a question about parks or nature in Tennessee?

Ask Randy by email, Randy.Hedgepath@tn.gov