Tennessee State Parks



Preparing to build a fence at T.O. Fuller State Park

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On-Going Park Volunteer Work Days

Fall Creek Falls

Every second Saturday is Volunteer Day except in September and December. Activities are physical and vary from month to month. Meet park staff and the friends group at the Nature Center at 9 a.m. CT. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that is appropriate for the weather forecasted. Bring water and work gloves. For more information on the specifics of the work days and to RSVP, contact the Nature Center at 423-881-5708 or friendsoffcf@bledsoe.net. In September the park hosts the Mountain Folk Festival and in December they host Christmas on the Mountain. Volunteers are always needed to make these events a success. Please contact the Nature Center if interested in being a volunteer at one or both of these events.

Long Hunter State Park

The first Saturday of each month is Park Clean-up Day. Organized by the Friends of Long Hunter, clean-up day is open to everyone. Participants should meet at the park office at 10 a.m. CT. Participants are also welcome to arrive earlier and attend the monthly Friends of Long Hunter meeting at 9 a.m. CT; the meeting will be a great opportunity to learn about all the exciting things happening at the park and with the Friends group. For more info check out the Friends of Long Hunter State Park Facebook page or contact Mike at mpanesi@gmail.com.

Pickett State Park

Every third Saturday of each month is Volunteer Day except in March. Participate in trail work, planting native species, litter clean up and other park projects. Meet park personnel and the Friends group at the park office at 9 a.m. CT. Work days generally last until 3 p.m. CT. Bring gloves, water, a sack lunch and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Sunscreen, insect repellant and a hat are also good to have. Feel free to work a few hours or stay the entire time. Call the park office if you have questions or need more information at 931-879-5821.

Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area

Every fourth Saturday of each month (except December) is Volunteer Day. Participate in trail work, planting natives species, exotic plant removal and other park projects. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor Center at 8 a.m. CT. No RSVP Necessary. For more information about the Radnor Lake Volunteer Work Day, call the park office at 615-373-3467 or visit the Friends of Radnor Lake website.

Other Volunteer Days

TN Promise Saturday - July 18

Tennessee State Parks offered a variety of volunteer events across the state on Saturday, July 18, to help TN Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. It’s a great opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to improve a state park, bank volunteer service hours while having a little bit of fun at the same time. Learn more.

National Public Lands Day - September 26

Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas have been strong supporters of National Public Lands Day in the past and their participation continues again this year. Help us celebrate this annual day of caring for shared lands. Learn more about variety of volunteer stewardship projects and activities at Tennessee State Parks.

Campground Host Program

Each year when the weather turns warm, an influx of campers make their way into our state park campgrounds. In order to make the park experience relaxing and enjoyable for our campers during this busy time, we rely on the assistance of “live in” volunteers called campground hosts.

What do Campground Hosts do?

Campground Hosts do an array of things and some duties will differ from park to park; however, the commonalities are camper check-in; light maintenance and housekeeping of campground facilities; informing campers of park activities and programs as well as park rules and regulations; directing campers to local points of interest and services.

Hosts with special skills or talents may be asked to assist with park programs, event or activities. Participation is dependant Campground hosts help with camper check-in and other tasks.upon hosts’ interest and the permission of park management.

What is the term of service?

We ask hosts to serve a minimum of one month and a maximum of nine consecutive months in a twelve-month period at any one park. Campground Hosts must commit to working a minimum of three days a week. Exact work times and days to be determined by park management and will most likely include weekends and holidays. We do ask volunteers to serve a minimum of 20 hours per week, per person, and maintain 24-hour availability for the days they are scheduled.

What are the benefits of being a Campground Host?

As a Campground Host you receive a campsite (in a high visibility area) at no charge along with electric and water hook-ups.

How do I apply for a Campground Host position?

Each Tennessee State Park that participates in the campground host program is responsible for interviewing and hiring their own host(s). We ask that you fill out an application and send it to all parks where you are interested in being a host, or send it to the Volunteer Coordinator who will disperse it to your parks of interest. Applications are available from this site, the participating parks or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 615-532-5249 or tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov. We also suggest calling parks prior to sending your application to see if they are in need of a host for the upcoming season. Park contact information can be found by going to Find A Park. Download Campground Host Application

Need to get your completed application to the Volunteer Coordinator?

Mail to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Tennessee State Parks
Campground hosts at Standing StoneWilliam R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, 2nd FloorNashville, TN 37243

Email: tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov

Ready to get involved?

View the spreadsheet of hosting opportunities for the current year. Information includes which parks are looking for campground hosts, the time frame for hosting and the utility hookups at the campground host site. If a park is not listed on the spreadsheet, the park does not participate in the campground host program.

For any park that does not have a yes or no listed in the Position Filled column, please contact them directly about campground host vacancies for this upcoming season.

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