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About TN State Parks

Tennessee State Parks offer magnificent waterfalls, rugged trails, tranquil lakes, and many other recreational opportunities. You can browse the Things to Do area of the website for a full list. Overnight guests have their pick from hotel-style lodges, cozy cabins, and thousands of campsites. Many of the parks have restaurants that can also provide on-site catering. Eight parks feature a golf course, three of which are signature Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace golf courses.

All of our Tennessee State Parks are ready for you to choose your adventure. We hope to see you soon!

Mission, Vision, and Leadership

Founded in 1937, Tennessee State Parks preserves and protects our state's unique natural, cultural and historic resources. Learn about the mission, vision, values, and leadership of our park system. 

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News, Media & Blog

Whether we're highlighting different plant and animal species or helping you plan a weekend adventure in a certain area of the state, our blog aims to connect you with the outdoor adventures available in Tennessee.

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Employment Opportunities

Interested in joining us on our mission to preserve and protect Tennessee's natural resources? Check out our list of current job openings.

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FAQs

You have questions. We have answers. Check out our FAQ section to find some of the most common answers to questions about our parks.

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Get Involved

Looking for ways to get involved in our parks? Learn more about friends groups and other volunteer opportunities at each of our 56 parks.

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State Naturalist

Did you know that we employ an official naturalist for the state of Tennessee? Throughout the year, Randy can be found leading waterfall tours, wildflower hikes, nature walks, and scenic excursions at various state parks and natural areas. Learn more about our naturalist and join him on an adventure today.

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Naturalist Program

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an educational training program designed to introduce Tennessee's natural history to interested adults. The program has several chapters located across the state that offer training and environmental education opportunities to interested individuals. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

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Policies

Want to know the policy on firewood in the parks? Looking for information about state employee discounts? These answers and more are found in our policies section.

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Rules & Regulations

Looking for the official, legal descriptions of our park rules and regulations? The link below will direct you to the official document from the State of Tennessee.

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