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Go Green With Us

Go Green With Us to protect and preserve our State Parks through resource conservation, sustainable operations, and recycling.

Sustainability efforts at Tennessee State Parks are as diverse as the Tennessee landscape - from recycling paper in park offices and installing energy-efficient LED lighting to installing pollinator gardens and creating vegetative buffer areas around wetlands and shorelines at the golf courses.

Since 2015 when the Go Green With Us Program began as a recycling initiative, state parks have continuously improved their environmental stewardship while reducing their carbon footprint. A comprehensive guideline was developed and released in 2017 to steer parks in the path of sustainability in all of their operations. Many campgrounds are now trash-can-free and are served by conveniently located dumpsters and recycling bins. This helps to save time and money as well as reduce litter throughout the campgrounds. Some restaurants are reducing their food waste through diversion, donation, and composting practices. Some restaurants and parks even have on-site gardens, providing fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables to the kitchen and local communities.

April 2018 marked the first inaugural Go Green With Us Recognition awards ceremony. As of 2019, every Tennessee State Park has been recognized for taking positive steps to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect land and water resources and reduce waste.

To view the TSP Go Green Guidelines and recognition program please click here.

Sustainability highlights include:

  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is the first state park in Tennessee to be 100 percent upgraded to LEDs throughout the entire park.
  • Johnsonville State Historic Park is one of the first parks to host a Go Green education and outreach event teaching Jr. Rangers the importance of reducing waste by creating their own canteens to use and keep and not using plastic bottles and cups.
  • Norris Dam State Park has built its own recycling bins and a divided recycling trailer.
  • Henry Horton State Park is part of the TSP Honey Project. The Governor’s Table Restaurant composts food scraps and a greenhouse and garden provide produce for the restaurant.
  • Montgomery Bell State Park received a national award for their food waste reduction efforts in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, which saved the park nearly $4,000 in diverted solid waste fees.

To see what other things parks are doing to Go Green, click on a park below.

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Big Cypress - Bronze

Bicentennial Capitol Mall - Gold

Big Ridge - Silver

Big HIll Pond - Bronze

Bledsoe Creek - Silver

Booker T. Washington - Bronze

Chickasaw - Bronze

Burgess Falls - Platinum

Cove Lake - Silver

Fort Pillow - Silver

Cedars of Lebanon - Bronze

Cumberland Trail - Gold

Meeman-Shelby Forest - Silver

Cordell Hull Birthplace - Bronze

David Crockett Birthplace - Bronze

Natchez Trace - Bronze

Cumberland Mountain - Silver

Fort Loudoun - Bronze

Nathan Bedford Forrest - Silver

Cummins Falls - Gold

Frozen Head - Bronze

Paris Landing - Silver

David Crockett - Bronze

Harrison Bay - Bronze

Pickwick Landing - Bronze

Dunbar Cave - Gold

Hiwassee/Ocoee Rivers - Bronze

Pinson Mounds - Silver

Edgar Evins - Silver

Indian Mountain - Bronze

Reelfoot Lake - Silver

Fall Creek Falls - Silver

Norris Dam - Silver

T.O. Fuller - Silver

Harpeth River - Silver

Panther Creek - Silver


Henry Horton - Silver

Red Clay - Bronze


Johnsonville - Gold

Roan Mountain - Gold


Long Hunter - Silver

Rocky Fork - Bronze


Montgomery Bell - Gold

Seven Islands - Silver


Mousetail Landing - Bronze

Sycamore Shoals - Silver


Old Stone Fort - Bronze

Warriors' Path - Silver


Pickett - Bronze



Port Royal - Bronze



Radnor Lake - Gold



Rock Island - Silver



Sergeant Alvin C. York - Silver


South Cumberland - Silver


Standing Stone - Gold


Tims Ford - Bronze