Father’s Day Meals and Gift Ideas

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 16, 2018  |  Permalink

Ditch the tie this year and give Dad a gift he will truly enjoy!

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Henry Horton State Park Garners More Recognition

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 16, 2018  |  Permalink

Eat REAL® announced today that Henry Horton State Park’s restaurant, The Governor’s Table, in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, has become the first state park in the nation to achieve REAL Certified Status, a nationally recognized standard for foodservice operations focused on nutrition and sustainability.

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New Bridge Ribbon-cutting at Chickasaw State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 14, 2018  |  Permalink

On Wednesday, May 23, Tennessee State Parks will unveil a new bridge at Chickasaw State Park. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill will share details on other planned park improvements, including renovated campgrounds, historic cabin restorations and upgrades to the park’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Tennessee State Parks Expand “Green” Concepts as Part of New Initiative

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 1, 2018  |  Permalink

Twenty-six Tennessee State Parks have been recognized by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for sustainable concepts as part of the state’s ‘Go Green With Us’ initiative.

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5 Lesser Known Campgrounds to Explore

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on April 3, 2018  |  Permalink

What if you knew the best campgrounds to get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors? What if you broke with common logic and decided to chart your own path of westward exploration? For those of you who want smaller crowds and more unique experiences, we’ve put together this list of five lesser known campgrounds.

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7 Ways to Make the Most of Memorial Day

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on April 1, 2018  |  Permalink

Memorial Day is right around the corner. It’s the perfect time to hitch up the RV, throw the kids in the truck and head for the great outdoors. Here are seven ways to make the most out of your holiday weekend: 

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Tips for Camping with Kids

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on April 1, 2018  |  Permalink

Taking kids outside is one of those awe-inspiring, joy-inducing adventures that every kid needs. It’s important to their development, broadens their perspective, and grows their minds. One great way to do this is through a family camping trip. You don’t have to be an expert to instill a love of the outdoors in your kids. 

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A Weekend at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 19, 2018  |  Permalink

In this blog series, we’ll help you discover activities in and near our parks to make the most of your visit. Don’t let the summer pass by without seeing and experiencing these amazing places. Our first stop is Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, which boasts some of the most unique rock formations and terrain of any park in our system. 

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Sgt. Alvin C. York Named Tennessee State Park of The Year For WWI History

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park in Pall Mall as the 2017 State Park of the Year. The park – which is the former home of a World War I hero – was selected for the exceptional visitor experience offered through living history programming.

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Henry Horton State Park Recognized For Innovation in Park Offerings

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Innovation.

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park Recognized with Resource Management Award

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Cedars of Lebanon State Park with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Resource Management for protecting rare plant species, preserving historical records and more.

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Montgomery Bell State Park Wins Sustainability Award for Food Recovery, Recycling

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) recognized Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Sustainability.

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David Crockett Birthplace Named Best Interpretive State Park in Tennessee

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 15, 2018  |  Permalink

David Crockett Birthplace State Historic Park in Limestone received the 2017 Award for Excellence in Interpretation from Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

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Ribbon Cut on New Reelfoot Lake Lakeside Cabins

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 6, 2018  |  Permalink

On Friday, Jan. 26, Tennessee State Parks unveiled seven new visitor cabins at Reelfoot Lake State Park in Tiptonville, TN.

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6 Reasons to Explore Parks in the Winter

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on February 1, 2018  |  Permalink

While summer is a popular time to head outdoors, there are significant benefits to hitting the woods in the winter months. If you want to hack your vacations and find top notch adventures, here are a few reasons why you should visit in the winter: 

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Don’t lose your way. Use our maps!

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on December 20, 2017  |  Permalink

To help you find and stay on the trails, we have compiled a list of all the maps we have available to the public. These maps are organized by park and neatly packaged on a new page called, “Park Trail Maps”. You can find a link to this new page at the bottom of each individual park’s page and on the “Hiking” section of our site.

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Find your Winter Wonderland

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on December 5, 2017  |  Permalink

Satisfy your wanderlust in one of our winter wonderlands:

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6 Adventures for December #TSP80

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on December 1, 2017  |  Permalink

We’ve reached the final installment of our 80th anniversary celebration series. For the last year, we’ve pointed you toward some of the best adventures you’ll find in Tennessee. To help you finish off the last couple of parks and bring a sense of completion to your year, here are six more adventures perfect for December:

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6 November Adventures #TSP80

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on November 1, 2017  |  Permalink

Just as the land rests after the harvest and the trees lie in wait for the coming of the spring, so we must take time to breathe. What better way to step back and breathe than to spend some time outdoors? With that in mind, here are some adventures that we think are perfect for November:

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10 waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on October 18, 2017  |  Permalink

It’s hard not to stand in awe and amazement at the base of a 256-foot waterfall.  With spectacular cliffs surrounding you, and gallons of water pouring over the rock face, the magnitude of the situation is hard to deny.  Fall Creek Falls is just one of a dozen waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville, Tennessee. Let’s take a look at ten of our favorites:

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