Celebrate National Public Lands Day at TN State Parks

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on September 10, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, Friends Groups and Tennessee State Natural Areas are hosting a variety of volunteer stewardship projects, and free hikes and interpretive programs on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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TN State Parks Cycling Tour Highlights Cumberland Plateau

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on September 4, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Hundreds of cyclists from nearly 30 different states will converge on the Cumberland Plateau on Sept. 15-20 for Tennessee State Parks’ annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT).

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Parent’s Trip Out: Traveling with Young Kids

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on August 29, 2018  |  Permalink

Earlier this summer, one of our staff packed up his wife and two children in Nashville and hit the road for Upper East Tennessee. This is the story of what he learned about outdoor adventures with two small kids (including some pretty cute photos). 

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Standing Stone to Host National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on August 27, 2018  |  Permalink

HILHAM – Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, drawing some of the country’s best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the ‘Super Bowl of marbles’. In its 36th year, the event will feature world-class marble competitions, live music, marble-making exhibits and demonstrations, food vendors and much more.

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5 things to do near Cumberland Mountain State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on August 26, 2018  |  Permalink

Whether you want to paddle on the lake or picnic along the trail, Cumberland Mountain combines classic charm with modern convenience to create a restful and refreshing vacation spot. To help you plan your next trip, let’s look at 5 things to do near Cumberland Mountain State Park

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TN State Parks Offers More Recycling Options for Visitors

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on August 22, 2018  |  Permalink

Visitors at Tennessee State Parks now have more recycling options thanks to new bins delivered this month to all 56 parks. Over 400 BearSaver recycling receptacles – heavy-duty, pest proof and ADA-compliant bins – are now available at all Tennessee State Parks for visitor use.

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5 things to do near Pickwick Landing

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on August 20, 2018  |  Permalink

Looking for some relief from the summer heat? Sometimes the best therapy for a southern summer is a trip to the lake, and what better place to start than Pickwick Landing. Here's are five things to do in and around the park on your next visit.

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Paris Landing State Park Opens Waterfront Bar and Grille

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 30, 2018  |  Permalink

Paris Landing State Park will host the grand opening of Marker 66 Marina & Grille – a new waterfront restaurant housed at the park’s marina. The restaurant will serve local guests and park visitors while the park inn undergoes a major improvement project.

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Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program Receives National Recognition

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on July 23, 2018  |  Permalink

Healthy Parks Healthy Person program, which rewards park goers for participating in outdoor activities, has been designated as a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection by The Center for Jackson Hole in Jackson, WY.

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State Reinvests in David Crockett State Park

Written by Niki Conolly | Posted on July 10, 2018  |  Permalink

LAWRENCEBURG – David Crockett State Park has received much-needed upgrades to its campground and restaurant among other additions thanks to a broader effort by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly to revitalize the state park system.

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Best of the Best: Premium Cabin Rentals

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 28, 2018  |  Permalink

Are you looking to plan an outdoorsy family vacation with a modern twist? How about a quiet, romantic getaway? Whatever the case, we have just the thing for you. We've pulled together a list of the most comfortable and modern cabins our parks have to offer.

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Escape the Summer Heat in East TN

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 22, 2018  |  Permalink

Summers in Tennessee are brutal, but you'll find cooler temperatures and awesome adventures in upper East Tennessee. Check out our blog for travel tips and vacation planning ideas for cooler summer trips. 

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5 things to do near Roan Mountain State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 7, 2018  |  Permalink

Roan Mountain State Park is one of the most striking and beautiful places in Tennessee. The park sits at the base of Roan Mountain, which at 6,258’ is one of the highest peaks on the Appalachian Trail. Because of its natural beauty, Roan Mountain is a bucket list destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and Roan Mountain State Park is the perfect staging ground for your trip. Here are 5 things you can do on your next trip.

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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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TN 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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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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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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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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