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10 Outdoor Fall Activities Everyone Should Try

September 2, 2020  |  Permalink

Finding activities this fall may seem challenging, but with thousands of acres to explore at our parks, you can spread out and enjoy the fall season to the fullest. To inspire your fall adventures, we've put together ten activities that anyone can try:

Cozy Cabins at Tennessee State Parks

1. Cozy up in a cabin

Fall is officially cabin season. Mountainside or lakeside, you can't go wrong with a cozy weekend getaway.


Fall Leaves at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park

2. Take in the fall colors somewhere new

Venture out to a new park to embrace the fall foliage. If you're wondering where to go and when to see the best colors, our fall foliage blog can help you out.


Camping at Fall Creek Falls

3. Take a camping trip

The crisp air and slim crowds make fall the perfect season for a camping trip.


Roasting Smores Over the Fire

4. Craft the perfect s' more

The perfect s' more is just one camping trip and a couple of handfuls of marshmallows away.

Picnic During Fall at the Park

5. Have a picnic

Fewer bugs and cooler temps make early fall one of the best times to enjoy a meal outdoors. We'll even do the cooking for you! Check out our list of park restaurants offering take-out.


Birding at Reelfoot Lake State Park

6. Learn a new skill

From birding to fiddling classes lead by our talented park Rangers and staff, you can hone in on a new craft with our park programs.


Guided Hikes During Fall at Tennessee State Parks

7. Try a guided hike

Is that plant poisonous, what kind of animal made that, there are how many types of mushrooms? These are all questions that can be answered by a Ranger on a guided hike! Join us for our upcoming National Public Lands Day guided hikes across the state or find one to join on our event calendar below.


Campfire Cooking Chili at Tims Ford State Park

8. Cook over the open fire

There's nothing like enjoying a warm meal cooked over an open flame on a crisp autumn night. Check out our turkey apple chili recipe.

Woman Running on Trail During Fall

9. Run a race

There's no better place to run than surrounded by nature. Join one of our virtual races like the Rock Island 5 Miler or an in-person race like the Big Hill Pond's Walking Tall 50k/25k.

Fall Photography

10. Try Fall Photography

From vibrant colors to cool temperatures, the outdoors provide some amazing conditions for photographers during the fall. Tag your photos #tnstateparks!

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