5 Ways To Make the Most of Memorial Day Weekend at Tennessee State Parks

May 3, 2022  |  Permalink

Memorial Day is right around the corner. It’s a time to remember the fallen heroes of America’s armed forces and the price they paid for our freedom. It’s also the beginning of the summer season at our parks and the perfect time to make some memories in the great outdoors.

Here are five ways Tennessee State Parks can help you make the most out of your holiday weekend:

Find an Event at a Park

Kick off your summer vacationing with an adventure in the great outdoors. From guided paddleboarding and kayaking excursions to sunset pontoon cruises and night hikes, Tennessee State Parks are hosting a wide variety of guided activities over Memorial Day weekend. Find the full list on the Memorial Day calendar.



Enjoy a Memorial Day Meal

Dine at the Park

Take a vacation from the cooking and the dishes. Our park restaurants are cooking up meals for Memorial Day like smoked BBQ, gourmet burgers, and summery sides.


Grill Out With the Family

The picnic areas and shelters at our parks are perfect for enjoying a meal with loved ones in the outdoors. All of our parks offer shelters for rent with charcoal grills and easy access to nearby recreational activities.



Find Natural Ways to Keep Cool 

The waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and caves at Tennessee State Parks are here to keep you cool this summer. Check out our top five ways to keep cool while enjoying the outdoors.



Campout Under the Stars 

One of the greatest gifts you can give children is an outdoor adventure. Kids will always remember the stories told around the fire, gooey marshmallow treats, and the pride in setting up a tent for the first time. While there are sites you can hike into, there are also simpler ways to camp. Some parks offer campsites you can pull your car right up next to. Some even have 20-amp power outlets for your electronic devices. Ready to book your trip? Start the reservation process here.

Also, check out our roundup of places to camp with incredible views of the stars here.



Play a Round of Golf

Tennessee State Parks offers nine golf courses across the state known as the Tennessee Golf Trail. These courses feature champion greens and fantastic scenery found only at Tennessee State Parks. Book a tee time and see for yourself.


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