6 Activities for April Adventures
April 2, 2018 | Permalink
Looking for a way to get outside this spring? Learn a new skill, step into living history, or experience a park in a new light at one of these April activities:
1. Engage with World War I
Come learn about Tennessee’s involvement in WWI at a three-day living history event in the heart of downtown Nashville. Join us at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on April 6-8 to learn about the role Tennesseans played in the war effort both at home and abroad. Guests can explore life in the trenches in a replica trench; meet the Ebony Doughboys and Red Cross “Hello Girls”; view WWI aircraft and automobiles; and gain a better understanding of the role the Great War played in shaping the modern world. This is a free event and open to adults and children of all ages.
2. Step into Natural Areas Week: April 7-15
If you’ve ever visited Radnor Lake, Reelfoot Lake, Burgess Falls, Window Cliffs, or the Savage Gulf, then you have experienced the beauty and importance of Tennessee’s State Natural Areas. There are 85 SNAs spread across Tennessee, some of which are also in state parks. The goal of these areas is to represent all the natural communities that make up Tennessee's landscape, and provide long-term protection for rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal life. Some of the most fascinating destinations, wildlife and plants are found in these locations. We invite you to join us April 7-15 as we celebrate these ecosystems during State Natural Areas Week. Click the button below to see a list of activities and guided hikes we’re hosting to celebrate. (Photo: Window Cliffs State Natural Area)
3. Lose yourself under the night sky
There’s something magical and inspiring about staring up at the night sky. This ancient activity has captivated generations of explorers and people groups. It is with this cosmic appreciation and love that we invite you to enjoy the night sky in our parks. (Photo: Dean Easton)
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park
In 2015, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park received silver-tier International Dark Sky designation. What does this mean for you? It means that Pickett and nearby Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area have some of the darkest, purest views of the night skies in all of the Southeast.
On April 21, the park is hosting a spring astronomy night program at 8:30 PM Central Time. The park is also hosting a sunrise canoe float and opening the archaeology museum to visitors on April 21. Check out their event calendar to learn more about the Spring Astronomy Day and other events happening that weekend:
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
Located West of Nashville, this park is offering a full day of activities on April 21 capped with an evening under the stars with the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers.
4. See a park in a new light
Have you ever wondered what Cummins Falls looks like in the early morning? Have you ever wanted to see Burgess Falls under the moonlight? There are several guided hikes in April that will provide visitors with access to parks in the morning and evening hours. (Photo: Cummins Falls)
Harpeth River State Park
Join the park on April 22 for the Hidden Lake Night Hike. Bring your flashlight and join Ranger Lisa for this one-mile hike and explore the historical Hidden Lake by moon light.
(Night) Cummins Falls State Park
Experience Cummins Falls State Park at dark on April 14. Ranger Vaden will lead a short night hike along the Overlook and Downstream trails. Hikers will hear the night sounds in the park and see the waterfall. Afterward, guests will meet back at the Tiny House for a campfire with hotdogs and s’mores. Cost: $10
(Morning) Cummins Falls State Park
Cummins Falls State Park is also offering guided morning hikes on several Friday mornings in April. Click the link to see their full event calendar:
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls is offering several night hikes at the park and guided hikes at Window Cliffs State Natural Area in the month of April. Click the button below to see their full event calendar:
Warriors’ Path Spring Nature Festival
On April 20-22, Warriors’ Path State Park is hosting an immersive festival featuring everything from plant and animal seminars to photography classes and guided hikes. The festival includes several night walks. Click the link button for more event information.
If you want to make a weekend out of it, Warriors’ Path has campsites available for rental.
5. Try Your Hand at Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is growing in popularity across the United States. The Cumberland Plateau offers some of the best rock climbing in the Southeast and is an ideal place to fall in love with the sport. While many people have turned to indoor gyms to gain a taste for the activity, there’s nothing quite like the feel of real rock under your fingers.
Cumberland Mountain State Park
Park staff are leading a weekend-long rock climbing clinic April 20-22 where attendees will learn the ropes (pun intended) and foster a safe and enjoyable view of the sport. Cost: $50
6. Trek the Trails and Treasure the Trilliums
Trails and Trilliums is a multi-day celebration of Spring featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of South Cumberland State Park's most scenic trails. The festival is hosted by the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. It offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops for the adults at no charge; art and craft vendors; and free family fun activities for children and the adults who come with them. Guided hikes are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with shuttle service to the trailheads for most hikes. There is a $35 Hiking Pass that provides guests with unlimited access to these guided hikes, the proceeds from which support the Friends of South Cumberland State Park: a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, working in support of the Park. (Photo: Ian Schofinski).