6 Adventures for August #TSP80

July 31, 2017  |  Permalink

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the heat is letting up. We know August will bring with it some of the hottest temperatures of the year. To help you stay cool, these August adventures are packed full of indoor learning and easily-accessible destinations in Tennessee. Beat the heat and enjoy the parks with these six adventures: 

1. Blue Hole Spring (Natural Wonder Adventure)

Red Clay State Historic Park


At Red Clay State Historic Park, the Blue Hole Spring is a deep blue hole created by a limestone ledge that flows into the Mill Creek. The Cherokee used this spring for water during their council meetings on this historic land that is now preserved as a state park. The Blue Hole is just a short walk from the park’s visitor center and museum. Inside you’ll find great information about the Cherokee people, and a fantastic stained glass mural.

Come see the Blue Hole Spring and learn about the history of the Cherokee on August 5th at the Cherokee Cultural Celebration. Here you will experience the culture of the Cherokee through games, stories, singing, dancing, prizes and food!


2. Chucalissa Indian Village (Educational Adventure)

T.O. Fuller State Park


The Chucalissa Indian Village displays a forgotten, rediscovered village operated by the University of Memphis. This lost village was discovered in 1938 and was opened to the public in 1956. The Chucalissa Indian Village provides an educational experience to explore the history of this land in Memphis, TN. This site also includes an informative museum to educate those who visit the Chucalissa Indian Village.

T.O. Fuller State Park is also a great place to cool down on a hot August day. The park’s splashpad is popular among visitors, as is the Olympic-size pool. The last day of pool season is August 6, so head out to the park for one last blast before school starts.


3. Parking Lot Overlook (Overlook Adventure)

Panther Creek State Park


The parking lot on the top of the hill at Panther Creek overlooks Cherokee Lake and is one of the most iconic views in all of Tennessee State Parks. Visitors can drive up to the parking deck and take in the sight. Panther Creek State Park has great hiking, horseback riding, and disc golf options as well. When you take your trip to Panther Creek, be sure to do it all! The park’s campsites make it a great destination for a weekend adventure outside Knoxville.


4. Pilot Knob Interpretive Center (Overlook Adventure)

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park


At the highest point of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Historic Park, the Pilot Knob Interpretive Center provides visitors a wide view of west Tennessee. Stop into this location to enjoy the view, and learn about the history of the people who lived on the Tennessee River at the museum on site. The museum showcases the culture and customs of these people, while the building’s deck opens up to the magnificent view.

The park offers camping and cabin rental options throughout the year. It is also great for hiking and catfish angling in the summer.


5. Visitor Center Observation Tower (Overlook Adventure)

Edgar Evins State Park


Edgar Evins offers a beautiful view from the top of the visitor center observation tower. Guests must climb the tall, spiral staircase to see the view. Once they make it to the top, many people say the best part is actually the visual illusion created by looking down the core of the spiral staircase.

Edgar Evins has cabins and campsites for rent. The campsites, located along Center Hill Lake, are unique for their elevated pads. It is one of the most scenic campgrounds in all of state parks, and a perfect weekend getaway from Nashville or Cookeville, Tennessee. On August 21, Edgar Evins is hosting a viewing party for the total solar eclipse. Edgar Evins is a great spot to view the eclipse as well as take a hike or boat ride.


6. Disc Golf (Recreational Adventure)

Cedars of Lebanon State Park


Cedars of Lebanon is home to one of the first disc golf courses in the state designed by the “Father of Disc Golf.” This 18-hole short course is played through the cedar woods and open year-round. The wooded design of the course provides shade from those hot August days. As always, guests should take proper precautions against woodland insects, as ticks, mosquitoes and chiggers are common to Tennessee.

The park offers campsite and cabin rentals, along with some large group facilities perfect for scout troops, weddings, reunions, etc. The park also features an Olympic-size swimming pool open from 11 AM -6:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays in August. This is in addition to picnic areas and eight miles of hiking trails. On August 21, Cedars of Lebanon will host a variety of activities to celebrate the total solar eclipse that will pass over the park after lunchtime on that day. 


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About the 80 Adventures Blog

This year, we want to help you get outdoors.  Whether you are a history buff or a waterfall chaser, Tennessee State Parks has something for you. To celebrate our 80th anniversary, we’ve put together a list of 80 adventures that stretch across all 56 of our parks. Each month, we’ll give you a few of those activities that represent some of the best adventures we have to offer. While most of the events are available year round, we will include ones that we think are best to experience during a particular month.

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