6 Adventures for December #TSP80
December 1, 2017 | Permalink
We’ve reached the final installment of our 80th anniversary celebration series. For the last year, we’ve pointed you toward some of the best adventures you’ll find in Tennessee. To help you finish off the last couple of parks and bring a sense of completion to your year, here are six more adventures perfect for December:
Greeter Falls (Waterfall Adventure)
South Cumberland State Park
You can hear the roar of Greeter Falls as you approach and descend the spiral staircase to the base. Greeter Falls drops over a 15' upper ledge before plummeting over a 50' lower ledge into a cold, clear pool. It is one of several breathtaking falls at South Cumberland State Park., and a frequent destination for the Instagram community. The falls are beautiful no matter when you go, but the coldest portions of the winter can create frozen formations on the falls.
Fireman’s Tower (Overlook Adventure)
Big Hill Pond State Park
Ascending the fireman's tower at Big Hill Pond State Park is a little like standing on top of the world. The 70-ft. observation tower sits on one of the highest points in West Tennessee. The view is uninhibited in every direction and allows visitors to see for miles.
Laurel Falls (Waterfall Adventure)
South Cumberland State Park
Laurel Falls is a beautiful 25' waterfall located near the Stone Door Ranger Station at South Cumberland State Park. It is one of many noteworthy points along the trail, and is just a short distance from Greeter Falls by car. Backpackers can see both Greeter and Laurel Falls on foot using a trail connection near the Alum Gap backcountry campground on the Big Creek Rim trail (Photo Credit: Chuck Sutherland).
Barbara J. Mapp Aviary (Educational Adventure)
Radnor Lake State Park
The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake State Park is really for the birds. Constructed as a boardwalk, this wheelchair accessible facility provides educational programming, allows “up close” observation of non-releasable birds of prey and offers a bird’s eye view of the surrounding hillside and wildlife. In addition, interpretive displays on venomous snakes, non-venomous snakes and turtles are available inside the main building. The nearby amphitheater provides outdoor seating for our ranger-led educational programs. The aviary is only open a couple days each week, so check with the park office for more information: 615-373-3467 (Photo Credit: Steve Ward).
Replica Cabin & Museum (Historic Adventure)
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park
Cordell Hull, the second-longest serving Secretary of State in U.S. history, was born in Olympus, Tennessee. While serving under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary Hull helped the administration establish New Deal initiatives and navigate American entry into WWII. In 1945, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in starting the United Nations. Today, his family home in northern Middle Tennessee honors his legacy. From a replica cabin of his birthplace, to artifacts and memorabilia from his days in public service, this park is full of historic significance.
Trail of Tears Marker (Historic Adventure)
Port Royal State Historic Park
Port Royal State Historic Park is one of the official stops on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The Trail of Tears recognizes the forced removal of Native Americans from their homelands in the Southeastern United States and the paths they traveled westward in 1838 and 1839. Records of the removal mentioned Port Royal, the last stop before leaving Tennessee, as an encampment site where the Cherokee stayed overnight or longer to resupply and rest.
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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.