7 September Adventures #TSP80

September 1, 2017  |  Permalink

The temperatures are cooling down, which means it is time to ramp up the outdoor adventures. Whether you’re looking for waterfalls or tee times, Tennessee State Parks is your stop for September adventures:


Burgess-falls summer

1. Hike to Lower Falls (Waterfall Adventure)

Burgess Falls State Park


Lower Falls is the last, and most spectacular, of four consecutive waterfalls inside Burgess Falls State Park. It plunges more than 130' into the gorge and is one of the most iconic destinations in Tennessee. While it is busy during the summer months, this is a great destination for fall waterfall viewing. It’s even better if you can manage to visit on a weekday. The 1.5-mile River Trail Loop is a moderately strenuous hike that will lead visitors past the 20' cascades, 30' Upper Falls, 80' Middle Falls and finally to Lower Falls. Lower Falls is visible from an overlook on this trail. (Photo credit: Cara Alexander)


2. Golf on the Bear Trace (Recreational Adventure)

Cumberland Mountain State Park


Situated in the heart of Tennessee's scenic Cumberland Plateau, the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain has been named one on the top ten courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest. Today, the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain is a sought after public course for Tennesseans as well as the traveling golfer. September is one of the best months to check out our golf courses. The cooler mornings and afternoons make for pleasant playing conditions. For a truly breathtaking experience, plan your trip toward the end of the month and enjoy the changing leaves on the plateau.


The park and golf course are located just minutes away from I-40 and the heart of Crossville, Tennessee. Golfers will enjoy staying overnight in a cabin at the park and visiting the local shops, wineries, and beautiful outdoor destinations in and around the city.


3. Tour the Interpretive Center (Historic Adventure)

T.O. Fuller State Park


T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park open for African Americans east of the Mississippi River. The park was named in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, a prominent figure who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans. In 2016, the park cut the ribbon on a brand new interpretive visitor center to tell the story of T.O. Fuller State Park and to serve as an indoor/outdoor educational classroom. The park offers tours of the center Wednesday through Sunday from 2-3:15 PM.


Want to explore more of the Memphis area? Set up camp at T.O. Fuller and then enjoy Beale Street, the Redbirds, Graceland and other area destinations.


Pinson Mounds Field

4. Explore Native American History (Historic Adventure)

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park


Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park is home to at least 15 Native American mounds, including Sauls Mound: the second-highest surviving mound in the United States. The park's visitor center and museum was designed as a replica of a prehistoric Native American mound and focuses on Tennessee pre-history. Visitors will enjoy looking at Native American tools and pottery, as well as exhibits displaying trade, ceremony and archaeological fieldwork. One of the most popular activities at the park is hiking up to the overlook on top of Sauls Mound, which is located behind the museum and is accessible from the Mounds Great Outer Loop Trail.


On September 16 and 17, the park will host the 35th Annual Archaeofest.  Visitors can enjoy a variety of presentations and demonstrations, ranging from flint knapping and pottery to wildlife programs and hayride tours of the site. The event will include vendors and live musical performances, dancing and storytelling.


5. Step into the Wetlands (Natural Wonder Adventure)

Big Cypress Tree State Park


The boardwalk at Big Cypress Tree State Park offers visitors a stroll above the wetlands adjacent to the Obion River. The boardwalk also features identification for many of the common wetland trees found in this area of the state. We bet you'll be able to catch sight of waterfowl and other wildlife as well!



6. Overlook the Harpeth River (Overlook Adventure)

Harpeth River State Park


While many people associate Harpeth River State Park with great canoeing and kayaking, the rock bluffs are one of its most eye-catching features. The bluffs resemble those found further east on the Cumberland Plateau. The difference is that these bluffs are only 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. The views are great at all times of day, but are exceptional during sunrise and sunset. The trail to the overlook is easily accessed. The Bluff Overlook Trail is 0.25 miles from the parking lot at 1254 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. The park is open 7 AM to 7 PM in September and 8 AM to 6 PM in October.


Registration is currently underway for the Harpeth Hustle on October 7. This triathlon consists of a seven-mile Paddle, three-mile Run/Walk and 11-mile Road Bike Ride. Sign up today using the button below.


Warriors Path Sunset

7. Get Moving and Wander (Recreational Adventure)

Warriors’ Path State Park


From a 27-hole disc golf course, to a boundless playground themed after Chronicles of Narnia, the mission of Warriors' Path is to help visitors get moving and have fun. The park has 12 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate. It is home to over eight miles of scenic and challenging mountain bike trails. This is all in addition to seasonal activities like fishing, horseback riding and golfing. Come see for yourself!


Every Thursday, the park hosts a “Weekly Outdoor Wonder Wander” to connect visitors to the amazing outdoors. Each of the wanders have a different focus, but they will all leave visitors wowed. To see the full activity list, click the link below.


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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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