Top 5 parks for Fourth of July

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 30, 2016  |  Permalink

This weekend marks the 240th anniversary of Independence Day. All across the country, people will dawn their red, white and blue and mark the birth of our nation with BBQs and fireworks. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate with friends and family, look no further than Tennessee State Parks. 

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5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 24, 2016  |  Permalink

Picture this: it’s Friday afternoon in Nashville, the weekend weather forecast looks gorgeous, and you’re ready to spend a night in the woods. You have just enough daylight to head home, round up your gear, and hit the road. But where will you go? You might start with ones of these…5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville.

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Swimming at the Park Lake

Written by Niki Conolly | Posted on June 23, 2016  |  Permalink

A hot dry summer makes a lot of us yearn for a swim. 

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5 facts about black bears

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 9, 2016  |  Permalink

Did you know that TWRA estimated there were 3,500-5,000 black bears in Tennessee in 2012? This included some 1,800 in state and national parks, according to a story from WBIR-TV. We share our public lands with a variety of animals, including bears, and we want to make sure you are “beary” aware of how to stay safe this summer. Here are 5 facts you need to know about black bears in Tennessee:

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National Trails Day Gets a Rainy Welcome in Tennessee State Parks

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 8, 2016  |  Permalink

National Trails Day took place on Saturday, June 4th in all 56 Tennessee State Parks. Despite rainy weather, we had hundreds of brave participants who hiked, kayaked, ran, built trails, rappelled, beautified our trail systems, and learned about the history of our parks!

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Cumberland Mountain State Park Opens New Restaurant Patio for the Summer

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 3, 2016  |  Permalink

Cumberland Mountain State Park celebrated the opening of a new restaurant patio with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 27.

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5 More National Trails Day Hikes

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 2, 2016  |  Permalink

The sense of arrival draws many people to hiking. It's that bend in the trail where the trees clear to an expansive overlook, the tapestry of the canyon below unraveling before your eyes. It's the sound of rushing water and the misty feeling of the air that comes with an approaching waterfall. Even before you can see it, your senses of touch, smell, taste, and hearing tell you of its presence. Fortunately, we have 1,100 miles of adventures in Tennessee that can deliver the sense of arrival, satisfaction and engagement that you crave. Come enjoy the beauty of a walk in the woods with us on June 4 as we celebrate National Trails Day at our 56 state parks.

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