Beat the Heat this August

July 30, 2017  |  Permalink

August in Tennessee brings some of the most grueling temperatures of the year. The humidity outside assaults you like waves beating against the shore.  Everything you wear sticks to you like a pair of ‘80s leather pants. Yet it’s no fun to stay indoors. There’s nothing on TV and the only thing standing between you and college football are the dog days of summer.

Fortunately, we have some ideas that will help you beat the heat and enjoy this grueling month:

1. Twilight Golf

Take advantage of the long, summer days and squeeze in a round of golf after work. Whether you want to play nine or a full 18, our courses can accommodate. Even if you just want to hit a few balls on the driving range and unwind with a cold drink at one of our pro shops, we would love to see you.


2. Time on the Water

Canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting are some of the most exciting summer adventures you can take in our parks. Maybe you would like to hit the rapids at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, float along the scenic Duck River at Henry Horton, or take a pontoon tour at Edgar Evins? From kayaks to sail boats, and everything in between, we have something for everyone.


3. Wine Down Wednesday at Cumberland Mountain

Sometimes you just need to watch the sunset and sip on a glass of wine. Come take in the view and unwind at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN, from 4pm to 8pm. The park offers a special menu with featured cocktails and a free naturalist program.


4. Head for the Hills

Sometimes the best way to escape the heat is to head for higher elevation. You don’t get much higher in Tennessee than Roan Mountain. The temperatures on top of the mountain are measurably cooler, and the views are remarkable. You can even step on to the Appalachian Trail at Carver’s Gap. Visitors will enjoy staying at Roan Mountain State Park and exploring the great hiking and history in and around the park. (If you're looking for a place to propose, it's a pretty good spot for that too. We appreciate Michelle Lea Photographie for providing us this photo!)




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5. Splash in the Waterfalls

Tennessee State Parks are home to some of the most iconic waterfalls in the South. Many falls, like Cane Creek above, offer access to the base, where the mist and the pools of water offer cool relief from the summer days.

If you choose to visit a waterfall, here are a few tips we can offer:

  • Check the park's webpage to see if there are any current alerts and to find out important information for planning your trip. 
  • Please follow all posted park rules.
  • Make sure to wear appropriate shoes.
  • Don’t jump into pools of water.
  • Bring a buddy.
  • Some of the waterfall trails are quite rugged. For instance, Cane Creek Falls requires decending into the gorge on a cable trail. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes and do your research before setting out on an adventure.
  • These waterfalls do not have lifeguard staff. Swimming is at your own risk and we encourage young or inexperienced swimmers to wear a personal floatation device (PFD).


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