State Looks at Restoring Historic Mill at Rock Island State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on November 14, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, along with other state and local agencies, is exploring efforts to save and potentially restore the Great Falls Cotton Mill at Rock Island State Park in Warren County.

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Interior Recycling Bins Available at all TN State Parks

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on November 14, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Visitors to Tennessee State Parks will now be able to use interior recycling bins at all 56 of the state parks in the second phase of improvements to the parks’ recycling program.

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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Will Unveil Storybook Trail

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on November 2, 2018  |  Permalink

JAMESTOWN – On Saturday, Nov. 3, Tennessee State Parks will host a ribbon-cutting event for a new Imagination Library Storybook Trail at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park.

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‘Crossing the Cumberlands’ Brings Traditional Music and Modern Artists to Chattanooga

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on October 30, 2018  |  Permalink

CHATTANOOGA – For over 200 years, with bold notes and fine lyrics, musicians have crafted vivid portrayals of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. On Saturday, Nov. 17, stories and sounds from acclaimed traditional and modern musicians will converge at the Tivoli Theatre for ‘Crossing the Cumberlands’, a night of eloquent music to benefit the Cumberland Trail.

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Pickwick Landing and David Crockett Restaurants Achieve “Eat Real” Certification

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on October 30, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks restaurants at Pickwick Landing and David Crockett State Parks have achieved Eat REAL Certified Status, a nationally recognized standard for food service operations focused on sustainability and nutrition. Tennessee State Parks is the only state parks system in the nation to earn certification and among only two national park systems.

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Montgomery Bell State Park Will Unveil Storybook Trail

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on October 29, 2018  |  Permalink

BURNS – On Saturday, Oct. 27, Tennessee State Parks will host a ribbon-cutting event for a new Imagination Library Storybook Trail at Montgomery Bell State Park.

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Civil War Days Festival at Two TN State Parks on Nov. 3

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on October 18, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Cannons will ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys Counties to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville. The free Civil War Days festival will feature living history presenters and more at both Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Tennessee State Parks Receives National Accreditation

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on September 25, 2018  |  Permalink

Tennessee State Parks has been named one of only two state park systems in the country to receive accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). 

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Color Blind Viewers Bring Fall to Life

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on September 24, 2018  |  Permalink

Responding to popular demand, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee State Parks have partnered to install “color blind” viewfinders at five (5) state park locations across the state. There is now a total of 11 viewers installed in Tennessee. A new website helps visitors find and enjoy these new devices.

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day at TN State Parks

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on September 10, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, Friends Groups and Tennessee State Natural Areas are hosting a variety of volunteer stewardship projects, and free hikes and interpretive programs on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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TN State Parks Cycling Tour Highlights Cumberland Plateau

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on September 4, 2018  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Hundreds of cyclists from nearly 30 different states will converge on the Cumberland Plateau on Sept. 15-20 for Tennessee State Parks’ annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT).

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Standing Stone to Host National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on August 27, 2018  |  Permalink

HILHAM – Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, drawing some of the country’s best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the ‘Super Bowl of marbles’. In its 36th year, the event will feature world-class marble competitions, live music, marble-making exhibits and demonstrations, food vendors and much more.

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TN State Parks Offers More Recycling Options for Visitors

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on August 22, 2018  |  Permalink

Visitors at Tennessee State Parks now have more recycling options thanks to new bins delivered this month to all 56 parks. Over 400 BearSaver recycling receptacles – heavy-duty, pest proof and ADA-compliant bins – are now available at all Tennessee State Parks for visitor use.

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5 things to do near Pickwick Landing

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on August 20, 2018  |  Permalink

Looking for some relief from the summer heat? Sometimes the best therapy for a southern summer is a trip to the lake, and what better place to start than Pickwick Landing. Here's are five things to do in and around the park on your next visit.

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Paris Landing State Park Opens Waterfront Bar and Grille

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on July 30, 2018  |  Permalink

Paris Landing State Park will host the grand opening of Marker 66 Marina & Grille – a new waterfront restaurant housed at the park’s marina. The restaurant will serve local guests and park visitors while the park inn undergoes a major improvement project.

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Healthy Parks Healthy Person Program Receives National Recognition

Written by Kim Schofinski | Posted on July 23, 2018  |  Permalink

Healthy Parks Healthy Person program, which rewards park goers for participating in outdoor activities, has been designated as a 2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection by The Center for Jackson Hole in Jackson, WY.

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State Reinvests in David Crockett State Park

Written by Niki Conolly | Posted on July 10, 2018  |  Permalink

LAWRENCEBURG – David Crockett State Park has received much-needed upgrades to its campground and restaurant among other additions thanks to a broader effort by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly to revitalize the state park system.

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5 things to do near Roan Mountain State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on June 7, 2018  |  Permalink

Roan Mountain State Park is one of the most striking and beautiful places in Tennessee. The park sits at the base of Roan Mountain, which at 6,258’ is one of the highest peaks on the Appalachian Trail. Because of its natural beauty, Roan Mountain is a bucket list destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and Roan Mountain State Park is the perfect staging ground for your trip. Here are 5 things you can do on your next trip.

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Henry Horton State Park Garners More Recognition

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 16, 2018  |  Permalink

Eat REAL® announced today that Henry Horton State Park’s restaurant, The Governor’s Table, in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, has become the first state park in the nation to achieve REAL Certified Status, a nationally recognized standard for foodservice operations focused on nutrition and sustainability.

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New Bridge Ribbon-cutting at Chickasaw State Park

Written by Tennessee State Parks | Posted on May 14, 2018  |  Permalink

On Wednesday, May 23, Tennessee State Parks will unveil a new bridge at Chickasaw State Park. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill will share details on other planned park improvements, including renovated campgrounds, historic cabin restorations and upgrades to the park’s wastewater treatment plant.

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