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Exploring Tennessee State Parks in the New Year

December 29, 2020  |  Permalink

Reset Outdoors in 2021 at Tennessee State Parks

With each new year comes a time of reflection. We've all endured hardships throughout 2020, and with the fresh start of a new year, we're optimistic that brighter days are ahead. Many people found solace in the outdoors through 2020 and have started to think about nature's role in the new year. You may be setting goals to focus on self-care, spend quality time with family, or find safe ways to shake up the routine. No matter your goal, Tennessee State Parks are here to help you through the new year.

Here are a few ways to connect to the outdoors in 2021:

Abundant Life Adventure Club at South Cumberland State Park Overlook

Find Your Park

During 2020, parks provided an escape. They made distancing feel natural and fueled our spirits. With a fresh start in the new year, our parks are here to help you establish or continue a self-care routine. Like we always say, “When you’re in Tennessee, you’re never more than an hour from a Tennessee State Park.” Whether it's every day or once a week, establish a routine of visiting the park that’s closest to your home and discover the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.

Find a Park

Cabins at Roan Mountain State Park

Plan a Trip

2020 put a lot of our travel plans on hold, but with brighter days ahead in 2021, now is the time to start discovering your next destination. Whether you’re ready to book or just want to explore for the future, studies report that planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself. From remote lakeside retreats to mountain top adventures, you can start exploring campsites, cabins, and lodges at our parks across Tennessee. 

Tip: Did you know you can book campsites, cabins, and Lodge rooms up to a year in advance?

Start Exploring

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Swinging Bridge at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Stamp Your Passport

If you’re hoping to visit more Tennessee State Parks this year, grabbing a park passport is a great place to start. These paperback books are free at our park offices and can serve as a visual reminder to get out and explore more parks in 2021. You can write about the adventures you want to take, get them stamped at each park, and look back on your memories for years to come.

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Overlook at Fall Creek Falls During Fall

Visit During All Four Seasons

With each season, Tennessee State Parks take on a new personality. From the magic of snowfall in the winter to the inspiring vibrant fall colors, each season provides a new experience. Set a goal to visit a park during all four seasons in 2021.

Kayking on the Harpeth River

Tackle a New Hobby

Tennessee State Parks can help you start that new hobby you’ve always wanted to try. With equipment rentals, classes, and free entry to our parks, you can advance in a new activity in 2021. Rent a kayak and hit the water, learn how to backpack, tee off on the greens, or put your new running shoes to use.

Explore Activities

South Cumberland State Park Creek

Experience the Benefits of Parks at Home

According to the University of Minnesota, “Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings.” Take a few moments each day to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature wherever you are with our Moments in Nature playlist.

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Share your adventures in 2021 on social media with the hashtag #tnstateparks!

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