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Five Lesser Known Parks for Fall Vacations

October 16, 2020  |  Permalink

If you're ready to experience the outdoors this fall without the crowds, we've compiled five lesser-known parks to help you find distance, soak up the benefits of the outdoors, and admire the beauty of the fall season.

David Crockett State Park

David Crockett State Park is located in Lawrenceburg, TN just 45 minutes southwest of Columbia, TN. This park features multiple waterfalls, a lake, and plenty of hiking trails. Modern cabins are available to rent overlooking the lake. An RV and tent campground with electric and water is available as well.

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Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park is located in Wildersville, TN. This park encompasses over 40,000 acres of lakes and woods. You'll find distance naturally here with plenty of activities to explore such as hiking, paddling, fishing, boating, and more. Lodge Natchez Trace sits on the shores of Pin Oak Lake offering guests a remote experience in nature with resort-style amenities and an on-site restaurant. Cabins and campsites are also available at the park.

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Mousetail Landing State Park

Located in Linden, TN only 1 and a half hours from Nashville, Mousetail Landing offers the opportunity to camp on the banks of the Tennessee River with incredible views. While the campsites along the river are primitive, the park offers a main campground with electric and water. The park has a laid back feel and is perfect for families or anyone looking to view fall foliage a little later in the season.

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Standing Stone State Park

Standing Stone State Park is a favorite amongst locals but still remains less crowded than other destinations. The park is located in Hilham, TN about 30 minutes from Cookeville. You'll find hiking trails that offer impressive views, a swinging bridge, waterfalls, a sparkling lake, and tucked away cabins. The cabins at the park offer a rustic feel perfect for fall. There is also a campground available for tent and RV campers offering water and electric.

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Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park is located just 30 minutes from Knoxville in Rocky Top, TN. The park is known for Norris Dam, a magnificent display of falling water from the dam that's located on the Clinch River. You'll find plenty of hiking trails that offer expansive views of the lake and surrounding fall foliage, a lake to paddle or boat, and quaint cabins. The cabins at the park sit on a ridge above the lake. They feature outdoor fire pits and the rustic cabins even have screened-in porches for relaxing.

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