Head Outside for Labor Day Weekend

July 31, 2018  |  Permalink

Labor Day Weekend in Tennessee State Parks

The last days of summer are upon us, so don’t pass up the chance to spend a little more time in the sun this Labor Day weekend! Start planning now for how you’ll spend September 1-3. It’s your time to celebrate the hard work you’ve put in all year. It’s your opportunity to tell your boss, “Sayonara!” and head for the door. Whether you’re aiming for some time on the water or seclusion in the woods, we can help you make the most of the three-day weekend. Here are a few ideas to get your planning juices flowing:

Last Chance to Enjoy Swimming Pools

Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy poolside lounging at many of our state parks. There are more than a dozen state parks with swimming pools in Tennessee staffed with lifeguards and usually equipped with sunbathing space, bathhouses, snack bars, diving boards and wading pools. Some even feature splash pads for kids to enjoy. There is a $5 fee for day guests, while cabin and camping guests receive a 50% discount. You can find a full list of parks featuring swimming using the button below. Make sure to check out the website or call the park to confirm hours of operation for Labor Day weekend. (Photo: Pool Shoes by David Pineros)


Take a Boat out on the Water

If you prefer your time on the water in a more natural setting, why not take a boat out on one of the great lakes and rivers in Tennessee State Parks? There are more than 20 parks across the state offering boat rentals of various types, from paddle and jon boats to canoes and kayaks. Most of the parks offer boat rentals through Labor Day, but make sure to call the park or check the website to confirm rental hours. (Photo: Boat Rental)


Pontoon Tour Photo: David Duplessis 2018

Enjoy a Ranger-Led Event

Did you know that Tennessee State Park host events every day for the public to enjoy? From pontoon tours and guided hikes to educational programs and concerts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Park rangers have planned some great events for Labor Day weekend, and would love for you to join them. (Photo: Pontoon Tour by Tennessee Photographs)


Swing Away on the Tennessee Golf Trail

We have combined the good nature of Tennessee with the talent of outstanding course designers like Jack Nicklaus and Joe Lee to create the Tennessee Golf Trail. Whether you choose to play one of the six traditional courses or select from the three Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace courses, you will be surrounded by some of the most fantastic scenery in Tennessee. (Photo: Tennessee Golf Trail by Tennessee Photographs)


Discover a New Waterfall

Did you know there are more than 80 waterfalls in Tennessee State Parks? Chances are there’s one you haven’t seen. Respond to the call of the wild and hit the trail to discover these natural wonders. 

Travel Tip: Places like Cummins Falls and Burgess Falls are popular and beautiful, but they are small parks and will be very crowded on Labor Day weekend. Neither of these parks have visitor centers, they each have one set of restrooms, and they do not have cabins or campgrounds where you can spend the night.

We suggest you venture toward some of the other waterfalls on the list. Fall Creek Falls State Park has several waterfalls within its boundaries and is a much larger park with cabins, campsites, a swimming pool, and places to eat. Cumberland Mountain has similar features and is a short drive from Ozone Falls, Virgin Falls, etc.  (Photo: Frozen Head by Tennessee Photographs)


Fire up the Grill

Maybe you just want to come out and spend the day in the park with a group of friends. Tennessee State Parks has a variety of picnic shelters and pavilions available to rent. Throw some hamburgers on the grill and enjoy the day under the sun (and the shade). Full-day rentals may be completed online or you may contact the park of your choice to learn about other rental options (Photo: Booker T Washington State Park)


Tent Camping by Benjamin Wilt

Need a Place to Stay?

Sometimes a day is not enough of an escape. All of these activities are perfect additions to a camping, cabin or inn room stay. From Memphis to Bristol, and everywhere in between, we have a pillow for your head or a patch of dirt for your tent. We would love to help you take advantage of the three-day weekend and extend your time in the outdoors. (Photo: Tent Camping by Benjamin Wilt)


Need a Place to Eat?

If you don’t want to cook, let our restaurants handle it for you. Our eight restaurants offer a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. They can even cater an event or picnic. Click the button below to find a park restaurant. (Photo: Crockett's Mill at David Crockett State Park)


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