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Make the Most of Labor Day Weekend Outdoors

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People kayking on a lake at Warriors Path State Park

Make the most of your time off this Labor Day Weekend with an adventure at Tennessee State Parks. Feel the mist of a waterfall, cool off in a lake, and soak up all that summer has to offer before it's gone. Whether you've only got the day to explore or you're looking to escape for the weekend, we have the activities and overnight accommodations to make it happen.

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Kayaks at a boat dock at Big Ridge State ParkPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

Discover New Ways to Cool Off

There are tons of ways to beat the summer heat at Tennessee State Parks. From paddling to waterfall chasing, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five ideas for cooling off during your next visit.


Boat Making Waves on Lake WatersPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

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.


Park Ranger Holding an OwlPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

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.


Golf Course at Warriors Path State Park

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.


Pavilion at Pickwick LandingPhoto: ©Aerial Innovations

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.


Need a Place to Eat?

If you don’t want to cook, let our restaurants handle it for you. Our 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.


A Campsite at Roan Mountain State ParkPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

Our Most Available Campgrounds

Sometimes a day is not enough of an escape. Stay up late around the campfire, gaze at the stars, and relax at a campsite this Labor Day Weekend.

Note about availability: The area with the most available campgrounds is West Tennessee.

Primitive Sites: The most available type of campsite is primitive which means there are no water or electric hookups at each site. While primitive sites may sound like "roughing it", the experience can be refreshing and is often easier than you'd imagine. Plus, you won't be stuck outdoors without water as it might sound. Potable water is available to primitive campers at a centrally located bathhouse that also provides restrooms and hot showers.

Here are our most available campgrounds for September 4th - 6th:

A campsite at Big Hill Pond State Park

West Tennessee

T.O. Fuller State Park

15 minutes from downtown Memphis – RV and Tent Sites

The campground has many hardwood trees that provide plenty of shade. There are 45 campsites that are RV accessible with some sites accommodating up to 85 feet of RV space. Tent campers are also welcome. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, lantern hanger, fire ring, grill, electrical and water hook-ups. The campground also has a picnic shelter, playground, bathhouse, laundry, and a centralized dumping station.


Chickasaw State Park

30 minutes south of Jackson – Tent and Wrangler (equipped for campers with horses)

Each tent site has a picnic table, grill, and fire pit. Water is available at each site and a centrally located bathhouse provides hot showers and restroom facilities. The Wrangler sites are equipped for campers visiting with horses. These sites can accommodate RVs and each have water and electrical hookups, a picnic table, a grill, and a fire pit. A bathhouse provides hot showers and restroom facilities.


Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

25 minutes south of Memphis – Sites have water and electric hookups

The park campground offers sites for RVs and tents equipped with a table, grill, electrical, and water hookups. A modern bathhouse provides hot showers. There is a dump station for self-contained trailer rigs.


Paris Landing State Park

1 hour west of Clarksville – Primitive sites

The campsites available for Labor Day weekend at Paris Landing are primitive tent camping sites. This means the sites do not offer water or electric hookups. However, up the hill in the RV campground, there are two bathhouses available that offer restrooms and hot showers. There is also a laundry room and a camp store near the campground.


Big Hill Pond State Park

1 hour south of Jackson – Primitive Sites

Big Hill Pond has 28 primitive campsites for tents and small RVs. Most sites will accommodate a trailer up to 20 feet. Each site has a table and a grill. While electricity and water are not available at each site, the campground has a modern bathhouse with restrooms and hot showers.


Fort Pillow State Historic Park

1.5 hours west of Jackson – Primitive Sites 

These sites are primitive meaning water and electric hookups are not available at your site. However, water is available close to each site. Each campsite has a grill, a fire pit, a picnic table, a lantern holder, and a gravel pad for tent set-up. The area consists of a roomy forest setting and two full-service accessible bathhouses. 


Overlook at South Cumberland State ParkPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

Middle Tennessee

South Cumberland State Park

1 hour southeast of Nashville - Backcountry

The backcountry sites are only accessible by hiking in. These hikes require you to carry all of your belongings in with you. These sites should only be attempted to access by those with the skills to do so.


Henry Horton State Park

1 hour south of Nashville - Hammock Camping Only

Henry Horton has a designated hammock campground made especially with the needs of hammock campers in mind. Each site comes with trees perfect for setting up your nest, a picnic table, a fire pit, and a grill. The campground even offers wifi. If you forget some essentials, stop by the park's camp store and then head out to enjoy the beautiful Duck River.



The Grist Mill at Norris Dam State ParkPhoto: ©Tennessee Photographs

East Tennessee 

Warrior's Path State Park

30 minutes north of Johnson City – Hammock Camping Only

The Cedar Ridge hammock campground at Warriors' Path is the park's newest campground made entirely of recycled or reusable materials. This sustainable campground was built with the unique needs of hammock campers in mind and is limited to hammocks only. Each site can host multiple campers and is equipped with a fire pit, picnic table, and grill. There's a central water station and compost station for camper use. A bathhouse with restrooms and hot showers is located a short walk from the campsite.


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