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Friends of Tennessee State Parks

In 1993, Tennessee passed legislation authorizing private, non-profit groups to organize for “maintaining and enhancing the purposes, programs and functions of the state park system”. These groups, more commonly known as Friends, are concerned citizens who have banded together to assist in protecting, preserving and promoting the beauty and the splendor of their favorite state park. They give selflessly of their time, talents and energy to help ensure the park’s integrity is intact for future generations to enjoy. To find out more about a group or how to get involved with one, check out the Friends Web page or contact the Tennessee State Parks volunteer coordinator at tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov or 615-532-5249.

Annual Conference

The 15th Annual Friends Conference will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park on November 16-18, 2018. We look forward to seeing YOU!

*Stay tuned for more details including registration information. 

Which State Parks and State Natural Areas have a Friends Group?

There are 45 active and established Friends groups. To learn more about a group or how to get involved, visit the group’s website (if available) or contact the volunteer coordinator at: tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov or 615-532-5249.


West Region

Middle Region

East Region

Big Cypress Tree State Park

Bledsoe Creek State Park

Booker T. Washington State Park

Chickasaw State Park 

Burgess Falls State Park

Cove Lake State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Cumberland Trail State Park

Natchez Trace State Park 

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Frozen Head State Park

Paris Landing State Park

Cummins Falls State Park

Harrison Bay State Park

Pickwick Landing State Park

David Crockett State Park

Norris Dam State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park

Panther Creek State Park

T.O Fuller State Park

Edgar Evins State Park

Red Clay State Historic Park


Fall Creek Falls State Park

Rocky Fork State Park


Harpeth River State Park

Seven Islands State Birding Park


Henry Horton State Park

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park


Johnsonville State Park

Warriors' Path State Park


Long Hunter State Park



Montgomery Bell State Park



Mousetail Landing State Park 



Pickett State Park



Radnor Lake



Short Springs State Natural Area



South Cumberland State Park



Standing Stone State Park



Tims Ford State Park



Virgin Falls State Natural Area