Friends Groups at Tennessee State Parks

History of The Friends

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.

Why Become a Friend?

  • Contribute to positive change in the park(s) you love
  • Meet other supporters of Tennessee State Parks
  • Educate and inspire the public to protect, conserve, and enjoy all resources of the park(s)
  • Organize volunteer events to support park initiatives 
  • Raise money to enhance government funding for park improvement and education programming

How to Become a Friend

Click the name of the park you’d like to become a Friend of below to find out more about the group and how to get involved. If the park or natural area you’re interested in doesn’t have a link, you can contact the Tennessee State Parks volunteer coordinator at or 615-202-4261 for more information.

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

There are 50 active and established Friends groups. To learn more about a group or how to get involved, visit the group’s website or Facebook page (if available) or contact the volunteer coordinator at or 615-202-4261.

West Region

Middle Region

East Region

Big Cypress Tree State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Booker T. Washington State Park

Big Hill Pond State Park

Bledsoe Creek State Park

Cove Lake State Park

Chickasaw State Park

Burgess Falls State Park

Cumberland Trail State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Natchez Trace State Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park

Frozen Head State Park

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Harrison Bay State Park

Paris Landing State Park

Cummins Falls State Park

Hiwassee Ocoee Rivers State Park

Pickwick Landing State Park

David Crockett State Park

Norris Dam State Park

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park

Dunbar Cave State Park

Panther Creek State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park

Edgar Evins State Park

Red Clay State Historic Park

T.O Fuller State 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 Historic Park

Warriors' Path State Park


Long Hunter State Park



Montgomery Bell State Park



Mousetail Landing State Park 



Old Stone Fort  State Archaeological Park



Pickett State CCC Park



Radnor Lake State Park



Short Springs State Natural Area


South Cumberland State Park



Standing Stone State Park



Tims Ford State Park



Virgin Falls State Natural Area