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Bicentennial Capitol Mall
State Park located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown
Nashville, is Tennessee's newest state park. The 19-acre park is designed
to complement the Tennessee Capitol Building, give visitors a taste of
Tennessee's history and natural wonder, and to serve as a lasting monument
to Tennessee's Bicentennial celebration.
Cypress Tree State Natural Area This 330-acre natural area lies in
the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Obion River in West Tennessee.
It consists of bottomland hardwood forests including species like bald
cypress and tupelo, beaver and fox squirrel. Big Cypress Tree is a
day-use only natural area. There are no overnight facilities.
Hill Pond State Park lies in the southwestern part of McNairy County
and encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and
hardwood bottom land. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the
property. Several oxbow lakes and sloughs add to the waterway.
Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by
the Tennessee Valley Authority in cooperation with the National Park
Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps as an example of public
recreation development along TVA lakeshores. The heavily forested,
3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of TVA's Norris Lake in Union
Creek State Park There are approximately 26 camping sites with
water and electrical hookups and also equipped with picnic tables and
grills. There is a new bathhouse facility with showers and lavatories
now available. No reservations are taken for camp sites. There are
approximately 6 miles of hiking trails, 1 mile of which is paved and
accessible to persons with a disability.
T. Washington State Park Situated on the shores of scenic
Chickamauga Lake not far from the city of Chattanooga is 353-acre Booker
T. Washington State Park. The parks is named in honor of the
famous leader, Booker Taliaferro Washington. Washington was born into
slavery at Hale's Ford, Virginia, but with great determination he
secured an education and went on to become one of our great Americans.
Falls State Natural Area, located in Middle Tennessee, lies on the
eastern edge of Tennessee's Highland Rim adjacent to the Cumberland
Plateau. This is characterized by sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling
water, and abundant mixed forest. The Falling Water River runs through
the area, providing breathtaking scenery and numerous waterfalls.
of Lebanon State Park is named for the dense cedar forest that
existed in the Biblical lands of Lebanon. The park contains 900
acres which are used for intensive recreation. An additional 8,100
acres are operated by the Parks Division as a natural area and by the
Forestry Division as a State Forest.
State Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west
Tennessee. Of the area's 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres
are used for recreation. The remainder is state forest managed
jointly by the State Forestry Division and the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency. The park is located in Chester and Hardeman
Counties, 18 miles south of Jackson, Tennessee on State Hwy. 100.
Hull Birthplace & Museum is a historic site owned by the State
of Tennessee. The site is located on twenty acres of land in the rustic
foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Byrdstown, midway between
Nashville and Knoxville. The site consists of Hull's original log
cabin birthplace, an activities center and a museum housing documents
and artifacts. The collection includes his Nobel Peace Prize that
is on display.
Lake State Park It's 673 acres are situated in a beautiful
mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland
Mountains. There are scenic nature trails and bike trails leading
through the open grasslands and woodlands. In the winter, several
hundred Canada Geese make this lakeshore their feeding ground.
Nearby is the Devil's Race Trace whose steep pinnacle rock affords a
Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment
of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central
Alabama. It is said to be the largest timbered plateau in
America. This 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 as a
project of the Farm Security Administration to provide a recreational
area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the Cumberland
Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 211-acre day-use
park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State
Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull
Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local
residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years.
Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water
and is 75 feet high.
Crockett State Park Dedicated in May of 1959, in honor of one
of Tennessee's most famous native sons, David Crockett State Park is
located on U.S. Highway 64 in Lawrence County, one-half mile west of the
City of Lawrenceburg. David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier,
politician, industrialist and was born near the little town of Limestone
in northeast Tennessee in 1786.
Crockett Birthplace State Park has been preserved by the State of
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as a historic site
within the state park system. The site consists of 105 partially
wooded acres of land along the Nolichuckey River in Greene County,
Cave State Park is located about one and a half miles northeast of
downtown Clarksville, TN in Montgomery County. This 110-acre
natural area is honeycombed by caves and sinkholes, the most prominent
being Dunbar Cave. This 8.1 mile cave has historical, natural,
archaeological and geological significance. Excavations revealed
that this cave has been occupied by man for thousands of years, drawn by
its constant stream flow and natural air conditioning.
Evins State Park encompasses approximately 6,000 acres on the shores
of Center Hill Reservoir in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. It
provides excellent recreational opportunities and accommodations on one
of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee. The park was named
in memory of James Edgar Evins, an outstanding leader and former state
senator who was instrumental in the development of Center Hill Dam and
Reservoir. Mr. Edgar was the father of former U.S. Senator, Joe L. Evins.
Creek Falls State Resort Park is one of the most scenic and
spectacular recreation areas in America. Its waterfalls, cascades,
sparkling streams, gorges, timberland, and an unmatched variety of
recreation facilities and activities have made it one of the most
popular parks in the Southeast. Fall Creek Falls is the highest
waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, plunging 256 feet into a shaded
pool at the base of its gorge.
Loudoun State Historic Area This 1,200-acre site is the
location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western
frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee
Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace
of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's
Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook
TVA's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains.
Pillow State Park The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow, located in
Lauderdale County on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi
River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. In
1861, the Confederate Army built extensive fortifications here and named
the site for General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. Because of its
strategic location, the fort was taken by the Union Army who controlled
it during most of the war.
Head State Park is situated in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of
Eastern Tennessee near Wartburg. The 11,876 acres of relatively
undisturbed forest contain some of the richest wildflower areas in
Tennessee. The parks lush vegetation, small streams, waterfalls
and beautiful mountains make Frozen Head one of Tennessee's most scenic
parks. There are over 50 miles of foot trails.
Scenic River & Narrows Historic Area is the site of one of the
oldest man-made tunnels in the United States. Around 1818,
Montgomery Bell, one of Tennessee's earliest and foremost captains of
industry, planned and constructed the 290 foot long tunnel through the
limestone ridge at the Narrows to provide sufficient fall of water to
operate an iron manufacturing operation at the tunnel's downstream
side. Of Bell's holdings there, the tunnel, forge, mill and
homesite, the tunnel is the most visible remnant.
Bay State Park There are 128 RV campsites with water and electrical
hookups. Bathhouses are located in each of the 4 camping areas as
well as a playground. All types of boats and water recreation
vehicles are allowed at the park. A boat ramp is available to the
general public and there is no fee. There are three hiking trails
at the park. There is a 4.5 mile trail, a .5 mile trail and 1 mile
trail. Trails are open year-round.
Horton State Park Set in the rolling hills of Middle
Tennessee, 1,140-acre Henry Horton Park is located on the former estate
of the late Henry H. Horton, 36th governor of Tennessee. This
park, located on the shores of the historic Duck River, provides hours
of recreational enjoyment for the day or stay user in picturesque,
pastoral Middle Tennessee. The conference center and all meeting
space will be open for rental to groups seven days a week.
River State Park & Ocoee River is located on Spring Creek road
at U.S. Hwy. 411, the Ocoee river on U.S. Hwy. 64. The Hiwassee
was the first river managed in the State Scenic River program.
This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and
nature photography. The Ocoee River is a premier white-water river
in the Southeastern United States possessing Class III, IV, and V
Mountain State Park is a multi-use facility in Campbell County near
Tennessee's northern border. In addition to providing camping and
recreation opportunities, the 200-acre park is unique in that it was
developed on reclaimed strip mine land. Park visitors can enjoy
fishing at the two small lakes, picnicking, camping, and two walking
trails (one paved and one unpaved).
State Historic Park Located off U.S. Hwy. 70, the park is named for
Military Governor Andrew Johnson. This 600-acre park on the
eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Battle of
Johnsonville. Cavalry forces under Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest
sank four Federal gunboats downstream and destroyed a Union Army supply
depot at Johnsonville.
Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park The Cumberland
Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland Mountains that once
rose as high as the Rockies. The trail represented a barrier to all who
dared push through storied gaps westward onto and over the Cumberland
plateau. It now provides a linkage north to south, forming natural
connections and opportunities for scenic vistas and curious geological
Hunter State Park is situated along the shore of J. Percy Priest
Lake. It consists of three units: Couchville, Baker's Grove, and Bryant
Grove. Picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating,
fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation are among the
activities available to park visitors. Planned activities include
interpretive and recreation programs for the general public and
environmental education programs.
Forest State Park Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River,
two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of
large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes
and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature
Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of
Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park.
Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson
County. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was
considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. The
treasure was iron ore, and it lured men by the hundreds to this area of
Middle Tennessee. The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church
is located at Montgomery Bell State Park.
Landing State Park This 1, 247-acre area is located on the
east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western
valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name
during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies
caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so
profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail
Trace Resort State Park With the many acres of scenic
woodlands, the park also includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47
room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, group lodge, camping
areas, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol
firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of
horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range.
Bedford Forrest State Park This park was named for General
Nathan Bedford Forrest, the intrepid Confederate cavalry leader, who on
November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the federal supply and
munitions depot at (Old) Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His
operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park
and the town of Eva.
Dam State Park The Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex is a
must-see for park visitors. The complex includes the Lenoir Pioneer
Museum, an 18th Century Gristmill and Threshing barn. The park has 19
rustic vacation cabins and 10 three-bedroom deluxe cabins and there are
two camping areas with 25 sites in the east section and 50 sites in the
west section of the park. Many miles of woodland trails meander
throughout the park and adjacent lands..
Stone Fort State Archaeological Park The Old Stone Fort is a
2000-year old American Indian ceremonial site. It consists of
mounds and walls which combine with cliffs and rivers to form an
enclosure measuring 1-1/4 miles around. The 50-acres enclosed seem
to have served as a central ceremonial gathering place for some 500
Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on
the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston
River. It is about 6 miles west of Morristown and 40 miles
northeast of Knoxville. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is
located about 45 miles south. Near Point Lookout, the highest
place in the park, the elevation reaches 1,460 feet above sea
Landing State Park is named for a steamboat and freight landing on
the Tennessee River, dating back to the mid 1800's. From here and
other landings on the Tennessee River and Big Sandy River, supplies were
transported to surrounding towns and communities by ox cart. The
841-acre Paris Landing State Park is situated on the western shore of
what is now Kentucky Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in the
CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett
State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork
National River and Recreation Area. Initial development of the area by
the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occurred between 1934 through1942.
The CCC constructed hiking trails, five rustic cabins, a recreation
lodge, a ranger station and a 12-acre lake. The park memorializes and
preserves the unique work of the CCC who first developed the park.
Landing State Park Excellent fishing, a beautiful and
challenging golf course, a marina and great accommodations are all
available at Pickwick Landing State Park. Pickwick Landing was a
riverboat stop dating from the 1840’s and in the 1930’s, the site
was chosen for one of the Tennessee Valley Authority's dams on the
Tennessee River. In the early 1970’s the inn, cabins, marina and
picnic shelters were developed.
Mounds State Archaeological Park Pinson Mounds, one of two
state archaeological parks, is a special park, set aside to protect the
prehistoric remains found there. The Pinson Mounds grouping
consists of at least 15 earthen mounds, a geometic enclosure, habitation
areas and related earthworks in an area that incorporates almost 1,200
Royal State Park 26-acre Port Royal is the site of one of
Tennessee's earliest communities and trading centers. It was an
important site on the route to the West. An old Indian trail that
lead to the Ohio River had evolved into a major stagecoach route during
the early 1800's and had crossed the Red River at Port Royal. This
is the route taken by the Cherokee Indians during their removal in
1837-38 known as the Trail of Tears.
Lake State Natural Area is located in Davidson County in the midst
of the Overton Hills, south of Metropolitan Nashville in the Oak Hill
Community. This natural area provides a variety of scenic spots
and a diversity of natural habitats ranging from the lake, to streams
and placid sloughs. It even has some of the highest hills in the
Nashville Basin. Wildlife is amazingly abundant.
Clay State Historic Park The park encompasses 263-acres of
narrow valleys formerly used as cotton and pasture land. There are
also forested ridges that average 200 feet or more above the valley
floor. The site contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring,
which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that
flows into Mill Creek, a tributary of the Conasauga and Coosa River
Lake State Park, located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is
one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation.
The lake encompasses 25,000 acres (15,000 of which are water) and
harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the
golden and American bald eagles. Other animals are also diverse
and abundant here. Its many species of flowering and non-flowering
plants attract botany enthusiasts from all over the country. Cypress
dominates the margins of the lake, but many other trees and shrubs are
Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian
forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation
ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding
ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life
and a wide range of outdoor activities. Park guests have
opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play
tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists
for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts.
Island State Park The park features 10 cabins. The three
bedroom/two bath cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping.
Rock Island has 60 campsites, each equipped with electrical and water
hookups, grill, and picnic table. The park has four hiking trails
with the gorge area below the dam being the most popular. Boating
and fishing are very popular on Center Hill Lake as well as on Great
Rocky Fork State Park is 2,037 acres of scenic wilderness in Unicoi
County, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. The
park is approximately 30 minutes from both Johnson City and Asheville,
N.C., and 10 miles from Erwin, the county seat. Rocky Fork was
designated Tennessee’s 55th Tennessee State Park in October 2012.
Seven Islands State Birding Park
Seven Islands State Birding Park The diverse natural landscape
of aquatic and grassland habitats makes a premier birding
destination with more than 190 species of birds sighted. The park
encompasses 416 acres along the French Broad River in Knox County,
approximately 19 miles east of Knoxville. This peninsula of land
features more than eight miles of natural trails, rolling hills and
views of the Smoky Mountains
Alvin C. York State Historical Site located in Pall Mall, Tennessee,
pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the
mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of
World War I. He was decorated with a dozen metals, including the
Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. The
historic park includes the York family farm and the grist mill he
operated for many years on the banks of the Wolf River.
Cumberland Recreation Area is one of the newer Tennessee State
Parks. Almost all of the park lies atop the Cumberland Plateau
and, unlike most state parks, it is made up of ten different areas
located in four different counties. The Visitor Center is located
between Monteagle and Tracy City on Highway 41. Visitors can also
obtain information and directions from the visitor center.
Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland
Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is
noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other
natural diversity. The park takes its name from the "Standing
Stone," an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone
ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate
Shoals State Historic Area is open from daylight to dark each day.
The Visitors Center, which houses an interpretive facility with
information, historic displays, and a theater, is open Monday through
Saturday. Picnicking is available at Sycamore Shoals with tables
and grills provided. A two-mile fitness trail constructed jointly
between the park and adjacent hospital is also available.
Fuller State Park When T.O. Fuller State Park opened in 1942
as Shelby Bluffs State Park, it opened as the first park for
African-Americans East of the Mississippi River and the second park for
African-Americans in the nation during the early 1940's. This
small step towards Dr. Fuller's dream for equality led to a new park
name - T.O. Fuller State Park - in honor of Dr. Fuller's life time work
for social justice.
Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling
hills of southern middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area
and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford
Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by
the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological
excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites,
indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000
Path State Park was named for the park's proximity to the ancient
war and trading path used by the Cherokee. Since that time, the
park land has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway
for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre area was acquired
from the Tennessee Valley Authority is 1952, to serve the people who
live in or visit this section of Northeast Tennessee. It is
situated on the shores of TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston
a Tennessee State Park