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Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee's history and natural wonders. With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee's history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains.
Situated in northwestern Tennessee, Big Cyprus Tree State Park is named for the country's largest bald cypress - and what was the largest tree east of the Mississippi River. Though the actual Big Cypress Tree was struck by lightning in 1976 at 1,350 years old, the park is today well known for hiking, picnicking and nature viewing.
Big Hill Pond State Park is located in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses 4,138 acres of timberland and hard wood bottomland. Camping and picnic pavilion reservations are available, and the park welcomes guests with a diverse event and activity calendar.
The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park is located in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley range, characterized by narrow ridges flanked by fertile stream valleys. Big Ridge State Park's topography is dominated by three ridge systems giving the area its beautiful lake and scenery.
The park features 57 campsites. There are more than six miles of scenic hiking trails. The trails meander through the forest and along the lake shore of the park. One mile of these trails is paved making it accessible to persons with disabilities. The trails are open year round.
Situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake, not far from the city of Chattanooga, is the 353-acre Booker T. Washington State Park. Many visitors enjoy the phenomenal scenery through the challenging, yet rewarding, six-mile mountain biking trail.
Burgess Falls State Park, located on the Falling Water River, is a day use park, noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls that cascade down from over 250 feet in elevation. The last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located in Wilson County and is part of the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the cedar forests and glades. There are four trails in the park where you may catch a glimpse of fox, deer, squirrel, rabbits and turkey throughout the park.
The 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. Chickasaw State Park offers various activities for visitors to embark on, including more than four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bicycle friendly roads.
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park includes a representation of Hull's log cabin birthplace and period gardens, the Cordell Hull Museum which displays a variety of photographs and artifacts and an activities center. The park also includes the Hull Library and Archives that houses the entire Cordell Hull Collection consisting of more than 1,500 books and hundreds of original photographs, documents and artifacts.
Cove Lake's 717-acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Scenic nature trails lead through a diversity of wetlands and woodlands offering wildlife viewing for the nature enthusiast. A paved walking/biking trail provides easy access to all park facilities.
The park is located around Byrd Lake, a man-made lake created by the impoundment of Byrd Creek in the 1930s. The park is set on the Cumberland Plateau and provides numerous recreational activities, including hiking, swimming, picnicking and interpretive programs.
The Cumberland Trail follows a line of pristine high ridges and deep gorges lying along Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. The state is continuing to partner with the Cumberland Trails Conference (CTC), an associate organization of the Tennessee Trails Association, and other volunteers to solicit public and private support for acquisition of additional land along the trail. Once completed, the hiking trail will extend 282 miles from Cumberland Gap, on the Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky border to the Tennessee River gorge, on the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia border.
Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 282-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.
This 105-acre historic park, just upstream from the falls of the scenic Nolichucky River, is maintained as a memorial to David Crockett. This area includes a limestone marker and replica cabin, as well as visitor center exhibits. Nearby is the Cherokee National Forest and his father's Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown.
In addition to the paved bike trail, the park has more than six miles of hiking trails. The trails offer scenic vistas of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and serene forest. The Overlook Trail runs parallel to the Shoal Creek Trail.
Dunbar Cave State Park is set on 110 acres in north-central Tennessee and is home to the eight-mile Dunbar Cave - one of the largest caves in Montgomery County. The park itself holds historical, natural, archaeological, and geological significance, and features recreational activities while hosting multiple community events in the large entrance to Dunbar Cave.
Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The 6,000 acre park provides many recreational opportunities and accommodations on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee's largest and most visited state park. The park encompasses more than 26,000 acres laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber.
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park is 1,200-acres and its one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. The fort was reconstructed during the Great Depression and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow is known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. The park's museum offers Civil War artifacts including a canon and interpretive displays related to the history of Fort Pillow
Frozen Head State Park and Natural area encompasses more than 24,000 acres of wilderness area and is named for a 3,324-foot peak in the Cumberland Mountains, the top of which is often shrouded in ice or snow in the winter months.
The Harpeth River State Park is a linear park that manages nine river access sites along 40 river miles. Sites include several natural, archaeological and historic areas. The park is popular for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas).
The Harpeth River is a Class I river. It is appropriate for beginners to advanced paddlers. Visitors can bring their own canoe or kayak. Rentals and trip information are available from local outfitters in and around Kingston Springs.
Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200-acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fisherman, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area.
The park offers several lodging options, including an inn, 8 cabins, RV campsites, tent campsites, and various primitive, backcountry and group sites. The inn features The Governor's Table Restaurant, open seven days a week.
A 23-river mile section, from the North Carolina to U.S. Hwy 411 north of Benton, has been declared a Class III partially developed river. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography.
Indian Mountain State Park is a 200-acre park located in Campbell County near Tennessee's northern border. It serves as a living demonstration of how good environmental practices can reclaim wasteland and convert it to beneficial use. Visitors to the park are likely to see geese, ducks, beaver, blue heron and an occasional deer.
This 1,075-acre park located in Humphreys County commemorates the site of the Johnsonville Depot, the Battle of Johnsonville and the historic town site of Johnsonville that existed from 1864-1944 prior to the formation of Kentucky Lake.
The more than 20 miles of hiking trails provide a variety of terrain and range from pleasant strolls to longer jaunts for the more adventurous. Trails include a self-guided, paved arboretum trail and the five and a half-mile Volunteer Trail that follows the lake shore. The park also offers a reservable picnic shelter and lakeside backcountry camping sites.
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is a 13,476-acre hardwood bottomland area bordering the mighty Mississippi River 13 miles north of Memphis featuring mature Bald Cypress and Tupelo swamp. Most of the facilities are on top of the majestic Chickasaw Bluffs that rise from the bottomlands and are covered with large oaks, American beech, hickory and sweet gum.
There are many activities to try at the park. Most notably, are hiking, biking, and fishing. There are nearly 19 miles of trails throughout the park with one that follows the circumference of the park. The Par 72, an 18-hole golf course, is a local treasure.
This 1,247-acre park is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River. The park has one day-use, three-mile trail. There is one overnight, eight-mile trail with two screened shelters. These backcountry shelters have plywood bunks and each shelter sleeps eight people.
The park has 13.5 miles of hiking trails that wind through the forest and fields and along the lake shores and streams of Natchez Park. Visitors also enjoy the museum that features local and park history, picnic facilities, camping, cabins and lodges, boating and the park's restaurant.
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park features eight cabins overlooking the Kentucky Lake. Six cabins offer two bedrooms with two full-size beds in each room and full baths. One cabin is accessible to persons with a disability and is equipped with three beds and two accessible bathrooms. There is also one rustic log cabin located on a secluded ridge overlooking Kentucky Lake.
Located on the shores of Norris Lake, with more than 800 miles of shoreline, Norris Dam State Park offers recreational boating, skiing and fishing. The park offers a fully equipped marina with boat ramp available to the general public.
The main hiking trail follows the wall of Old Stone Fort which was used by the Native Americans as a ceremonial gathering place. The trail threads through dramatic scenery where you can see the original entrance of the fort which was designed to face the exact spot on the horizon where the sun rises during the summer solstice.
Panther Creek State Park is a 1,435-acre park located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the historic Holston River Valley, six miles west of Morristown. The park has 17 different hiking trails covering more than 30 miles of terrain at all levels of difficulty.
Paris Landing State Park is an 841-acre park located on the western shore of the Tennessee River, which is dammed to form Kentucky Lake (160,000 acres). The park sits on the widest part of the lake making it the perfect location for all water sports such as fishing, boating, swimming and waterskiing.
Pickett 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.
The park offers many activities for guests. Pickwick Lake is famous for smallmouth bass and Tennessee River Catfish. Fish that are known to bite year round are crappie, blue gil, white bass, stripes and sauger. Some of the biggest fishing tournaments are located here.
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park covers more than 1,200 acres and contains at least 15 Native American mounds. In addition to Sauls Mound the group includes Ozier Mound, the Twin Mounds and Mound 31. Archaeological evidence suggests the mounds were both burial and ceremonial in purpose. Pinson Mounds is a national historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Port Royal State Historic Park was the site one of the earliest colonial communities and trading posts in Middle Tennessee. It was first settled in the early 1780s and was a longhunter camp as early as 1775.
Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs.
The park is home to a natural landmark, 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 system. The spring was used by the Cherokee for their water supply during council meeting.
Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee and is noted for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. The 15,000-acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake.
Located on TN Highway 143, at the base of the majestic 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,00 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges
Rock Island State Park is an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim.
Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park is 2,076 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. Part of the Rocky Fork watershed, the land was designated a Tennessee State Park in October 2012, but wasn't officially opened and staffed until May 2015. As of January 2019, Rocky Fork State Park has been named after Senator Lamar Alexander for his continued efforts in keeping Tennessee a safe and healthy place to live.
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.
Sergeant Alvin C. York Historic Park is located nine miles north of Jamestown and pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by York who lived in the Pall Mall area for most of his life.
South Cumberland State Park is located within four different Tennessee counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The park is composed of approximately 23,386 acres in nine separate areas and boasts some of the best hiking and backcountry camping in the region.
Standing Stone State Park has more than eight miles of day-use hiking trails, providing access to some of the park's loveliest areas. Trails range from easy to strenuous and pass into virgin woods through vivid wildflowers and over-flowing streams and around beautiful Standing Stone Lake.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century.
The 1,138-acre park is located in Shelby County within the southern limits of the city of Memphis. Its diverse terrain, from the Mississippi flood plains to the high and overshadowing bluff ridges, makes the area an ideal place for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
The 2,200-acre Tims Ford State Park sits in the shadows of the Cumberland Plateau in south-central Tennessee. It is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee and is regarded as one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.
The park is home to premier boating and fishing activity, hiking trails, an internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system (which is a designated National Recreational Trail), an award-winning nature and education program and a nationally recognized golf course.
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