Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the official start to summer fun at Tennessee State Parks! Guided boat trips, hikes, festivals and fairs are just a few of the many activities and events happening at a park near you this summer.
Do you want to make a difference to Tennessee's natural resources, spend time outdoors, and make new friends? Then consider participating in one of the many volunteer opportunities we offer individuals, families, and civic groups. Opportunities range from spending a few hours helping maintain a trail, to on-going support by joining a Friends Group to seasonal projects like being a Seasonal Interpretive Host at a park museum or visitor center. Learn more about volunteer opportunities
Edgar Evins (middle) hosts Free Fishing Day on June 8. Don’t have a fishing license? No worries…Today you don’t need one! TWRA recognizes June 8 as Free Fishing Day in Tennessee - resident or not - any person of any age can fish TN public waters without having a license. This event is for all ages and experience levels. Whether you have fished before or just thought about it, come to the park to enjoy a Free Day of Fishing. Bring your own rod or you may borrow one of ours for these programs, but supplies are limited, so they are first come, first serve. All children must be accompanied by an adult. View details. For more information call 931-858-2446 or email Ranger Mark at Mark.Taylor@tn.gov.
Davy Crockett Birthplace (east) hosts Appalachian Heritage Fair on June 8 & 9. Join park staff and our Pioneer Friends Group for this 2-day event celebrating the traditional arts, crafts and music of our region. This event showcases local artisans and their handmade, traditional Appalachian style crafts, traditional flowers, herbs and local organic farmers. Local food vendors will be on hand. For more information or to be considered as a craft or food vendor please contact Dawn.Coleman@tn.gov. Sat. June 9, 10-5, Sun June 10, 10-4:30 ET. For more information call 423-257-2167.
2013 Event Schedule (updated May 16)
Learn more about TN State Natural Area 2013 events
The Tennessee Conservationist magazine May/June Event Schedule
Please remember, schedules and events may change. Call individual parks to confirm events, check on cancellations. When a reservation is required, be sure to leave your contact phone number and/or email address with the hike leader. Please let the leader know if you must cancel, so that someone on the waiting list may attend.
In addition to events, our parks offer seasonal interpretive programming and workshops throughout the year. To learn more about seasonal programs and workshops at specific sites, contact that state park directly.
Do you like fun and adventure? Would you like to explore and discover the amazing secrets of Tennessee State Parks? Do you want to spend time outdoors learning about the world in which you live and help protect special places? If you answered “yes!”, then you are already on your way to becoming the next Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger! Learn more about the Junior Ranger Program.
Trails, vistas and recreation opportunities call people to stay for the day or to stay for a longer while. Good thing many of our parks feature a variety of lodging for overnight stays, weekend outings or extended family vacations. Our comfortable accommodations range from rustic cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to new modern villas.
With six Resort Inns with full-service restaurants, and more than 3,000 campsites, state parks can accommodate all sizes of budgets and groups. Come for a day or stay and play longer at Tennessee State Parks.
Tennessee State Parks can accommodate all types of groups and work within your budget to deliver a unique spot for your business or meeting needs. Five state parks have full conference centers with audio-visual equipment, copy centers, and WiFi compatibility. Sixteen state parks offer a variety of meeting rooms for smaller gatherings and most parks have picnic shelters or pavilions for outdoor gatherings. Twelve parks have restaurants serving delicious home-style food and many will provide complete catering for your event.
Learn more from the Tennessee State Parks’ Meeting Planners Guide.