Tims Ford hosts Deer Trail 6 Mile on Dec. 1
(Middle) The ninth race in the 34th annual TN States Park Running Tour. All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 a.m. local time in 21 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport. Sponsored by the Mach Tenn Running Club. For more info call Terri Jones at 931-247-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Old Fashion Christmas on Dec. 1
(Middle) Join park staff as we celebrate the holidays the way they were enjoyed in the late nineteenth century, the time period in which former Secretary of State Cordell Hull lived in this rural area on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Come on out for this holiday open house which includes refreshments and seasonal decorations in the restored birthplace cabin. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more information call 931-864-3247.
Warriors’ Path hosts Adopt-a-Tree on Dec. 1
(East) 10 a.m.-noon ET. All area young people are invited to help bring “re-leaf” to Kingsport. We’ll be distributing free tree seedlings, to plant in the park and to plant at home. Help begin tomorrow’s forests! Free. For more information, contact the park office 423-239-8531 or email Marty.Silver@tn.gov.
Fort Loudoun hosts 75th Anniversary Event-Christmas on Dec. 1
(East) Celebrate Christmas in the 18th century style with native greenery, carols and wassail. Re-enactors will bring these and other 18th century lifestyles back to life with blacksmithing demonstrations, musket and artillery firings plus a special candlelight tour of Fort Loudoun. Daytime hours: 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET. The candlelight tour will commence at 6 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-884-6217.
December 9-10 events
Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7
(Middle) Join park staff as we commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, the day that officially launched the United States’ entry into WWII. We will observe the occasion with a display of highlights of the infamous Pearl Harbor attack as well as a showcase on Sec. Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 1945 for his role in creating the U.N. The park is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. For more information call 931-864-3247.
Sycamore Shoals hosts Christmas at the Carter Mansion on Dec. 7 & 8
(East) Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8 from 6-9 p.m. ET. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, refreshments, and costumed interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. Contact the park for details at 423-543-5808.
Paris Landing hosts Over the River 8 Miles on Dec. 8
(West) The tenth race in the 34th annual TN States Park Running Tour. All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 a.m. local time in 21 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport. Sponsored by the Jackson Roadrunners. The course was USAT&F certified in 2010. On-line registration at Active.com. For more info call Mike Bell at 931-441-4468 or email@example.com.
Sgt. Alvin C. York hosts Christmas in the Valley on Dec. 8
(Middle) For more information call 931-879-6456.
Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts Crockett Christmas on Dec. 8
(East) Crockett Christmas is a living history event that will provide visitors with a glimpse of Christmas past on the frontier. The birthplace cabin will be decorated in pioneer spirit. Traditional storytelling will be provided along with hot wassail and edibles common to that period. The path to the cabin will be lit by candlelight and a nice warm fire in the cabin and outside the cabin will keep you toasty warm. Event time will be 4:00-8:00 pm for Saturday. One day only. For more information contact: Dawn.Coleman@tn.gov.
Norris Dam hosts Holiday Homecoming Celebration on Dec. 8
(East) Join us from 5-9 p.m. ET for a walk through time discovering old time traditions representing Tennessee Holiday Homecomings in the local region. Celebrations will take place on the east side of the park as our rustic cabin area transforms into a winter village of festivities for the holiday season. The community and local organizations will be participating in holiday activities that will include; live animal demonstrations, historical depiction of Appalachian life, horse-drawn wagon rides, old-time music, and holiday treats. Parking will be a short distance from the event area, with handicapped parking available. Please be expected to walk approximately one mile, so dress warmly and comfortably and bring a flashlight for an evening outdoors amongst the rustic cabins! For more information please call the park office at 865-426-7461.
Pogue Creek SNA hosts Wilderness Holiday Hike on Dec. 8
(Plateau) Enjoy late fall, the coming winter, and the holiday season by exploring this pristine wilderness area with knowledgeable guides. This 4 hour hike will take participants off trail into some of the wild areas of the Cumberland Plateau where they will see beautiful mountain gorges, rock formations and much more. This hike will be strenuous and require some negotiation around obstacles. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants, and bring snacks, lunch and water to drink. Meet at 9 a.m. CT at the Pickett State Park office and we will carpool to the trailhead. Reservations are required; contact Robin at 615-532-4799 or Robin.Wooten@tn.gov.
December 17-18 events
Pickwick Landing hosts Christmas in the Park on Dec. 14 & 15
(West) Enjoy Pickwick Landing’s 8th annual Festival of Lights via trolley or a horse drawn carriage ride through the park, viewing the beautiful luminaries and lighted displays. Local retails and crafters will be on hand displaying and offering unique items at the park’s Holiday Mart. Little ones will enjoy a special visit from Santa and his elves complete with holiday train ride and bedtime stories. For more information including times call 731-689-3129.
Cumberland Mountain hosts Christmas on the Plateau on Dec. 15
(Plateau) Join us from 5-7 p.m. CT for our annual Toy Drive to help kids have a very Merry Christmas and Christmas Celebration. Activities include, music, interpretive programs, Christmas Story reading, ornament making, decorating and lighting the Christmas tree while sipping some hot chocolate, coffee, or hot cider. Toys will be taken up when Christmas on the Plateau begins! Meet at the Recreation Lodge. at 7 p.m. Mr. And Mrs. Claus will be handing out toys for all the boys and girls. Oh and don’t forget to take a drive through the park and see our historical CCC bridge decorated with lights! For more information call 931-484-6138.
Red Clay hosts 5th Annual Trail of Lights on Dec. 15
(East) Bring the family and stroll down the trail of lights to enjoy the park in the quiet beauty of winter. Return to the Visitor Center for refreshments and entertainment. 5-8 p.m. ET. Donation: Adults $3.00. Children under 12 $1.00. For more information call 423-478-0339.
Davy Crockett hosts Pioneer 5 Miles on Dec. 15
(East) The eleventh race in the 34th annual TN States Park Running Tour. All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 a.m. local time in 21 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport. Join us for an exhilarating run through our park and the Limestone community. Sponsored by the State of Franklin Track Club. For more info call Bob Townsend at 423-257-6188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.