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Tennessee – Make a splash at one of Tennessee State Parks 19 public pools this summer, which are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day – the perfect way to beat the heat! Not only are our Olympic-sized pools a great summertime treat, they also are a great family value – with a small admission fee for day guests and half-price fees for most cabin, inn or camping guests.
Finding a state park in your own backyard is easy to do and you don’t have to spend a lot of gas money to get there!
Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of activities and events throughout the winter. From great hikes to bluegrass – there’s something designed for the entire family!
Here are just a few state park events in your area.
Tennessee State Parks’ Public Pools
All Tennessee State Parks’ public pools are closed Monday and Tuesday, except holiday weeks. Since hours of operation do vary, we encourage visitors to call ahead. Tennessee State Parks’ public pools located in the Middle Tennessee area include:
If you are staying as an overnight guest at Edgar Evins, Montgomery Bell or Fall Creek Falls – all three parks also have private pools reserved for guests only. And don’t forget about the great swimming beaches at Long Hunter, Mousetail Landing, Pickett, Montgomery Bell, Rock Island!
We’ve also listed several upcoming park events – something for all ages! Stay tuned each week for additional details!
Bledsoe Creek State Park
In conjunction with TWRA, Bass Pro Shop and Bass-n-Buddies, the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park will be hosting a Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 11th, for kids 14 years of age and under. This event will be from 8:00am until noon and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sharon Armistead 615-347-3639.
Other Bledsoe Creek State Park events include:
Long Hunter State Park
Long Hunter State Park offers a variety of great programming for the whole family. Boat rentals at Couchville Lake are officially open and ready for summertime visitors. Park management also recently announced that the Couchville Lake paved trail is open after weather-related clean-up efforts. Other activities scheduled at Long Hunter include:
On Saturday and Sunday, June 25th-26th, join Long Hunter State Park for the Great American Backyard Campout. This is a national event that encourages thousands of people across the U.S. to camp out. This year, REI has partnered with Long Hunter State Park for a fun day and night of activity including, kids games, a “Leave No Trace” presentation, nature hikes and stargazing along with breakfast the next morning. Don’t own any camping gear? No problem! REI will be offering free camping gear rentals to registered participants and will bring them to Long Hunter State Park on the June 25th. This event is limited to 50 spots and reservations are required.
To register, visit www.rei.com/event/23564/session/29087. Please call REI in Brentwood at 615-376-4248 to make your camping gear reservation after you register.
Edgar Evins State Park
Meet in the Campground fire circle on Friday, June 10th, at 4:00pm for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to bring your nature knowledge and lots of energy! Also on June 10th, beginning at 7:30pm will be a Bat Chat – gather at the camp store to discover the amazing world of bats! Participants will first enjoy a short slide show then step outside to watch the bats in action! All ages welcome!
Meet staff at the park office on Saturday, June 11th, at 10:00am for an Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk – an easy stroll to observe, discuss and even taste a few of the native plants that have been used for food and medicine for hundreds of years. At 8:30pm on June 11th, join the seasonal naturalist for a Nocturnal Stroll around the boat ramp area to discover all the fascinating sights and sounds the night has to offer. Meet at the first picnic area of the boat ramp entrance (look for ranger vehicle).
Other great Edgar Evins activities:
Friday, June 17th
Saturday, June 18th
South Cumberland State Park
Be sure to check out these upcoming hikes and activities at beautiful South Cumberland State Park:
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Join the staff at Bicentennial Mall on Friday, June 10th, for an Evening with the Nashville Symphony in the park’s amphitheater. The show begins at 8:00pm and is free to the public. For more information call 615-741-5800.
Henry Horton State Park
Make a lifetime of memories for your family this summer with Henry Horton State Park’s Family Fun Getaway Package. The $140.00 (including tax) family package includes:
Henry Horton State Park features beautiful hiking trails, golf, an Olympic-size swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts, playgrounds, Frisbee golf, horseshoes and basketball. Reservations must be made through the Henry Horton State Park Inn at 800-250-8612 or 931-364-2222. No other discounts apply.
Tennessee State Natural Areas
Tennessee Coneflower Tour
On Saturday, June 25th, join state naturalists for the Tennessee Coneflower Tour – an opportunity to see a rare species that was once on the brink of extinction, but today can be seen in the unique habitat of many of our Middle Tennessee State Natural Areas – including Couchville Cedar Glade, Mt. View Glade and Vesta Cedar Glades and Barrens. It will be peak flowering time for the Tennessee Coneflower, and an opportunity to celebrate the success of its recovery. This hike is moderate and non-strenuous. Participants should bring a lunch and plenty of water. Meet at the Target parking lot on Bell Road (Hickory Hollow Mall area) at 9:00am. (Central).
Transportation will be provided but space is limited. Reservations are required by June 23 and can be made by contacting Brian Bowen at 615-532-0436 or . For maps or more information about these natural areas visit our website at: www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/
About Tennessee State Parks
Tennessee’s 53 state parks and 81 natural areas offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.tnstateparks.com.
Tennessee also has 81 designated State Natural Areas throughout the state, covering approximately 120,000 acres of ecologically significant lands. More information about Tennessee’s Natural Areas Program, including a complete list of all natural areas and scheduled field trips, can be found at www.tn.gov/environment/na/.
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