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Tennessee State Parks

Discover all the features our Tennessee state parks offer. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, or paddling on the trails and waterways. There are beautiful picnic areas, playgrounds, many miles of shoreline for fishing or just relaxing.
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Left: Big Ridge State Park -- Right: Fall Creek Falls; image by Tom Adkinson

East Tennessee State Parks

Big Ridge State Park
Big Ridge State Park is a heavily forested, 3,687-acre park which is on the southern shore of TVA's Norris Reservoir approximately 25 miles north of Knoxville. Along the trails you will see remnants of the homes and farms that existed there prior to the birth of the TVA. Before the park was created, the area was heavily populated and used for agriculture.

Fall Creek Falls State Park
Fall 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.

Norris Dam State Park
With more than 800 miles of shoreline, the park offers recreational boating, skiing, and fishing. There is a fully equipped marina with a boat ramp available to the general public. Houseboats and pontoon boats are available for rent along with other types of boats.

Roan Mountain State Park
Roan 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.

Middle Tennessee State Parks

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Pickett State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located in Nashville. It features a 200-foot granite map of the state of Tennessee, 31 fountains which represent the major rivers of Tennessee, a walkway featuring the 95 counties, and an extraordinary wall mapping Tennessee history.

Bledsoe Creek State Park
Bledsoe Creek State Park, a 164-acre park, is situated on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the U.S. Corps of Engineers Old Hickory Reservoir near the old 1780's settlement of Cairo in Sumner County.

David Crockett State Park
The park was named after David Crockett, a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist. The 1,319-acre park has a museum, staffed during the summer months, with exhibits depicting Crockett’s life here and a water-powered grist mill. The park also has more than eight miles of hiking trails. The trails offer scenic vistas of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and serene forest. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats are available for rent. The park has an onsite restaurant that overlooks 40-acre scenic Lindsey Lake. The restaurant features home-style cooking from the buffet or menu.

Pickett State Park
Pickett State Park is in a remote section of the upper Cumberland Mountains, the 17,372-acre Pickett State Park and Forest possess a combination of scenic, botanical and geological wonders found nowhere else in Tennessee. Of particular interest are the uncommon rock formations, natural bridges, numerous caves and remains of ancient Indian occupation.

West Tennessee State Parks


Big Cyprus Tree
This 330-acre natural area lies in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Obion River in West Tennessee. Visitors to the 27-acre Big Cypress Tree State Park in the natural area will find a clean and peaceful park where they can relax and enjoy nature.

Big Hill Pond
Big Hill Pond State Park is in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom land.

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