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Exploring Tennessee State Parks, from Johnson City to Memphis

Tennessee's 56 state parks offer visitors entry to the natural beauty and vast history of this fascinating state. Across the Volunteer State, you'll find more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails leading to more than 80 waterfalls, historic landmarks, and a vast array of flora and fauna. Whether you want to spend your days by the water fishing for bass or hitting the trail on your mountain bike, you'll be impressed with the activities on offer at Tennessee state parks.

State Parks in Tennessee: Top Accommodations

House Sevier County
$153 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.5
"Outstanding" (37 ratings)
Sevier County, Tennessee, United States
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House Sevier County
$160 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.5
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Sevier County, Tennessee, United States
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House Gatlinburg
$167 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
4.2
"Very good" (51 ratings)
Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee
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The Best Tennessee State Parks for Families

The Best Tennessee State Parks for Families

The Tennessee state park system is overflowing with opportunities for family fun, adventure, and education. You don't need to travel far to find a park that will offer something for all ages.

  • Roan Mountain State Park

    A small piece of Tennessee history is preserved within the confines of Roan Mountain State Park. The Miller Farmstead, established in 1908, has been maintained so that families can explore the life and times of Appalachian settlers.

  • Paris Landing State Park

    Located on the shores of the beautiful Tennessee River, Paris Landing State Park opens up a world of opportunity for family fun on land and water. Fishing, depending on the season, can produce bluegill, catfish, and bass. Three hiking trails of varying difficulty, a beautiful swimming pool, and a freshwater lake provide recreation and refreshment.

  • Edgar Evins State Park

    Along with moderate hiking and boating, Edgar Evins State Park offers families the opportunity to get close to nature and view some rare birds such as the cerulean warbler, a breed that makes its home here for the season but is rarely seen in other parts of Tennessee.

  • Pickwick Landing State Park

    Pickwick Landing is an excellent park for families interested in a wide variety of activities. Numerous opportunities exist for water adventure, with rentals ranging from single kayaks to large 24-foot pontoon boats. There is also a disc golf course that leads through some of the most beautiful areas of the park, and two easy hikes great for families with small children.

The Best Tennessee State Parks for Hiking

The Best Tennessee State Parks for Hiking

Hikers from around the world come to explore what Tennessee has to offer. Various terrains, natural formations, and birds and plants unique to the ecosystems in Tennessee attract nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts alike.

  • Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

    Fourteen natural surface hikes range from easy to moderate in difficulty. Shorter trails, such as the Indian Rock House Trail, offer inexperienced hikers a solid introduction to the sport, while the eight-mile Hidden Passage Trail provides a little challenge for more experienced hikers.

  • Natchez Trace State Park

    Avid hikers and backpackers will be delighted with a journey on the Red Leaves Trail. Over 40 miles long, with a north and south loop, this trail leads through dense forests, past a couple of beautiful lakes, and the oldest pecan tree in Tennessee.

  • Chickasaw State Park

    There are eight easy-to-moderate trails that wind their way throughout this state park named for the Native Americans that once occupied this area of western Tennessee. The Fern Loop Nature Trail is ideal for families with children, and many of the short trails can be combined for those wanting a more challenging adventure.

Recommended Accommodations for State Parks in Tennessee

House Roan Mountain State Park
$211 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (111 ratings)
Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain, Tennessee, United States
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House Roan Mountain State Park
$123 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
4.9
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Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain, Tennessee, United States
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The Best Tennessee State Parks for Adventure Sports

The Best Tennessee State Parks for Adventure Sports

Travelers looking for a thrill will not be disappointed with a visit to Tennessee. Climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, and aerial adventure await in some of the state's most stunning parks.

  • Montgomery Bell State Park

    Mountain biking enthusiasts will love the variation in the more than 20 miles of dirt trails at Montgomery Bell State Park. The trails' four levels of difficulty allow bikers of all skill and experience levels to enjoy the diverse terrain and gorgeous natural sights of this magnificent park.

  • Fall Creek Falls State Park

    One of Tennessee's most prized parks, Fall Creek Falls has much to offer adventure seekers. In addition to exceptional hiking, top-notch climbing and rappelling routes for beginners and experts alike await at Copperhead Rock. Also, visitors can test their endurance with the park's Canopy Challenge, a self-guided tour that features more than 70 aerial obstacles.

  • Rock Island State Park

    Located at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins, and Rocky rivers, Rock Island State Park attracts professional whitewater kayakers from all over the world. The park has hosted international kayaking competitions and offers many recreational boating opportunities as well as some very challenging whitewater areas.

Top Offers for State Parks in Tennessee

House Montgomery Bell State Park
$209 per night
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0
"Excellent" (13 ratings)
Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson County, Tennessee, United States
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House Montgomery Bell State Park
$498 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
4.9
"Excellent" (18 ratings)
Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson County, Tennessee, United States
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do vacation rentals for Tennessee State Parks cost?

The average price for accommodation in Tennessee is between usually $288 and $474 per night.

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