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Tennessee’s 54 state parks and 82 natural areas are open for business

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

Tennessee State Parks LOGOTennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau would like to remind Tennesseans and out-of-state visitors that all 54 state parks and 82 natural areas are open for business.

While all parks and natural areas are open for all normal recreational activities, there are several family-friendly events occurring across the state this weekend. They are:

Warriors’ Path State Park hosts Environmental Education Workshop on Oct. 5

Learn to use nearby, familiar environments as natural classrooms for your children and students. Try teaching techniques that bring conservation to life. This workshop is especially for teachers and youth leaders. Free, but pre-registration is required. Workshop will run from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. ET. For more information, contact Marty Silver at (423) 239-8531 or

Sycamore Shoals State Park hosts Herndon TOS Chapter Bird Walks on Oct. 5

Join us at 8 a.m. ET to meet other birders and naturalists for a morning of birding during the migratory season. Additional dates Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For more information, call (423) 543-5808.

Roan Mountain State Park hosts Chili Cook-off on Oct. 5

Cook up a pot or come sample. Register at the park office or campground. Prizes will be awarded. 8-12 p.m. ET. For more information, call (423) 772-0190.

Sycamore Shoals State Park hosts Fort Watauga Knap-In on Oct. 5 and 6

Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week. Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools. There will be demonstrations throughout the day. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. For more information, call (423) 543-5808.

Fort Loudoun State Park hosts Garrison Weekend on Oct. 5 and 6

Garrison Weekend is a time when the daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun are recreated for the public. On these days, park visitors will find living history re-enactors in costume at Fort Loudoun. Visitors can view an 18th century infirmary, the soldier’s barracks, the commander’s quarters, blacksmith shop and a Cherokee encampment. For more information, call (423) 884-6217.

Rock Island State Park 5-Miler on Oct. 5

Rock Island will host the kick-off race this year for the annual Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. This is the longest state parks running event in the U.S. The Rock Island race will include a rock on road and off road section with challenging elevation changes. Advance registration, including a t-shirt is $19 and $6 without a shirt. Race-day registration with no shirt is $13. Access the online registration at Call 931-743-2461 for more information or contact the park office at 931-686-2471.

To make an online reservation at one of the many Tennessee State Park cabins or campsites, please visit

For more information, please visit or call (615) 532-0001.

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