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Bicentennial Capitol Mall

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The bicentennial capitol mall state park is located in the shadow of the state capitol in downtown nashville. the 19-acre park is designed to complement the tennessee capitol building, give visitors a taste of tennessee's history and natural wonders, and to serve as a lasting monument to tennessee's bicentennial celebration.

Big Cypress Tree

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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. having a picnic in the picnic shelter is a popular activity. a variety of plant life ranging from native wild flowers to native trees may be seen here. examples are showy evening primrose, black-eyed susans, yellow poplar, bald cypress, and dogwood. wildlife seen at big cypress includes bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, deer, squirrels, butterflies, bats, and many others. during the fall festival, visitors may see up close several birds of prey including a bald eagle.

Big Hill Pond

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Big hill pond state park lies in the southwestern part of mcnairy county and encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom land. cypress creek and tuscumbia river border the property. several oxbow lakes and sloughs add to the waterway. the flood plain adjacent to both the tuscumbia river and cypress creek contains small oxbow lakes and swamp areas which are desirable habitat for waterfowl, wildlife and fishing.

Big Ridge

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The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of tva's norris reservoir approximately 25 miles north of knoxville. visitors to the park will find a wealth of activities to meet any interest from guided nature tours to backcountry camping.

Bledsoe Creek

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Bledsoe creek state park is a 164-acre site located on the bledsoe creek embayment of the old hickory reservoir near the old 1780s settlement of cairo.

Booker T. Washington

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Situated on the shores of scenic chickamauga lake not far from the city of chattanooga is 353-acre booker t. washington state park. the park is named in honor of the famous leader, booker taliaferro washington. washington was born into slavery at hale's ford, virginia, but with great determination he secured an education and went on to become one of our great americans. he is perhaps best known as a former president of the tuskegee institute, a black organization for higher education.

Burgess Falls

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Burgess falls state natural area, located in middle tennessee, lies on the eastern edge of tennessee's highland rim adjacent to the cumberland plateau and is noted for its natural beauty. sheer bluffs, narrow ridges, rolling water and abundant mixed forest, characterize this area. the falling water river drops approximately 250 feet, providing numerous waterfalls, breathtaking scenery and overlooks. the park is home to over 300 species trees and plants and an abundance of wildlife. park visitors can visit the large native butterfly garden located adjacent to the upper parking lot.

Cedars of Lebanon

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Cedars of lebanon state park is named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the biblical lands of lebanon. the park contains 900 acres which are used for intensive recreation. an additional 8,100 acres are operated by the parks division as a natural area and by the forestry division as a state forest.

Chickasaw

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Chickasaw state rustic park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west tennessee. of the area's 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. the remainder is state forest managed jointly by the state forestry division and the tennessee wildlife resources agency. the park is located in chester and hardeman counties, 18 miles south of jackson, tennessee on state hwy. 100.

Cordell Hull

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The cordell hull birthplace and museum is a historic site owned by the state of tennessee that was created as state park by an act of the tennessee general assembly in june 1997. the 58-acre site is located on the highland rim, near byrdstown, north of cookeville, close to the kentucky border.

Cove Lake

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Cove lake state park's 673 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the cumberland mountains. there are scenic nature trails and bike trails leading through the open grasslands and woodlands. in the winter, several hundred canada geese make this lakeshore their feeding ground. nearby is the devil's race track whose steep pinnacle rock affords a panoramic view.

Cumberland Mountain

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Cumberland mountain state park is situated on the cumberland plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western new york to central alabama. it is said to be the largest timbered plateau in america. this 1,720-acre park was acquired in 1938 as a project of the farm security administration to provide a recreational area for some 250 families selected to homestead on the cumberland plateau.

Cumberland Trail

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On june 22, 1998, tn state parks announced the creation of the cumberland trail state park, tennessee's 53rd state park and the only state park of its kind. in september 2002, the park was renamed the justin p. wilson cumberland trail state park in recognition of wilson's dedication and leadership in catalyzing efforts to build the trail.

David Crockett

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David crockett state park was dedicated in may of 1959, in honor of one of tennessee's most famous native sons.

Davy Crockett Birthplace

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Davy crockett's birthplace has been preserved by the state of tennessee department of environment and conservation as an historic site within the state park system. the site consists of 105 partially wooded acres of land along the nolichucky river in greene county, tennessee. Learn more about crockett’s intriguing composite of history and folklore at the tennessee encyclopedia of history. then make plans to come see where the legend began.

Dunbar Cave

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Dunbar cave state park is located 60 minutes northwest of nashville and about one and a half miles northeast of downtown clarksville in montgomery county. dunbar cave is the most prominent of several caves located in this designated natural area. in the roomy mouth of the cave, square dances, radio shows, and big band era concerts were once held.

Edgar Evins

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Edgar evins state park is located on the shores of center hill lake in the steep, hilly eastern highland rim. the 6,000 acre park provides excellent recreational opportunities and accommodations on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in tennessee.

Fall Creek Falls

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A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged cumberland plateau, fall creek falls state park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in america. laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. while fall creek falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern united states, other waterfalls in the park are piney and cane creek falls and cane creek cascades.

Fort Loudoun

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This 1,200-acre site is the location of one of the earliest british fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. nearby were the principal towns of the cherokee nation including tenase, namesake of our state, and tuskegee, birthplace of the genius sequoyah, commemorated by the cherokee nation's museum. today the fort and the 1794 tellico blockhouse overlook tva's tellico reservoir and the appalachian mountains.

Fort Pillow

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The 1,642 acre fort pillow, located in lauderdale county on the chickasaw bluffs overlooking the mississippi river, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. in 1861, the confederate army built extensive fortifications here and named the site for general gideon j. pillow of maury county. the confederate soldiers abandoned the fort. remains of the earthworks are well-preserved.

Frozen Head

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Frozen head state park and natural area is situated in the beautiful cumberland mountains of eastern tennessee. the 13,122 acres of relatively undisturbed forest contain some of the richest wildflowers areas in tennessee. the mountainous terrain varies from an elevation of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet on 16 different mountain peaks. frozen head, elevation of 3,324, is one of the highest peaks in tennessee west of the great smoky mountains. from its observation tower on a clear day, one can plainly see the cumberland plateau, tennessee ridge and valley, and the great smoky mountains. in winter, the mountain peaks are often capped with snow or ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned, thus giving the park's namesake, frozen head. the park's lush vegetation, small streams, waterfalls and beautiful mountains make frozen head one of tennessee's most scenic parks.

Harpeth River

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This unique linear park located along the harpeth river in middle tennessee offers natural, cultural, and recreational day use areas rich in historic significance and natural beauty. canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas) providing beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float this beautiful class ii river. bring your own canoe or kayak or call local commercial outfitters for trip information and boat rentals.

Harrison Bay

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The 1,200-acre harrison bay state park, with approximately 40 miles of chickamauga lake shoreline, was originally developed as a tennessee valley authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the tennessee river that covers the old town of harrison, and the last cherokee campground. the parklands are of historic significance because the cherokee campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great cherokee chieftains, chief joe vann. this beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area.

Henry Horton

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Henry horton state park is well known for their championship 18-hole golf course, inn and cabins, campgrounds and trap and skeet range. the 1,140-acre park has three hiking trails where you may see a variety of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. summer months bring hours of family enjoyment whether it's swimming in our olympic-sized pool, fishing along the duck river, playing volleyball or basketball, or having a picnic, henry horton state park has a lot to offer.

Hiwassee/Ocoee

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Hiwassee scenic river park is located on spring creek road at u.s. hwy. 411, the ocoee river on u.s. hwy. 64. the hiwassee was the first river managed in the state scenic river program. a 23-river mile section, from the n.c. state line to u.s. 411 north of benton, has been declared a class iii partially developed river. this stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. a scenic portion of the john muir trail winds through the river gorge. numerous public access sites provide boat-launching ramps. at the gee creek campround, picnic areas, sanitary facilities and primitive camping are available. adjacent is the gee creek wilderness of the cherokee national forest. the ocoee river is a premier white-water river in the southeastern united states possessing class iii, iv, and v rapids. access sites are maintained.
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