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State and National Parks

STATE PARKS

There are more than 50 state parks in Tennessee, each with its special charm and appeal. Golfers will love The Bear Trace- a collection of courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus, which includes four layouts within Tennessee state park grounds. You can visit tnstateparks.com to review all the parks.

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Pocket Ranger App Download the Tennessee State Parks Outdoor Guide by clicking on this link: Pocket Ranger App

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

Located just 35 minutes from The River Club, Fall Creek Falls State Park was named one of the five best state parks in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine. The park is the largest state park in Tennessee and home to the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. There are no park entrance fees for The River Club owners.

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Harrison Bay State Park

Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. 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 historically significant because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from the surrounding tri-state area. It has one of the most complete marina facilities available on any of the TVA lakes.

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Ozone Falls State Park

Located on the eastern edge of the Crab Orchard Mountains, Ozone Falls is a 43 acre protected natural area on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.  Plunging 110 feet into a deep blue rock-strewn pool, the picturesque waterfall boasts an impressive rock house “amphitheater,” created over time by the elements.  Disney Pictures chose this spot as the filming location for the major motion picture “The Jungle Book;” forever memorializing the beauty of this unique spot.  Hike the many trails or, visit during spring and search for wildflowers.

NATIONAL PARKS

Tennessee has four National Parks, including the most popular of all: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can visit nps.gov to learn about them all. These are our two favorites:

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ridge upon ridge of endless forest straddle the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary, the park attracts over nine million visitors each year. Once a part of the Cherokee homeland, the Smokies today are a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of trails.

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Stones River National Battlefield Park

The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here. Stones River is an easy 59 mile drive from Sparta, and one of many important Civil War sites in the area.