South Central Tennessee Tourism - State Parks
Every two years the National Recreation and Park Association selects a state park system to receive the prestigious Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the highest honor a park system can receive within the industry. Winners are determined by a panel of parks and recreation professionals that evaluate application materials with an emphasis on long-range planning, resource management, citizen support systems, environmental stewardship, program and professional development and agency recognition.
This year the state parks of Georgia, Tennessee and Utah were finalists for the Gold Medal Award. On September 26 at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress in Indianapolis, Tennessee State Parks was named Gold Medal Winner for 2007. Tennessee had been a finalist for this award previously, but had never won. Visit us at www.tnstateparks.com for a full listing of all the state parks in Tennessee. However, here is a list of them in our area:
David Crockett State Park - located at 1400 W. Gaines, Lawrenceburg, TN. Riverside Park is a memorial to the legendary hunter and hero of the Alamo. Bike trails, boat rental, campsites, fishing, gift shop, hiking trails, meeting rooms, museum, picnic areas, playgrounds, restaurant, swimming, tennis and visitor center. New cabins by the creek Check them out. 931-762-9408.
Henry Horton State Park - located at 4358 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill, TN. A former TN governor's estate. Popular with golfers. Cabins, campsites, canoe access, fishing, gift shop, golfing, hiking trails, meeting rooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, resort inn, restaurant, swimming and tennis. 800-250-8612.
Mousetail Landing State Park - located at Hwy 438, Linden, TN On the eastern banks of the TN River and near the Buffalo River. Backcountry sites, bike trails, boat launch ramps, canoe access, fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming, visitor's center and water skiing. 731-847-0841.
Old Stone Fort State Park - located at 732 Stone Fort Drive, Manchester, TN Earth & Stone enclosure built as a sacred site by Native Americans over 2,000 years ago. Campsites, fishing, gift shop, hiking trails, museum, picnic areas, playgrounds and visitors center. 931-723-5073.
Tim's Ford State Park - located at 570 Tim's Ford Drive, Winchester, TN Off Hwy 50, west of Winchester on the Tim's Ford Reservoir. Bike trails, boat launch ramps, boat rental, cabins, campsites, fishing, gift shop, golf, hiking trails, laundry, marina, picnic areas, playgrounds, recreation center, swimming, snack bar, visitors center and water skiing. 800-471-5295.