Road trips are great because they are flexible, affordable, and full of activities to choose from. Customize where you stay, what you see and how far you go. That’s why Tennessee State Parks pre-planned a road trip packed with incredible outdoor adventures, history and lodging. The trips they put together can be shortened, extended, and traced back to create your ideal vacation. We’ve shared three pre-planned road trips, but there’s plenty more. here.
Nashville road trip
95 miles, 6 parks, cedar forest, lakes, Nashville, new lodge, Harpeth River.
1. Cedar of Lebanon
Begin your journey by exploring the cedar glades and staying in cozy cabins and campgrounds at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, a Lebanon national park 45 minutes east of Nashville.
2. Longhunter State Park
Take a day trip walking a loop around Lake Couchville, or take in views of Lake Percy Presto from the 4-mile Volunteer Day Loop.
3. Lake Radnor State Park
Next, see wildlife at Radnor Lake State Park. This is a favorite of Nashville residents due to the preserved natural habitat within close proximity of the city. Please keep in mind that this is a natural area. Stay on the trail and read the park rules carefully before visiting.
4. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, this park is a must-see. Walk on a 200-foot granite map of the state, visit the World War II Memorial, listen to the carillon of 95 bells, and splash in the Tennessee River Fountains. (Fountain business may be temporarily suspended due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection.)
5. Montgomery Bell State Park
Pack your bags and head to the newly renovated lodge in the Montgomery Belle. Book a private room overlooking Acorn Lake and explore the park’s long hiking trails, paddling and fishing on three lakes, play golf on the 18-hole course and dine at the park’s restaurants. let’s have fun. The park also has cabins and campgrounds.
6. Harpes River State Park
Complete your vacation with a day trip to explore the Harpes River. Enjoy a scenic drive to the park, hike to a vantage point, visit a waterfall, or spend his day kayaking.
130 miles, 6 parks, 8 waterfalls, 2 lakes, cabin vacations, great hikes
1. Standing Stone State Park
This first stop may not have a waterfall on site, but it’s a great base for visiting Cummins Falls. Reserve a newly restored historic cabin, deluxe cabin, or campground to explore the park’s suspension bridges, hiking trails, paddling rentals, and fishing opportunities.
2. Cummins Falls State Park
With a 75-foot waterfall and swimming area, this park is perfect for summer days. Note: The hike to the base of the falls is strenuous and requires a canyon access permit (available for purchase online), so plan accordingly.
3. Cookville, Tennessee
Take a coffee break in Cookville, explore the town’s restaurants, stock up on gear at an outdoor experience, or visit the Cookville Depot Museum.
4. Edgar Ebbins State Park
Reserve a cabin with views of sparkling Center Hill Lake or camp on a unique wooden platform. The park is great for visiting Burgess Falls, Window Cliffs State Natural Area, and Cummins Falls.
5. Burgess Falls State Park
Another iconic waterfall destination, Burgess Falls State Park has four waterfalls that cascade from more than 250 feet above sea level. The final of these waterfalls is the most spectacular, dropping over 130 feet into the canyon. Eight miles (8 miles) from the park, Window Cliffs State Natural Area offers a 2.7-mile (2.7-mile) rugged trail through multiple creeks to a geologically distinct landscape. You can go to the top of the cliff.
6. Sparta, Tennessee
Stop in Sparta for views of Sunset Rock, dining and exploring Historic Liberty Square.
7. Rock Island State Park
The park has some of the most scenic and important lookouts along the Eastern Highland Rim. Don’t leave without visiting the 30-foot Great Falls beneath a 19th-century cotton mill that powered him over 100 years ago. Book a cabin, grab a campsite, or stay a little longer at Edgar Evins.
8. Fall Creek Falls State Park
Top off your trip with a visit to Tennessee’s tallest waterfall and three other spectacular waterfalls. Reserve a lakeside cabin or campsite. Admire the views at Millikan’s Overlook, cross swaying bridges at Cane Creek Cascades and fish at Fall Creek Falls Lake.
From Nature to Memphis
220 miles, 7 low-traffic parks, 5 lakes, Memphis BB
1. Chickasaw State Park
Begin your journey relaxing under the pine trees around Lake Placid in western Tennessee. Book a cabin or secure a campsite, then explore hiking, paddling, fishing, swimming and more.
2. Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
Visit this ruin, home to at least 15 Native American mounds, on a day trip. Climb over 100 steps to the top of Saul’s Mound and see the museum’s exhibit on Tennessee’s prehistory.
3. Pickwick Landing State Park
Pack your bags and head southeast to your newly renovated lodge at Pickwick Landing on the shores of Pickwick Lake. Grab a bite at the restaurant, rent a pontoon boat, enjoy some great sport fishing, play a round of golf and enjoy the view from your room’s private he balcony. The park also has overwater villas, standard cabins, and lakeside campgrounds.
4. Big Hill Pond State Park
Take a day trip or camp under the stars at Big Hill Pond. Climb the Fire Tower for his 360-degree views of the area, go fishing and paddling on Lake Travis McNutt, or hike the Dismal Swamp Boardwalk.
5. Meaman Shelby Forest State Park
Drive east to Meaman Shelby Forest State Park. Here you can relax in a lake-facing cabin or set up camp for the night. Tulip Poplar Lake offers paddling, boating and fishing. The park’s hiking trails are he one of the most popular near Memphis.
On your way to Fuller State Park, stop in Memphis for its famous barbecue and see historic sites.
7. To Fuller State Park
Explore the history of TO Fuller State Park just 15 minutes from downtown Memphis. Located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River, this park is where the American Indians flourished. Celebrate and discover the vibrant and sophisticated culture of the ancient peoples with a visit to the CH Nash Museum in Chucarissa. RV and tent camping available.