Ready to get outside for a spring adventure? Learn a new skill, step into history, or experience a park in a new light at one of these April adventures at a Tennessee State Park.
Engage with World War I
Learn about Tennessee’s involvement in WWI at a three-day living history event in the heart of downtown Nashville. Visit the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on April 6-8 to learn about the role Tennesseans played in the war effort both at home and abroad. Guests can explore life in the trenches in a replica trench; meet the Ebony Doughboys and Red Cross “Hello Girls”; view WWI aircraft and automobiles; and gain a better understanding of the role the Great War played in shaping the modern world. This is a free event and open to all ages.
Step into Natural Areas Week: April 7-15
If you’ve ever visited Radnor Lake, Reelfoot Lake, Burgess Falls, Window Cliffs, or Savage Gulf, you’ve experienced the beauty and importance of Tennessee’s State Natural Areas. There are 85 SNA’s spread across Tennessee, some of which are also in state parks. The goal of these areas is to represent all the natural communities that make up Tennessee’s landscape, and provide long-term protection for rare, threatened, and endangered plant and animal life. Celebrate these ecosystems April 7-15 during State Natural Areas Week.
Lose yourself under the night sky
There’s something magical and inspiring about staring up at the night sky. This ancient activity has captivated generations of explorers and people groups. It is with this cosmic appreciation and love that Tennessee State Parks invites you to enjoy the night sky at one of these two Astronomy Day events on April 21:
See a park in a new light
Have you ever wondered what Cummins Falls looks like in the early morning? Have you ever wanted to see Burgess Falls under the moonlight? There are several guided hikes in April that will provide visitors with access to parks in the morning and evening hours:
Hidden Lake Night Hike at Harpeth River State Park — April 22
Waterfall at Night Hike at Cummins Falls State Park — April 14
Morning Waterfall Hike at Cummins Falls State Park — Fridays in April
Night hikes and more at Burgess Falls State Park
Spring Nature Festival at Warriors Path State Park — April 20-22
Try your hand at rock climbing
Rock climbing is growing in popularity across the United States. The Cumberland Plateau offers some of the best rock climbing in the Southeast and is an ideal place to fall in love with the sport. While many people have turned to indoor gyms to gain a taste for the activity, there’s nothing quite like the feel of real rock under your fingers. Staff at Cumberland Mountain State Park are leading a weekend-long rock climbing clinic April 20-22 where attendees will learn the ropes (pun intended) and foster a safe and enjoyable view of the sport. Cost: $50
Trek the trails and treasure the trilliums
Trails and Trilliums is a multiday celebration of spring featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of South Cumberland State Park’s most scenic trails. The festival is hosted by the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. It offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops for the adults at no charge; art and craft vendors; and free family fun activities for children and the adults who come with them. Guided hikes are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with shuttle service to the trailheads for most hikes. There is a $35 Hiking Pass that provides guests with unlimited access to these guided hikes, the proceeds from which support the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization working in support of the park.