Tennessee State Parks Trails

To find trails in Tennessee state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Frozen Head State Park-Emory Gap Falls and DeBord Falls :: Knoxville, TN

This waterfall hike in mountainous Frozen Head State Park leads to two named cascades as it explores a rugged valley carved from the highest terrain on the entire Cumberland Plateau. The hike is easier than you might think because it follows an ol

Frozen Head State Park-Frozen Head Tower via Armes Gap :: Knoxville, TN

This trail takes you the highest point on the Cumberland Plateau. Frozen Head Mountain, standing at 3,324 feet. Here, an observation tower allows a 360-degree view from the boundaries above Frozen Head State Park. On a clear day you can look east

Frozen Head State Park-Judge Branch Loop :: Knoxville, TN

This valley loop hike is one of the best wildflower destinations in the great Knoxville areas as it travels up the Judge Branch watershed into the heart of the Frozen Head State Park. Start the trek on an interpretive trail before reaching Judge B

Big Ridge State Park-Dark Hollow Loop :: Knoxville, TN

This hike explore the human and natural history of Big Ridge State Park. Head out from the park lake and cross its dam. After traveling the shores of big Norris Lake, leave the water and enter Dark Hollow, where prepark pioneers toiled. Loop aroun

Big Ridge State Park-Sharps Station Loop :: Knoxville, TN

Tread the back reaches of Big Ridge State Park on this trek. Follow old settler roads on the Big Valley Trail, topping Pinnacle Ridge. Pass the Langley Cemetery before scaling Big Ridge. From there, drop steeply to the shores of Norris Lake, where

Norris Dam State Park-Andrews Ridge Loop :: Norris Lake, TN

This hike explores a distinct rail system at Norris Dam State Park. It follows old pioneer roads in hills and hollows homesteaded by rural Tennesseans displaced after the development of Norris Lake. Visit a quiet ridge-top cemetery between loops alon

Panther Creek State Park-Maple Arch Double Loop :: Mascot, TN

Make two loops while exploring the hills of Panther Creek State Park, located on the shore of big Cherokee Lake. Follow the Ore Mine Trail up to River Ridge, then drop to the lake's edge. Here, you will trace the shoreline before ascending back into

Panther Creek State Park-Point Lookout Loop :: Talbott, TN

This view-laden trek starts with a trip through an amazing boulder garden on a slender but steep peninsula before dropping to Cherokee Lake. Drink in the watery vista before turning up Panther Creek embayment. Make a side trip to another shoreline

Hidden Springs Trail at Cedars of Lebanon State Park and Forest :: Lebanon, TN

The longest hiking trail in the park, this hike is well worth the exploration because of the large number of rare species of plants likely to be encountered along the trail, although most of the endemic species of flowers can be seen only from March

Couchville Lake Trail at Long Hunter State Park :: Hermitage, TN

This loop trail is paved, level, 8 feet wide, and is ideal for hikers in wheelchairs or those who are interested in less rigorous hikes. The trail winds past wildflowers and a great variety of hardwoods and other trees, and provides its share of shor

Ganier Ridge–Lake Trail Combination at Radnor Lake State Park :: Nashville, TN

This hike combines the Access, Ganier Ridge, and Lake Trails to create a 2.7-mile loop. The Ganier Ridge Trail has a number of wood- and stone-stepped sections and a more challenging ridgetop climb, combined with the more tranquil lakefront hike on t

Overnight Trail at Montgomery Bell State Park :: Burns, TN

This pleasant overnight trail takes you around the circumference of the park and past or near most of its highlights, such as the Ore Pit Loop, Lake Woodhaven, and Lake Acorn. Montgomery Bell State Park covers 3,782 acres in Dickson County. The park

Johnsonville Redoubts Trail at Johnsonville State Historic Park :: New Johnsonville, TN

This 1.9-mile loop trail is an ideal place to get a feeling for the Union resistance to confederate insurgents during the Civil War. Johnsonville was the scene of a fairly embarrassing defeat for the Union Army, which is detailed across the river at

Fairview Gullies Loop at Natchez Trace State Park :: Wildersville, TN

One of the more interesting (and perhaps shortest) hikes at the Trace is the 1-mile Fairview Gullies Loop (park materials show it as a 3-mile loop), through an area shown in the 1930s photographs at the Park Office Museum as a poster child of the lev

Pioneer Springs - Chickasaw Bluff Combination Trail at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park :: Memphis, TN

This trail begins at the well-marked trailhead at Poplar Tree Lake and heads north along Chickasaw Bluff No. 3, hugging the edge of marshy bottomland that is rich in wildlife (including mosquitoes). The trail passes the Pioneer Springs, connecting

Booker T Washington Trails :: Booker T Washington State Park, TN

Booker T Washington Trails is a hiking trail in Harrison, Tennessee. It is within Booker T Washington State Park. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 732 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 181 feet. N

Blue Trail :: Johnsonville State Historic Park, TN

Blue Trail is a hiking trail in Humphreys County, Tennessee. It is within Johnsonville State Historic Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 374 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 50 feet. The Winf

White Trail :: Johnsonville State Historic Park, TN

White Trail is a hiking trail in Humphreys County, Tennessee. It is within Johnsonville State Historic Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 393 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 161 feet.

Discovery Trail :: T. O. Fuller State Park, TN

Discovery Trail is a hiking trail in Memphis, Tennessee. It is within T. O. Fuller State Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 267 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,669 feet.

Pickett State Park Campground :: Jamestown, TN

Tennessee state parks come fully loaded with man-made amenities to make the most of your visit. But Pickett State Park was already fully loaded with natural features long before it became Tennessee’s first state park way back in the 1930s. The campgr

Hiwassee/ocoee Scenic River State Park “gee Creek” Campground :: Delano, TN

Known as “Gee Creek Campground,” the overnighting portion of Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park lies in a large, wooded flat at the base of Starr Mountain, adjacent to the cold, clear waters of the Hiwassee River. A tall pine forest once shaded t

Frozen Head State Park Campground :: Wartburg, TN

Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the Smokies. Steep, forested peaks and deep valleys diffused with rock formations characterize this state park that was settled in t

Paved Walking Trails :: Cove Lake State Park, TN

Paved Walking Trails is a hiking and biking trail in Caryville, Tennessee. It is within Cove Lake and Cove Lake State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 1,059 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 0

Beaver Creek Workshop Trail :: Cove Lake State Park, TN

Beaver Creek Workshop Trail is a hiking trail in Caryville, Tennessee. It is within Cove Lake and Cove Lake State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,022 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 58 fee

Pickett State Park Campground :: Jamestown, TN

Tennessee State Parks come fully loaded with man-made amenities to make the most of your visit. But Pickett State Park was already fully loaded with natural features long before it became Tennessee’s first state park way back in the 1930s. You ma

Norris Dam State Park Campground :: Norris Lake, TN

There is so much to do at Norris Dam State Park and environs that it’s hard to know where to begin. What started as a flood control project during the Great Depression has resulted in a park with lake, river, and land recreation administered by the s

Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park Campground :: Etowah, TN

Known as "Gee Creek Campground" the overnighting area of Hiwassee–Ocoee Scenic River State Park lies in a large, wooded flat at the base of Starr Mountain, adjacent to the cold, clear waters of the Hiwassee River. The sites are widely spaced along

Frozen Head State Park Campground :: Wartburg, TN

Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the Smokies. Steep, forested peaks and deep valleys pocked with rock formations characterize this area, settled in the early 1800s b

Rock Island State Park Campground :: Rock Island, TN

These days, the hand of man is often seen as a destructive force in nature. Here at Rock Island State Park, human forces unintentionally created what many Tennesseans (the author included) consider to be the state’s prettiest waterfall. Here's the st

Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park Campground :: Manchester, TN

This state archeological park preserves a 2,000-year-old American Indian ceremonial site on a 50-acre swath between the Little Duck and Duck rivers. The exact purpose of this area, enclosed by earth and stone walls that connect to bluffs of the river

Mousetail Landing State Park Campground :: Parsons, TN

Mousetail Landing. What a name! No telling what you imagine earned it this name. Here’s the story: Back in the 1800s, there was a tannery here on the Tennessee River. Being a tannery, it had many fresh animal hides on hand, which attracted mice. One

Montgomery Bell State Park Campground :: Burns, TN

Montgomery Bell was a Middle Tennessee mover and shaker back in the early 1800s. He moved to Dickson County to work the burgeoning iron ore industry. Some of the ore Bell actually extracted was used in cannonballs by Andrew Jackson in the Battle of N

Henry Horton State Park Campground :: Chapel Hill, TN

Henry Horton is classified as a state resort park, which means it has a golf course, a lodge, cabins, and more. However, for tent campers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, Henry Horton has another side—the side that has two tent-camping areas and t

Fall Creek Falls State Park Campground :: Pikeville, TN

It is only fitting that Fall Creek Falls— considered by many to be not only Tennessee’s best state park, but one of the finest in the Southeast—would have some of the best walk-in tent campsites around. This 20,000-acre preserve is more widely kn

Edgar Evins State Park Campground :: Silver Point, TN

This park is set on the shores of Center Hill Lake, where innumerable steep, folded hills offer outstanding scenery. There is very little flat land, and this forced campground designers to construct some very unusual campsites, which ended up being t

David Crockett State Park Campground :: Lawrenceburg, TN

It seems that few of David Crockett’s real-life adventures and accomplishments overshadow the “myths” imparted by the Disney television show of the early 1960s about our Tennessee hero. The primary myth is that he was called “Davy” Crockett. In fact,

Cedars of Lebanon State Park Campground :: Lebanon, TN

Cedars of Lebanon State Park doubles as a recreation getaway and a preserve for a unique remnant of cedar forest native to Tennessee. As nearby Nashville grows, these 9,000 acres will become even more valuable. Tent campers will value this campground

Bledsoe Creek State Park Campground :: Gallatin, TN

Bledsoe Creek is a wooded refuge from the ever-escalating pace in Nashville. Life was far different two hundred years ago. At Bledsoe Creek State Park, you can explore what it was like back then while enjoying the modern recreation of this state park

Pickwick Landing State Park Campground :: Savannah, TN

Pickwick Landing State Park has a dizzying array of offerings, many of which don’t necessarily appeal to tent campers, like a lodge and golf course. However, it also has features that do lure our kind, like Bruton Branch Recreation Area, with a 34-si

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Campground :: Camden, TN

The site of a Civil War engagement, the highest point in West Tennessee, attractive campsites right on Kentucky Lake... Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is a land of superlatives. Anglers and boaters love the proximity of Kentucky Lake to Lakefr

Natchez Trace State Park and Forest Campground :: Wildersville, TN

The Natchez Trace was an old travel-and-trade route used by Indians and settlers. A western branch of this path that once connected Nashville, Tennessee and Natchez, Mississippi passes through this park, where today visitors hike, fish, swim, ride ho

Meeman - Shelby State Park Campground :: Millington, TN

The Mississippi River made Memphis. So it is only fitting that a nearby getaway lies on the banks of the Father of Waters. What surprises visitors are the outdoor opportunities—hiking, biking, and paddling—in a serene park that is so close to downtow

Fort Pillow State Park Campground :: Covington, TN

Simply put, I love this campground. Why, you ask? It has everything that a tent camper could desire: the sites are in an attractive wooded setting and are well designed; campsite spaciousness and privacy is above average; the camp rarely fills or is

Chickasaw State Park Campground :: Henderson, TN

Chickasaw state park and the surrounding Chickasaw State Forest comprise more than 14,000 acres. Part of the acreage has been developed for intense recreational use, and it is in this segment that the three state park campgrounds lie. Fortunately f

Big Hill Pond State Park Campground :: Selmer, TN

Big Hill pond state park is the best-kept secret in West Tennessee. The park was created in part because of its wetlands, which lie in the floodplain of the Tuscumbia River. But this park is not all about wetlands, for Big Hill Pond mostly has steep

The Enclosure Wall Trail at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park :: Manchester, TN

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park is a gem of a small park. Even though it was set aside primarily to protect a walled enclosure constructed by the Native Americans, situated the way it is, high on the bluffs at the confluence of the Duck and

Lower Loop of the Cane Creek Overnight Trail at Fall Creek Falls State Park :: Spencer, TN

This is one of the premier overnight trails in the Cumberlands. Much of the trail stays on top of the plateau, winding around through ridges with meadows, and goes by many of the scenic highlights of the park, crossing three great suspension bridges

Byrd Lake Trail/Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mountain State Park :: Crossville, TN

This is a gentle hike that takes the hiker around Byrd Lake and introduces the hiker to some of the main features of this Depression-era recreation area. At the same time, the hike gives an opportunity for wildlife viewing along the lakeshore, and ot

Council House and Council of Trees Loop Combination Trail at Red Clay State Historic Park :: Cleveland, TN

This 2-mile combination trail begins on the paved, barrier-free Council House Trail and almost immediately meets the Council of Trees Trail and heads uphill into a wooded area for a more secluded hike. You will pass an interesting stone overlook, r

Chucalissa Indian Town Trail at T.O. Fuller State Park :: Memphis, TN

The Indian Town Trail is a segment of the 4-mile Discovery Trail, which takes you from the campground, past the picnic shelter, and to the Indian village grounds and museum. A prehistoric Chucalissa Indian village once thrived on this site, which has