10 Lesser-Known State Parks In Tennessee That Will Absolutely Amaze You

Tennessee is a state known for its miraculous natural beauty and beautiful national parks, for its forested mountains and deep-set caves. Ol’ Rocky Top sits in the heart of the south but on top of some of the most stunning land in North America. Still, it’s shocking how often dreamy natural pockets are lost and forgotten. We’ve featured 10 of our favorite lesser-known state parks to visit in Tennessee, and we’re sure you’ll find a new favorite hiking spot.

So what did you think of our list of the best state parks to visit in Tennessee? Which would you add to the list? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!

Take it from us – these gorgeous Tennessee spring hikes take you through some of the most beautiful places in the state.

Address: Big Cypress Tree State Park, 295 Big Cypress Rd, Greenfield, TN 38230, USA
Address: Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, 460 Ozier Rd, Pinson, TN 38366, USA
Address: Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
Address: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643, USA
Address: Dunbar Cave State Park, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA
Address: Cove Lake State Park, 110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714, USA
Address: Big Hill Pond State Park, Tennessee 38061, USA
Address: Seven Islands State Birding Park, 2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN 37764, USA
Address: Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd, Morristown, TN 37814, USA
Address: David Crockett State Park, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464, USA
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state parks to visit in Tennessee

February 10, 2022

What are some other state parks I should visit in Tennessee?

Now that you’ve learned all about some of Tennessee’s little-known parks, you might be curious to learn about some of the most popular. One of the most visited parks in the state is Cummins Falls State Park. With an epic waterfall that also works as a swimming hole, this park is especially popular during the warmer months. Next up on the list is Fort Loudon State Park, which is positively brimming with history. It’s here that you can explore early colonial frontier life. Other popular state parks in Tennessee include Edgar Evins State Park, Sergeant Alvin State Park, Rock Island State Park, Reelfoot Lake State Park, Radnor Lake State Park, Pickwick Landing State Park, Harpeth River State Park, Davy Crockett’s Birthplace, Cove Lake State Park, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Burgess Falls State Park, the Bicentennial Mall, and lastly, Roan Mountain State Park. For more information, be sure to read our previous article: 15 Gorgeous Tennessee State Parks That Will Knock Your Socks Off.

Address: Big Cypress Tree State Park, 295 Big Cypress Rd, Greenfield, TN 38230, USA
Address: Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, 460 Ozier Rd, Pinson, TN 38366, USA
Address: Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
Address: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643, USA
Address: Dunbar Cave State Park, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd, Clarksville, TN 37043, USA
Address: Cove Lake State Park, 110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714, USA
Address: Big Hill Pond State Park, Tennessee 38061, USA
Address: Seven Islands State Birding Park, 2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN 37764, USA
Address: Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd, Morristown, TN 37814, USA
Address: David Crockett State Park, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464, USA