When it comes to feeling at peace with the great outdoors, Tennessee knows how to set you at ease real quick. The state boasts rushing rivers and lush valleys, meadows choked with flowers, and craggy mountains to the east. The Mississippi rounds out the western side of the state, snaking through fields and thick forests. It’s only natural to want to experience the beauty of the state in all its glory, don’t you think? These state parks offer year-round campgrounds in Tennessee, which means you don’t have to wait for the sunshine of spring to build a campfire and take some space from the rush of the day-to-day:

If you’re looking to really experience Tennessee in the wintertime, check out the history of the state’s greatest snowfall. For warm-season shenanigans, check out these awesome day trips in Tennessee.

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What are the best state parks in Tennessee?  

Tennessee is one of those places that doesn’t seem to get enough credit for its awesomeness. It’s filled with beautiful state, National, and local parks; each one has its own amazing properties, amenities, features, and more, no matter if they’re on the natural side or the man-made, historical side. Some of the “best” (in this case, most popular) state parks in Tennessee include Fort Loudon State Park, where you can go back in time and explore frontier life as it was many, many decades ago. Rock Island State Park is an amazing one for those who love waterfalls because it’s home to some of our state’s most breathtakingly beautiful ones. Just 30 minutes from Nashville is Radner Lake State Park, which is easily one of the most scenic parks in the state, and then you’ll find even more waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Park. This state is home to 56 amazing state parks – so go out and explore! 

What are the most popular hiking trails in Tennessee?  

There are 1,591 amazing hikes weaving through the state of Tennessee. It ranks them by user review, and the most popular in the state include Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte; it’s hard, but it’s worth the challenge. It’s 10.9 miles of spectacular scenery and views – you'll want to work your way up to that one if you’re less experienced. Laurel Falls Trail is quite a bit easier (and shorter); it’s 2.4 miles of easy-going natural wonder within the incredible Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Did you know GSMNP is the #1 most-visited National Park in the country (and it’s right here in our backyard)? Within the same park is the amazing Rainbow Falls Trail, which is 5.1 miles of INCREDIBLE landscapes. That one is a must-do for any and all hikers in or visiting Tennessee.  

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