Tennessee State Parks’ Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day

Monday, November 19, 2012 - by Shannon Ashford

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family, while surrounding yourself with Tennessee’s natural wonders during this season of thanksgiving. Once again, Tennessee State Park officials are pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, Nov. 22, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast. 

Thanksgiving turkey and all the traditional trimmings, along with an assortment of desserts, will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until closing at state park restaurants across Tennessee. Selections and prices will vary depending on location, ranging from $12.95 to $15.95 (excluding drink and gratuity). Group reservations are recommended.

“Thanksgiving is a great day to reflect on all of the things we appreciate and a Tennessee State Park offers the perfect setting to give thanks to all that nature has to offer,” said Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.  “Let us do the cooking this year, allowing more time to relax and enjoy the day.” 

The Tennessee State Park restaurants serving Thanksgiving Day dinner are:

Cumberland Mountain State Park . . . . . . . . . . .   (931) 484-7186

David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg). . . .    (931) 762-9541

Fall Creek Falls State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (423) 881-5241

Henry Horton State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     (931) 364-8207

Montgomery Bell State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (615) 797-3101

Natchez Trace State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (731) 968-8176

Paris Landing State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (731) 641-4450

Pickwick Landing State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    (731) 689-3135

“Tennessee State Parks also will host several special events around the Thanksgiving holiday, including Cumberland Mountain State Park’s annual Gobbler Gallop 11K, N.B. Forrest State Park’s Lighting of the Knob and several guided hikes at Harpeth River State Park,” added Hill.  “These family-friendly events are the perfect way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving Day calories, while having a bit of holiday fun in the process.”   

Tennessee’s 54 state parks and 82 natural areas span the state from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River and offer an array of diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences, including hiking, camping, boating and golfing.  Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, the Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937.  Today, there is a state park within an hour's drive of just about anywhere in the state, with features such as pristine natural areas and a variety of lodging and dining choices.  For more information, visit Tennessee State Parks' website at www.tnstateparks.com.


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