Tennessee State Parks Announce Guided Tour Packages For The 2014 Season

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Tennessee State Parks has announced that guided tour packages are available for visitors. Guided waterfall tours, Tennessee Civil War tours and outdoor adventure packages will begin in April and continue through the fall.

The reservation deadline is two weeks prior to each tour. Guided tour packages include:

Waterfalls Tour

Waterfall tours are available April 28-30, May 12-14 and June 9-11. The all-inclusive package, $249 per person, includes the tour, lodging, meals, interpretive programming and site visit transportation. The three-day tour will include educational seminars and interpretive guidance and will focus on the beauty and history of many of Tennessee’s largest waterfalls, including Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls and the six waterfalls of Fall Creek Falls. Each evening will be spent at Fall Creek Falls State Park, with day trips to Burgess Falls and Cummins Falls. To make reservations for a guided waterfall tour, contact Connie Reece or Linda Scarbrough at 800 250-8610.

Tennessee Civil War Tour

Tennessee Civil War tours are available May 1-5 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3. The all-inclusive package, $549 per person, includes the tour, lodging, meals, interpretive programming and site visit transportation. TN State Parks Chief Historian Ward Weems will provide educational programming for the five-day tour, which is ideal for the Civil War enthusiast. Details and sights of the significant Civil War battles fought throughout Western Tennessee and North Mississippi will be provided through site visits to Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Parkers Crossroads Battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, Davis Bridge/Corinth Mississippi Battlefields and Johnsonville State Historic Park. Two evenings will be spent at Paris Landing State Park and two evenings will be spent at Pickwick Landing State Park. To make reservations for a Civil War tour, contact Kristi McClelland at 800 250-8614.

Outdoor Adventure Package

An outdoor adventure package is available June 22-27. The all-inclusive package, $499 per person, includes lodging, meals and site visit transportation. Participants will be guided through one of three action-packed five-day courses, including rock climbing and rappelling, flat-water and advanced white-water paddling or a three-day, two-night wilderness backpacking trip. Regardless of adventure choice, each evening will be spent at Fall Creek Falls. The adventure package also includes a guest speaker, a movie night and group seminars highlighting wilderness ethics and survival and leave-no-trace principles with hands-on education and awareness. To make reservations, contact Connie Reece or Linda Scarbrough at 800 250-8610.

For more information on the upcoming guided tours, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/tennessee-state-park-vacation-packages.  

Tennessee’s 54 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937 and today there is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, please visit http://tnstateparks.com/. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call 888 867-2757.

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