Upcoming East Tennessee State Park Events

Friday, July 17, 2009

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Join Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park every other Thursday night (beginning May 28) through the month of August for family movies on a big screen, located at the campground shelter. Thursday Night Movies rated G, PG and some PG-13 will begin at 8 p.m. (EDT) and are free!

Davy Crockett's birthplace has been preserved by the state of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as an historic site within the state park system.

The site consists of 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River in Greene County, Tennessee. For more information about the park's Thursday Night Movies or other upcoming activities, please call (423) 257-2167. For additional information about the park, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/DavyCrockettSHP.

Red Clay State Park

Fireside Storytelling / Friday Nights in July – Bring a picnic dinner and settle in for an evening of magic. Gifted storyteller Sylvia Idom and other guests will offer a revolving selection of tales and folklore from a wide array of world cultures. Special attention will be given to Cherokee and Appalachian lore. Don’t forget to bring bug spray and a flashlight. Parking is available at the picnic shelter. Call the park for specific times.

Farm Days / Saturdays in July – Explore the cultural changes that occurred when native Cherokees and pioneer Americans interacted. Some of the greatest wars between the two groups were fought on the home front rather than on the battlefield, and the exchange of skills, goods and information created a new way of life for both sides. Enjoy living history demonstrations such as cooking, spinning, weaving and quilting. Call the park for specific times.

Red Clay State Park is located in the extreme southwest corner of Bradley County, just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line, and is the site of the last Cherokee Council meeting before the infamous Trail of Tears. The park encompasses 263 acres of narrow valleys and forested ridges and features picnic facilities, a loop trail and amphitheater. The park also contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that flows into Mill Creek. The Cherokee used the Blue Hole Spring as their water supply during council meetings. For more information about upcoming events at Red Clay State Park, visit the Web site at: www.tnstateparks.com/RedClay/ or call the park office at 423-478-0339.

Sycamore Shoals State Park

Don’t miss Tennessee’s longest running outdoor drama, depicting the 18th-century settlement of Northeast Tennessee – Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals State Park – which continues the weekend of July 17-19 and July 24-26. Presented each year by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga, see the Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men – colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands. These settlers formed an independent government, made treaties with the Cherokee, defended their homes and fought a British army at the epic battle of King’s Mountain. Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. There is an admission fee.

Sycamore Shoals State Park and State Historic Area attracts more than 305,000 people every year. The 85-acre site sits on the banks of the Watauga River where the Overmountain Men assembled in 1780 before marching to defeat the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The park features interpretive exhibits, events, a fitness trail and picnic facilities. It is located off U.S. Highway 321 in Elizabethton. For more information about the park’s Liberty event or other upcoming activities, please call Jennifer Bauer at the park office at (423) 543-5808 or visit: www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals.

MORE Super Summer Specials!

Tennessee State Parks continues to run its Super Summer Special promotion, offering a discounted rate at each of the state’s six incredible state park inns – available Sunday through Thursday, August 2 through September 3. Park patrons can stay overnight at a Tennessee State Park Inn for just $59.95 a night (excluding tax).

There is no coupon necessary for this special rate and patrons simply need to ask for the “Super Summer Special” rate when making a reservation. Discounted rates apply to inn rooms only and cannot be used with other discounts or promotions. The discount is based on availability and reservations are suggested. For reservations or additional information, please contact the inn directly at:

Fall Creek Falls State Park -- (800) 250-8610
Henry Horton State Park -- (800) 250-8612
Montgomery Bell State Park -- (800) 250-8613
Natchez Trace State Park -- (800) 250-8616
Paris Landing State Park -- (800) 250-8614
Pickwick Landing State Park -- (800) 250-8615
Tennessee’s 53 state parks offer a diverse natural, recreational and cultural experience for individuals, families or business and professional groups. Tennessee State Parks also offer a variety of outdoor fun including hiking trails, water sports, mountain biking, golf and skeet shooting. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. Or visit www.tnstateparks.com to learn more about Tennessee State Parks’ featured summer sites, Tennessee Outdoor Adventures or the Tennessee Golf Trail – there’s something for everyone.


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