2016 Vacation Tours Available At Tennessee State Parks

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tennessee State Parks is offering nine vacation packages in 2016 to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts and skill levels. Guests can experience guided tours through eight state parks across Tennessee and several natural areas and wildlife refuges.

The year’s tours begin with a Winter Waterfall Tour at Fall Creek Falls and South Cumberland State Park on Feb. 22-24. Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, guests can experience what a winter water wonderland looks like. The hikes will total roughly seven miles of moderate to strenuous terrain. The cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes, gratuities, meals, transportation and lodging at the Fall Creek Falls Inn. Call 800 250-8610 for reservations.

Additional vacation tour offerings include:

  • Winter Birding Tour: March 4-6; locations include the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Donelson National Battlefield; little hiking is required; cost is $269 per person and includes meals, transportation and lodging at Paris Landing Inn; call 800-250-8614 for reservations.
  • Spring Waterfall Tour: March 11-13; locations include Fall Creek Falls State Park and South Cumberland State Park; strenuous hiking of roughly 6.5 miles; cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes, gratuities, meals, transportation and lodging at Fall Creek Falls Inn; call 800-250-8610 for reservations.
  • Weekend Backpacking Tour: March 11-13; South Cumberland State Park; easy to moderate hiking; guests are only required to bring sleeping bag, clothes and personal items – great for beginners; easy to moderate hiking of roughly eight miles; cost is $100 per person ages 16 and over or $50 per person for ages 15 and under; call 931-924-2980 for reservations.
  • Spring Wildflower and Waterfall Tour: March 28-30; locations include Fall Creek Falls State Park, Rock Island State Park and Old Stone Fort State Park; moderate hiking of roughly two miles; cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes and gratuities; call 800-250-8610 for reservations.
  • Spring Birding Tour: April 29-May 1; locations include Norris Dam State Park, Seven Islands State Park, Cove Lake State Park and Eagle Bend State Fish Hatchery; cost is $269 which includes some meals, transportation and lodging at Norris Dam State Park or guests can pay $119 which does not include overnight lodging.
  • Fall Waterfall Tour – Orange Route: Sept. 30-Oct. 2; locations include Burgess Falls State Park, Cummins Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park; cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes, gratuities, meals, transportation and lodging at Fall Creek Falls Inn; call 800-250-8610 for reservations.
  • Fall Waterfall Tour – Blue Route: Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 7-9; locations include Fall Creek Falls State Park and South Cumberland State Park; moderate to rugged hiking of 4.5 miles; cost is $269 per person and includes all taxes, gratuities, meals, transportation and lodging at Fall Creek Falls Inn; call 800-250-8610 for reservations.

Complete itineraries and details about Tennessee State Parks can be found online at http://tnstateparks.com/about/tennessee-state-parks-vacation-packages.


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