Chattanooga Area Under Flood Warning; High Winds Expected Saturday Night

Tennessee State Parks Open And Welcoming Visitors

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Cabin at Reelfoot Lake State Park
Cabin at Reelfoot Lake State Park

All 56 Tennessee State Parks are open and serving visitors, with numerous events and activities scheduled across the state in the coming days and weeks.

“We have lots of ways to accommodate visitors,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of Parks and Conservation. “Whether it’s through overnight stays, hikes for all tastes or events designed for specific parks, this is a great time of year to enjoy our state parks.”

Tennessee State Parks feature 372 cabins, 36 campgrounds, 1,100 miles of trails and more than 80 waterfalls.

The state parks are offering discounts of 25 percent off cabin and room rental rates through February 28, making for a great winter getaway.

To obtain the discounts, visitors are asked to complete a sign-up form online to let state parks know they’re interested. After sign-up, an email response will give details on how to secure the discount. To sign up, visit https://tnstateparks.com/blog/winter-discounts-available-in-state-parks.

Many parks are offering deals for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s romantic stays at inns or dining at restaurants. Hiking is popular this time of year, and trail maps are available online or at the parks. The best time to see American bald eagles at Reelfoot Lake State Park is in the winter, and winter provides spectacular sights of frozen waterfalls at several parks.

Various events at state parks include informative speakers, photography outings, night hikes, star gazing, shoreline strolls, birding, music events, van tours, and workshops.

Interpretive programming gives Tennessee State Parks a competitive edge in outdoor recreation. A steady stream of roughly 1 million visitors each year attends one of more than 20,000 interpretive programs offered at state parks statewide. All Tennessee State Parks rangers are now certified by the National Association of Interpretation, making Tennessee the only state park system in the nation to have achieved that status.

For more information on winter activities at Tennessee State Parks please visit tnstateparks.com.

 



Dahlonega Hosts 23rd Annual Bear On The Square Festival Apr 27-28

Tennessee Tourism Round Up: February Events

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater Extends Special Run Of Climbing Film Free Solo Through February


The 23rd annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival returns to Dahlonega’s historic public square on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019. Pre-festival events, including musicians starting ... (click for more)

The inaugural Tennessee Songwriters Week is the last full week of February, celebrating the foundation of the craft, recognizing past and present songwriters and paving the way for future artists ... (click for more)

There are certain accomplishments that can only be described as “singular.” These rarest of achievements are so fundamentally incredible as to be, or at least seem, unrepeatable. Fortunately, ... (click for more)


Travel

Dahlonega Hosts 23rd Annual Bear On The Square Festival Apr 27-28

The 23rd annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival returns to Dahlonega’s historic public square on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019. Pre-festival events, including musicians starting to jam on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction, are Friday, April 26. Bear on the Square is an authentic Appalachian Heritage Festival spotlighting bluegrass and old-time ... (click for more)

Tennessee Tourism Round Up: February Events

The inaugural Tennessee Songwriters Week is the last full week of February, celebrating the foundation of the craft, recognizing past and present songwriters and paving the way for future artists at open mic nights and sessions across the state. February also features events honoring Black History Month and unique date nights for Valentine’s Day. For a complete list of events across ... (click for more)

Breaking News

New Round Of Heavy Rain May Bring Significant Flooding To Chattanooga Area; High Wind Also Expected

A new round of heavy rain may bring significant flooding in the Chattanooga area, according to the National Weather Service. A Flood Warning covers Hamilton, Marion and Sequatchie counties. The forecast includes up to two inches of additional rain. High gusts of wind are also expected with the latest storm. Some locations that will experience flooding include Chattanooga, ... (click for more)

Mudslide Washes Away Subway Restaurant At Foot Of Signal Mountain; Nearby Employee Says: "It's Gone"; Flooding Closes Numerous Roads

A mudslide on Saturday morning washed away the Subway restaurant at the foot of Signal Mountain. "The Subway is gone," an employee of the nearby Shuford's Barbeque, said. She said a large amount of mud and debris washed down from the steep hillside behind the buildings. No one was inside the Subway. It had closed on Friday after a tree fell on it. The location is ... (click for more)

Opinion

Lights Out At The Brainerd Tunnel

Will someone please check into why the Brainerd Tunnel lights are off all week? This is the tunnel going from McCallie Avenue to Brainerd Road. The lights have been off all week. I called the city of Chattanooga at 311 and a lady said that was under jurisdiction of TDOT. She transferred me. I left a detailed message with my phone number, date and time. No return phone call ... (click for more)

Rep. Ron Travis: Weekly Wrap

House Republicans Unveil The CARE Plan Groundbreaking legislation to increase access, improve rural health and empower patients This week in Nashville, House Republican leaders unveiled a patient-centered, free market approach to transform healthcare in Tennessee by unveiling the CARE plan. This legislative package includes 11 different initiatives that will all reshape ... (click for more)