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Bicentennial from the Sky and February Activities


On Friday, I had the opportunity to fly around downtown Nashville. I thought I'd share a few photos of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park:

Tennessee State Capitol building and Bicentennial State Park
Tennessee's Capitol building is on the right. Bicentennial State Park is on the left.
Bicentennial State Park
A closer photo of Bicentennial.

What to Do in February

Tennessee State Parks' staff have outdone themselves this month; the parks' calendar is jam-packed. Some of the parks are hosting Valentine's Day events including hikes on February 14. Also, if you like snakes, this is the month for you. Check out the full list of activities here.

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is hosting backpacking classes followed by an overnight trip with Ranger Jeremy Sorensen. Sorensen has extensive experience; he completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2018. The classes are on the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. To attend the free overnight trip, you have to attend either the February 4 or 25 class; the February 4 class is sold out so sign up for the 25th quickly! You also have to attend two of the four classes. At $10 per person, this is a wonderful opportunity to gain self-confidence when camping.

I chose not to include any hikes in this month's featured activities. As I discussed in my January activities post, the parks truly have something for everyone - even those who aren't interested in traditional outdoor activities. This month is a great example of that; so learn a new skill this month!

This month, try:

  • 2/5 - 7/21 - Reelfoot Lake State Park

- 17th Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival

- Eagle and waterfowl tours; art and photography contest; presentations

  • 2/6/21 - Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

- $35

- Learn to make soap

  • 2/12/21 - Roan Mountain State Park

- Donations appreciated.

- Learn outdoor survival skills.

  • 2/13/21 - Roan Mountain State Park

- Free

- Join the Bird Nerd Club.

- A group that leads bird hikes in the parks and volunteers with the birds of prey

  • 2/20/21 - Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

- $12.50 per person

- Campfire cooking class for beginners

  • 2/20/21 - Cumberland Trail State Park

- $5 per person

- Basics of charcoal drawing

  • 2/27 - 28/21 - Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

- Audition for Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals

- The performance tells the story of the American Revolution from the perspective of

the Overmountain Men.

  • 2/28/21 - Natchez Trace State Park

- $10/adult and $5 for children 15 and under

- Learn how to mold bullets.

Maybe I'll see you out there!


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