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Our Parks in May


I wish I could go to every Tennessee State Park event in which I am interested, but then I would be on the road full-time to get to them all.

This month, I wish I could go to Norris Dam State Park to see the Families of the Valley Remembered exhibit. The Lenoir Museum's exhibit will focus on the almost 3,000 families who lost their homes in the Clinch River Valley in East Tennessee when Norris Dam was built. Before I began visiting the parks often, I did not realize that many, many families were forced from their homes in order to free the land for parks or for a project such as dam construction. If you get to visit this exhibit, please let me know!

This month, try:

  • 5/3 - 31 - Norris Dam State Park

- Free

- Families of the Valley Remembered exhibit

- Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesdays through


  • 5/8 - Cumberland Trail State Park

- $20

- Learn to rappel at Black Mountain Trailhead

  • 5/15 - 16 - Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

- Free

- 27th Annual Siege of Fort Watauga - battle re-enactments, period vendors, living

history camps

  • 5/19 and 26 and 27 - Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

- $5

- See the glow worms on the edge of Hazard Cave

- I visited the glow worms last year, and they are a unique sight!

  • 5/22 - Bledsoe Creek State Park

- Free; donations appreciated

- The Tennessee Historical Commission's Graham Perry will discuss how to

preserve historic cemeteries.

  • 5/22 - Chickasaw State Park

- $10

- Learn to paddleboard

  • 5/22 - Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park

- $25

- Learn to make marbles in a two-day class

  • 5/28 - Cummins Falls State Park

- $10; park will provide equipment

- Learn to snorkel below Cummins Falls

  • 5/28 - 30 - Rocky Fork State Park

- Lottery winners must pay $40

- Blue Ghosts Firefly Lottery

Maybe I'll see you out there!


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