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Old Stone Fort State Park
'Faces in Unlikely Places'
© Copyright 2015 by Tim Gillahan

I captured this single long exposure shot while I was on a state park adventure on 06/19/2015. Me and my fiance had been hiking most of the day, so we decided to take a break in this spot. I sat and enjoyed the view, reminiscing about life and my future. I noticed that there was some foam floating around in the water. At that point, it was almost sunset, so I set up my camera and tripod and captured some long exposures of this scene, knowing the effect it would give. One thing that I didnt notice at first was the face in the water. In fact, the face is sort of reminiscent of E.T. off of one of my favorite classics. When things like this happen, it brings me peace of mind that photography is my destiny.

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
'Cabins '
© Phoenics Dreams

A look at the rental cabins across the water.

Cherokee National Forest
'Roan Mtn'
© Jim Oakley

Norris Dam State Park
'The Old Grist Mill'
© Perspective Images http//perspectives.shutterbugstorefront.com

The Grist Mill located in the Norris Dam State Park. Open to Visitors.

Fall Creek Falls State Park
'Fall Creek Falls'
© Karma Effect Photographix Jason Vickers


A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, other waterfalls in the park are Piney and Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades.

Cherokee National Forest
'Flame Azalea'
© Jim Oakley

Round Bald at Roan Mtn

Tennessee's West Region Parks

State Parks
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National Wildlife Refuges
State Wildlife Management Areas

Parks in this region are near these Tennessee Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)

Beale Street National Historic Preservation District
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Big Cypress Tree State Park
This 330-acre natural area lies in the floodplain of the Middle Fork of the Obion River in West Tennessee. It consists of bottomland hardwood forests including species like bald cypress and tupelo, beaver and fox squirrel. Big Cypress is a popular park with the boy scouts and usually hosts several ........more >
Big Hill Pond State Park
Big Hill Pond State Park lies in the southwestern part of McNairy County and encompasses approximately 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom land. Cypress Creek and Tuscumbia River border the property. Several oxbow lakes and sloughs add to the waterway. The flood plain adjacent ........more >
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Established August 5, 1985, Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Eight miles of the western boundary abut the Mississippi River along the only stretch without a mainline levee in the Lower Mississippi River ........more >
Chickasaw State Forest
Chickasaw State Forest is located in Chester and Hardeman Counties on the Coastal Plain in West Tennessee. The Resettlement Administration Program purchased the majority of lands making up the forest in 1938 the lands at the time of acquisition were highly eroded and degraded by farming and timber harvesting. ........more >
Chickasaw State Park
Chickasaw State Rustic Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee. Of the area's 14,384 acres of timberland, 1,280 acres are used for recreation. The remainder is state forest managed jointly by the State Forestry Division and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The park ........more >
Fort Pillow State Park
The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow, located in Lauderdale County on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. In 1861, the Confederate Army built extensive fortifications here and named the site for General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. ........more >
Fuller State Park
Few people ever stop to realize how much wildlife there truly is left in Memphis compared to many major cities across the United States. Amongst the shopping malls and drive-through burger dives, there lies what is left of Memphis, TN's wild nature - T. O. Fuller State Park. Located near the Mississippi ........more >
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
Hatchie NWR includes 11,556 acres along the Scenic Hatchie River and is located about four miles south of Brownsville, Tennessee. The refuge was established in 1964, primarily to provide habitat food, water and shelter for migrating and wintering waterfowl ........more >
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge
During the winter of 1811-12 a series of some 1,874 recorded tremors within the New Madrid fault dramatically altered the landscape on some 30-50,000 square miles of land creating Lake Isom in extreme northwest Tennessee. A miniature version of the much larger Reelfoot Lake located approximately 3 miles ........more >
Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge NWR is one of the nation's wetland treasures. It is managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS and is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Lower Hatchie NWR is one of more than 540 National Wildlife Refuges and is one of 4 National Wildlife Refuges ........more >
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation ........more >
Natchez Trace State Forest
The Forest is located in central-western Tennessee, in portions of Henderson, Carroll, and Benton Counties. It is approximately 30 miles east of Jackson and is bisected by I-40. The Forest originated from lands purchased by the Resettlement Administration and became a State Forest in 1949. At the time ........more >
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
The park was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the intrepid Confederate cavalry leader, who on November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the federal supply and munitions depot at Old Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of ........more >
Paris Landing State Park
The 841-acre Paris Landing State Park is named for a steamboat and freight landing on the Tennessee River, dating back to the mid 1800's. From here and other landings on the Tennessee River and Big Sandy River, supplies were transported to surrounding towns and communities by ox cart.........more >
Pickwick Landing State Park
Pickwick Landing was a riverboat stop dating from the 1840s. In the 1930s, during the depression, the site was chosen for one of the Tennessee Valley Authority's dams on the Tennessee River. What today comprises the park was once the living area for the TVA construction crews and their families. The ........more >
Reelfoot Lake State Park
Reelfoot Lake State Park, located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation. The lake encompasses 25,000 acres 15,000 of which are water and harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles. ........more >
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
During the winter of 1811-12, a series of some 1,874 recorded tremors within the New Madrid fault dramatically altered the landscape on some 30-50,000 square miles of land ceating Reelfoot Lake in extreme northwest Tennessee. Reelfoot NWR was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of the ........more >
Reelfoot State Wildlife Management Area
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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, encompasing over 51,000 acres, is located on Kentucky Lake in northwest Tennessee. The refuges three units Big Sandy, Duck River and Busseltown stretch for 65 miles along the Tennessee River. Established in 1945, the refuge is one of the older refuges in the country. ........more >
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