In a move that promises to reshape the outdoor recreation landscape in Tennessee, the State Park system has announced the development of a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan. This ambitious initiative aims to guide the operation of all state parks, ensuring they remain at the forefront of outdoor hospitality and recreation.
The decision to create a strategic plan underscores the state’s commitment to preserving and enhancing its natural treasures. As the outdoor recreation industry continues to boom, Tennessee is positioning itself as a leader, ensuring that its parks remain relevant, accessible, and sustainable for generations to come.
To ensure the plan is both robust and reflective of public needs, the State Park system is actively seeking feedback from Tennesseans and visitors alike. From now until November 30, a series of meetings will be held in proximity to individual parks. These gatherings are designed to provide an in-depth look at the proposed plans, with park staff on hand to offer insights and answer questions.
The finalized plans, which will be informed by this public feedback, are set to be unveiled in January.
Tennessee’s parks are a testament to the state’s rich natural heritage. They offer a mosaic of diverse landscapes, from the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River at Meeman-Shelby Forest to the rugged ridge tops of Fall Creek Falls and the awe-inspiring mountains of Roan Mountain. These natural wonders are complemented by a range of recreational activities, lodging options, and interpretive programs that cater to families and solo adventurers alike.
With 1,100 miles of trails, 372 cabins, 36 campgrounds, and more than 80 waterfalls, the parks are a haven for hikers, campers, and nature enthusiasts.
The development of this strategic plan is not just a win for nature enthusiasts; it’s a boon for the outdoor recreation industry in Tennessee. As the state refines its offerings and enhances its parks, it’s poised to attract more visitors, boosting local economies and solidifying Tennessee’s reputation as a premier outdoor destination.