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Tennessee State Parks Recognized as “Best” by Tennessee Magazine Readers

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 07:14am

NASHVILLE – Several Tennessee State Parks were recently named “Best” in Tennessee by readers of The Tennessee Magazine. The publication announced the winners of its annual Best of Tennessee Readers’ Choice Awards earlier this month.

Hundreds of entries were submitted nominating the best food, attractions and accommodations across the state. The annual statewide awards program seeks to determine the best Tennessee has to offer. The ballot is divided into six categories – eats, destination and recreation, the arts, getaways, shopping and events.

In east Tennessee, Roan Mountain was named the best state park and Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park was named the best outdoor adventure for rafting the Ocoee. In west Tennessee, Chickasaw State Park was named the best state park, the best camping spot and the best hiking trail and Reelfoot Lake State Park was named the best outdoor adventure. For middle Tennessee, Fall Creek Falls State Park was named the best state park, the best camping spot, the best hiking trail and the best outdoor adventure.

“Congratulations to each of these great TN State Parks,” TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said. “We are honored to have readers of The Tennessee Magazine recognize our parks.”

A complete list of winners, runners-up and an interactive map are available on the magazine’s website at     

With a circulation of more than 550,000, The Tennessee Magazine is the most widely circulated monthly publication in Tennessee. Learn more at

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Tennessee’s 55 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit or connect via Facebook or Twitter.


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