As the weather cools off and the leaves begin to change color, there is no better time of year in Tennessee to make a trek to one of the state’s most breathtaking parks. While Nashville contains many green spaces and parks that are perfect for a quick daytime getaway, if you have a little bit more time to spend, consider journeying outside of Music City to discover the gorgeous swaths of land that the rest of the state has to offer.
Established in 1974 as both a National River and a National Recreation Area, Big South Fork is one of the most scenic spots in the entire state of Tennessee. In addition to the miles of gorges and sandstone bluffs, Big South Fork also boasts numerous winding hiking trails, an abundance of whitewater paddling options (along the Cumberland River and its tributaries) and five developed campgrounds for overnight stay. In addition, the park partners with the University of Tennessee to offer periodic stargazing astronomy programs for a different (but equally magnificent) type of natural view.