CCC and Works Progress Administration (WPA) began construction on Fall Creek Falls and Cumberland Mountain Bridge.
Tennessee Division of State Parks formed.
Cumberland Homestead Project families, with help from the CCC and WPA, built Cumberland Mountain State Park.
Harrison Bay became the first state park.
CCC excavations uncovered important archaeological site, Chucalissa, a 1,000-year-old American Indian village.
FDR dedicated Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Recreation activities provided to Second Army personnel.
Tennessee Conservation League formed.
First Rhododendron Festival held at Roan Mountain.
Seven state parks added in the 1940s: Cove Lake, Montgomery Bell, Meeman-Shelby, Fall Creek Falls, Paris Landing, Pickett and Big Ridge.
Booker T. Washington, Warriors’ Path, Norris Dam added. Shelby Bluffs Negro Park dedicated, renamed for Dr. Thomas Oscar Fuller.
"Mystery Lake," filmed at Reelfoot Lake, the first movie made in a State Park.
In 1953, the State of Tennessee purchased the cabin where Cordell Hull was born. This historic site was later created as a state park in 1997 to honor the Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Cedars of Lebanon, Chickasaw, Natchez Trace and Standing Stone added as state parks.
The first state park golf course built at T.O. Fuller State Park
Reelfoot Lake became a state park.
David Crockett and Davy Crockett Birthplace added as state parks.
Goal of a park within 50 miles of every Tennessee citizen reached, but only in theory; only Memphis and Chattanooga had park facilities for black citizens.
First annual Roan Mountain Spring Naturalist Rally.
Two state park inns added: Montgomery Bell and Paris Landing State Park.
Henry Horton added as a state park
Segregation informally rescinded by Gov. Ellington: all park facilities except restaurants and swimming pools open to all races. To avoid racial incidents, no formal policy or announcement made.
Land and Water Conservation Act enacted.
First Davy Crockett Days, Davy Crockett Birthplace.
Tennessee Trails Association founded.
First Wildflower Pilgrimage, Frozen Head State Park.
The Tennessee Scenic Rivers Act passed; sections of 11 rivers under state park management.
Seven state parks added: Henry Horton (with golf course), Nathan Bedford Forrest, Panther Creek, Rock Island, Old Stone Fort, Roan Mountain, Cumberland Trail.
Tennessee Trails Act makes seven trails components of the Scenic Trails System.
Significant natural resources acquired & designated through Natural Areas Preservation Act.
“Walking Tall” filmed at Chickasaw State Park.
Reelfoot Lake begins eagle awareness tours.
Frank G. Clement Golf Course dedicated at Montgomery Bell.
First Wildflower Pilgrimage, Cedars of Lebanon.
“Official” outdoor drama begins at Sycamore Shoals, depicting settlement of northeast Tennessee.
Nature Conservancy chartered in Tennessee.
First Mountaineer Folk Festival, Fall Creek Falls.
State Parks running tour began.
State Park system grew by leaps: Johnsonville, Pickwick Landing, Fort Pillow, Indian Mountain, Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers Recreation Area, Big Cypress Tree, Dunbar Cave, Frozen Head, Bledsoe Creek, Sellars Farm (a satellite park), Long Hunter, Radnor Lake, Pinson Mounds, Edgar Evins, Burgess Falls, Port Royal, Sycamore Shoals, Big Hill Pond, South Cumberland, Harpeth River, Tims Ford, Red Clay, Mousetail Landing and Sgt. Alvin C. York added.
Fort Loudoun added as state park.
First Living History Weekend, Fort Pillow; first Bluegrass Music Festival, Big Ridge.
Long Hunter first state park designed to be handicapped-accessible.
First Christmas in the Park, Cove Lake.
First Rolley Hole National Championship, Standing Stone.
First successful eagle nesting, Reelfoot Lake.
“Ernest Goes to Camp” filmed at Montgomery Bell.
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee began.
First Cordell Hull Festival.
Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) created.
Iris license plates first sold to support parks.
Almost $80 million received for construction, renovation.
"Bear Trace" golf courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus, built at Chickasaw, Cumberland Mountain, Tims Ford, Harrison Bay.
Part of Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” filmed at Fall Creek Falls.
Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak Competition, Ocoee River.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall added.
Cumberland Mountain’s Bear Trace course opened.
New 123-room inn at Montgomery Bell.
First Celtic Festival, Sycamore Shoals.
Paris Landing first golf course in a Tennessee state park certified by Audubon.
First Holiday Homecoming Celebration, Norris Dam; first Waterfall Tour, Edgar Evins; first Step Back in Time event, Henry Horton; first Tennessee History Festival, Bicentennial Mall.
First Eagle Festival, Reelfoot Lake.
First Spring Naturalist Rally, Standing Stone.
Pickwick Landing and Paris Landing earn Tennessee Clean Marina designation.
Native American Indian Association moved annual Pow Wow to Long Hunter.
Tennessee State Parks named one of four finalists for NRPA Gold Medal Award.
Awarded national Gold Medal for Excellence by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, recognized as “Best in the Nation.”
Tennessee Youth Conservation Corps began.
Parks acquired 12,500 acres on Cumberland Plateau from Bowater Inc.
First LEED-certified construction with 7 new cabins, David Crockett State Park.
Pickett CCC Museum dedicated.
Tennessee Green Hospitality Certification for inns and restaurants at Fall Creek Falls, Natchez Trace, Paris Landing and Pickwick Landing, restaurant and cabins at David Crockett.
All 9 golf courses certified as Groundwater Guardian Green Sites.
National Folk Festival held at Bicentennial Mall.
Tennessee State Parks celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Cummins Falls, the 54th State Park opens.