Oct 3-5 37th annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival at Reelfoot Lake State Park
Join the thousands of visitors coming to the nearly half-mile long exhibit area at the 37th annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival. Held at the Reelfoot Lake State Park's Visitor Center and continuing onto adjacent properties, this unique northwest Tennessee festival features many diverse craftsmen and food vendors. For more information contact James Cox at (731) 253-8003.
Oct 4-5 Garrison Weekend at Fort Loudoun State Park
Visitors can interact with living historians at Fort Loudoun State Park as they demonstrate a variety of tasks common to a frontier English fortification such as cooking, laundering, blacksmithing, musket & artillery demonstrations and daily life in the enlisted soldier’s barracks of an 18th century British outpost. For more information contact Jeff Wells at (423) 884-6217.
Oct 10-11 5th annual Tennessee’s History Festival at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Two hundred years of living history will be on display during Tennessee’s History Festival held at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on October 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT. The event features Tennessee’s history and re-enactors from the Woodland Indian period through the Civil War, both World Wars and on to the present. Mock battles of the Civil War and WW II time periods will be featured at 12:00 noon each day. For more information contact Mike Cole at (615)741-5280.
Oct 11 Trail of Tears Commemorative Day at Port Royal State Park
Come to Port Royal State Park and learn about the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from their homeland. Exhibits about the Trail of Tears and Port Royal, interpretive tours, 1830's domestic skills and living history will be featured. There will be re-creation of the Cherokees march through the town of Port Royal at 10:00 a.m. CDT followed by a ceremony. For more information contact David Britton at (931)-358-9696.
Oct 11 Two Lakes Trail Run at Montgomery Bell State Park
The 30th year of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour kicks off with a new race, the Two Lakes Trail Run at Montgomery Bell State Park. This 7.6-mile trail run follows the park's gently rolling hills and features the early fall colors that will begin to dot middle Tennessee's western Highland Rim region. The trail run starts at 11:00 a.m. CDT and pre-registration is only $5 ($12 for race day registration). The Running Tour is a unique opportunity to visit our beautiful State Parks and participate in a series of challenging races that will keep you in top shape for the rest of the year. For more information on the Two Lakes Trail Run contact John Spencer of the Jones Creek Road Runners at (615) 441-5915.
Oct 11 – 12 Craft Fair at Chickasaw State Park
The annual craft fair at Chickasaw State Park in Henderson features handcrafted items from several vendors throughout West Tennessee and beyond. The fair runs from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 CDT on Sunday. For more information contact Ron Elder at (731) 989-5141.
Oct 11 Annual Car Show at Standing Stone State Park
Come and enjoy hundreds of antique cars, trucks and hot rods on display at Standing Stone State Park in Overton County. The event is a fun filled day of music and food. More than 300 vehicles will be judged. Show your own or just come and observe. For more information contact Patrick Randall at (931) 823-6347.
Oct 17 Fall Color Pontoon Trips at Natchez Trace State Park
This is the perfect time of the year to get out the camera and work on your photography at Natchez Trace State Park. Visitors can work on photography and also end the day with a Sunset Pontoon Ride on Pin Oak Lake. This popular program has a required sign up in advance. For more information contact Alisha Weber at (731) 968-8176.
Oct 18 – 19 Fall Colors Weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Don’t forget that Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most desired destinations during leaf peeping season. Join us for bicycle tours, guided hikes, and slideshows focusing on the autumn splendor of Fall Creek Falls. For more information contact Stuart Carroll at (423) 881-5162.
Oct 18 Fall Festival at Fort Pillow State Park
Fall comes to Fort Pillow State Park along the Mississippi River in Lauderdale County as park staff feature programs and events including a costume contest, pumpkin decorating and hayrides. For more information contact Greg Taylor or Robby Tidwell at (731) 738-5581.
Oct 18-30 Fall Color Cruises at Norris Dam
Join crew from Norris Dam State Park as they venture along beautiful Norris Lake in the park's pontoon boat to view nature's artistry of fall colors. Park Rangers narrate your trip with tree and wildlife identification and park history. There will be four trips per day departing from Norris Dam Marina and each trip lasts for approximately 1 hour. Trips are limited to 10 people and organized groups taken through the week only. Trips will be canceled if inclement weather prevails. Trips cost $6.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under six. Due to demand, participants must call the park office to sign up at (865) 426-7461. For more information contact Mike Scott at (865) 426-7461.
Oct 25 Wild Foods Day at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Tennessee’s fruitful woods and waters at Fall Creek Falls State Park yield a bounty for the dinner table on Wild Foods Day. Hikes identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just part of the day’s activities. The real treat comes in enjoying the wild feast. For more information contact Jim Hall at (423) 881-5708.
Oct 25 – 26 20th annual J. L. Colbert Rendezvous at Meeman-Shelby State Park
Meeman-Shelby State Park will be hosting the 20th anniversary of the James Logan Colbert Rendezvous on October 26 and 27. Come see how the early pioneers of Tennessee lived, worked and played during this pre-1840 living history event. Events include black powder shooting competitions for rifle and smoothbore, tomahawk throwing competitions, outdoor cooking competitions and period games. There will be period crafts as well as onsite craftsmen making their wares. There will be over 50 participants in period clothing and living the colonial frontier life style. Visitors are welcome on Saturday and Sunday and there is no charge. For more information contact Steve Smith at (901) 876-5201.
Oct 30 Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion at Sycamore Shoals State Park
While the graveyard of Carter Mansion at Sycamore Shoals State Park is not haunted, there will be stories of woe, terror and a touch of wit on All Hallows Eve at 7:30 p.m. EDT. For more information contact Jennifer Bauer at (423) 543-5808.
Oct 31 Trick or Treat in the Forest at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
Bring the kids to trick or treat through the woods at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Greene County. While there will be a lighted trail to lead the way so you don’t get lost, and treats will be handed out along the trail. For more information contact Dawn Coleman at (423) 257-2167.
Oct 31 Fall Festival at Natchez Trace State Park
Spend the 31st at Natchez Trace State Park enjoying hayrides, campfire programs and wildlife demonstrations. Stay at the Pin Oak Lodge so you don’t have to worry about how late you want to stay up enjoying the fun. For more information contact Alisha Weber at (731) 968-3742.