There is currently thirteen National Park Service Site in Tennessee and three associated sites.

Official National Parks of Tennessee

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail-
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • Shiloh National Military Park
  • Stones River National Battlefield

Associated sites of Tennessee

  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  • Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
  • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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Tennessee National Parks

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Depending on where you are from, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail either starts in Mount Katahdin, Maine and ends in Springer Mountain, Georgia, or starts in Springer Mountain, Georgia, and ends in Katahdin, Maine. The Appalachian Trail is 2,181 miles long and passes through 14 states (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).

There are 71 miles of trail in the state of Tennessee and about 200 miles that run along the Tennessee/North Carolina border. The trail enters Great Smoky Mountains, National Park at Fontana Dam and follows the trail state line through the park. The trail pass just below Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the trail at 6,643 feet (2,025 m).

Every year several thousand people attempt to thru-hike the trail.  Tens of thousands of people will hike sections of the trail each year.  The trail was officially completed in 1937 but the improvement has been ongoing since then.  The trail is maintained by 31 different trail clubs and other partnerships.

Things to do in Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Scenic Views

How to get to Appalachian National Scenic Trail: There are multiple access points along the trail. Many of which are driveable.

Where to Stay in Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Along the trail, there are numerous shelters and backcountry campgrounds. Hotels are available in towns along the trail.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee for the Appalachian Trail but the trail passes through numerous state and national parks, forests and public lands which may charge an entrance fee or have overnight permit fees.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Official Website: Click Here

Map of Appalachian National Scenic Trail: Download

National Parks of Connecticut - Appalachian Trail

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Natchez Trace Parkway

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Shiloh National Military Park

Stones River National Battlefield

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

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