There are a number of attributes we adore about Tennessee State Parks: great campgrounds and facilities, trail networks that are often near the campgrounds, abundant natural beauty, user-friendly intuitive websites, and, in the spring of 2020, we love that they are open.
Most State Parks in the Midwest did not reopen in May of 2020, and when we learned that Tennessee State Parks were opening May 15, we were determined to secure a site. We came across Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, near Paris Landing and on Kentucky Lake. Not all sites were available, in order to maintain social distancing, so we were excited to secure one of the few remaining sites.
The Happy Hollow Campground offers 37 water and electric sites each with a fire ring and picnic table as well as a newer bathhouse. Our site backed to the creek and a trail, and offered the best fiber wifi we’ve encountered in a campground. Wifi is typically a low priority, but we did enjoy streaming music on this weekend.
We enjoyed hiking around the park on Saturday. We hopped around to a number of trails and meandered past the visitor’s center, up to the top of pilot knob and a museum, along the lake, and past a log cabin. After our hike, we took advantage of a pleasant May afternoon and played Frisbee in the field near the campground, the kids played in the creek, and we enjoyed a quiet afternoon and the simple pleasure of being back at the campground.
It was amazing how a simple experience like a weekend spent camping, sitting by the fire, cooking outside, and a hike could make us feel so normal and refreshed.
Shane and Jessica
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