Parks, Zoos, and Natural Wonders

Tennessee Safari Park

637 Conley Road, Alamo, TN 38001; (731) 697-7360; Web Site:www.tennesseesafaripark.com
Located just off Hwy. 412 approximately 16 miles from I-40 Exit 79, Tennessee Safari Park is West Tennessee’s newest attraction with 100 acres that are home to over 300 animals including more than 60 species of exotic animals found in Africa. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - last car at 4:30 p.m.

Electro Chalybeate Well

604 S. Royal Street, Downtown Jackson, TN  38301
In the late 1800’s workers discovered a vast underground river of mineral water while constructing Jackson’s first modern waterworks. The “miracle” spring, known for its curative powers, quickly became a regional landmark and gathering place. In 1980, the City of Jackson took steps to showcase the ever-flowing fountain of mineral water by building an 1800’s-style gazebo and park for residents and visitors to enjoy. Free admission.  Open 7 days a week.

Stillwaters Farm

375 Oak Grove Lane, Henderson, TN 38340; (731) 989-4251; E-mail: info@stillwaters-tn.com; Web Site: www.stillwaters-tn.com
Located in the heart of West TN, Stillwaters Farm provides guests with an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a growing agri-tourism enterprise, Stillwaters Farm is first and foremost an exhibition farm where animals of many different varieties reside. Because these gentle creatures are approachable even by the youngest guests, they are wonderful teaching tools during private tours and field trips. Secondly, the educational aspects of the farm can be combined with a “farm stay” at The Cottage at Stillwaters. While available for rent year-round, the cottage, in its eclectic turn-of-the-century style, invites guests to rest and relax while learning about farm life. Beautiful perennial butterfly gardens, rose gardens, and vegetable gardens are kept to provide guests with more opportunities to learn. Visitors are also invited to take a tour, get to know the residents - the donkeys and dogs, miniature horses, APHA Paint horses, miniature cows, sheep, and other interesting creatures - jump right into daily activities, if they are so inclined. Finally, Stillwaters Farm is a working hay farm and nature preserve. As a result, deer, turkey, birds of all kinds, an occasional red fox, and coyote are plentiful. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras and field guide books along for unexpected photo opportunities that happen each and every day. All activities are by appointment. 

Carroll Cabin Barrens

A 200-acre natural area located near the Tennessee River in Decatur County, previously owned by Weyerhaeuser Company and designated as a natural area in 2002.  Carroll Cabin Barrens is a series of dramatic Silurian aged limestone glades and barrens. Directions:  From Interstate 40, exit at U.S. Hwy 69/641 (exit #126). Continue south through Parsons (crossing Hwy 412) and Decaturville (crossing Hwy 100). From the 4-way stop at Hwy 100, go approximately 11 miles. Turn left on Bob’s Landing Road and continue for about 1.5 miles then turn right on Smith Gravel Pit Road. The natural area is on the right hand side of the road after the first curve to the left. For more info or directions, call (731) 847-4202.

Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark

Shiloh National Military Park, Hwy. 22, 1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd. (between Highway Tennessee 57 and US 64); Shiloh, TN 38376; (731) 689-5696
Located on the bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, the Shiloh Indian National Historic Landmark is the largest late prehistoric Mississippian mound in the Tennessee River Valley, and one of the largest mound groups of the National Park Service in the country. The famed Shiloh Effigy Pipe was discovered here in the 1890s and a replica is currently on display in the Tennessee River Museum in downtown Savannah.

Birdsong Resort/Marina/Campground/Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum & Farm

Camden, TN; (731) 584-7880, Reservations: (800) 225-7469;Web Site: www.BirdsongResort.com,www.TennesseeRiverPearls.com
Birdsong Resort, Marina and Lakeside RV Campground is a 58-acre recreational complex lakeside of the scenic Tennessee River’s beautiful Kentucky Lake. Facilities include a 140-covered-slip marina with ship’s store; 65’ x 65’ concrete & lighted launching ramp; boat sales and on-duty factory-trained mechanic; 14 full-housekeeping rental accommodations; concrete RV pads with full-hookups; dump station; grassy area for primitive tent camping; 25’ x 45’ swimming pool; 500-seat open air pavilion with kitchen facilities and showers; recreation/game area; “Pearl of a Tour” featuring the freshwater pearl jewelry showroom, farm, museum and guided tour. The tour consists of a 3-5 hour excursion to the freshwater pearl farm, a visit with a diver, catered shore lunch, and trek to Nathan Bedford State Park’s River Folklife Museum. Tour requires reservations, operates April-November; Resort, Marina and Campground business office hours are Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-4 p.m.; Marina Ship’s Store, camping and cottage registration open 7 days a week from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pinson Mounds State Park

460 Ozier Rd., Pinson, TN 38366; (731) 988-5614; Web Site: www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/PinsonMounds/
Area consists of at least 15 earthen mounds on over 1,100 acres. Facilities include a modern museum, picnic shelters, playground, six miles of hiking trails with a boardwalk along the Forked Deer River and a 32-person group camp for overnight stay. Park grounds open until dusk daily. Museum hours are: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.

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