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Whispering Pines RV Park
129 McKenzie Rd., Jackson, TN 38301; (731) 422-3682
Open year round, the RV park offers 30 sites including 9 pull-thrus, 30-50 amp service, propane, laundry, picnic tables. Take I-40 Exit 76, go to traffic light, turn right at light and go 1/2 mile to entrance of RV park. McKenzie & Son Bar-B-Q Market within walking distance. No interstate noise.
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
Madison County460 Ozier Rd., Pinson, TN 38366; (731) 988-5614; Web Site: www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/pinson
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area consists of at least 15 earthen mounds, a geometric enclosure and habitation areas that encompass over 1,310 acres. It is the largest Middle Woodland period mound complex in the Southeast. Facilities include a museum designed to replicate a mound with displays, videos and interpretive programs. 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 trails and shelters are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. Museum and office are closed on all State and Federal Holidays Nov. thru Good Friday. Museum hours are: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Located at the corner of Stonebridge and Channing Way; (731) 425-8227
Liberty Garden was created as a memorial to September 11, 2001. It is a passive park with a 1/2 acre walking trail, gazebo, picnic tables, garden benches and plenty of green space for creative play. Points of interest include Freedom Plaza which includes a Freedom Shrine (30 Historical American documents), a Veteran’s Memorial Wall for Madison County Fallen Soldiers (Beginning with WW I), a decorative, round, concrete replica of the Tennessee Flag, and an arboretum marked with the trees’ scientific and common names.
Joy-O RV Park
150 Hwy. 138 & I-40, Denmark, TN 38391; (731) 424-3725; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open year round. Joy-O RV Park has 20 pull-thru sites with electric, water and sewage; 10 back in spaces with electric and water; and 10 tent sites. Bath house and laundry open all night. Swimming pool open May 31st until Labor Day. All sites have shade and grass patios. Also available is an open field for sports, a meeting room and telephone hookups at some sites. Grocery store and restaurant within walking distance. Located 11 miles west of Jackson on I-40 and Hwy. 138 Exit 68, go south on Hwy. 138 for 100 yards and turn left at the Joy-O Park Entrance Sign. If you are heading Hwy. 70 West turn right and go 3/4 mile and turn right at the entrance sign.
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 187, Brownsville, TN 38012; (731) 772-0501
Located only four miles south of Brownsville on U. S. Hwy. 76 are 11,556-acres of the Hatchie Scenic River that comprise the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. It offers nature at its best with nine natural oxbow lakes, as well as a man-made lake for fishing, more than 200 species of birds, about 50 mammals and a myriad of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
Cypress Grove Nature Park
Located four minutes from downtown Jackson on Highway 70 West; (731) 425-8316
Established in 1984 to preserve part of Jackson’s natural river bottom habitat, Cypress Grove consists of 165 acres of Cypress forest and features trails, more than two miles of elevated boardwalk, a pond and a lake, home to various mammals, frogs, fish, turtles and more than 175 species of birds. The site also features the Aerie Trail Raptor Center, a haven for birds of prey that have been injured and cannot survive on their own in the wild. Restrooms and picnic facilities. Free admission. Open daily Nov.-March 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April-Oct. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Group reservations accepted.
Beech bend Recreational Park
22 Beech Bend Park Lane, Parsons, TN 38363; (731) 847-4252; Web Site: www.decaturcountytn.org/beech_bend_park.asp
Eleven acre park located five miles east of Parsons on the beautiful Tennessee River. There are 56 tent or RV lots with electricity and water, 18 tent lots without electricity. Daily, weekly and monthly rates available. Park includes picnic pavilions. boat rentals, two boat ramps, camping store, basketball court, restroom facilities with showers, and a dump station. Open year round.
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