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Standing Stones State Park
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Standing Stones State Park
Description - Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The quaint and rustic park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity. The park takes its name from the "Standing Stone," an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey, Tennessee.

Attractions - Standing Stone has one conference style meeting room that can accommodate approximately 80 people. A television and VCRs are available. It has a large cooking area (pot and pans not provided) and a large back deck with 5 picnic tables. It has a great view of the lake, making it an idea location for wedding receptions, family reunions and small conferences. The conference room may be rented a year to date in advance and is open year round.

Other points of interest are the birthplace of Cordell Hull (within a 25 minute drive) and Dale Hollow Lake (within a 5 minute drive from the park.)

Recreation - Standing Stone State Park offers hiking, camping, picnicking activities for the park visitor. archery, basketball, horseshoes, Ping-Pong, playgrounds, softball, tennis courts, and volleyball.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - From Nashville, take exit 288 off I-40, (Livingston/Sparta exit) Hwy. 111 N to Livingston, Hwy. 52 to the entrance of the park. Hwy. 136 is the main park road.

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Filed By: Laurie (Houston, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A really beautiful park with lots to do in the surrounding area. The cabins are an excellent value, and we've seen lots of wildlife. We've been repeat visitors for several years, which is rare. The lake is really breathtaking in the fall with the colors. Easy access to Nashville. The park staff is very nice as well. We didn't have children with us, but it looks very family friendly as well. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Standing Stones State Park, 1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy. , Hilham, TN, 38568-6610, Phone: 931-823-6347

Additional Information:
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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