State Parks Veteran Benefits
Veterans Day Designated a Free State Park Day for Tennessee Veterans, Including Complimentary Golfing and Night of Camping
NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks announced today a new addition to its veterans’ discount policy, including a free state park day for all Tennessee Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11.
Passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, the new policy calls for a yearly, special state parks day to honor Tennessee’s resident veterans. Tennessee State Parks chose each Nov. 11 as that designated day, offering one free night of camping and complimentary greens fees for 18 holes of golf with appropriate identification. The new free day will go into effect this Veterans Day and will occur on Nov. 11 each year.
“Veterans Day was the most appropriate choice and the new policy gives Tennessee State Parks an additional way to honor the men and women who served our country,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke. “The purpose of this new policy is to extend our current state park discounts to Tennessee’s Veterans, paying tribute to their dedication and offering them an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.”
The new free day on Nov. 11 is in addition to Tennessee State Parks’ current veterans’ policy, which includes a camping discount within the state parks system and is available annually beginning November 1 through March 31, offering a 15 to 25 percent reduction off the standard nightly base rates (depending on the type of site chosen). This camping discount is available to Tennessee residents showing proof of prior military duty.
A special state park discount also is in place for active duty military personnel and members of the Tennessee National Guard. This year-round discount is given to all U.S. military – regardless of their branch of service or where they are stationed. Disabled Veterans also are eligible for the Tennessee State Parks year-round ADA discount that provides a 25 to 50 percent discount for campsites. For more information about Tennessee State Parks’ Veterans and military discounts, please visitwww.tnstateparks.com/FAQs.shtml#military.
Tennessee's 53 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families, or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.tnstateparks.com.