Frozen Head to help mark state parks’ 75th anniversary

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The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County will have a special community event from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10.

“This is a great opportunity to thank the park’s many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer,” said Park Manager David Engebretson.

The public is encouraged to go to the park at 964 Flat Fork Road, Wartburg, meet the park staff and hear more about Frozen Head’s unique past.  

State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath will be on hand for a special presentation on the 75 years of Tennessee State Parks history.  

Presentations will be followed by light refreshments, including a special commemorative anniversary cake.

Also making an appearance will be Tennessee State Parks’ new traveling anniversary exhibit, which recently hit the road to tour state parks and various communities – sharing Tennessee State Parks’ rich and storied history.

Engebretson added that Frozen Head State Park will be hosting its annual Heritage Day on Aug. 11 — a fitting tribute to this year’s 75th anniversary festivities.

Heritage Day events will include folk music and traditional Appalachian and Cumberland Plateau crafts, with a roster of crafters, artisans and musicians on hand to demonstrate their skills.

Primitive and traditional weapon demonstrations will also be throughout the day.

Designed for the younger crowd, other activities will include games, storytelling and a cornhusk doll workshop.

Food vendors will be on site with delicious plate lunches, funnel cakes and more.

The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937, and those laws – with modifications and additions over the years – remain the framework for park operations today.

As in most states, Tennessee began in cooperation with federal programs that instigated individual parks.

Later, Depression-era recovery programs gave a boost to the idea and the possibility of creating parks. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration worked on land conservation, but also delved further into the actual planning and construction of what would become the first of 54 Tennessee State Parks.

Today, there is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. A 2009 University of Tennessee study highlights the positive economic impacts that state parks provide local communities, particularly in rural areas of the state.  

Frozen Head State Park  contains undisturbed forest land, small streams and waterfalls, beautiful mountains and some of the richest wildflower areas in Tennessee.

For more information about the park, call 423-346-3318 or visit www.tnstateparks.com/FrozenHead.