Last year we decided to take the lazy man’s route around one of our local state parks. It was a fun fall experience, offering some Tennessee history while taking a hayride through Edgar Evins State Park. The pictures you see here were taken last year, but I recently discovered that the park will host another on October 14th, 2017, with new characters and stories. The hayride begins at the park office and ambles through the park stopping at a series of stations with local actors in history era costume. Each one tells a unique story of their life and time “in the old days” to the hayride members, then the wagon moves on to the next tale. The hayride is especially enjoyable because the fall foliage colors can also be enjoyed between stops. The route takes approximately an hour to complete.
Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake, has 6000 acres of beauty near Silver Point, Tennessee, and provides recreational opportunities such as camping, boating, birding, fishing, and hiking. The marina and restaurant is located within the state park, is privately owned, and operates year-round; boat rentals, slip rentals, gas sales, gift shop, boat repair, and fishing supplies are available.
The History Hayride adventure is sponsored annually by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, and proceeds go towards the preservation of the park itself. Reservations for the fall hay wagon ride cost $15.00 dollars per person and can be made on line at www.foeesp.com/history-hayride or phone 800-250-8619 or 931-858-2114. Campground reservations and can be made through October at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/edgar-evins or phone 931-858-2618.