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Tennessee state parks celebrate 75 years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee state parks are celebrating a milestone this year - it's their 75th anniversary.

The park system was launched in 1937 through legislation creating the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Now, the state has 53 parks spread from the Mississippi Delta to Southern Appalachia ensuring that all residents live within an hour's drive of at least one.

Brock Hill, Tennessee's deputy commissioner for parks and conservation, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the parks are "more relevant today than ever (http://bit.ly/ysdm8m)."

Noting the diversity of the state's landscape, he says Tennessee parks are the most visited in the southeast outside of Florida. Plus, the park system was named best in America by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2007.

 

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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