One of Tennessee’s newest state parks, Mousetail Landing State Park is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River. The 1,247 acre park features two campgrounds, a wide creek for wading, boating access, fishing, picnic areas, athletic fields, and nature programs. For those who like to get out and explore nature, the park has one day-use, three-mile trail and one overnight, eight-mile trail with two screened in shelters. These back-country shelters have plywood bunks and each shelter sleeps eight people.
Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area’s tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail Landing.
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The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
Mousetail Landing State Park’s Visitor Center recently upgraded all lighting to LED and has upgraded to a 16 SEER HVAC system.The park participates in TVA’s Green Power Switch program.
The use of tent pads in the campground protects and enhances the ecosystem by decreasing negative impact from repeatedly setting up a tent in the same place.