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Help Tims Ford win favorite TN State Park

Love to canoe, camp, fish, and explore Tims Ford State Park in nearby Franklin County? Show them a little love in the My TN State Park competition that ends on January 31. (Photo Credit: Tims Ford State Park)

It’s no secret that the Tennessee State Park system has been crucial to Tennesseans in 2020 during the pandemic. When asked many stated that the opportunity to explore outdoors is one of the thing “that kept them going.” In fact three Southeast Tennessee state parks – Tims Ford, Falls Creek Falls, and Harrison Bay – were among the top four for visitation in the state this fall. Now locals who enjoy area state parks have an opportunity to give back.

Three weeks ago, the Tennessee State Park system launched their My TN State Park fundraiser hoping to raise some much needed revenue and have a little fun in the process. Since then nearly 2,000 people have donated over $43,000 and our local park, Tims Ford State Park in Franklin County, is responsible for $622 of those dollars and currently ranks 24th among all 56 state parks.

Currently, the top 10 state parks based on donations/votes are: Big Hill Pond ($3,051), Cumberland Mountain ($2,991), South Cumberland ($2101), Rock Island ($1,883), Montgomery Bell ($1,773), Frozen Head ($1,738), Road Mountain ($1,679), Panther Creek ($1,230), Pickett ($1,115), and Harrison Bay ($1,091). You can see a complete list of donation by clicking here.

With just seven days left in the campaign, local donations could lift Tims Ford into the top 10. Every dollar will go directly to support the state park you choose. Donations will be used to help parks repair, maintain, and prepare for the 2021 season.

“This friendly competition will give you the opportunity to show your love and appreciation for the places that kept you going in 2020,” state park officials said. “As you’ve donated to vote for your favorite park, you’ve touched the hearts of park staff, proclaimed the park’s importance, and contributed to its prolonged protection and improvement.”

Go to tnstateparks.com/vote. Find your favorite park and click donate. Every $1 donation equals one vote. The fundraiser will end on Sunday, January 31. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated community newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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