Imagination Library Storybook Trails Now Open at 6 State Parks

November 16, 2018

Over the past couple of months, six Imagination Library Storybook trails have opened at Edgar Evins State Park, Long Hunter State Park, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Henry Horton State Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, and Pickett State Park. These trails engage families with reading and the surrounding nature. Check out the map below and visit the nearest Storybook Trail to you! 

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Tennessee State Parks Imagination Library (IL) Storybook Trails tell a nature-themed IL story on signs placed at a child’s height throughout a short trail at a park. The trails feature reading tips on each page panel to bring the book to life with the surrounding nature. In addition to promoting literacy, and parental engagement, IL Storybook Trails encourage families to connect with nature and engage in a healthy, outdoor activity. 

In May 2018, Governor's Books from Birth Foundation partnered with Tennessee State Parks Conservancy and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation to launch the IL Storybook Trails in Middle Tennessee with the goal of eventually spreading the idea statewide. GBBF provided the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy with grant funding to build the six initial trails.

Keep reading for more about the IL Storybook Trails:

EDGAR EVINS
STATE PARK

The Edgar Evins State Park IL Storybook Trail opened in June 2018 in Silver Point, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library book Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder. Click here for pictures from the Storybook Trail opening.

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LONG HUNTER
STATE PARK

The Long Hunter State Park IL Storybook Trail opened in June 2018 in Hermitage, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library book Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler. Click here for pictures from the Storybook Trail opening.

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CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN
STATE PARK

The Cumberland Mountain State Park IL Storybook Trail opened on September 14th on the Byrd Lake Trail in Crossville, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library book Night Night Forest Friends by Annie Bach. Click here for pictures from the storybook trail opening.

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HENRY HORTON
STATE PARK

The Henry Horton State Park IL Storybook Trail opened on October 13th on the Greenway Trail in Chapel Hill, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library book Little Owl Night by Divya Srinivasan. Click here for pictures from the storybook trail opening.

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MONTGOMERY BELL
STATE PARK

The Montgomery Bell State Park IL Storybook Trail opened on October 27 on the Jim Bailey Nature Trail in Burns, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library book One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me by John Micklos, Jr. and Clive McFarland.

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PICKETT
STATE PARK

The Pickett State Park IL Story Book Trail opened on November 3 in Jamestown, TN. The trail features the Imagination Library Book Old Bear and His Cub by Oliver Dunrea. Click here for pictures from the storybook trail opening.

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Exciting news!

There will be six more IL Storybook Trails launched in East Tennessee in Summer 2019!
Stay updated on the locations and dates by following GBBF's social media @TNImagination.