Paris Landing State Park
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Introduction

Paris Landing State Park is a recreational hotspot located in the Tennessee River Valley on Kentucky Lake, Tennessee. The lake, created from a dam in the Tennessee River, is 160,000 acres, and a popular destination for water sports, fishing, and other lakeside activities.

Paris Landing is part of Tennessee’s Go Green With Us program, an initiative to use sustainable materials to minimize the human impact within the park’s boundaries. The park, already recognized for its achievements in keeping much of the park green, has spread its efforts from the main operational facilities to the campground. The camp surfaces inside of the campground are man-made tent pads meant to keep the ground protected from daily tent set up and removal. The campground also uses convenient trash and recycling dumpsters, so visitors don’t have to go far to be mindful of their refuse.

In addition to the Go Green With Us program, the park strives to combat invasive pests that threaten Tennessee’s forests by using only certified heat-treated wood inside the park’s boundaries.

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Transportation in Paris Landing State Park

Driving

Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tennessee is less than a day’s drive away from many major cities, both in state and out of state. The park is located 97 miles northwest of Nashville, 160 miles northeast of Memphis, Tennessee. From St. Louis, Missouri, the park is only 240 miles southeast, and from Louisville, Kentucky, the park is just 224 miles southwest.

Please adhere to the length restrictions when reserving a campsite inside of Paris Landing State Park. The max capacity of RVs and trailers is 60 feet, and not all spaces will accommodate an RV or trailer that large.

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Campgrounds and parking in Paris Landing State Park

Campsites in Paris Landing State Park

Reservations camping

Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA

Just off US Route 79, between Memphis and Nashville, you’ll find the Paris Landing/Kentucky Lake KOA. With ease in mind, each site was designed for big rigs with easy-in, easy-out access, ample shade and full hookups. The campground features a plethora of activities including swimming, mini-golfing, disc-golfing, fishing and even gem-mining! The beautiful Kentucky Lake is only a few minutes away and offers visitors some of the best fishing and boating opportunities in the state.

Paris Landing Campground

The Paris Landing Campground is an RV sanctuary nestled under the Tennessee trees. RVers staying in this campground will have shade and access to comfort services. The campground has primitive sites and sites with water and 30 amp electrical service. This year-round, pet-friendly campground offers its guests restrooms with showers, a laundry area, and a dump station. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 38 feet in length. Even though the campground allows RVs year-round, be aware of seasonal operations that may affect some facilities. Generator use is permitted, but please quiet your generators between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Paris Landing State Park

In-Season

Boating

Boating is a popular activity at Paris Landing State Park. If you are planning on using the marina inside of the state park, you will need to bring your own boat and use the free boat ramp. This marina doesn't rent boats, but there are private rental facilities nearby that rent canoes, kayaks, and other watercraft. The seasonally operating marina sells gas (diesel and non-ethanol), bait, ice, beverages, and other general supplies.

Golfing

Golfers who enjoy tree-lined, rolling-hill courses will crave another round at the Paris Landing Golf Course. This 18 hole, 72 par course offers amenities such as a practice green, a driving range, and a snack bar. Golfers can rent clubs, pull carts, and even take lessons. Because this course is a popular venue for tournaments and other events, golfers must reserve a tee time in advance. Contact the golf course clubhouse for more information.

Swimming

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits, because your family will love the swimming options available at Paris Landing. Swimming is a favorite seasonal activity, and swimmers can choose to swim at the public beach or the pool. The swimming pool offers seasonal, and daily swimming passes as well as water aerobics and swimming lessons (for an additional fee). The swim beach has restrooms and a picnic area, but it is a less-structured swimming facility than the pool because there aren’t lifeguards on duty. Check with the park for seasonal operating hours.

Off-Season

The Recreation Area

The recreation area is the place where people with varied interests can go to participate in group activities like tennis, softball, and basketball, or sit and have a picnic lunch with friends. The playground, swimming beach, and the golf course are all close by, and the area has ample parking and a restroom. Check with the park to see what kind of activities are taking place when you arrive!

Fishing

Some of the biggest fishing tournaments in the state of Tennessee take place on Kentucky Lake, but thankfully, you don’t have to be an expert to fish in Paris Landing State Park. Anyone with a valid Tennessee fishing license can fish here. Fish from a boat or bring your family to one of the two fishing docks and make a day of putting your poles in the water. This freshwater lake is home to over 100 species of fish like bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, and bluegill. If you are lucky enough to catch some fish, use the marina’s cleaning station to clean and prepare your catch!

Birding

Fall, winter, and the spring are the perfect seasons for bird lovers to see migrating and nesting waterfowl. Paris Landing has recorded over 185 species of birds inside of the park’s boundaries. Many of these bird sightings are spectacular findings for avid bird watchers, with the bald eagle topping the list of the park’s most loved birds. For more information about the birds, contact the park, and always practice responsible birding.

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