This Land Was Made for You and Me

National Public Lands Day 2018 is your chance to give back to the lands that give you space to live, learn, play, exercise, relax, explore and so much more. Here’s how to get involved.

TVA manages 293,000 acres of public land—some of it wild and untamed, some of it cultivated with campgrounds, swim beaches, fishing piers, playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic pavilions and other recreational assets. Nearly all of it is available to you year-round for your enjoyment. It is, in a very real sense, your land.

Throughout the month of September, TVA will be celebrating National Public Lands Day 2018 (September 22nd) by inviting you to give back to the lands you love.

“National Public Lands Day 2018 is a great time for all of us to take a moment to appreciate these beautiful, unique and beneficial public lands and waterways across TVA’s seven-state service area,” says Bucky Edmondson, director of Natural Resources at TVA. “It’s also the perfect time to join us and people across the region in helping take care of the Valley’s public lands.”

Across the Tennessee Valley, TVA Natural Resources specialists are partnering with local organizations to host cleanup and maintenance events on public lands and waterways. Volunteer for one of the following, and enjoy the natural high that comes with caring for nature.


When: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Boat launch at Seven Islands State Birding Park
Details: TVA and the Tennessee Clean Water Network will be offering close encounters with “gentle giants of the deep,” a.k.a. lake sturgeon. The event is centered around the hand release of lake sturgeon into the French Broad River, and also offers outdoor educational exhibits, free ice cream and food trucks. Kids of all ages are welcome.
TVA Contacts: Mark Odom,, and Aurora Pulliam

Douglas Lake the Beautiful Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 22nd
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: TVA Access at the end of Allensville Rd.
Details: This annual all-purpose cleanup is coordinated by TVA, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Keep Sevier Beautiful and Sevier Solid Waste Inc.
TVA Contacts: Aurora Pulliam,, and Laura Howard,

Normandy Reservoir Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 22th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT
Where: Barton Springs public use area on Lyndell Rd.
Details: TVA, The Duck River Agency and Keep Coffee County Beautiful are sponsoring and providing supplies for this effort to remove trash and litter from Normandy’s shoreline and dispersed recreation areas.
TVA Contact: Mark Morrissey,

Watts Bar Lake Cleanup

When: Friday, September 28th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
Where: Watts Bar Dam Reservation
Details: Join TVA and the Watts Bar Lake Association for an island-oriented cleanup effort.
TVA Contact: Scott Ledford,

Family Hike at Little Cedar Mountain, Nickajack Lake

When: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. CT
Where: Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area near Shellmound Campground and Nickajack Dam
Details: Little Cedar Mountain is a dreamscape. We will hike to the amazing overlook above the lake and discover amphibian habitat on the Pond Trail. Bob Butters with Outdoor Chattanooga will be one of the guides. The trail is four miles long and moderately difficult.
TVA Contacts: Mark Odom,, and Aurora Pulliam

Norris Fall Island Invasion and Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: Several launch points; contact Julie Graham at to register
Details: TVA joins with the Norris Lake Project Team, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and Big Ridge State Park to lead this lake-wide cleanup that reaches through Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne and Grainger counties in Tennessee. The effort will focus on removing trash and debris from islands throughout Norris Reservoir, and also removing foam blocks from islands near Davis Creek and Norris Dam State Park.
TVA Contact: Tim Pruitt,

Worthington Cemetery National Public Lands Day

When: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Elza Gate Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Details: TVA and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will lead an interpretive walk about the unique plant and bird life in Worthington Cemetery’s cedar barren habitat. Afterwards, volunteers will do minor trail repair, pick up litter and help remove invasive/exotic plants.
TVA Contact: Angela Sutton,

Operation Inasmuch/Cherokee Lake Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Where: RSVP on or email to select from various clean-up sites
Details: This annual lake-wide cleanup is coordinated by TVA and Cherokee Lake User’s Association, which includes local marinas and Carson Newman’s Inasmuch Project.
TVA Contacts: Tim Pruitt,, and Brian Stewart,

50th Anniversary of the Hiwassee Scenic River

When: Saturday, September 29th
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic Rivers State Park
Details: Bring the whole family and join us in celebrating the anniversary of the beautiful Hiwassee being a Scenic River. This will be an daylong event with a hike on the John Muir Trail and a float on the river at the same time. Everyone is welcome to meet back in our group camp at Gee Creek for food, music and fun. There will be vendors set up such as REI and Starr Mountain Outfitters. TVA and others will have booths set up to help you with all your outdoor adventure needs.
TVA Contacts: Aurora Pulliam,, and Suzanne Fisher,

Loyston Point National Public Lands Day

When: Sunday, September 30th*
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Loyston Loop Trailhead on Lakeshore Drive in Andersonville, Tenn.
Details: TVA’s recreation manager and mountain biking guru, Clay Guerry, joins with the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to host an annual work day on the Loyston Point Trails. Trail users are invited to participate in general trail maintenance. Bring bikes and kids for a family ride once the work is done!
TVA Contact: Clay Guerry,

Tennessee River Rescue

When: Saturday, October 6th
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: 17 different departure sites; visit for more information
Details: Join this large-scale cleanup effort—founded in 1988 as a way to help beautify the Scenic City and protect its precious water resources—on Nickajack and Chickamauga reservoirs.
TVA Contact: Mark Odom,

*This event has been rescheduled from Sept. 29.