Park Information

Steele Creek Park Info and Activities

With over 2,200 acres, Stacy Grayson Park at Steele Creek is the third largest municipal park in Tennessee.  The park features over 150 acres of developed recreational area, a 54-acre lake, and almost 2000 acres of undeveloped forested knobs.

A rustic lodge with fireplace, full kitchen, and spectacular views of the lake and knobs can be rented for parties, reunions and other events.  Multiple picnic shelters are also available for rent, and picnic tables with grills are available throughout the developed area of the park.  Playgrounds, ball fields, and a one-mile fitness course are all available, and a nine-hole golf course is open to the public year-round. One of the most popular activities at the park returned in 2008 when the train once again began running. The completely refurbished train brought smiles to many young faces and brought back fond memories to their parents and grandparents.

For those who enjoy lake activities, paddle boats and canoes are available to rent during the summer.  Fishing is also very popular, with bass, sunfish, catfish, and carp all to be found in the lake. Steele Creek Park is a naturalist’s treasure.  Over twenty miles of hiking trails traverse the undeveloped knobs of the park where diverse populations of native flora and fauna keep both serious and casual nature lovers happy throughout the year.

The Nature Center, a focus for natural history education for young and old alike, is open for free to the public on a daily basis.  Native plant and butterfly gardens near the Nature Center are maintained by Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park.  And an interpretive arboretum, certified by the State of Tennessee, is the only one in the region devoted entirely to native species.

Questions or comments?

For shelter information, including rentals go to the City’s online reservation system, or call (423) 764-4023.

For questions or comments about other Park facilities, including the Nature Center and trails, send e-mails to

For questions or comments about plants, animals and other natural aspects of the Park and the region, call the Nature Center at (423) 989-5616 or e-mail Jeremy at

For questions or comments about this website and/or our organization, Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park, including  upcoming events, ongoing projects and how to become more involved, e-mail us at


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