Attractions

Brownsport Furnace

Decaturville, TN 38329

The Brownsport Furnace park offers an interpretive of an old Pig Iron smelting furnace. The park is also host to Decatur County Saddle Club Trail rides and other public use. Come and enjoy the relaxed and peaceful outdoors at the furnace. We have areas to use for company picnics, family outings, church outings, etc.

CLICK HERE for more information about Brownsport Furnace.

Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

Decaturville, TN 38329 | (615)532-0436

Carroll Cabin Barrens is a 250-acre natural area located near the Tennessee River in Decatur County. It was previously owned by Weyerhaeuser Company and was designated as a natural area in 2002. The State received the property from Weyerhaeuser as a donation. Carroll Cabin Barrens is a series of dramatic Silurian aged limestone glades and barrens. The glades and barrens are well developed and occur in longitudinal bands on the hillsides above the Tennessee River. Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) dominates the open, gravelly portions of the glades as well as the margins. Forbs, unique to the glades and barrens complex, grow sporadically in open glades and congregate around the barren periphery. The surrounding woods are a mixture of hardwoods of varied ages with the edges of the glades dominated by stunted eastern red cedars (Juniperus virginiana). The most common forest is an oak-hickory with short leaf (Pinus echinata) and Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana).

CLICK HERE for more information about Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area.

Carl Perkins Bass Classic

Parsons, TN 38363 | For Tournament questions, contact: Steve Clenney (731)847-4334

The Bass Classic has been the Decatur County Center’s largest annual fundraiser. Participation has increased greatly each year and we hope to see the continued growth.Bass Tournament, $5000 first place; reverse draw for a new Sea Ark boat; free fishing rodeo for ages 12 & under; great food; entertainment; 50 ft. aquarium; live auction, much more!

2015 Dates: October 8-10

CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

Parsons Peavine Festival

Parsons, TN 38363 | (731)847-6358

The Parsons Peavine Festival is held annually in downtown Parsons. Admission is free and a variety of arts/crafts, commercial, and food vendors are open to the public. There is also live music entertainment and activities such as a BBQ cook-off and talent contest throughout the day.

CLICK HERE for more information about the festival.

Decaturville Main Street Festival

P.O. Box 237 | Decaturville, TN 38329 | (731)852-4682

The Main Street Festival is held each year on the 3rd weekend in October. This fun-filled event is sponsored by the Main Street Decaturville Association.

There is always a variety of activities planned for all ages. Parents and adults can enjoy local and out of town craft and merchant vendors, sidewalk sales, and auctions along with delicious treats including funnel cakes, chicken on a stick, burgers, and hot dogs. Children may purchase a bracelet and enjoy party jumpers and games. Be sure to bring your bicycle and test your skill in the bicycle rodeo! The afternoon will be filled with local entertainment including a variety of singing, dancing, baton twirling, and good music along with old-fashioned “cake walks.” Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy the day on the Main Street of Decaturville!

For more information call 731-852-2034 or 731-852-3165

CLICK HERE to visit the Decaturville Main Street website, where you will find the most current information on their activities.

Rivertime Players

P.O. Box 128 | Parsons, TN 38363 | (731)847-6358

The Rivertime Players are a group of volunteers in Parsons, TN who strive to provide a community-based performing arts organization for the purpose of presenting dramatic and musical theatre; present quality family entertainment; create opportunities for children and adults to develop talents in all aspects of theatre arts; and to foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts.

The Rivertime Players were formed when Dr. Dawn Larsen donated to the Parsons Arts Council the last remaining repertory tent show in November 2006. The Rivertime Players are now caretakers of a historic cultural asset that can trace its roots to its founding 116 years ago.

The Toby Show is produced in September and October annually.

Other productions are staged as time and space allow. At this time we do not post a season. We hope to do so when a permanent space becomes available.

Central to our mission is preserving and continuing the repertory tent theatre experience.

CLICK HERE to visit the Rivertime Players website for more information.

Parsons Centre

535 Tennessee Avenue South | Parsons, TN 38363 | (731)847-6358

Art Gallery

The art gallery is open during the library hours. We have had numerous exhibitors such as Brenda Moss (Jackson Art Council), Mary Spellings (Jackson Art Council), the Savannah Guild, and local artists Nina Jordan, Sherry Earnhart, Rebecca Duncan and Grant Milam. The Parsons Cultural & Performing Arts Council sponsors the art shows and other events.

This area also doubles as the City of Parsons Council Meeting Room.

Community Room

The community room is available to civic and business organizations. Many businesses have utilized this room for training conferences. This room may be reserved by calling 731-847-6358 for an application.

Museum

The museum houses historical history of Parsons and the surrounding areas.

Library

Parsons Library is a multi-function library with a career center, genealogy area, along with books to meet every need. The library has special programs for the entire family.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Wednesday (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

World’s Largest Coon Hunt

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1925 Highway 641 South | Parsons, TN 38363 | (731)847-2404

Since 1976, the Decatur County World’s Largest Coon Hunt – Benefit for St. Jude has been held annually on the second full weekend of April, Thursday through Sunday. To this day, it is still worked solely by volunteers. It takes each and every person who walks on the grounds to make this great event possible.

Over 2.3 million dollars has been donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from this event in twenty-five years, with sixteen of those years being record breakers. Little did those first volunteers realize what a great task they had started! From 1976 to present, faces may have changed from time to time. However, all hearts remain the same and the motto is as it was twenty five years ago: “That every child at St. Jude Children Research Hospital be given the chance we all take for granted every day – The Chance For Life.”

Location: Decatur County Fair Grounds – Parsons, Tennessee

Directions
South of Interstate 40/Exit 126- About 17 miles on your left at Decatur County Fair Grounds

Home of the Tennessee River

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The Tennessee River offers fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, and camping. The five marinas and over 50 miles of beautiful shoreline offer river access. An 18-hole golf course has been built on the Tennessee River in the eastern section of the county-Tennessee River Golf Course.

Tennessee River Golf Course

chickasaw_chalet 384 Riverview Drive | Decaturville, TN 38329 | (731) 852-2582

This 18-hole layout borders the Tennessee River and is built on very hilly terrain.

Total yardage=6,400 (ladies 5,000); Bent Grass Greens, Bermuda Fairways.

Driving range, full line golf shop on site.

Golf Instructions by a PGA Professional.

USGA rating 70.4, slope rating 123.

Open daily daylight to dark.

Open Year-Round

Cypress Pond Refuge (State)

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Located in Decatur County, East Decatur, south of Whites Creek on the Tennessee River. Approximately 600 acres.

Note – CLOSED 1st of November – 1st of March. Same as statewide seasons, except closed to all hunting and dog training November 1st through March 1st.

Hunting – Archery Deer, Squirrel, Turkey, Dove,
Wildlife Viewing
2 Eagle’s nest (best view from Tennessee River)

Hiking is permitted – No camping – No vehicles – No ATV