Thursday, April 15, 2010

Activities Planned At Standing Stone Park

Standing Stone State Park in Overton County is hosting a series of events this weekend. The public is invited to join Standing Stone staff and their special guests Friday through Sunday, April 16-18, for the 7th Annual Spring Naturalist Rally. Organizers say this will be a fun, educational experience as participants learn all about Standing Stone’s wild woods and natural history. On Saturday, April 17, a Spring Wildflower Walk will be held, beginning at 9 a.m. (CDT), with participants meeting at the recreation hall. For a complete schedule of events, please contact the park office at (931) 823-6347. Standing Stone State Park covers nearly 11,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau of north-central Tennessee. The park is noted for its outstanding scenery, spring wildflowers, fossils and other natural diversity. It is located in Overton County within a triangle formed by highways connecting Livingston, Gainesboro and Celina, Tenn. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, an eight-foot tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge, which was supposedly used as a boundary line between two separate Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in Monterey. For additional information about Standing Stone State Park, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/StandingStone.