Pulaski-Giles County Recreation Includes Everything From Hunting to Horseback Riding

By Carson O'Shoney on April 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm EST
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Pulaski, Tennessee is a quaint town steeped in tradition, but finding something to do in the area is not hard. From hunting and horseback riding to parks and recreation centers, families have options in Pulaski.

Hunting
The city of Pulaski has recently fashioned itself as the "Wild Turkey Capital of Tennesee," and they have the wild turkey population to back it up. The large number of turkeys in the area have made Pulaski and the rest of Giles County an increasingly popular choice among hunters. Giles County is a host county, along with four others, for the annual Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt, which attracts hunters from all over Tennessee, along with a few celebrities every year. The goal for the five-county hunt, now in its ninth year, is to bag a turkey with one single shot. Hunting in the county expands beyond turkeys, as hunters also come to the area for deer, fox, quail and pheasants. Deer hunters in the area can join the Giles County Deer Hunters Association, established in 1970, the oldest and largest deer-hunting club in Tennessee, with a membership of more than 350. The Triple Springs Ranch in Lynnville provides hunters with an outlet for quail, pheasant and other game bird hunting.

Equestrian Interests
Horses are a way of life in Giles County; nearly every yard in the area has at least one horse. The county is home to many equine services and clubs, from driving and dressing associations to trail-riding clubs and numerous shows and rodeos. One organization, the Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center, is a nonprofit that strives to "inspire the lives of those with life challenges through the benefits of equine-assisted activities that promote treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, mental and physical needs." Visitors to Giles County can get their horse fix by attending one of the rodeos or horse shows, or by taking a horseback ride through some of the many trails in the area.

Parks & Recreation
The parks in Giles County prove to be a great place for parents and children alike to spend an afternoon. In Pulaski, the Magazine Road Park hosts a men's adult softball league, and also contains tennis courts, picnic tables and a kids playground. Sam Davis Park boasts football and baseball facilities, along with track and work out stations, while W.D. Savage and Richland Park round out the county park system with basketball courts, tennis courts, softball fields and playground equipment between the two. There are four additional neighborhood parks throughout the city. Outside of Pulaski, the John Barnes Area, Elkton, Lynnville and Minor Hill city parks provide the rest of Giles County with playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, horse and rodeo arenas, walking tracks and more. The main recreation area in the county is the Sharewood Park and its Pulaski Recreation Center. Families come from across the county to enjoy the municipal pool, walking trails, basketball gym and more. The center offers an array of classes, from swim to quilting lessons. The park also boasts an amphitheater used for concerts, graduations, the annual Monster Triathlon and the summer movie series Movies in the Park. 

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