WHAT WE SAW: The present 70ft Eiffel Tower replica was designed by the engineering students at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis. It replaces a 60ft version that became unsafe due to rusting. It is 5ft taller than the tower in Paris, TX, until the 6ft cowboy hat was put atop it. The Las Vegas tower is about three times taller than the TX tower.
Eiffel Tower Park has a swimming pool with a sand volleyball court, and a splash park, both for a fee. The picnic area, game fields, lighted tennis courts, 360° view of (not from) the Tower, and parking are free. Cars can park at the base of the Tower, but longer rigs should park ahead on right.
HOW TO GET THERE: (36.286681. -88.303277)
From US-641, when you see the Tower ahead on the right prepare to turn right onto Volunteer Drive, then turn right into Eiffel Tower Park.
From US-79 the Tower is not visible. But it is well-worth the detour.
From US-79N, turn right at the first signal after the bridge over the railroad onto US-641(Mineral Wells Ave.). Drive a mile and turn left onto US-641 (Memorial Drive). In one medium block turn left onto Volunteer Drive, then turn right into Eiffel Tower Park.
From US-79S, turn left at the third signal after the bridge over a different railroad onto Volunteer Drive. After the second uphill turn left into Eiffel Tower Park.
WHERE WE ATE: In late April this town hosts a fish fry beyond compare. As much as I love catfish, and as many delicious flavors as are in the various booths, my favorite is the garlic parmesan chicken wings at the WING’N IT booth. Perhaps it was the contrast, but they were so good. The WING’N IT is a family-run restaurant on the eastside of town at 10 Fairgrounds Road (the old, renamed Chickasaw Rd), immediately south of US-79. They have 8 sauces and extras to satisfy any taste, and their fries are to die for. They open at 11am Monday thru Saturday. They are closed Sunday. (731)407-4353.
HOW TO GET THERE: From the Park turn right onto Volunteer Drive. Drive 1 ½ mile to US-79 turn right. Go 2 signals to Chickasaw/Fairgrounds, turn right, then immediately turn right into their parking lot. The restaurant is on the corner, but not on the corner by a sliver of land. (36.309347, -88.295153)
Paris Landing State Resort Park
WHERE WE STAYED: PARIS LANDING STATE RESORT PARK This is a beautiful park with well shaded sites and lots for kids and adults to do. It has a campground with 45 RV sites with 30amp service and water hookups, 6 camping cabins, 18 tent camp sites, and hot showers and laundry. It has a full service Marina with a boat ramp, fishing pier and picnic area. It has an 18 hole golf course and driving range with a pro shop and snack bar that are open from March to October for breakfast and lunch. It has a Conference Center with an inn and restaurant ¼ mile away in one direction, and ½ mile in another direction are 10 fully-equipped cabins that sleep up to 10 people each. It has, in another direction, a playground, baseball diamond, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic pavilions, swimming beach, and hiking trails. It has an Olympic size swimming pool open from Memorial Day to first week of August.
HOW TO GET THERE: (36.439125, -88.082820)
From Paris take US-79E 18 miles. The park entrance is at the left turn lane under the bridge that crosses over this highway, and before you get to the arch bridge that crosses the River. The office is on the left at the entrance.
From Clarksville take US-79W 42 miles. You will cross the bridge over the Cumberland River, pass Land Between The Lakes NRA., then cross the arch bridge over the Kentucky River. After crossing the river, you can see a bridge going over the highway; get in the right turn lane, the Park entrance is before you get to that bridge. The office is on the left at the entrance.
It can happen, with His help. L.Mo.
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