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Be warned: Full-on excitement is waiting in Tennessee! Decide if you want intense action, a wilderness experience, an invigorating getaway or an easy family outing. Our waterways and trails have distinct personalities and experiences to offer.

If whitewater's your passion try Tennessee's premier rafting river, the Ocoee, site of the 1996 Olympics and one of America's Top Ten Rivers, or the Cumberland in Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the Lower Nolichucky, Watauga and Holston rivers. You can kayak the four-mile paddle from Cane Hollow to the base of the 130-foot rush of Burgess Falls on Center Hill Lake or canoe Waynesboro's scenic Buffalo River with its quiet beauty. If a refreshing family is more your style, take in the cool water in Townsend in the Smoky Mountains. In Memphis, experience the Mighty Mississippi at Mud Island River Park, where education and water sports meet, or relax in the undisturbed headwaters and forests of the serene Wolf River. Whatever your favorite water sport, Tennessee has plenty to offer.

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Lake Graham
"Five miles east of Jackson, Lake Graham’s 500 acres is home to largemouth bass, crappie, trout, sunfish, blue and channel catfish. Lake Graham fishing tip: In calm water, use topwater lures that make very little noise or disturbance in the water. In windy or choppy water, use lures that make ...more

City:  Jackson, TN

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Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Inc.
"Cabins, restaurant, motel, marina, pontoon boat rentals, whitewater rafting on the Ocoee ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  800-272-7238

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Lake Tellico Lodge
"Bed and Breakfast on Lake Tellico Lodge. Deluxe rooms with private baths, gathering room walking out to expansive patio overlooking the lake and guest kitchen and laundry. Large wrap-around deck from main floor where all meals are served. Many amenities include indoor billiards, games, fitness room, library. Outdoor activities include croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, badminton, practice range, ...more

City:  Greenback, TN
Phone:  (865) 809-3327

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Lake View Dock
"Private marina with covered, open and house boat slips. Full service ship store providing gas, ice, camping and fishing ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-878-4331

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Lakeside Campground
"Featuring a boat ramp, camping, swimming, fishing, playground, bathrooms with shower and a real family ...more

City:  New Tazewell, TN
Phone:  423-626-2320

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Lakeside Resort
"Brand new lodge and marina on Tennessee's most beautiful lake with complete lake access and breathtaking views. Full meeting facilities, secluded cabins, large pool, boat and jet ski rentals, golf vacations, weddings, fishing and ...more

City:  Smithville, TN
Phone:  888-839-4799

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Lakeview Marina & RV Park, Marker 2 Grille
"Full-service campground and marina, boat storage and restaurant with live ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-323-1054

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
"Nestled between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Native wildlife abounds as well as a maintained herd of elk and bison in a habitat restoration area. Contains miles of hiking, biking, horseback and off-highway vehicle trails and many other outdoor ...more

City:  Golden Pond, TN
Phone:  800-525-7077

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Laurel Marina & Yacht Club
"Laurel Marina & boat dealership. Full service on boats and motors. Fuel, parts, accessories, bathrooms, pump out, deli, open and covered ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-878-3721

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Liberty Park & Marina
"Clarksville’s newest attraction is the Clarksville Marina at Liberty park. If you are an outdoor enthusiast or just like kicking back with a fishing pole, then this is a must visit location! The marina and park offer a fishing pond, dog park, playground, walking trails, multi-purpose sports fields and boat slips. If you are planning an event, ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  (931) 645-7476

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Lighthouse Marina at Norris Dam
"Located in the heart of Tennessee's Norris Dam State Park. Launch ramp, covered and open slips, watercraft rentals by reservation. Cleanest lake in North ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-8138

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Lock A Recreation Area
"A beach and additional playgrounds are available in the adjacent Cheatham Dam Right Bank Recreation Area. Registered campers may also use the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, which ends at Lock A. Base campsite fees range from $19 to ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  877-444-6777

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Long Branch Recreation Area
"On the Caney Fork River near Center Hill Dam and Lake. $18 - $20. Open April 1 - October ...more

City:  Lancaster, TN
Phone:  877-444-6777

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Long Hunter State Park
"Significant for both its natural and historic aspects, Long Hunter State Park is a popular spot on J. Percy Priest Lake for picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation. Several hiking trails at Long Hunter provide pleasant walking experiences, including the popular two-mile Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. It is also home to the Jason Allen Arboretum ...more

City:  Hermitage, TN
Phone:  615-885-2422

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Loretta Lynn's Ranch & Family Campground
"Full service RV Park, primitive camping, pool, canoeing, paddle boats, horseback riding, fishing and much more. Tour Loretta's plantation home, museums, concerts, talent shows, gift shops, western store and grist mill. Ya'll come ...more

City:  Hurricane Mills, TN
Phone:  931-296-7700

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Manus Road Cedar Glade
"Manus Road is a 15-acre natural area in Rutherford County about 10 miles east of Murfreesboro. It supports a high quality limestone cedar glade with rare and endemic plants that include the federally endangered Pyne's ground plum, evolvulus and Tennessee milk-vetch. The Manus population of Pyne's ground plum is only one of three known populations, all within a 12-mile radius ...more

City:  Rutherford County, TN

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May Prairie
"May Prairie boasts one of Tennessee's most diverse plant communities, with more than 300 species, 25 of which are rare in Tennessee. Adjoining the Hickory Flat Wood Wildlife Management Area (WMA), May includes disjunct plants from the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains; it is the only state location for both the snowy orchid and coastal false-asphodel. It also includes many ...more

City:  Manchester, TN

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
"Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named 13,467for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky ...more

City:  Millington, TN
Phone:  800-471-5293

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Melton Lake Drive Greenway and Park
"Peaceful three mile waterfront trail along Melton Hill Lake. Great for biking, walking, running and skating. Also home to the Oak Ridge Rowing Association. In the Spring, view the best rowing teams in the nation as they prepare for the season and ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  (800) 887-3429

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Memphis Riverfront Parks
"Experience the Mississippi Riverfront in Memphis at any one of these 10 beautiful parks along the ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-576-7205

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Mississippi River Corridor
"The opportunity for recreation within the Mississippi River Corridor is great for the outdoor enthusiast! Individuals can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, backpacking, picnicking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, and sightseeing throughout the Mississippi River Corridor. We also have within the Corridor four great state parks: T.O. Fuller, Meeman Shelby Forest, Ft. Pillow and Reelfoot Lake. Combined, these parks offer over ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  (901) 278-8459

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Mississippi River Trail
"The Mississippi River Trail, a road/bike trail that follows paved highways along the entire length of the river from Minnesota to New Orleans, includes a section through the rolling alluvial countryside of west Tennessee. One Memphis paddler, Joe Royer, an avid bicyclist as well, has popularized a workout that combines a cruise down the river with a bike ride on ...more

City:  Memphis, TN

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Moccasin Bend National Archeological District
"Just a short distance down river from the NorthShore area, the relatively new, 755-acre park has evidence of over 12,000 years of human occupation, including remains of Native American villages and Civil War earthworks. Bring your camera and take a leisurely walk or bike ride on the Blue Blazes Trail, a 1.5-mile loop with spectacular views of the Tennessee River. ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN

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Montgomery Bell State Park
"Montgomery Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. The treasure was iron ore, and it lured men by the hundreds to this area of Middle Tennessee. The site of the first Cumberland ...more

City:  Burns, TN
Phone:  800-250-8613

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Mousetail Landing State Park
"This 1, 247-acre area is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  731-847-0841

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Mt. Cammerer Lookout
"Once used for providing cover for rampant moonshining, this 1930s fire overlook, along with most of the trails, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, partially to crack down on these activities. To reach the lookout, hike the Low Gap Trail at Cosby Campground to the Mt. Cammerer ...more

City:  Cosby, TN
Phone:  423-487-2683

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Nashvilles Trace

City:  Nashville, TN

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Natchez Trace Parkway
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and Byway commemorates the ancient trail used by animals and people that connected portions of the Mississippi River to the salt licks in central Tennessee. It took “Kaintucks” about 30 days to walk along the Trace, carrying goods to sell at the port of New Orleans. Numerous short hiking trails are some of the ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Natchez Trace State Park
"Along with vast scenic woodlands, the Natchez Trace State Park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room inn and conference center with over 3000 square feet of meeting/banquet space, a restaurant, 17 cabins and 10 villas, a group lodge, 208 campsites, 5 air conditioned camping cabins, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque ...more

City:  Wildersville, TN
Phone:  800-250-8616

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Natchez Trace Wine Trail
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to today's central Tennessee. The Tennessee cities along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway are Nashville, Franklin, Leiper's Fork and Brentwood. Visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Along the Trail, enjoy ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (800) 305-7417

Upcoming events

Date: Jul 12, 2014
5th Annual Tojo Creek Gourd Gala
Location: Lebanon, TN

Date: Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
Thomas House Overnight Ghost Hunt
Location: Red Boiling Springs, TN

Date: Jul 11, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
Uncle Dave Macon Days
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

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