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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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Loyston Point Campground
"Primitive camping fees charged. Boat launch free, beach and picnic area free. Open March - ...more

City:  Andersonville, TN
Phone:  865-494-9369

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Manchester Parks and Recreation
"Manchester Parks and Recreation features a brand new multimillion-dollar recreation complex with two indoor pools and an outdoor water park. It also contains racquetball courts, gymnasium, wellness room and indoor walking/jogging ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  931-728-0273

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Mansard Island Resort & Marina
"Mansard Island Resort & Marina is located in the Big Sandy Basin on Beautiful Kentucky Lake. We are situated on 50 acres with 21 lodging units consisting of: 4 One bedroom Townhouses, 3 Two bedroom Townhouses, 6 Two bedroom Cottages and 8 two bedroom Apartments. We also have a: Campground, 2 stocked fishing ponds - one ...more

City:  Springville, TN
Phone:  731-642-5590

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Meadow Park Lake Old City Lake
"270-acre fishing lake with fishing pier, boat storage, and boat ramp open year-round, with seasonal RV or tent camping, boat rentals, cabin rentals, picnic shelters and camp store. Tennessee fishing license and Park Permit ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  931-788-2034

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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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Memorial Park and Eiffel Tower
"Paris has an Eiffel Tower replica, two walking tracks, two recreation centers and one indoor and one outdoor ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  731-644-2517

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Mermaid Marina Cabins
"One of Tennessee's best kept secrets. Come relax and enjoy the beauty of the Tennessee ...more

City:  Decaturville, TN
Phone:  731-852-2743

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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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Mitchell Creek Marina
"Mitchell Creek Marina is a fairly new marina on Dale Hollow Lake, established in 2006, that offers a variety of boat slips, pontoon, jet ski, tube, wakeboard, and ski rentals, 2 level store, food court, game room, laundry mat, volleyball court, playground, beach area, splash pad, & special events & activities. For more information please call at 931-823-6666 or visit ...more

City:  Allons, TN
Phone:  (931) 823-6666

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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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Mountain Lake Marina & Campground
"On Norris Lake, four large cabins, two small cabins, one apartment, three motel rooms, one Jacuzzi suite, restaurant, antique shop, gift shop, mini golf, pool, playground, cable TV, modem hookup and campground. Near ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  877-686-2267

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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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Mud Island River Park
"Experience the river on the river. Recreational and educational facility showcasing the Mississippi River with museum. Riverwalk model. Canoe, kayak, bike rentals. Gift shop, restaurants, 5,000-seat amphitheatre. Banquet facilities. Special ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  800-507-6507

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Narrows of the Harpeth
"The Narrows of the Harpeth is the site of one of the oldest man made tunnels in the United States. Canoe rental is available from local outfitters to view this scenic river. Other attractions include fishing, canoeing and breathtaking views along the Bluff Trail overlooking the Harpeth ...more

City:  Burns, TN
Phone:  615-797-6096

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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
"The park was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the intrepid Confederate cavalry leader, who on November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the federal supply and munitions depot at (Old) Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park and the town of Eva. In 1929 the park was dedicated ...more

City:  Eva, TN
Phone:  800-714-7305

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National and State Park Concessions

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-4103

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National Wildlife Refuge
"Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake as a refuge for migratory ...more

City:  Union City, TN

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Natural Bridge
"While you’re off-trail, stop to take in this natural formation. It is 50 feet wide and 150 feet long, with a 15-foot arch. The landmark is 3.3 miles out Hwy 340 From downtown Parrottsville. Natural Bridge is formed By two rock outcrops touching near the ...more

City:  Parrottsville, TN

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Noah “Bud” Ogle Self- Guiding Nature Trail
"Take a walking tour of an authentic mountain farmstead and surrounding hardwood ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  865-436-1200

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NOC Nolichucky River Whitewater Rafting
"The Nolichucky River provides rafters with an authentic river experience, far-removed in a gorgeous wilderness, floating on a free-flowing river. Because this watershed depends upon seasonal rains instead of dam releases, the Noli takes on different characteristics at different water levels. Your NOC guide knows how to maximize the fun at each level, while maintaining our industry-setting standards of safety! Nolichucky ...more

City:  Erwin, TN
Phone:  (800) 232-7238

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Norris Dam State Park
"This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris Reservoir, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. The Rice Gristmill built in the 1790s and restored by TVA still operates during the summer months. Many other attractions draw visitors to Norris Dam State Park, including the Lenoir Museum. The ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  800-543-9335

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Norris Watershed Hiking & Biking Trail
"Hike, horseback, or bike ride the many miles of woodland trails that meander through the watershed and the adjacent Norris Dam State Park. Experience spectacular views of Norris Lake and its surrounding hills and valleys. Maps available at the Welcome ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-7645

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North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness
"This 1,100-acre pocket wilderness is named for a major watershed for the Chattanooga area. Overlooks, waterfalls, hiking trails and picnic ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-336-7205

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Oaklawn Gardens
"Painted across six acres, discover the lush greenery that makes up the beautiful gardens of Oaklawn Garden. People of all ages and interests will delight in the carpets of yellow daffodils, the brilliant pinks and reds of the blooming azaleas, and the spring colors of blossoming dogwoods. Watch the Master Gardeners as they care for these beautiful plants and shrubs ...more

City:  Germantown, TN
Phone:  901-757-7375

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Obed Wild & Scenic River
"Recreation includes whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and picnicking. A scenic overlook is located at Lilly Bluff. The Lilly Arch near the end of the Point Trail is one of the most unique rock features of the Obed. The history of the Obed Wild and Scenic River traces back many centuries. Even so, the scenery still looks much ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  423-346-6294

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Ocoee Adventure Center
"Adventure is our middle name. We specialize in half-day and full-day Ocoee River raft trips; also kayak instruction, mountain bike guided rides,lake kayaking and guided hikes. OAC is known on the river Visit our cozy log cabin outpost near the Cherokee National ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  888-723-8622

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Ocoee Mist Farm Llama Hikes
"Hike Cherokee National Forest in comfort and style. Rest your backs and let Ocoee Mist llamas carry your gear. Custom-designed hikes. Lunch and llamas provided. Easy to moderate level hike. Fall through spring. All ages and groups ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  888-541-9583

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Ocoee Outdoor Adventure
"Rafting on the Ocoee is adventure personified! The Ocoee River in Tennessee is the premier river for whitewater rafting in the Southeastern United States. Let us take you on an Ocoee River rafting trip on America's Olympic River! With dam-controlled releases, we can promise you exciting Ocoee whitewater throughout the Ocoee River whitewater rafting season. Are you ready to tame ...more

City:  Copperhill, TN
Phone:  1-888-RAFT OAC; 888-723-8622

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Ocoee Outdoors
"Guided rafting on America's Olympic River, the Ocoee, with Ocoee Outdoors. #1 outfitter since 1977, offering the longest time on the river. Try this recipe for adventure: 1 part fun; 1 part excitement; 1 part adreneline; 10 miles of Ocoee Olympic Whitewater; shake violently in rugged mountain gorge; pour over rocks; ENJOY! Ocoee Outdoors, Tn's #1 outfitter since 1977! ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  (800) 533-7767

Upcoming events

Date: May 1, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014
Full Moon Jam
Location: Bristol, TN

Date: Oct 29, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014
Pumpkin Lights and Carving Contest
Location: Cumberland Gap, TN

Date: Oct 29, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014
Pumpkin Lights and Carving Contest
Location: Cumberland Gap, TN

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