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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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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

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Ocoee Outdoors' Hiwassee Outpost
"Raft or funyak the Hiwassee River with Ocoee Outdoors. Tennessee's #1 outfitters since 1977. Their most popular family float combined with their Ocoee ...more

City:  Reliance, TN
Phone:  800-533-7767

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Ocoee River Rats
"Brand new hotel rooms with all the amenities including cable TV, heat/air and covered balconies. Rooms sleep up to five in ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  866-846-RATS

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Ocoee River Recreation Area
"The middle Ocoee River is almost a continuous whitewater experience from the put-in at Roger's Branch until the take-out at Caney Creek. The whitewater section from the diversion dam to Ocoee No. 2 powerhouse is considered a class three and four ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  423-263-0050

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Ocoee Whitewater Center
"In 1996 the world's eyes were on the Ocoee Whitewater Center (OWC) as it hosted the world’s first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river. Today the Ocoee Whitewater Center offers something for everyone. The OWC marries the best of the natural and artificial worlds. A sleepy river set in a lush, rocky river gorge, this section of the Ocoee was ...more

City:  Ducktown, TN
Phone:  877-692-6050

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Old Hickory Beach
"Located in Old Hickory, offering a large beach, good fishing, playground, concrete tables and a large covered shelter for private ...more

City:  Old Hickory, TN
Phone:  615-822-4846

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Old Hickory Lake
"Recent flooding has affected several Old Hickory Lake facilities: Cedar Creek Campground and Recreation Area will reopen on May 17th. All shelter reservations from May 4-20 for the following areas have been canceled; Avondale, Laguardo, Cedar Creek, Lone Branch, Nat Caldwell, Shutes Branch and Old Hickory Beach. Individual marinas should be contacted to determine if their facilities are accessible. Recreational boaters are urged ...more

Phone:  (615) 822-4846

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Old Hickory Lock and Dam
"Located near Metropolitan Nashville, the lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Climate is temperate and there is a relatively long recreation ...more

City:  Old Hickory, TN
Phone:  615-822-4846

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One Life Outfitters
"They teach rappelling and climbing on a 35-foot wall. Also, offering kayak trips for groups up to 10 people. Wild cave trips a group favorite also. All classes and trips are by reservation only. They also have great prices on all your gear ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-9453

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Outdoor Adventures Rafting (O.A.R.)
"Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. Also, tubing trips, rappelling, rock climbing, ropes courses, mountain biking, discount golf and group lodging and camping. Also, a large meeting ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  (800) 627-7636

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Outland Expeditions
"Raft the Ocoee River with Outland Expeditions. Take advantage of their special weekday rate of $22.50 plus taxes/fees. Ask about their Sat. ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  800-827-1442

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OutVenture Chattanooga
"From its home base at the Greenway Farm in Hixson, OutVenture specializes in outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, whitewater and sea kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing and team building. Choose from the many scheduled events and trips, or custom design a program for groups of six or more. OutVenture's well-trained staff has many years of experience and prides itself on ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-842-6629

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Painter Creek Marina
"Rental boats, restaurant with outside eating area and snacks available, 93-octane gas, bait, public restrooms and handicap ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-878-5775

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Panther Creek State Park
"Panther Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located about 45 miles south. Legend has it that both Panther Creek and Panther Springs, located about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the park, received their names from the claim of a ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  888-TN-PARKS

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Plateau Eco-Sports
"We offer guided High Adventure’s in Middle Tennessee, for every ability level and outdoor interest-from backpacking and climbing to canoeing and kayaking and caving and fishing to name a few. Our goal is to teach people skills to safely enjoy the outdoors and to care for the outdoors in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. Browse our website http://TeamEcoSport.com ...more

City:  Cookeville, TN
Phone:  (931) 881-7900

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Port Royal State Park
"Port Royal, once one of the most prominent towns in colonial Tennessee, was a Longhunter camp as early as 1775 and truly settled by the early 1780’s. Port Royal's strategic location at the junction of main roads and the Red River made it a hub of commerce for northern Tennessee and south central Kentucky, and a major stagecoach route. It ...more

City:  Adams, TN
Phone:  (931) 358-9696

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Prentice Cooper State Forest
"State forest and wildlife management area located on the Tennessee River Gorge. Hunting, hiking, horseback riding, biking and rock climbing. 35 miles of hiking ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-658-5551

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Promised Land Trail
"The Promised Land Trail is waiting for you: discover the fertile land that beckoned Tennessee’s first settlers from Northeast Tennessee, over the Cumberland Plateau, into Nashville and beyond. Along the first road into Tennessee, the Avery Trace, as well as the historic Walton Road that ran parallel to Highway 70, many believed they would reach a “promised land” at the end ...more

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Raccoon Mountain Caverns
"Raccoon Mountain Caverns is Tennessee’s highest rated cave and is located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We invite you to tour our vast cave system, pan for gemstones, enjoy the thrill of a go-kart ride, or relax by a camp fire while taking in the spectacular views of both Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain. We are especially proud of our vast ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (800) 823-2267

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Radnor Lake State Park
"Radnor Lake State Park provides scenic, biological, geological and recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size. L&N Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914 to provide water for its steam engines, and intended to use the area as a hunting preserve for company executives. Migrating birds soon found the lake and began wintering there. In 1923, ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-373-3467

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Rapid Expeditions
"Enjoy the best whitewater rafting in the Smokies with Rapid Expeditions. Our experienced, friendly and fun-loving guides are ready to show you and your family a great time rafting on the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains. Plus, we're very close to the towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville for all you vacationers looking for a great day of ...more

Phone:  888-504-7238

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Red Clay State Historic Park
"Red Clay was the last seat of Cherokee government before the tribe's forced removal on the Trail of Tears. The spring on site supplied water during council meetings of chiefs. The Cherokee capital was moved here from Georgia in 1832 when that state stripped the tribe of the right to govern itself. The Trail of Tears actually began here as well, ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  423-478-0339

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Reelfoot Lake
"When you look across Reelfoot Lake, imagine that this entire countryside was once a dense cypress woodland, pierced only by Native American trails and crudely constructed roads. The history of Reelfoot Lake is a dramatic one. In the winter of 1811-1812, the 150-mile long New Madrid fault line produced a series of four earthquakes so powerful that the Mississippi River ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  (731) 253-2007

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Reelfoot Lake State Park
"The lake's scenery continues to draw visitors for pontoon and canoe trips into the remote areas to see wildlife, including bald eagles and other water fowl. Reelfoot was the site of the last active bald eagle nest in Tennessee in 1961. Presently, there are approximately 25 active bald eagle nests in the Reelfoot ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  731-253-8003

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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
"Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake as a refuge for migratory birds. Additional lands acquired in Southwestern Kentucky expanded the refuge to it s current 10,428 acres. The proximity of Reelfoot Lake and the refuge to the Mississippi river has always made the area a major stopover and wintering ground ...more

City:  Union City, TN
Phone:  731-538-2481

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Ring of Fire Trail
"The Ring of Fire Trail is waiting for you: a trail of music, history and landscape that will capture your soul like a heart-wrenching country ballad. You can almost hear the music as you drive through the lush Tennessee landscape dotted with wineries, small towns, farms and villages. The area’s rural roots continue to emerge as you pass by local ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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River Sports
"River Sports Outfitters is an independent retailer offering the best in equipment for road and trail biking, running, camping, climbing, kayaking and canoeing. The Climbing Center staff is on hand to provide individual and group lessons oe supervise training or climbing ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-523-0066

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Riverbend Campground
"Located on the scenic Little Pigeon River, within city limits of Pigeon Forge. Nearby to local attractions, restaurants and ...more

City:  Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone:  865-453-1224

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Roan Mountain State Park
"Daniel Boone was among the longhunters who traveled the Appalachian Mountains to hunt and trade. Legend says that he had to leave behind his ailing red horse on the peak of the mountain. When he returned the following spring, he found the horse alive and healthy. It is said that he named the spot Roan Mountain, in honor of his ...more

City:  Roan Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-772-0190

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Location: Murfreesboro, TN

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