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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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Paris Landing State Park
"Paris Landing State Park sits on the western shore of Kentucky Lake at its widest point. With three miles of water from shore to shore, there is plenty of room for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. This popular resort park has lots for landlubbers to do as well, from golf to hiking, from watching wildlife to ...more

City:  Buchanan, TN
Phone:  (800) 250-8614

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City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  (800) 345-1103

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Parksville Lake
"Located beside Scenic Highway 64, this 1,930-acre lake offers water activities such as swimming, boating and camping with vistas of Cherokee National ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  423-338-3300

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Pates Ford Marina LLC
"Marina with restaurant, cabins and pontoon boat ...more

City:  Smithville, TN
Phone:  615-597-4807

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Percy Warner Park
"Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as The Warner Parks, are managed by the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation of Nashville and Davidson County. The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Over 500,000 people visit the Parks annually to utilize ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 352-6299

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Perryville Marina
"Perryville Marina is located on the Tennessee River at mile marker 135 between Pickwick and Kentucky Dams. We are a full-service marina with boat slips, boat rentals and great fishing holes! We have a very friendly staff to help you through our ship's store. Come see us and we'll help start your summer vacation the right ...more

City:  Parsons, TN
Phone:  731-847-2444

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Pickett State Park
"Dramatic sandstone cliffs, stone arches, rock shelters and rushing mountain streams make Pickett State Park on the Cumberland Plateau a scenic wonderland. Unique microclimates form around these geologic formations, creating havens where diverse flora and fauna thrive. In Tennessee, Pickett is second only to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in biodiversity. Rare plants, such as Cumberland sandwort, Lucy Braun’s snakeroot, ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  877-260-0010

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Pickwick Boat Rental, Inc.
"Boat rentals on Pickwick ...more

City:  Counce, TN
Phone:  731-689-5359

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Pickwick Dam Reservation
"88 campsites, 60 with water and 50-amp electric; flush toilets; hot showers; dump station; adjacent to boat ramp below Pickwick Dam; view of Pickwick Dam and ...more

City:  Savannah, TN
Phone:  800-882-5263

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Pickwick Dam TVA Campground
"Riverfront campsites below Pickwick Dam with a great view. Family ...more

City:  Pickwick Dam, TN
Phone:  800-882-5263

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Pickwick Landing State Park
"Pickwick Landing was a riverboat stop dating from the 1840s. In the 1930s, during the Depression, the site was chosen for one of the Tennessee Valley Authority's dams on the Tennessee River. What today comprises the park was once the living area for the TVA construction crews and their families. The property passed from TVA to the Tennessee State Park ...more

City:  Pickwick Dam, TN
Phone:  800-250-8615

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Pickwick Outdoors
"Pickwick Lake - fishing, golfing, boating, lodging, camping, marinas and national ...more

City:  Pickwick Dam, TN
Phone:  877-214-4924

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Pigeon River
"The Pigeon River originates in North Carolina and flows in a northwesterly direction before emptying into the French Broad River near river mile 73.8. The river has a drainage area of approximately 689 sq. miles at its confluence with the French Broad River and flows through a mountainous terrain with interspersed communities and small farms. In Tennessee, the ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  (866) 723-8277

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Pilot Knob/Nathan Bedford Forest State Park
"Tennessee River Folklife Museum sits atop the highest point in West Tennessee. Displays, exhibits and programs offered. Wildlife ...more

City:  Eva, TN
Phone:  800-714-7305

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Pin Oak Lodge at Natchez Trace State Park
"With the many acres of scenic woodlands, the park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, group lodge, camping areas, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store and archery range. Located at I-40, ...more

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

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Roane County Park
"Swimming area, tennis and baseball fields, as well as a 1?-mile track. Picnic and meeting pavilions, nature trails, fishing pier, restrooms and children's playground available. Close to major interstates and a short drive to ...more

City:  Harriman, TN
Phone:  865-882-2640

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
"A one-way road tour which parallels Roaring Fork Creek, a sight to behold. Be sure to roll down your windows so you can hear the water at full force. A waterfall on the Trail is known as "Place of a Thousand Drops." Cascades, rapids, and falls adorn the roadside. At the end of Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, you will ...more

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

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Rock Island State Park
"While natural attractions draw visitors from across the country to Rock Island, the area also has a rich history dating to prehistoric time. World-record fish caught in the "Blue Hole" keep fishermen coming year after year, and its true depth remains a mystery, with sunken rock pillars indicating the possibility of a collapsed underwater cave. Four-time world freestyle kayaking champion Eric ...more

City:  Rock Island, TN
Phone:  800-713-6065

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Ross's Landing
"This newly renovated park across from the Tennessee Aquarium features a river pier, a marina, a natural amphitheatre and the Chattanooga Green which is used for small festivals, concerts and for park users to capitalize on a great view of the river. There is a public boat landing area here. As a performance venue, Ross's Landing's main stage is the ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 643-6081

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Rutledge Falls
"Beautiful, natural area for hiking, picnicking, swimming in ice-cold water. Privately-owned. Dawn - dusk. Free of ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  (931) 454-9446

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Savage Gulf State Natural Area
"Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee's most rugged and scenic areas. Stone Door, a 10-by-100-foot crack, stretches from the top of the escarpment into the gorge, like a giant door left ajar. Indians used it ...more

City:  Palmer, TN
Phone:  931-779-3532

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Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area
"Sequatchie Cave is a 10-acre, biologically significant, natural area where Owen Spring Branch flows from the mouth of the cave at Sequatchie Cave Park in Marion County. The cave and its cold spring water support three federally and state listed species, three species of state concern, and many other aquatic and cave species. This is one of two sites where ...more

City:  Jasper, TN
Phone:  423-942-2552

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Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
"Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge ...more

City:  Pall Mall, TN
Phone:  931-879-6456

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Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
"Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife sanctuary with recreational use by the general public. The 317-acre passive park on the banks of the French Broad is an idyllic refuge for paddlers, swimmers, bird watchers and dog walkers. The refuge is managed for use as an area for hiking, observation & other forms of low-impact use; as a small boat launch ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-525-9400

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Shadows of the Past Hiking/Biking Trail
"A 9-mile hiking and biking loop that showcases the historic spots in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  800-525-6834

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Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park
"Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park is 111 acres, with unpaved trails running through beautiful forest. The multiple trail system leads up to some of the most breathtaking overviews of Knoxville and its surrounding counties. Two reservable shelters and multiple picnic tables are available in the park. Sharp's Ridge is the perfect vantage point to view what Knoxville has to offer. Sharp's Ridge ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-215-1413

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Short Springs Natural Area
"Short Springs is a 420-acre natural area located in Coffee County approximately three and a half miles northeast of Tullahoma. The natural area provides an excellent contrast between Highland Rim and Central Basin geology and vegetation. When descending along the Machine Falls trail, a visitor can observe exposed black Chattanooga shale at mid-slope, which is a formation that delineates the ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  931-455-5497

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Smoky Mountain Field School
"The Smoky Mountain Field School offers unique opportunities to Explore, Learn and Enjoy in one of the nation’s premier national parks through indoor workshops and outdoor field adventures. Participants may choose from over 30 experts teaching more than 80 sessions to enhance their appreciation of nature and the wealth of diversity within our Smokies and southern Appalachians. The environment for learning ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  (865) 974-0150

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Smoky Mountain Llama Treks
"It's a truly unique way to enjoy the Smokies--a llama trek! It's a fun outdoor adventure for you and your family, seeing the spectacular scenery with the help of trained pack llamas. Spend your day hiking with our beautiful, clean llamas, and find that they are very easy to lead (NOT RIDE!), and no matter what your age, you will fall ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-428-6042

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Smoky Mountain Outdoors
"The Pigeon River offers outstanding whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains just a short drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Maggie Valley. This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee to offer breathtaking scenery and thrills! Experience white water rafting in Tennessee on the Upper Pigeon through exciting class 3 to 4 rapids. Our ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  800-771-7238

Upcoming events

Date: Aug 2, 2014
Classics in the Park
Location: Mount Pleasant, TN

Date: Aug 3, 2014
Sequoyah Remembrance Day
Location: Vonore, TN

Date: Aug 2, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014
Milky Way Farm Celebration
Location: Pulaski, TN

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