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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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Quest Expeditions Inc.
"Enjoy a day of FUN on the Ocoee River located in the beautiful Cherokee National Forest. Our Ocoee River trips are a great shared experience for couples, families, friends and groups creating memories for a lifetime. Our half day Middle Ocoee Trip offers 5 miles of thrilling class III/IV whitewater. This section of river is 90% whitewater offering miles of big ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  800-277-4537

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Rafting In The Smokies
"Rafting in the Smokies has been an expert in whitewater rafting since 1978! Experience the highlight of your trip on the Pigeon River. Choose for yourself; mild or wild! Take on the exciting Class III and IV rapids on the Upper Pigeon (ages 8 and up) or enjoy a scenic, relaxing float trip on the Lower Pigeon (ages 3 and ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  (800) 776-7238

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Rafting in the Smokies - Pigeon Forge
"Rafting in the Smokies has been an expert in whitewater rafting since 1978! Experience the highlight of your trip on the Pigeon River. Choose for yourself; mild or wild! Take on the exciting Class III and IV rapids on the Upper Pigeon (ages 8 and up) or enjoy a scenic, relaxing float trip on the Lower Pigeon (ages 3 and ...more

City:  Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone:  (800) 776-7238

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Rapid Descent River Company
"Owner-operated. Conveniently located near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville. The longest trip on the Pigeon River. Complete ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  800-455-8808

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Rapid Expeditions
"Rapid Expeditions Rafting and Kayaking in the Smokies. Smoky Mountain whitewater family fun begins with ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  1-888-504-7238

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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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Rhea Harbor Resort & Marina
"Fully equipped beachfront cottages (on Watts Bar Lake), family atmosphere, marina. Open year 'round, for vacation or ...more

City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  423-365-6851

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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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Rip Roaring Adventures Whitewater Rafting
"Ready to go whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee? Join us for one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the country, with an exciting, fun-filled adventure for you and your group. Spectacular Smoky Mountains scenery awaits you on your rafting trip. No experience necessary. We put a professional whitewater rafting guide ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  800-449-7238

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River Gorge Explorer
"Welcome aboard the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer! This 70 passenger high-speed catamaran is the first of its kind in the Southeast. Aquarium visitors can extend their "mountains to the sea" learning adventure by cruising into the Tennessee River Gorge aboard this sleek vessel. An Aquarium naturalist will lead you into this protected habitat, pointing out wildlife and historic points ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (800) 262-0695

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River Rage Tubing & Kayak Rentals

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865 448 8000

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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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South Carter Street Riverfront Park
"Offers a covered pavilion with picnic tables, grills and a playground and, also, the trailhead for a mile-long hiking trail along the Calfkiller ...more

City:  Sparta, TN
Phone:  931-836-3248

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South Cumberland Recreational Area State Park
"South Cumberland protects 25,000 acres of land, 90 miles of hiking trails, and natural and historic treasures. The visitor center is one of the most visited sites on the plateau, providing information to visitors and a social hub for area ...more

City:  Monteagle, TN
Phone:  (931) 924-2980

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South Fork Holston River
"South Fork Holston River may quite possibly be the best trout fishery east of the Mississippi River. South Fork Holston River tailwater below South Holston Lake provides 18 miles of fishable water. The population of rainbow and brown trout in the river has been estimated at 6,000 fish per mile, and trout up to 20 inches long are commonly caught. ...more

City:  Bluff City, TN
Phone:  (423) 587-7037

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South Holston Dam
"Unmatched natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Experience water skiing, fishing, boating, hiking and more. South Holston Lake was named for the river that bares the name of Steven Holston, an early settler of the Tennessee Valley. The construction of South Holston Dam was started on February 16, 1942 and was completed November 20, 1950. The total cost of construction of the reservoir ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-878-6931

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Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest
"The Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest is a type of montane coniferous forest that grows in the highest elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. The southern spruce-fir forest is the highest and coldest forest ecosystem in the Appalachian range, thriving in elevations above 5,500 feet (1,700 m) where the climate is too harsh to support the broad-leaved hardwood ...more

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Standing Stone State Park
"Standing Stone State Park takes its name from a huge, dog-shaped rock monolith that once stood nearby. The stone may have belonged to a prehistoric native people; Native Americans in the area later regarded it as a religious icon. When railroad workers blasted the remainder of the rock into small pieces, local tribes incorporated a piece of it into a ...more

City:  Hilham, TN
Phone:  800-713-5157

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Steele Creek Park
"Steele Creek Park is the third largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee, with a total area of over 2,000 acres. There are miles of hiking trails, a lake, a nature center and shelters available. There is a golf course attached to ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-989-5616

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Stinging Fork Pocket Wilderness
"Natural wilderness area with forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for ...more

City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  423-566-2229

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Stoney Creek RV Park
"The natural rivers, rippling streams and the clean, cool waters of Watauga and Wilbur Lakes offer the full breadth and depth of outdoor experiences to please fisherman, hikers and all other nature lovers. RV park is nestled in 32 acre peaceful ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-474-3505

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Sunk Lake State Natural Area
"Sunk Lake is a 1,870-acre natural area located in Lauderdale County about 18.5 miles northwest of Covington. It is located in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and included in the Eastern Gulf Coastal Region of the southeastern United States. Sunk Lake supports excellent examples of bald cypress swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, and emergent marsh aquatic habitat. The diversity of wetland and ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  (731) 512-1369

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Sunset Marina & Resort
"The most convenient resort on one of the nation's most pristine lakes, Dale Hollow Lake. Over 600 miles of beautiful shoreline. One, two and three bedroom lakeshore cabins and luxury houseboat ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  931-864-3146

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
"Nature, as well as history, is in full view at Sycamore Shoals. A prime example of an East Tennessee river valley, the park sits beside the Watauga River. Bottomland forest is an excellent habitat for sycamore trees, annuals, many bird species, two butterfly gardens, and colonial ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-543-5808

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Sycamore Springs Farm
"Cut & choose Christmas trees, Gingerbread Trail, Tennessee Trail, hay rides, pumpkin patch, fall family fun, field trips, Treehouse giftshop, catering, parties, ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  (931) 879-5526

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Synchronized Fireflies at Elkmont
"Each June, in the protected canopy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a natural phenomenon occurs in East Tennessee, charming guests and baffling scientists. It is a two week window in June where thousands of fireflies blink in synchronized fashion near the Elkmont campground. The flashing is actually a mating ritual unique to this species of fireflies. The males ...more

City:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Phone:  865-436-1200

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T.O. Fuller State Park
"T.O. Fuller State Park, the first park east of the Mississippi River and the second in the nation to be open to African Americans, is named in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller, who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans. Fuller was a former North Carolina legislator and Baptist minister who came to Memphis as pastor of ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-543-7581

Upcoming events

Date: Jul 21, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
DeKalb County Fair
Location: Alexandria, TN

Date: Jul 26, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
55th Annual Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts
Location: Monteagle, TN

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

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