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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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Sonny's Marina
"Full-service marina. On-the-water dining featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entr?es and great desserts. Live entertainment nightly. Voted ?Best Tri-City Marina? for last four years. Boat rental, supplies, parts, lake wear and nautical gift ...more

City:  Gray, TN
Phone:  423-282-9440

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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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Southeastern Expeditions Whitewater Adventures
"With more than 30 years of experience on the Ocoee and Chattooga Rivers, they offer a variety of whitewater activities suitable for both the experienced rafter and the whole family. "Once you've been, you'll want to return again and ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  800-868-7238

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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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Straight Creek Boat Dock
"Offering pontoon, fishing boat and tube rentals, covered pontoon and covered boat stalls, store and scenic view of Norris ...more

City:  New Tazewell, TN
Phone:  423-626-5826

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Sugar Hollow Dock
"A full-service marina on the Cedar Creek branch of the Powell River tributary of Norris Lake. The dock features a restaurant and general ...more

City:  La Follette, TN
Phone:  800-469-6527

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Sugarloaf Mountain Park/Ocoee Olympic Model
"1:10 scale replica of the '96 Olympic whitewater section of the Ocoee River. Interpretive signs. Restrooms, picnic tables, ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  423-263-0050

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Sunburst Adventures

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  1-800-247-8388

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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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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

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Tellico Marina
"Full-service marina year 'round, 35-ton travel lift, dry stack covered and open slips. Restaurant (seasonal) and full mechanic ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-856-6806

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Tellico River
"Enjoy world-class fishing in trout-stocked waters, kayaking, canoeing, waterfalls or a scenic drive with picture-perfect picnic ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  800-245-5428

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Town of Pittman Center & Pittman Center City Hall
"Just minutes away from downtown Gatlinburg nestled in the mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the quaint community of Pittman Center. Pittman Center provides a unique blend of history, culture and natural scenic beauty that captures the imagination. Proud of their mountain heritage, residents work hard to preserve the historic landscape and mountain culture that beckons visitors to ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  (865) 436-5499

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Town of Spring City
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City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  (423) 365-6441

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Tricorner Knob
"Tricorner Knob is a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains, located in the Southeastern United States. It has an elevation of 6,120 feet (1,865 m), with 160 feet (48 m) of clean prominence. The Appalachian Trail and Balsam Mountain Trail intersect near the mountain's summit, making Tricorner Knob the great crossroads of the Eastern Smokies. The Tricorner Knob Shelter, which ...more

City:  Sevier County, TN

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Tuckaleechee Caverns Inc.
"The cave is noted for its onyx formations, "Big Room," and high waterfalls. Tours are conducted along lighted walkways. AAA star attraction. Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth's oldest mountain chains, Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend, Tenn., are known as the "Greatest Site Under the Smokies". Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-2274

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Twin Arches State Natural Area
"Twin Arches state natural area is approximately 1,500 acres located in parts of Fentress, Scott, and Pickett Counties and contains two impressive geological formations known as the Twin Arches. These arches form the largest natural bridge complex known in Tennessee and represent one of the worlds largest such complexes. The two sandstone arches are situated end-to-end, and are commonly referred ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  865-569-9778

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Twin Rocks Nature Trail
"Charming opportunity to commune with nature. Not too challenging, but not quite a gentle stroll. Enjoy the natural beauty of our great ...more

City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  423-365-5210

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Uncle Lems Mountain Outfitters
"Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters is located at 9715 Kingston Pike across the street from Franklin Square. Featuring products from The North Face, Patagonia, Vasque, Rainbow Sandals, KEEN, Sanuk, TEVA, MSR, and much more... The shop's namesake, Uncle Lem, lived his whole life next to Jake’s Creek where he was a farmer and bee keeper. Lem was the last “life lease” resident ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-357-8566

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Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
"Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre natural area located adjacent to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. The area is noted ...more

City:  Sparta, TN
Phone:  931-836-3552

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Walls of Jericho
"The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area that is within the 8,943-acre Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Both of the public lands on the Tennessee and Alabama side total 21,453 acres. The initiative to acquire this land was a lengthy project completed by The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee and Alabama. The natural area is approximately twelve miles ...more

City:  Pitcher Ridge, TN
Phone:  (615) 532-0431

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Warner Park Nature Center
"The area's foremost provider of environmental education and outdoor recreation programs. Free programs, activities and services for park visitors. The Warner Parks are open dawn - 11 p.m. ...more

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

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Warner Park Nature Center

City:  Nashville, TN

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Warriors Path State Park Golf Course On the Tennessee Golf Trail
"An 18-hole course designed by George Cobb. Bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways and tees overseeded for winter play. Located on the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake, the course is along rolling countryside and has a scenic view of the lake from the No. 5 ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-323-4990

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Warriors' Path State Park
"The 950-acre area is a popular site for outdoor enthusiasts with its hiking trails, internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system, award-winning nature education program, and a nationally-recognized golf course. Warriors’ Path is the nation’s first state park to open a boundless playground, offering a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  (423) 239-8531

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Watauga River
"The Watauga River tailwater begins just below Wilbur Dam, in Elizabethton, TN. The stream is well known for its trophy rainbow and brown trout fishing. The upper section offers some public access, for wading. However, most of the trophy section is only accessible by boat. Within its 16 miles of fishable trout water, the Watauga River has one of the ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  (800) 238-2264

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Watauga River Bluffs
"Watauga River Bluffs is a 50-acre natural area located in Carter County along the Watauga River. Its most conspicuous feature is the steep slope that drops more than 200 feet to the river's edge. The slope and the narrow bluffs make up most of the 50 acres. It is ecology noteworthy because Watauga River Bluff supports the largest known population ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN

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Date: Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
EarthDayz
Location: Lookout Mountain, TN

Date: Apr 19, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
Racin @ Ruby
Location: Chattanooga, TN

Date: Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
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Location: Manchester, TN

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