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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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Tennessee Boat School

City:  Big Sandy, TN
Phone:  731-584-2103

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
"Nature walks, lakeside areas, open horseback riding, hunting, boat ramps, migratory bird sanctuary, eagle watching roosts and ...more

City:  Camden, TN
Phone:  800-225-7469

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Tennessee River Blueway
"The Tennessee River Blueway was formed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1930s and designated as a river trail in 2002. The blueway extends from Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, flowing 48 miles west through the Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Dam in neighboring Marion County. It provides opportunities for canoeists and kayakers to take day trips or camp ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 751-0011

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Tennessee River Gorge
"The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. The Gorge is referred to as "Tennessee's Grand Canyon," ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-266-0314

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Tennessee River Trails
"The Tennessee River Trail is waiting for you: a winding trail through Tennessee’s diverse river country featuring some of Tennessee’s most unique activities. Stop in Waverly, a historic railroad town featuring a museum and Civil War Fort. For something truly unique, take a guided tour of a working pearl farm at the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm in Camden. For even ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-668-6424

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The Great River Road
"Travel the Great River Road through Tennessee to find historical and recreational beauty. The Great River Road and National Scenic Byway travels through the entire western coast of Tennessee along the great Mississippi River. The road passes through portions of ten river-bordering states. The 185.5-mile Tennessee Corridor is an interconnected tapestry of unique sites, each with its own indigenous, ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  (615) 741-2159

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The River Rat's Canoe Rental, Inc.
"Family-owned canoe service for more than 25 years. Canoe trips on the Duck River - 5 miles to 17 miles. All equipment ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  931-381-2278

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Timberline Campground
"110 total RV sites, 30/50-amp service, can accommodate RV's up to 48'. Laundromat, two bathhouses, swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball court, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, pay phones, propane gas, clubhouse, modem hook up, and ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-449-2831

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Tims Ford Marina & Resort
"Furnished waterfront cabins. Restaurant, slips, rental boats, fishing guides, cable TV, tournament ...more

City:  Winchester, TN
Phone:  800-722-1164

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Tims Ford State Park
"Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern Middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts ...more

City:  Winchester, TN
Phone:  800-471-5295

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Tip-A-Canoe Stores Inc.
"Tip-A-Canoe, since 1972 offering canoe trips on the scenic Harpeth River. From two hours to five days. Class I-II. Reservations ...more

City:  Kingston Springs, TN
Phone:  800-550-5810

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Top Secret Trail
"Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. You’ll surely find the perfect souvenir at one of the many antique galleries along Kingston Pike and ...more

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Topsy Turvy Canoe Rental and Campground
"Topsey Turvey is a family owned and oriented business offering canoeing, camping and a good time. Our sixty acres and 3/4 mile of river frontage on the Buffalo River offers ample parking and space for large groups. Many Boy Scout, Girl Scout, church groups, families and others find our facilities ideal for their canoeing or camping ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  866-878-3067

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Tubing The Elk
"<p>We rent river tubes to float the Elk River. The trip lasts 5-7 hours. Family owned started last ...more

City:  Belvidere, TN
Phone:  (931) 967-8986

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Turkey Creek Marina & Resort
"Boating, fishing, hunting and more on 2,400 acres located directly on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Large picnic area. Enjoy nature at its ...more

City:  Waverly, TN
Phone:  931-296-2992

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Watts Bar Lake
"Watts Bar Lake is one of the south's largest lakes,covering 39,000 acres at full pool with 771 miles of shoreline. 738 of those shoreline miles are located in Roane County. Watts Bar Lake lies between the Watts Bar Dam and Ft. Loudon Dam, with the maximum depth being approximately 70 feet near the dams. The Tennessee River, Clinch River and ...more

City:  Kingston, TN
Phone:  800-FUNINTN

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Watts Bar Lake/Watts Bar Dam
"This 39,000-acre lake offers sport fishing, rustic camping, water sports, picnic facilities and hiking trails. Nestled near the majestic Cumberland ...more

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

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WC Johnson Park Baseball/Softball Complex
"135-acre park with 75-acres of undisturbed wetland areas; home of the Peterson Lake Nature Center. Ten-field baseball complex, two lighted multipurpose athletic fields, two lakes, playground, gazebo and 3/4-mile walking ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-457-2770

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White Lightning Trail
"The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Heading north, you’ll travel along the same route ...more

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Whitetop Creek Park
"Lighted sports park with 1?-mile walking path, five soccer fields, four baseball/softball fields, playground, picnic shelter and ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-764-4023

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Whits End Ranch
"All of our seven cedar cabins were constructed on-site by local craftsmen. Each cabin has been finished with cedar planking harvested from the property and milled right here at our very own mill. The beautiful wood grain revealed in each individual log is unique to each piece and gives each cabin a truly rustic touch. Each cabin is nestled privately ...more

City:  Clifton, TN
Phone:  931-676-3180

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William R. Davenport Refuge
"William Davenport Refuge is 120-acre natural area located in Polk County. It was named after the previous owner's father. The area is significant for both ecological and historical reasons. The ecological aspects are exceptional due to the occurrence of a rare Southern Appalachian bog community. The bogs contain cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) and tawny cotton-grass (Eriophorum virginicum), both rare species in ...more

City:  Ducktown, TN
Phone:  931-484-9571

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Windrock Campground
"Windrock Campground is located two miles from Windrock Mountain, known as the Coal Creek OHV Area (72,000 acres with 400 miles of riding trails). Tranquil setting, family oriented camping for tents and RVs/campers with a view of the ...more

City:  Oliver Springs, TN
Phone:  865-435-3939

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Winged Deer Park
"A 200-acre park featuring softball and soccer facilities, boat access on Boone Lake, disc golf and 2 miles of paved walking and hiking ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-283-5815

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Woodlands Trace Byway
"Running along a ridge of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Woodlands Trace is a beautiful, easy drive in rolling terrain with opportunities to pull off and explore seasonal splendors of nature on your own or at developed interpretive facilities such as the 1850 Homeplace and the Bison range overlook. This 43-mile passageway blossoms with trees and flowers in the ...more

City:  Dover, TN

Upcoming events

Date: Sep 14, 2014 - Sep 20, 2014
Sharon Corn and Music Festival
Location: Sharon, TN

Date: Sep 20, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Daniel Smith Colonial Days
Location: Hendersonville, TN

Date: Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Location: Bristol, TN

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