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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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Edgar Evins State Park
"There's a lot to do and see at Edgar Evins State Park! Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our shaded picnic areas, come for a visit during one of our annual events (such as the Annual Fiddlers Jamboree), hike some of the parks approximately 11 miles of trails, fish beautiful Center Hill Lake or go for a swim. Edgar Evins ...more

City:  Silver Point, TN
Phone:  800-250-8619

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Elk River Canoe Rental, LLC
"Float on the beautiful and scenic Elk River. A Class I river, ideal for families and groups. Float for a few hours, a day, or two days. Pristine with wildlife and wild flowers all ...more

City:  Kelso, TN
Phone:  877-355-2266

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Elm Hill Marina
"Elm Hill Marina is a 640 slip full-service marina with slips from 20 feet to 80 feet. Elm Hill Marina has rental pontoon boats with slides and toilets. Elm hill Marina also has fishing boats, 14-foot aluminum with 9.9 Mercury ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-5363

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Euchee Marina & Campground
"Vacation in your backyard! New Ownership and Management, welcome to the Destination for Outdoor fun activities. For all your Spring, Summer and Fall activities check us ...more

City:  Ten Mile, TN
Phone:  423-334-1004

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn & Conf. Center
"Travelers from across the country come to Fall Creek Falls each year to experience the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. This paradise of more than 20,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau is one of the most scenic, spectacular outdoor recreation resort areas in America. The 145-room inn offers panoramic views of 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake and ...more

City:  Spencer, TN
Phone:  800-250-8610

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Fish Springs Marina
"A full service marina with pontoon rentals, boat supplies, storage, launch ramp, bait, tackle, fuel, ice, repair, snack bar, drinks and ...more

City:  Hampton, TN
Phone:  423-768-2336

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Five River Adventures
"Five Rivers Adventure is a family-owned and operated company. All trips are professionally guided. No experience is ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  888-297-9059

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Flatwoods Canoe Base
"Canoes, kayaks or tubes. Camping and overnight floats available. Reservations recommended. Bathhouse, snack shop and fishing supplies. Group ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-5661

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Floating Mill Recreation Area
"Floating Mill Park is located on the shores of the scenic Center Hill Lake on central Tennessee's Highland Rim. The lake stretches 64 miles up the Caney Fork River, where visitors come to enjoy boating, fishing and water sports. The 415 miles of forested shoreline provide excellent hiking, hunting and camping opportunities. Center Hill Lake is surrounded by lush mixed hardwood forests ...more

City:  Silver Point, TN
Phone:  877-444-6777

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Foggy Bottom Canoe Rentals
"Scenic canoe trip, Class I river, through historic areas. Family fun. Primitive camping. All day and overnight rates ...more

City:  Kingston Springs, TN
Phone:  615-952-4062

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Fort Loudon Marina
"Pontoon rental, transient dockage overnight, two restaurants, dry storage and covered ...more

City:  Lenoir City, TN
Phone:  865-986-5536

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Fort Loudoun State Park
"Fort Loudoun State Park is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico ...more

City:  Vonore, TN
Phone:  423-884-6217

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Fort Patrick Henry Dam & Lake
"Built by TVA primarily for hydropower, this 10-mile, 872- acre dam also regulates waterflow downstream for local industry. It was completed in 1953 and named for a nearby Revolutionary War fort constructed to defend settlers from Cherokee attacks. Today, the reservoir is a popular site for fishing, known for rainbow trout, bluegill, bass and crappie. Warrior's Path State Park is located on ...more

City:  Gray, TN
Phone:  (800) 882-5263

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Foster Falls Recreation Area
"Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a ...more

City:  Sequatchie, TN
Phone:  423-942-5759

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French Broad River & Blueway
"One of only two rivers that flows north, it’s also the world’s third-oldest river, behind the Nile and New Rivers. The French Broad flows for 210 miles through Asheville, North Carolina, into Tennessee, then into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. In Cocke County, Tennessee, the French Broad River receives the waters of both the Pigeon River and the Nolichucky ...more

Phone:  (828) 252-8474

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Piney Falls State Natural Area
"Especially significant for its old growth forest, Piney Falls covers a 440-acre natural area located in Rhea County. This pristine forestland features creeks, deep gorges and waterfalls, and is recognized by the United States Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark. Hiking trails and parking are provided; access is for foot traffic only. From the parking area, the ...more

City:  Grandview, TN
Phone:  615-532-0431

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sugar Creek Trails

City:  Drummonds, TN
Phone:  901-835-3691

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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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Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association
"The Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association helps promote and grow the sport throughout the state through member ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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Southeast Pack Trips, Inc.
"Custom horseback trips for families, campers, hunters and fishermen. Overnight pack trips, camp sites, stalls and lodging ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  931-879-2260

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Springbrook Inn
"The Springbrook Inn offers a relaxing stay at a historic farm home, restored to reflect modern elegance and convenience. For the equine enthusiast, there is a newly completed 8-stall block barn, wash rack, riding arena, and several lush paddocks for ...more

City:  Niota, TN
Phone:  423-568-3092

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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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Tally Ho Stables
"Enjoy horseback riding at its best in the Big South Fork with Tally Ho Stables. Call for reservations ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  423-569-9472

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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 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 Walking Horse and its National Celebration Grounds
"The historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee, is home to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which takes place each year in late summer for the 11 days ending on the Saturday night before Labor Day. The Celebration is housed in a 105-acre complex in Shelbyville. We have 63 barns that contain 1,650 stalls, an outdoor stadium ...more

City:  Shelbyville, TN
Phone:  931-684-5915

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Tennessee's Backroads Heritage, Inc.
"Regional information including the Tullahoma Campaign, Civil War Trail, Tennessee Walking Horse Trail and agri-tourism ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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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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True West Campground, Stables, and Mercantile
"True West is centrally located in Big South Fork with easy access to 10 park trails. Add to that a mix of private trails and you have access to over 200 miles of riding pleasure. Guided trail rides can be arranged. Our facilities include 34 easy access, level RV and camping sites with water and 30-amp electric. There are sewer ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  (931) 752-8272

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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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Walden Creek Stables
"Our Horseback riding stables are a family attraction for Smoky Mountain guest and neighbors alike. Horseback riding on over 500 acres with 100 horses and 50 riding cowboys keeps the action going seven days a week, including Christmas ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-850-2428

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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 Riding Stables
"Guided trail rides through scenic ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-323-8543

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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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English Mountain Llama Treks
"Our Llama treks vary from day (picnic) hikes to two day hiking trips or longer. We have Llama treks for the experienced hiker as well as for the entire family. Enjoy guided llama trekking through the Great Smoky Mountains without carrying a backpack! Let our gentle and well trained Llama Trekking Team do all the work as you enjoy a safe, ...more

City:  Newport, TN
Phone:  828-622-9686

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Euchee Marina & Campground
"Vacation in your backyard! New Ownership and Management, welcome to the Destination for Outdoor fun activities. For all your Spring, Summer and Fall activities check us ...more

City:  Ten Mile, TN
Phone:  423-334-1004

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
"A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall ...more

City:  Pikeville, TN
Phone:  (800) 250-8610

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn & Conf. Center
"Travelers from across the country come to Fall Creek Falls each year to experience the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. This paradise of more than 20,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau is one of the most scenic, spectacular outdoor recreation resort areas in America. The 145-room inn offers panoramic views of 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake and ...more

City:  Spencer, TN
Phone:  800-250-8610

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Forbidden Caverns
"Forbidden Caverns, near Sevieerville, is one of America's most spectacular caves. It provides the visitor with an entertaining and educational 1 hour walking tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottos, and a crystal clear stream. The trails are well lighted with handrails at all necessary points. Visitors will see fabulous formations created by nature thousands of ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-453-5972

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield
"The site of the first decisive Union victory of the Civil War. A visitor center explains the importance of this pivotal battle. Open ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Fort Loudoun State Park
"Fort Loudoun State Park is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico ...more

City:  Vonore, TN
Phone:  423-884-6217

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Fort Patrick Henry Dam & Lake
"Built by TVA primarily for hydropower, this 10-mile, 872- acre dam also regulates waterflow downstream for local industry. It was completed in 1953 and named for a nearby Revolutionary War fort constructed to defend settlers from Cherokee attacks. Today, the reservoir is a popular site for fishing, known for rainbow trout, bluegill, bass and crappie. Warrior's Path State Park is located on ...more

City:  Gray, TN
Phone:  (800) 882-5263

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Fort Pillow State Historic Park
"Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in both historic and archaeological importance. The well-preserved Civil War earthworks on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River mark the site of the Confederate Army’s extensive fortifications, built in 1861. The fort bears the name of General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County, although he never commanded there. The Confederates abandoned the fortifications ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  (731) 738-5581

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Foster Falls Recreation Area
"Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a ...more

City:  Sequatchie, TN
Phone:  423-942-5759

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Foster Falls Small Wild Area
"Enjoy one of the most scenic, wild areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Small Wild Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a deep ...more

City:  Sequatchie, TN
Phone:  (866) 494-7186

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Four-Wheeler Excursions, Hiking & Outdoor Adventures
"Miles and miles of four-wheeler trails near the Birdsong ...more

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

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Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area
"Frozen Head is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. The park’s namesake comes from the mountain peaks that are often capped with snow and ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned. The area contains significant mature forest and rare plants, thus making it one of the least disturbed areas remaining within the Cumberland ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  (423) 346-3318

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Gentry Creek Falls
"The 2.3 mile (each way) Gentry Creek Falls Trail crosses Gentry Creek approximately 14 times, providing hikers with access to spectacular Gentry Creek Falls, a double waterfall approximately 60 feet total in a remote forest setting. Within Cherokee National Forest, this is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the region. After you see the beautiful 40-foot high double falls, you’ll ...more

City:  Laurel Bloomery, TN
Phone:  (800) 832-1355

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Gentry's Creek Falls
"The falls are not for the faint-of-heart, but a real challenge to the seasoned hiker. Gentry's Falls was named after Joseph Gentry. Joseph sold his iron works in Roan Creek around 1796 to Nathaniel Taylor. He then moved to Laurel Bloomery near Rogers Creek. Joseph pioneered 800 acres of land. The area had a creek flowing through it. This creek ...more

City:  Laurel Bloomery, TN
Phone:  423-727-5800

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Date: Apr 19, 2014
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Location: Rock Island, TN

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

Date: Apr 19, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014
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