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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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Friendship Family Resort
"Where the scenery is beautiful and the fun never stops. Friendship marina provides easy access to the entire ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-878-3128

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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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Gannon's French Broad Outpost Ranch
"Dude Ranch with all inclusive family packages. Horseback riding, whitewater rafting, all meals and entertainment in one price. Great family ...more

City:  Del Rio, TN
Phone:  800-995-7678

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Gator Point Marina
"Located on Douglas Lake, Gator Point is a full-service marina. They offer pontoon and jet ski rentals, great food and weekend ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  800-749-1957

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German Creek Resort & Marina
"German Creek Resort offers a luxurious getaway on the bluffs of Cherokee Lake. Come to German Creek Resort to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the amenities we have to offer. 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums for short or long-term ...more

City:  Bean Station, TN
Phone:  865-767-3505

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Granville Marina & Resort
"Granville Marina is a quiet and serene getaway. Cabins, campground, fishing and boating are available year ...more

City:  Granville, TN
Phone:  931-653-4360

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, ...more

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

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Greenbrier Island Campground
"Shady sites beside a peaceful river, a full hookup with cable, tent sites, electricity and water, fishing, swimming--all bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Greenbrier Island Campround is secluded and nestled in a peaceful valley rimming around Great Smoky Mountains National Park, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Little Pigeon River. We offer a camping experience from the most ...more

City:  Pittman Center, TN
Phone:  865-436-4243

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Hales Bar Marina & Resort
"Hales Bar Marina & Resort on the beautiful Nickajack Lake. Over 300 slips, 54 cabins, 21 floating cabins, boat rentals, mini-golf course and RV Park and restaurant. Marina in operation since 1970's. On the site of Hales Bar Dam recently named to the National Trust's "Historic Register of Historic ...more

City:  Guild, TN
Phone:  (423) 942-5349

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Harpeth River Blueway
"As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (615) 790-9767

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Harpeth River State Park
"Fly fishing, spin casting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more are part of the natural life at Harpeth River State Park in Middle Tennessee. A unique linear park located along the Harpeth River, this beauty lover's spot is ideal for activities or relaxing. Beginner and advanced paddlers can float this beautiful class II river. And, the river hosts large and ...more

City:  Kingston Springs, TN
Phone:  615-952-2099

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Harrison Bay State Park
"The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are of ...more

City:  Harrison, TN
Phone:  423-344-6214

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Hazen's Raid at Browns Ferry
"By October 1863 the Union army suffered greatly from food shortages, and the supply route was tenuous at best. This raid, begun by Gen. William Hazen near here, floated down the river and established a beachhead on the south bank at Brown’s Ferry. The raid began an offensive that eventually established a more secure Union supply ...more

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

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Heath's Canoe Rental Inc.
"Canoeing and small convenience store with sodas and food for canoeing ...more

City:  Lobelville, TN
Phone:  931-593-2306

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Heavy's Bar-B-Q, Canoe and Camp
"Great family experience. Great food in a backwoods country setting. Enjoy an 8.5 mile canoe trip on the Powell River and load the boat with ...more

City:  Harrogate, TN
Phone:  423-801-0602

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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 Ride
""The Ride" is Tennessee's the roller coaster, twisting and turning along Highways 70, 33 and 31. Advanced thrill seekers should finish on Hwy. 66, while leaf-peepers and photographers should backtrack to Rogersville when finished. If you're all about attractions, just turn left on E. Main Street and head to downtown Rogersville to pick up the Sunny Side ...more

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The Wheel
"The one-stop shop for bicycles, skateboards and exercise ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  (931) 381-3225

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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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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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Trace Bikes

City:  Nashville, TN

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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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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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University of Tennessee Sports
"A perennial powerhouse in several sports, the University of Tennessee fields twenty men's and women's varsity intercollegiate teams and is home to more than 500 student-athletes. The Vols and Lady Vols compete as members of the Southeastern Conference. UT's Recreational Sports Department provides a wide variety of programs and well-maintained facilities for almost any sport or fitness-oriented person. RecSports allows for ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-974-1000

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Walnut Street Bridge
"Erected in 1890, the Walnut Street Bridge was the first to connect Chattanooga's downtown with the North Shore. Structural modifications have been made to turn the bridge into what is now a pedestrian walkway. The 1/2-mile span is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world and very popular among local residents. Providing spectacular views of Coolidge Park, the ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-643-6096

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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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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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Waterfall Farms
"In the heart of Tennessee Walking Horse country, this state-of-the-art farm continues to breed an impeccable line-up of stallions, with records of World Championship competition. Call ahead for ...more

City:  Shelbyville, TN

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Wildwood Stables
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City:  Fairfield Glade, TN
Phone:  931-484-3733

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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

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Yester-Years Classic Rides
"Trail rides, pony rides, train rides, hayrides, fishing, primitive camping, pistol and rifle ...more

City:  Chapel Hill, TN
Phone:  931-364-7755

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, ...more

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

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Great Smoky Vacations
"Directory of lodging, shopping, attractions and ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN

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Greenbrier
"At the Greenbrier entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a community where about 1,000 people once lived until the 1930s. When land was designated for the park, residents relocated across the U.S., some staying nearby with family still residing in Pittman Center. Some winning highlights of the area are wildflowers, picnic areas, walking trails, fishing. In spring, the Greenbrier ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865) 436-2512

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Harpeth River Blueway
"As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (615) 790-9767

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Harpeth River State Park
"Fly fishing, spin casting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more are part of the natural life at Harpeth River State Park in Middle Tennessee. A unique linear park located along the Harpeth River, this beauty lover's spot is ideal for activities or relaxing. Beginner and advanced paddlers can float this beautiful class II river. And, the river hosts large and ...more

City:  Kingston Springs, TN
Phone:  615-952-2099

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Harrison Bay State Park
"The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are of ...more

City:  Harrison, TN
Phone:  423-344-6214

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Hazen's Raid at Browns Ferry
"By October 1863 the Union army suffered greatly from food shortages, and the supply route was tenuous at best. This raid, begun by Gen. William Hazen near here, floated down the river and established a beachhead on the south bank at Brown’s Ferry. The raid began an offensive that eventually established a more secure Union supply ...more

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

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Henry Horton State Park
"Henry Horton State Park is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, but it also features a park inn with 65 guest rooms and 4 suites as well as 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a separate conference lodge with 3,150 square feet of meeting space, a southern style restaurant, 5 rustic cabins and 3 deluxe cabins, 72 campsites ...more

City:  Chapel Hill, TN
Phone:  800-250-8612

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Highland Rim
"To the west of the Appalachian Plateau lies the Highland Rim, an elevated plain with steep slopes, surrounding the Central Basin, or Nashville Basin. The Nashville Basin is characterized by rich, fertile farm country. With the exception of a few broad stream bottoms, the land is characterized by ridges and valleys with a few fairly low hills. The entire region is ...more

City:  Springfield, TN

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Hiwassee River Recreation Corridor
"Hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, picnicking, and scenic drives are all available alongside the Hiawassee Scenic River. Camping and other lodging located ...more

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

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Hiwassee State Scenic River
"The Hiwassee State Scenic River flows into the Tennessee River a few miles west of State Route 58 in Meigs County, Tennessee. The Hiwassee was the first river managed in the State Scenic River program. A 23-river mile section, from the North Carolina state line to U.S. 411 North, at Benton, is a Class III partially developed river. Here, Hiwassee ...more

City:  Delano, TN
Phone:  (800) 832-1355

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Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park
"The Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is a 23-mile stretch of river, the first such to be designated by the State Scenic River Program. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. A scenic portion of the John Muir trail winds through the river gorge. Numerous public access sites provide boat-launching ramps. At the Gee Creek ...more

City:  Delano, TN
Phone:  423-263-0050

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House Mountain State Natural Area
"House Mountain is a 500-acre natural area located in Knox County, approximately eight miles from Knoxville. The 2,100-foot crest of House Mountain provides significant vistas where visitors may scan the parallel ranges of the Unakas and Cumberlands some 30 miles away, or look northeast at the adjacent Clinch Mountain. The steep slopes of House Mountain are heavily wooded and possess a ...more

City:  Corryton, TN
Phone:  (865) 215-6600

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Ijams Nature Center
"The nature center includes woodlands, hiking and biking trails, a boardwalk on the Tennessee River, and the Meads Quarry and Ross Marble Quarry sites. Ijams offers free admission to its ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-577-4717

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Indian Mountain State Park
"Indian Mountain State Park is a multi-use facility in Campbell County near Tennessee's northern border. In addition to providing camping and recreation opportunities, the 200-acre park is unique in that it was developed on reclaimed strip mine land. Park visitors can enjoy fishing at the two small lakes, picnicking, camping, and two walking trails. Park visitors have the opportunity to ...more

City:  Jellico, TN
Phone:  423-784-7958

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