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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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Hidden Harbor Marina
"Marina, ship's store, motel, cabins. Rental: pontoons and houseboats on beautiful Center Hill Lake. Boat slips ...more

City:  Smithville, TN
Phone:  615-597-8800

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High Country Adventures
"Offering whitewater rafting, kayaking, moutain biking, rock climbing, caving, ropes courses, lodging and ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  800-233-8594

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Higher Pursuits
"Higher Pursuits is an outdoor education company that provide guided canoe/kayak trips and canoe/kayak rentals on the Duck River in Middle Tennessee. Our guided trips feature not only how to paddle but also the history, folklore, and wildlife of the ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  931-840-8575

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Historic Old Hickory Village
"Over 300 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. A beautifully restored "company town" built in 1918 by the DuPont Company. Located on Old Hickory Lake with beach, nature trails, boat ramps, marina. 20 minutes from downtown ...more

City:  Old Hickory, TN
Phone:  (615) 847-8255

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Hiwassee River Rail Adventure
"Ride a vintage, climate-controlled train along the Hiwassee River and Gorge and then around the historic Hiwassee Loop. Two trips are available: The Loop trip is 3 1/2 hours and the Copperhill is an all day trip with a two hour stopover in the historic copper mining town of Copperhill. All trips begin with a short shuttle bus ...more

City:  Etowah, TN
Phone:  (877) 510-5765

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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/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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Horseshoe Bend Marina & Campgrounds
"Quiet end of Center Hill Lake. Fishing is good and the view is beautiful. Water falls great for any boating activity. Also have a water ...more

City:  Walling, TN
Phone:  931-657-5080

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Hurricane Marina, LLC
"Discover Center Hill Lake's premier destination, Hurricane Marina. We have turned Center Hill Lake's oldest marina into a state-of-the-art facility just 3 miles south of interstate 40 in one of the lakes only natural harbors. From our 24-hour fuel stations that accept all major credit cards to the new Blue Water Grille restaurant, every inch of our marina was designed with ...more

City:  Silver Point, TN
Phone:  (931) 858-2221

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Indian Creek Canoe Rental and Campground
"An out-of-the-way sanctuary where one may enjoy nature at its best. Camping, canoeing, kayaking and tubing are ...more

City:  Olivehill, TN
Phone:  731-661-1334

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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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Jbeez Watercraft Rentals
"One of Tennessee's largest Jet Ski and WaveRunner rental centers. Servicing Percy Priest, Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Center Hill, Dale Hollow, and Watts Bar Lakes. Free Delivery is available to many ...more

City:  Silver Point, TN
Phone:  800-868-9232

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Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
"Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. Hikers, backpackers and explorers are still the heart of the trail groups, rock climbers, ...more

City:  Caryville, TN
Phone:  (423) 566-2229

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Kelso Canteen & Canoe Rental
"Kelso Canteen & Canoe Rental offers general merchandise, canoe rentals and private camping on the Elk River. They also have kayaks and tubes. Catering from the canteen available. Guides by ...more

City:  Kelso, TN
Phone:  931-438-4402

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Kingsport Aquatic Center
"The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region's newest and most comprehensive indoor/outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport's Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area's only indoor Olympic-size pool ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  (423) 343-9758

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Wheels 4 Tomorrow
"Chainless and battery assisted bicycle ...more

City:  Alcoa, TN
Phone:  865-681-9336

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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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Wolf River Greenway
"The Wolf River Greenway is a corridor of protected green space along the Wolf River which includes a paved pathway for non-motorized transportation. Built in sections, this 10-foot wide pathway will eventually extend a total of 30 miles to connect neighborhoods all the way from downtown Memphis through the cities of Germantown and Collierville, Tennessee. The Wolf River Greenway is open ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  (901) 452-6500

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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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Isha Institute of Inner-sciences
"Situated on Tennessee's spectacular Cumberland Plateau, the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences (iii) is a retreat center for classical yoga and meditation--an ancient science for inner wellbeing that can be practiced by anyone. The Institute is the US headquarters for Isha Foundation, an international, secular, nonprofit established as an infrastructure for raising human consciousness and fostering global harmony through individual ...more

City:  Mcminnville, TN
Phone:  (931) 668-1900

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Jackson Falls
"Jackson Falls, named after Andrew Jackson, is a historic rest stop on Natchez Trace near Shady Grove featuring large springs and ...more

City:  Shady Grove, TN
Phone:  931-729-5774

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John Muir Trail
"An easy 20-mile hike beginning at Childers Creek in Reliance and ending near TN/NC line. It follows the Hiwassee River. First three miles very ...more

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

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Johnson County Welcome Center & Museum
"Near Laurel Bloomery in beautiful Johnson County. Gentry Creek Falls is an impressive double waterfall. The trail has been improved, making it easier to follow for the careful ...more

City:  Mountain City, TN
Phone:  423-727-5800

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Johnsonville State Historic Park
"This 1500-acre park on the eastern side of Kentucky Lake overlooks the site of the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville. The park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson of Tennessee. The Battle of Johnsonville occurred on November 4, 1864, the culmination of Confederate Cavalry Commander Nathan Bedford Forrest’s wide-ranging 23-day raid to destroy the Union supply lines running to Nashville. ...more

City:  New Johnsonville, TN
Phone:  (931) 535-2789

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Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park
"Conceived as a long-distance hiking trail, the 300-mile Cumberland Trail, the only linear park in the state, from the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Tennessee-Virginia-Kentucky border to the Signal Point near Chattanooga. The trail now is a resource for many types of recreational activities. Hikers, backpackers and explorers are still the heart of the trail groups, rock climbers, ...more

City:  Caryville, TN
Phone:  (423) 566-2229

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Kinser Park
"Visit this park on the Nolichuckey River with a family-friendly atmosphere. Fishing, camping, RV sites, golfing, miniature golf, hiking, swimming pool. Pets allowed. Open weekdays 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. and weekends 7 a.m. - 11 ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-639-5912

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Knox Rocks Climbing Services
"With over fourteen years of experience in the field, Knox Rocks has led successful climbing expeditions from Yosemite, California, to Linville Gorge, North Carolina. With experience from the tropical seaside limestone of southern Thailand to the 2,000-foot granite walls of Squamish, British Columbia, Knox Rocks has been an innovative leader in rock climbing instruction. Knox Rocks strives to provide professional instruction ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  (865) 363-9321

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Lady's Bluff Nature Trail
"A foot trail maintained by the TVA offering a spectacular view of the Tennessee River at its terminus. Round trip 2.7 miles, parking available at trail ...more

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Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge
"Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established as an inviolate sanctuary for wintering waterfowl in 1938 by presidential proclamation. Lake Isom is the oldest refuge in Tennessee and encompasses some 1,850 acres of migratory bird habitat surrounding Lake Isom. The proximity of Lake Isom to the Mississippi river has always made the area a major stopover and wintering ground for ...more

City:  Union City, TN
Phone:  731-538-2481

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
"Nestled between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Native wildlife abounds as well as a maintained herd of elk and bison in a habitat restoration area. Contains miles of hiking, biking, horseback and off-highway vehicle trails and many other outdoor ...more

City:  Golden Pond, TN
Phone:  800-525-7077

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Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness and Buzzard Point
"Natural wilderness area with waterfalls, forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for ...more

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

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Long Hunter State Park
"Significant for both its natural and historic aspects, Long Hunter State Park is a popular spot on J. Percy Priest Lake for picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation. Several hiking trails at Long Hunter provide pleasant walking experiences, including the popular two-mile Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. It is also home to the Jason Allen Arboretum ...more

City:  Hermitage, TN
Phone:  615-885-2422

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Lower Hatchie Wildlife Refuge
"Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) sits along the lower 17 miles of the Hatchie River in western Tennessee. Unlike most Mississippi River tributaries that have been straightened and levees constructed for flood control, the Hatchie River remains the longest continuous stretch of naturally meandering river in the lower Mississippi River Valley. In result, wildlife and fisheries thrive in its ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  731-738-2296

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Lucius Burch Natural Area
"The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. Lucius Burch Natural Area offers passive recreation activities such as day ...more

City:  Ellendale, TN
Phone:  901-382-0235

Upcoming events

Date: Apr 25, 2014
Sheep Shearing Day
Location: Norris, TN

Date: Apr 24, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014
Windrock Park Spring Jamboree
Location: Oliver Springs, TN

Date: Apr 26, 2014
Squarefest
Location: Gallatin, TN

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