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Tennessee is a rich and varied place with mile-high mountains in the east, the grand Mississippi River in the west and 19,000 miles of sparkling rivers in between. Parks, forests, birding, hunting, camping and water, water everywhere--Tennessee has a mind-boggling array of natural resources.

Investigate the beauty and mystery of Reelfoot, a cypress-filled natural lake in Tennessee's northwest corner, created by a series of earthquakes, where dozens of species of fish and shore and wading birds are harbored, including golden and bald eagles. Grab your binoculars and explore the diversity of habitats, stretching 65 miles alongside the Tennessee River, on Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge which provide ample feeding, nesting and resting areas for 301 bird species. Get spritzed by the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, Fall Creek Falls, laced with cascades, gorges, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber. Stride a celebrated riverfront greenway, Chattanooga's Riverpark, and cross America's longest pedestrian bridge, the Walnut Street Bridge, spanning the Tennessee River as it flows south-southwest. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest national park in the east and America's most visited. A tour of the Smokies, by any means of locomotion, offers panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings and uninterrupted forest stretching to the horizon.

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Carriage Tours of Memphis
"Enjoy a romantic or informative horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Downtown Memphis. Drivers give history as well as info on attractions, food and more. Available throughout the Mid-South area for weddings and parties ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-7542

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Castalian Springs
"The famous historic homes and landscapes of Castalian Springs were deeply affected by the Civil War and Reconstruction.  From 1862 to 1865, a federal garrison made camp about one-half mile southwest of Wynnewood, the National Register-listed log tavern and home located at 210 Old Highway 25.  After the war, the Wynne family asked the federal government for $6,540 in damages, ...more

Phone:  888-301-7866

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Caswell Park
"The main site for Knoxville’s pro baseball from 1917-99, the site is named for William Caswell, a Confederate veteran who participated in the first known baseball game in East Tennessee in 1865 and who donated the property for this use. The park has hosted the old Knoxville Pioneers, the Smokies, the “Knoxville Sox,” and the Blue Jays, as well as ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 522-3353

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Cedar Creek Indian Mound
"Believed to be close to 1,000 years old, this mound was constructed between 1000 and 1300 A.D. It measures 120 feet around and 20 feet high. The mound has eroded through the years, but is still one of the largest in ...more

City:  Linden, TN

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Cedar Creek Iron Furnace
"The only remaining "double stack" furnace in the western rim of Tennessee, which ceased operation during the Civil War. The location is now a ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-2453

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
"Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Tennessee’s Central Basin, was named by settlers who saw in the dense cedar forest a reminder of the Biblical Cedars of Lebanon. The park and forest were established as a resettlement park when the federal government bought depleted farmland in 1937 and resettled the residents. The Works Progress Administration handled the building ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-713-5180

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Chattanooga History Walking Tours on the Riverfront
"The Riverfront is at the core of Chattanooga's history, and it is the one place in our community from which sites related to the first settlers, the Cherokees, the Civil War, reconstruction, industrialization, and the renaissance can be visually referenced. Take a short walk, approximately 6 blocks, with our guide, and get an overview of the fascinating history of this ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-265-3247

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Chattanooga National Cemetery

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-855-6590

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Cherokee Chieftain
"Acclaimed sculptor, Peter "Wolf" Toth presented this carving to the city in 1974. The beloved Chieftain is the focal point of Downtown Cleveland's Johnston Park. Toth carved a Native American statue in each of the 50 ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-472-6588

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Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial and Museum
"The land encircling the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers, where the Hiwassee Refuge is located, is steeped in Cherokee Indian history. This land lies near the center of the ancestral land of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Birchwood, Tennessee, was one of the main staging areas ...more

City:  Birchwood, TN
Phone:  (423) 334-5496

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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
"Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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Chucalissa Archaeological Museum
"Visit this prehistoric Native American archaeological site dating to the 15th-century with a museum, gift shop, nature trail and picnic area. See the remnants of the Indians that once flourished along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River. These ancient peoples hunted; made tools of bone, stone, and wood; were capable farmers; and lived in thatch-roofed homes. They built earthworks ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-785-3160

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City of Red Boiling Springs
"The City of Red Boiling Springs offers a quiet relaxing atmosphere with a slowed down ...more

City:  Red Boiling Springs, TN
Phone:  615-699-2011

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Clay County Museum & Cordell Hull Law Office
"Designed to preserve and protect Clay County's history. Featuring artifacts of Celina, a historic river town and permanent river history ...more

City:  Celina, TN
Phone:  931-243-4220

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Contains a ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers access to the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Trail, or ...more

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

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River passes through 90 miles of scenic gorges and valleys containin ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  423-286-7275

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the biblical lands of Le ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-713-5180

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Cherokee National Forest
Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol. The 640,000-acre Cherokee ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  (423) 476-9700

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Blu ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  (731) 635-7621

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Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee, ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-7477

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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 o ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge along the Hatchie River puts wildlife first. A drive around O'Neal Lake features wetland hab ...more

City:  Stanton, TN
Phone:  731-772-0501

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Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife viewing and nature walks available. Hiwassee Refuge is closed from Nov. 1-Feb. 28, except at des ...more

City:  Birchwood, TN
Phone:  800-262-6704

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Kyker Bottoms Refuge
Kyker Bottoms Refuge is a 350-acre area in southern Blount County owned and managed by the Tennessee Wild ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-856-8691

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Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established as an inviolate sanctuary for wintering waterfowl in 1 ...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 e ...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 hiki ...more

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

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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 wester ...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 ha ...more

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

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Manus Road Cedar Glade
Manus Road is a 15-acre natural area in Rutherford County about 10 miles east of Murfreesboro. It support ...more

City:  Rutherford County, TN

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May Prairie
May Prairie boasts one of Tennessee's most diverse plant communities, with more than 300 species, 25 of ...more

City:  Manchester, TN

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood fo ...more

City:  Millington, TN
Phone:  800-471-5293

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Natchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Parkway commemorates the "Old" Natchez Trace, beginning as an animal path and progressing ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Obed Wild & Scenic River
Recreation includes whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and picnicking. A sceni ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  423-346-6294

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia m ...more

Phone:  864-936-3477

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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake a ...more

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

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Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Gru ...more

City:  Palmer, TN
Phone:  931-779-3532

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Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area
Sequatchie Cave is a 10-acre, biologically significant, natural area where Owen Spring Branch flows from ...more

City:  Jasper, TN
Phone:  423-942-2552

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Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife sanctuary with recreational use by the general public. The 31 ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-525-9400

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Shiloh National Military Park
Established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil W ...more

City:  Shiloh, TN
Phone:  731-689-5696

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Short Springs Natural Area
Beautiful, peaceful nature preserve with wildlife and walking trails located on the edge of the city. ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  931-455-5497

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Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area
Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 90-acre state natural area named for its most significant feature, 75-feet S ...more

City:  Summertown, TN

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Stinging Fork Pocket Wilderness
Natural wilderness area with forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for hiking. ...more

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

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Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Civil War. ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-9501

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge has more than 50,000 acres on Kentucky Lake in Northwest Tennessee and ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  731-642-2091

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

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

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The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
Partners with organizations and individuals across the state to tell the whole story of America's greate ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-898-2947

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN
Phone:  (505) 988-6888

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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 Pick ...more

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

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Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
Trail features a 317-acre natural area, 110-foot falls, two lesser falls and cave, eight mile round trip, ...more

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

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Walker Branch Natural Area
Walker Branch is a 225-acre natural area located just miles south of Savannah in Hardin County. The prope ...more

City:  Pittsburg Landing, TN

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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 Wildli ...more

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

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Walterhill Floodplain
Walterhill Floodplain State Natural Area is a 34-acre natural area located in Rutherford County. It is un ...more

City:  Walterhill, TN
Phone:  615-898-2523

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Washmorgan Hollow
Washmorgan Hollow, a sheltered ravine on the Eastern Highland Rim in Jackson County, is an excellent habi ...more

City:  Gainesboro, TN
Phone:  (615) 383-9909

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Watauga River
Watauga River Bluffs is a 50-acre natural area located in Carter County along the Watauga River. Its most ...more

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

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William B. Clark Conservation Area
William B. Clark Conservation Area is a 460-acre natural area along the Wolf River in Fayette County loca ...more

City:  Rossville, TN
Phone:  731-512-1369

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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 ...more

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

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Sunk Lake
Sunk Lake supports excellent examples of bald cypress swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, and emergent marsh aquatic habitat. The diversity of wetland and upland communities offer a wide range of habitat for waterfowl and other birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and rare plant species ...more

City:  Lauderdale, TN

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
"Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Tennessee’s Central Basin, was named by settlers who saw in the dense cedar forest a reminder of the Biblical Cedars of Lebanon. The park and forest were established as a resettlement park when the federal government bought depleted farmland in 1937 and resettled the residents. The Works Progress Administration handled the building ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-713-5180

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Champion Lakes
"Champion Lake and Little Champion Lake are ringed with beautiful and ancient cypress and tupelo trees. It is a paddler’s dream, as the lakes are rarely crowded and the quiet and serenity are hard to match. There is a small pier available for birdwatching and ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  800-344-WILD

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Chattanooga Nature Center
"A nature preserve and environmental education facility. Explore the Blue Heron Boardwalk, Wildlife Wanderland and Discovery Forest ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-821-1160

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Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
"Come visit the "wildest" place in Chattanooga for a day of untamed fun at a great price! Get up close and personal with our snow leopards, red pandas, jaguars and many others as you make your way through our many wonderful exhibits. Afterwards get refreshed at our Gombe Forest Cafe and even take a ride on our one-of-a-kind hand-carved ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-697-1322

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Cheatham Wildlife Management Area
"A 20,000 acre Wildlife Management Area. They ensure that hunting, biking, birding and other activities put wildlife ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  800-624-7406

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Cherokee National Forest
"The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. A place of scenic beauty and home to more than 20,000 species of plants and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  (423) 476-9700

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Cherokee Point Campground
"Quiet, tranquil, family-oriented campground on beautiful Watts Bar Lake. ...more

City:  Ten Mile, TN
Phone:  423-334-9151

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Chickamauga Lake
"Chickamauga Reservoir, with 810 miles of shoreline, has 35,400 square acres of surface area. It was constructed for the purpose of electric power, flood control, navigation, recreation, an adequate supply of water and other related benefits. The lock at Chickamauga Dam is 360 feet by 60 feet, and raises boats and barges up to 50 feet to Nickajack Lake. Chickamauga got ...more

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

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
"Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses 25,006 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR and adjacent lands are known to be important wintering and stop-over areas for a large portion of the Mississippi Flyway mallard population. Under ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  (731) 635-7621

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Chimney Tops
"The trail to the Chimney Tops is decidedly one of the parks more strenuous routes. However, the views that reward the hiker are among some of the best in the park. Enjoy excellent views available from this trail, as well as abundant wildflowers, streams and large trees. Chimney Tops is one of the few instances of a bare rock summit ...more

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

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Clinch River
"A wonderful river to fly fish, bring a stealthy approach, delicate presentation and small flies to the Clinch River, one of America’s premier trout streams. The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. The setting of wooded ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  (800) 524-3602

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Clover Creek Guest Ranch and Hunting Lodge
"A natural escape located on a secluded 1100 acres in Northwest Tennessee approximately 7 miles from Reelfoot ...more

City:  Hornbeak, TN
Phone:  1-866-538-3029

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Coal Creek Miner's Trail
"Relive coal mining history and explore the scenic mountains and streams of Coal Creek by traveling the new Motor Discovery ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  800-524-3602

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Coker Creek Falls
"Cascading waterfall of seven ledges. Easy to moderate trail follows Coker Creek. Call or visit their website for more ...more

City:  Coker Creek, TN
Phone:  423-261-2286

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Colditz Cove State Natural Area
"Colditz Cove is one of Tennessee's newest natural areas. It is characterized by high bluffs, rugged gorges, lush rhododendron, large trees and a beautiful waterfall. Colditz Cove is a 165-acre natural area located approximately two miles east of Allardt, Tennessee, in Fentress County. An impressive feature is Northrup Falls. This is one of Tennessee’s most stunning waterfalls, plunging more than ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  (877) 260-0010

Upcoming events

Date: Jul 21, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
DeKalb County Fair
Location: Alexandria, TN

Date: Jul 26, 2014 - Jul 27, 2014
55th Annual Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts
Location: Monteagle, TN

Date: Aug 2, 2014
Classics in the Park
Location: Mount Pleasant, TN

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