Nature & Outdoors
Come face to face with awe-inspiring nature and breathtaking wilderness. Climb cliffs and canyons. Plunge into rivers and fly above the trees. See a land of beauty, magic and discovery.
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Travelers and locals alike thrill to our awe-inspiring nature, our great outdoors. Visit canyons, vivid wildflower gardens and cold, clear plunge pools. Scout award-winning state parks and natural areas, the Appalachian Trail and the rich heritage of the beloved Smokies.

Discover the world of nature from wildlife areas to impressive greenways. Explore the mighty Mississippi River. Peek at Mt. LeConte and other panoramic vistas. Play all day in our lakes and rivers. Try flatwater canoeing on the Caney Fork, or paddle rushing rivers. Our parks, cabins and nature resorts provide endless choices for camping fun.

Delve into geologic wonders. Hit the trails, and choose from Nashville’s Trace, the Sunny Side Trail or the Tennessee River Trail, all featuring scenic spots for outdoor adventure. Refresh in spectacular waterfalls spilling from the Highland Rim. Scale the Cumberland Plateau’s wonderfully wild Foster Falls.

Gallop on horseback at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cruise our marinas, fly fish in a refreshing stream or set sail for the sunset. Bring hiking shoes! Get up early for sunrise, and watch nature unfold in Tennessee.

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East Tennessee

Tennessee River Gorge

The Gorge carves its way through the the Cumberland Plateau, stretching over 27,000 acres and providing habitats for more than 1,000 plant varieties and wildlife. Visitors can take in panoramic views from the bluffs below Signal Point or enjoy a leisurely ride on the Explorer and transition seamlessly into downtown Chattanooga. 

Go Nature Tripping
Middle Tennessee

Radnor Lake State Park

A beautiful, scenic retreat from the bright lights of Nashville, Radnor Lake State Park has a 90-acre lake and more than 900 acres total. The area contains 10 hiking trails, ranging from an easy 0.2 miles to a more challenging 1.3 miles, and numerous varieties of plants and wildlife that make Radnor Lake State Park the perfect place to see why Tennessee parks are so special.

Take a Hike
West Tennessee

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Situated just 13 miles north of Memphis, Meeman-Shelby has over 13,000 acres that border the majestic Mississippi River. With over 200 species of birds, a butterfly garden, 20 miles of hiking trails, several camping sites and cabins, and one of the largest disc golf courses in the southeast, Meeman-Shelby has something for everyone to enjoy. 

Throw a Disc

Experience Nature & Outdoors

Within Tennessee are peaks, wooded ridges, fertile valleys, wildlife refuges, rivers, plains and coves, which create the setting for rich recreational opportunities and a vast diversity of plant and animal life.


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