Lakes & Rivers
Calling all boaters, paddlers, swimmers and fisherman. No matter how you choose to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, come on in. The water is fine!
Have a craving for adventure? How about a day--or a week--set aside for family fun? Or, maybe you just yearn for time alone with your fishing pole. No matter what kind of aquatic thrills you have in mind, Tennessee has lakes and rivers to fit your fancy.
From small ponds and enormous lakes to free-flowing rivers and streams, Tennessee overflows with opportunity for fantastic water recreation. Find a cove on Cherokee Lake and ski on glass-smooth water any time of the day. Pack your lures and make for the Clinch River, well reputed for some of the nation's best fly-fishing. Get your adrenaline pumping with an action-packed rafting adventure on the Ocoee River. Bring the whole family and explore the state's largest natural lake, Reelfoot Lake.
No matter how you decide to enjoy Tennessee's lakes and rivers, you are guaranteed to never run out of wet and wonderful waterways.
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. ...more
Sam's Boat Dock Marina, Cabins & RV Park
Situated on scenic Watt's Bar Lake, Sam's Boat Dock is the perfect place to "escape. " It's serene setting, convenience to many area attractions, waterfront view, and easy access to one of Tennessee's largest and most popular lakes make's Sam's a great vacation destination. ...more
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee's most rugged and scenic areas. ...more
Scenic City Fishing Charters
A Fishing Guide Service based in Chattanooga specializing in Trophy Catfish, Crappie, Stripers, Bluegill and other species. Guide Richard Simms says, "it's a great experience to see a monstrous catfish in the Tennessee Aquarium. ...more
Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park
Alvin York, one of the nation’s most decorated war heroes, became the public face of the Congressional Medal of Honor after capturing 35 German machine guns and 132 prisoners in the Argonne Forest in 1918. York was a hard-working, hard-fighting sharpshooter, a simple country boy and a religious pacifist who displayed tremendous courage, calm and common sense in taking charge of his battalion when their commanding officer was killed. ...more
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife sanctuary with recreational use by the general public. The 317-acre passive park on the banks of the French Broad is an idyllic refuge for paddlers, swimmers, bird watchers and dog walkers. ...more
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge spans the Cumberland River and connects downtown's popular 2nd Avenue area to LP Field. It's a local favorite for photography and river views, a romantic stroll, or a special event. ...more
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. ...more
Smoky Mountain Outdoors
The Pigeon River offers outstanding whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains just a short drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Maggie Valley. This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee to offer breathtaking scenery and thrills! Experience white water rafting in Tennessee on the Upper Pigeon through exciting class 3 to 4 rapids. ...more
South Cumberland Recreational Area State Park
South Cumberland lies atop the Cumberland Plateau in four different counties protecting 25,000 acres of land, 90 miles of hiking trails and both natural and historic treasures. It includes seven unique sites. ...more
South Fork Holston River
South Fork Holston River may quite possibly be the best trout fishery east of the Mississippi River. South Fork Holston River tailwater below South Holston Lake provides 18 miles of fishable water. ...more