Tennessee State Parks are key locations to appreciate wildlife, with turkey, coyote, fox, deer, eagles, bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, butterflies, bats, bald eagles, black bears and more. Binoculars are a must-have!
Viewing Tennessee wildlife in open areas--such as Cataloochee and Cades Cove--offers some of the best opportunities to see white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoon, turkeys, woodchucks and other animals. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail's narrow, winding road encourages motorists to travel at a leisurely pace, sometimes yielding sightings of bear and other wildlife. Winter wildlife is more visible when deciduous trees have lost their leaves.
You may find it advantageous to look for wildlife during morning and evening. Some people like to sit quietly beside a trail, watching for wildlife. Look up and scan the trees. Many animals spend their days among the branches.
Try an eco-cruise through the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga. Enjoy the colorful, breathtaking beauty of the 27,000-acre canyon carved out by 26 miles of the Tennessee River over thousands of years. Cruising the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi will show you the diverse landscape of the gorge which provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Nearly 200 different species of birds inhabit "Tennessee's Grand Canyon."
A Walk in the Woods
Treat yourself to the full Smoky Mountain experience with a Walk in the Woods. Experienced and knowledgeable, the guides at a Walk in the Woods will guide you to the incredible vistas, gentle cascades, waterfalls, majestic ancient forests, clear mountain streams, old home sites, graveyards and hidden trails for which the Smokies are known. ...more
Agency Creek Campground
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Agency Creek campground offers everything you could want during your visit to Decatur. Enjoy covered boat slips, camping, swimming, fishing, playground, and bathrooms with shower. ...more
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers access to the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Trail, or "AT," a favorite of hikers the world over. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with more than 70 miles of crestline Trail, features the highest elevations of the entire footpath, well above six thousand feet. ...more
The Bartram Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail is blazed in a yellow, vertically oriented rectangle in North Carolina and a yellow diamond in Georgia. ...more
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, located in beautiful Kingsport, Tennessee, is a 3500-acre nature preserve and the largest city-owned park in the state of Tennessee. The park features a picturesque 44-acre lake, a nature center with a state-of-the-art planetarium theater, adventure ropes course including a 300-foot zip line, and animal habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles. ...more
Beaman Park and Nature Center
Beaman Park preserves and protects the natural, historical, cultural and recreational features of the area in and around Beaman Park. The park hosts monthly interpretive hikes, which meet at the Creekside Trailhead, and has many wildflower plantings. ...more
Bell Witch Cave & Canoe Rental
Associated with the true story of the Bell Witch and considered to be one of the most haunted places in America. This property and the cave were once owned by John Bell. ...more
Benton MacKaye Trail
With thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout Tennessee, there are plenty of options to choose from if you want to take a hike. These choices include 90 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail, the trail named after the father of the Appalachian Trail. ...more
Big Frog Expeditions
Whitewater rafting specialists on the Ocoee River in East Tennessee. Located in the Cherokee National Forest and just 40 minutes away from Chattanooga, the Ocoee River offers some of America's most renowned stretches of class III and IV whitewater! With three different trips to chose from, rafting on the Ocoee is a perfect adventure for the first time and experienced rafter alike. ...more
Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail, a road/bike trail that follows paved highways along the entire length of the river from Minnesota to New Orleans, includes a section through the rolling alluvial countryside of west Tennessee. One Memphis paddler, Joe Royer, an avid bicyclist as well, has popularized a workout that combines a cruise down the river with a bike ride on the MRT. ...more