Wildlife

Tennessee’s state parks, natural areas, refuges and abundant waterways offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences. Commune with nature in our forests.

Tennessee 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!

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 Trails narrow, winding road encourages motorists to travel at a leisurely pace, sometimes yielding at sightings of bear and other wildlife. Winter wildlife is more visible when deciduous trees have lost their leaves.


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