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Be warned: Full-on excitement is waiting in Tennessee! Decide if you want intense action, a wilderness experience, an invigorating getaway or an easy family outing. Our waterways and trails have distinct personalities and experiences to offer.

If whitewater's your passion try Tennessee's premier rafting river, the Ocoee, site of the 1996 Olympics and one of America's Top Ten Rivers, or the Cumberland in Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the Lower Nolichucky, Watauga and Holston rivers. You can kayak the four-mile paddle from Cane Hollow to the base of the 130-foot rush of Burgess Falls on Center Hill Lake or canoe Waynesboro's scenic Buffalo River with its quiet beauty. If a refreshing family is more your style, take in the cool water in Townsend in the Smoky Mountains. In Memphis, experience the Mighty Mississippi at Mud Island River Park, where education and water sports meet, or relax in the undisturbed headwaters and forests of the serene Wolf River. Whatever your favorite water sport, Tennessee has plenty to offer.

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Roan Mountain State Park
"Daniel Boone was among the longhunters who traveled the Appalachian Mountains to hunt and trade. Legend says that he had to leave behind his ailing red horse on the peak of the mountain. When he returned the following spring, he found the horse alive and healthy. It is said that he named the spot Roan Mountain, in honor of his ...more

City:  Roan Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-772-0190

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Rock Island State Park
"While natural attractions draw visitors from across the country to Rock Island, the area also has a rich history dating to prehistoric time. World-record fish caught in the "Blue Hole" keep fishermen coming year after year, and its true depth remains a mystery, with sunken rock pillars indicating the possibility of a collapsed underwater cave. Four-time world freestyle kayaking champion Eric ...more

City:  Rock Island, TN
Phone:  800-713-6065

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Rockingham Marina

City:  Gray, TN
Phone:  877-651-3625

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Rogersville City Park
"Consists of 42 acres of recreational facilities including: three pavilions available for rental, public swimming pool, four lighted tennis courts and more. Music Junction held every Thursday night in the ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-2545

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Rolling Thunder River Company

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  800-408-7238

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Ross's Landing
"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. As a performance venue, Ross's Landing's main stage is the ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 643-6081

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Rutledge Falls
"Beautiful, natural area for hiking, picnicking, swimming in ice-cold water. Privately-owned. Dawn - dusk. Free of ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  (931) 454-9446

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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 the mouth of the cave at Sequatchie Cave Park in Marion County. The cave and its cold spring water support three federally and state listed species, three species of state concern, and many other aquatic and cave species. This is one of two sites where ...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 317-acre passive park on the banks of the French Broad is an idyllic refuge for paddlers, swimmers, bird watchers and dog walkers. The refuge is managed for use as an area for hiking, observation & other forms of low-impact use; as a small boat launch ...more

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

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Shady Cove Resort & Marina
"Come and relax. Enjoy a peaceful camping experience at Shady Cove Resort. Bring the family for fun, fishing, boating and ...more

City:  Castalian Springs, TN
Phone:  615-452-8010

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Shoal Creek Canoe Run
"Enjoy spectacular scenery while floating along the creek. Bring your cooler and pull over on a sandbar for a picnic. Take a dip in the clear water. Grab a pole and catch some fish such as small- and large-mouth bass, black perch, and catfish (just to name a few). If you forget the necessities, don't worry. We offer a variety ...more

City:  Iron City, TN
Phone:  888-CANOE80

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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. Our ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  800-771-7238

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Smoky Mountain River Rat

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8888

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Smoky Mountain River Run
"Float lazily for 2? hours in a commercial tube. They provide you with a shuttle, life vest, and tube. Enjoy the scenery. No experience ...more

City:  Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone:  865-428-4403

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Smoky Mountain Rowing Center

City:  Louisville, TN
Phone:  865-256-2739

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Tellico Marina
"Full-service marina year 'round, 35-ton travel lift, dry stack covered and open slips. Restaurant (seasonal) and full mechanic ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-856-6806

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Tellico River Recreation Corridor
"Fish, hike, camp in scenic Tellico River Corridor. See Bald River Falls. Developed campgrounds and dispersed, primitive camping available. Fee charged at developed ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  423-253-8400

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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 is managed by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife ...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 watching roosts and ...more

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

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Tennessee River Blueway
"The Tennessee River Blueway was formed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1930s and designated as a river trail in 2002. The blueway extends from Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, flowing 48 miles west through the Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Dam in neighboring Marion County. It provides opportunities for canoeists and kayakers to take day trips or camp ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 751-0011

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Tennessee River Gardens
"The Tennessee River Gardens and Nature Preserve is a spectacular gated wildflower garden and wildlife preserve in the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge. It is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of students and residents in the surrounding Chattanooga area. A seasonal feature is the enclosed Butterfly Pavilion exhibiting 20 native species of butterflies shown their natural habitats during every ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-821-7341

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Tennessee River Gorge
"The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. The Gorge is referred to as "Tennessee's Grand Canyon," ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-266-0314

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Tennessee River Trails
"The Tennessee River Trail is waiting for you: a winding trail through Tennessee’s diverse river country featuring some of Tennessee’s most unique activities. Stop in Waverly, a historic railroad town featuring a museum and Civil War Fort. For something truly unique, take a guided tour of a working pearl farm at the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm in Camden. For even ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-668-6424

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The Eagle Ranch on Ice Mountain
"Western style guest ranch with lodging, trail riding, rafting, hiking. located on the side of Ice ...more

City:  Copperhill, TN
Phone:  800-288-3245

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The Great River Road
"Travel the Great River Road through Tennessee to find historical and recreational beauty. The Great River Road and National Scenic Byway travels through the entire western coast of Tennessee along the great Mississippi River. The road passes through portions of ten river-bordering states. The 185.5-mile Tennessee Corridor is an interconnected tapestry of unique sites, each with its own indigenous, ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  (615) 741-2159

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The Lake House on Norris

City:  Andersonville, TN
Phone:  818-708-9832

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The Lost Sea
"The Lost Sea, designated a Registered Natural Landmark, lies discreetly in the extensive and historic cave system, Craighead Caverns. Take a guided tour of the 4-acre lake by boat and caverns by foot where one of its earliest visitors was a giant jaguar whose 20,000 year-old tracks still remain. Guests can also discover an extensive community of flora and fauna ...more

City:  Sweetwater, TN
Phone:  423-337-6616

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The Old Copper Road Historic Trail
"Constructed in 1878 by Cherokee laborers, the road was built for the transportation of copper ore. The trail begins and ends at Ocoee Whitewater ...more

City:  Ducktown, TN
Phone:  877-692-6050

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Tims Ford State Park
"Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern Middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts ...more

City:  Winchester, TN
Phone:  800-471-5295

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Top Secret Trail
"Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. You’ll surely find the perfect souvenir at one of the many antique galleries along Kingston Pike and ...more

Upcoming events

Date: Oct 4, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
Rocktoberfest
Location: Lookout Mountain, TN

Date: Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
39th Annual Mountain Makins Festival
Location: Morristown, TN

Date: May 1, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014
Full Moon Jam
Location: Bristol, TN

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