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Outdoor Recreation

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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Twin Arches State Natural Area
"Twin Arches state natural area is approximately 1,500 acres located in parts of Fentress, Scott, and Pickett Counties and contains two impressive geological formations known as the Twin Arches. These arches form the largest natural bridge complex known in Tennessee and represent one of the worlds largest such complexes. The two sandstone arches are situated end-to-end, and are commonly referred ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  865-569-9778

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Twin Cove Resort and Marina
"A one-of-a kind resort destination located at Norris Lake. It is the only log cabin lake living resort offering a rustic environment while preserving the natural appearance and providing the ?most modern ...more

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USA Raft
"Whitewater raftin on the Nolichucky River near Johnson City, TN. This river offers exciting Class IV rapids on the Gorge or Class II on the Lower section. We offer group riverside group lodging on our property along with sand volleyball, fire pits, screened in dining hall and the Appalachian Trail is just a few steps away. Our Worleys Cave tour ...more

City:  Erwin, TN
Phone:  (186) 687-2723

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USA Raft
"Guided raft trips on the Nolichucky River. Day trips with lunch. Morning and afternoon express trips. Family trips. Riverside base with ...more

City:  Erwin, TN
Phone:  800-USARAFT

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USA Raft - Pigeon River
"Guided raft trips on the Pigeon River. Introductory whitewater trip minimum age of eight. Family trip, minimum age of four. No experience ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  888-USARAFT

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Volunteer Landing
"One-mile paved riverwalk connecting a visitor center, attractions, restaurants, historical markers and refreshing waterfalls and ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-251-6860

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Wanderin' Star Yacht Charters
"Sailing cruises on Old Hickory Lake. Learn to sail or sit back and relax. Special features are sunset cruise and gourmet cocktail cruise. Fall foliage cruises. Ideal for special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries. Gift certificates ...more

City:  Goodlettsville, TN
Phone:  615-851-4274

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Warriors Path State Park Golf Course On the Tennessee Golf Trail
"An 18-hole course designed by George Cobb. Bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways and tees overseeded for winter play. Located on the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake, the course is along rolling countryside and has a scenic view of the lake from the No. 5 ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-323-4990

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Warriors' Path State Park
"The 950-acre area is a popular site for outdoor enthusiasts with its hiking trails, internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system, award-winning nature education program, and a nationally-recognized golf course. Warriors’ Path is the nation’s first state park to open a boundless playground, offering a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  (423) 239-8531

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Watauga Dam & Recreation Area
"Completed in 1948, this 950-foot long dam and its surrounding area provides picnicking, boat launching, tent camping and fishing. Watauga Lake, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee, enjoys a stunningly beautiful lake with mountain views in the Volunteer State. Begun in 1942 and dammed on the last day of 1948, Watauga Lake is TVA's ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN

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Watauga Kayak Tours & Outfitters
"Guided Whitewater rafting and kayaking Class I, II, rivers and calm lakes "Great for Families and First-Timers no experience necessary." Primitive Caving Trips. Kayak, tube, raft rentals. Watermaster, Soar rentals for fishing. ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-542-6777

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Watauga Lakeshore Resort & Marina
"Lake Front Rental cabins and full-service marina on Watauga Lake. Restaurant, lounge and swimming pool on-site. Pontoon and ski boat rentals. Bait and ...more

City:  Hampton, TN
Phone:  (888) 423-3785

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Watauga Point Recreation Area
"National Forest recreation area along a four-mile stretch of Watauga Lake. Group picnic area may be reserved for a fee. Day-use and camping ...more

City:  Hampton, TN
Phone:  423-735-1500

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Watts Bar Lake
"Watts Bar Lake is one of the south's largest lakes,covering 39,000 acres at full pool with 771 miles of shoreline. 738 of those shoreline miles are located in Roane County. Watts Bar Lake lies between the Watts Bar Dam and Ft. Loudon Dam, with the maximum depth being approximately 70 feet near the dams. The Tennessee River, Clinch River and ...more

City:  Kingston, TN
Phone:  800-FUNINTN

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Watts Bar Lake/Watts Bar Dam
"This 39,000-acre lake offers sport fishing, rustic camping, water sports, picnic facilities and hiking trails. Nestled near the majestic Cumberland ...more

City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  800-882-5263

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Date: Oct 4, 2014
Candlelight Cemetery Tour
Location: Gallatin, TN

Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
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Date: Oct 4, 2014
Main Street Festival
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