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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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Beech River Watershed Development Authority
"Beech, Pine, Sycamore, Dogwood and Redbud Lakes and adjacent lands are open to fishing, swimming, hunting, boating, hiking and outdoor ...more

City:  Lexington, TN
Phone:  731-968-6191

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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. This is the very land that the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family on in the early 1800's. Come explore the cave and learn about the Bell Witch ...more

City:  Adams, TN
Phone:  615-696-3055

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Big Creek Expeditions
"Owner-operated whitewater rafting company located near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Knoxville. Big Creek Expeditions offers two great rafting trips: Upper Pigeon for the adventurous and the Lower Pigeon for the younger and less adventurous crowd. Trips available for ages 3 and above. No experience ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  877-642-7238

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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 ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  (877) 776-2633

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Big Hill Pond State Park
"With its railroad and Civil War history and 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom lands of Cypress Creek and the Tuscumbia River, Big Hill Pond has features of interest to both history buffs and nature lovers. Close to the sites of battles at Davis Bridge and Youngs Bridge engagement where the Confederate Army, withdrawing from Corinth, MS, extricated itself ...more

City:  Pocahontas, TN
Phone:  731-645-7967

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Big Ridge State Park
"This heavily forested, 3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of Norris Lake. One of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is named for the rugged, rocky line of ridges that touches at least three counties and is bisected by the Clinch River. ...more

City:  Maynardville, TN
Phone:  800-471-5305

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
"The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River passes through 90 miles of scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide range of natural and historic features while offering a wide variety of recreational ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  423-286-7275

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Birdsong Resort, Marina & Lakeside RV & Tent Campground
"Boat rentals, bait and tackle, cottages, campground, guide service, guided lake tours and freshwater pearl farm tours by ...more

City:  Camden, TN
Phone:  731-584-7880

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Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
"On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. (The inn produces its own cheese, eggs, honey, vegetables and fruit for its guests.) The property's two ponds and stream beckon anglers who travel here ...more

City:  Walland, TN
Phone:  800-273-6004

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Bledsoe Creek State Park
"Bledsoe Creek State Park is a 164-acre, historically significant site on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the Old Hickory Reservoir near the 1780s settlement of Cairo. It is a popular site for hiking, camping, boating and fishing. The park is surrounded by significant historic sites—and a prehistoric one. Nearby are former stagecoach stop Wynnewood, the largest log structure in Tennessee, and ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-3706

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Blue Bank Resort
"We welcome you to the finest resort on Reelfoot Lake. If you're looking for the best place to stay on Reelfoot Lake, look no further. Or better yet go ahead and search, we know you'll find when it comes to lodging, fine dining, clean, affordable facilities, and fishing and hunting...there's no better outfitter on Reelfoot Lake. Feel free to browse ...more

City:  Hornbeak, TN
Phone:  (877) 258-3226

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Blue Springs Marina
"Offering 260 wet slips, 84 dry storage. Gas and diesel. Full-service boat yard with repairs, seasonal restaurant and boat ...more

City:  Ten Mile, TN
Phone:  866-376-7298

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Blue Water RV Resort & Marina
"Blue Water RV Resort and Marina in gorgeous Dayton, Tennessee, affords you the luxury of combining RV camping, boating and fishing into one unforgettable vacation! Completely remodeled in 2010, Blue Water features all new waterfront concrete campsites, beautiful grassy areas, Cable TV & Wi-Fi Internet Access, and a general store, bait & tackle shop. We also have three ...more

City:  Dayton, TN
Phone:  (423) 775-3265

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Booker T. Washington State Park
"Officially established as one of two recreational parks for African Americans (the other was T.O. Fuller park in Memphis), Booker T. Washington State Park served all of East Tennessee as well as Middle Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and other outlying areas. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 3459 began clearing the land in 1937. The next year, Company 4497, a group ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-894-4955

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Boone Dam Reservation

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-467-3800

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Cades Cove
"For hundreds of years, Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830, the area's population swelled to 271. Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. An inexpensive self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the road provides in-depth ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  (877) 444-6777

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Cedar Creek Iron Furnace
"The only remaining "double stack" furnace in the western rim of Tennessee, which ceased operation during the Civil War. The location is now a ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-2453

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Cheatham Wildlife Management Area
"A 20,000 acre Wildlife Management Area. They ensure that hunting, biking, birding and other activities put wildlife ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  800-624-7406

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Cherokee Point Campground
"Quiet, tranquil, family-oriented campground on beautiful Watts Bar Lake. ...more

City:  Ten Mile, TN
Phone:  423-334-9151

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
"Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses 25,006 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR and adjacent lands are known to be important wintering and stop-over areas for a large portion of the Mississippi Flyway mallard population. Under ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  (731) 635-7621

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Chickasaw State Park
"Chickasaw State Rustic Park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee, with water recreation on Lakes Placid and La Joie. Chickasaw was one of Tennessee’s earliest state parks and has always been a place of classic state park recreation, nature, and scenery in an historic environment. Chickasaw is primarily a recreation park, popular for its cabins ...more

City:  Henderson, TN
Phone:  800-458-1752

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Chickasaw Trace County Park

City:  Columbia, TN

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Chilhowee Recreation Area
"Campground hosts available April - September. Seven acre lake, twenty-five miles of hiking/biking trails, scenic waterfall, all on Chilhowee ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  423-338-3300

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City of Lobelville
"The City of Lobelville, located in northern Perry County, was settled by a Frenchman Herry De Lobel in 1854. Hence, the name of the city, which was then called Lobelsville. The earliest settlement in Perry County is Tom's Creek, which is part of the Pineview community of Lobelville. In fact, the first area store was opened by James Yeates in ...more

City:  Lobelville, TN
Phone:  (931) 593-2285

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Coal Creek Miner's Trail
"Relive coal mining history and explore the scenic mountains and streams of Coal Creek by traveling the new Motor Discovery ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  800-524-3602

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Coker Creek Falls
"Cascading waterfall of seven ledges. Easy to moderate trail follows Coker Creek. Call or visit their website for more ...more

City:  Coker Creek, TN
Phone:  423-261-2286

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Colditz Cove State Natural Area
"Colditz Cove is one of Tennessee's newest natural areas. It is characterized by high bluffs, rugged gorges, lush rhododendron, large trees and a beautiful waterfall. Colditz Cove is a 165-acre natural area located approximately two miles east of Allardt, Tennessee, in Fentress County. An impressive feature is Northrup Falls. This is one of Tennessee’s most stunning waterfalls, plunging more than ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  (877) 260-0010

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Collierville Greenbelt System
"The Greenbelt system is designed for the construction of over 60 miles of trails and sidewalks connecting parks, schools, neighborhoods, and commercial districts. The town currently manages over 4-1/2 miles of trails within the corporate ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-457-2770

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Concord Park
"West Knoxville’s Concord Park lies on the shores of Fort Loudoun Lake off of Northshore Drive. Park in the swimming pool lot. GPS waypoints (.gpx), maps, and driving directions for some of the trail heads are located at trailhead parking. The trail system at Concord lies both east and west of the of the parking lot. East of the parking lot ...more

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Blanche Manor Yurts
"Yurts are portable circular dwellings with a permanent wooden floor, a dome roof supported by beautiful wooden rafters that leads to wonderful skylight. The natural light from above and the four large windows truly gives you the feeling of being outside. The yurt allows you to feel as if you are part of the wilderness, but does not leave a permanent ...more

City:  Copperhill, TN
Phone:  (423) 496-1060

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Blue Creek Arena

City:  McEwen, TN

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Bright Future Equine Center
"Horseback riding lessons, trail riding, national horse showing, team roping, multi-purpose arena ...more

City:  Centerville, TN
Phone:  (931) 994-3950

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Brimstone Recreation
"Brimstone Recreation, LLC manages and promotes the recreational use of over 45,000 acres nestled in the remote wilds of Northeast Tennessee and located in the Heart of Appalachia. We offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the untamed wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains while enjoying a wide array of recreational activities such as: ATV riding, hunting and fishing, horseback ...more

City:  Huntsville, TN
Phone:  800-BRIMSTONE

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Bucksnort Trail Ride
""A vacation at Bucksnort Trail Ride can become a special part of your life." Horseback riding on miles of wooded trails gives a unique thrill. During our week-long rides we will serve you 3 home-cooked meals, you will enjoy a band on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Nights. A fun auction on Thursday ...more

City:  McEwen, TN
Phone:  615-662-7512

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Buffalo River Resort
"river resort ...more

City:  Lobelville, TN
Phone:  (877) 497-8823

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Buffalo River Trail Ride
"Campsites with or without electrical hook-ups, modern bath houses and miles of picturesque trails. Relaxing, peaceful camping and ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  877-654-3164

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Butterfly Hill Ranch
"The Butterfly Hill Ranch specializes as an accomodation that combines a peaceful country atmosphere with relaxing services such as massage and reki, and outdoor recreation such as horseback riding, hiking and camping. The owners, Claudia & Bruce Roberson, are high-tech urbanites that come from the metropolis of Miami. Realizing that they wanted more in our lives than concrete, chrome, ...more

City:  Gordonsville, TN
Phone:  (615) 557-4209

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Cades Cove
"For hundreds of years, Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830, the area's population swelled to 271. Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. An inexpensive self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the road provides in-depth ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  (877) 444-6777

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Cades Cove Riding Stables
"Whether you're young or old, expert or novice, a Horseback, Carriage, or Hayride trip in the breathtaking Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventure you'll never forget. If you have a hearty frontier spirit and are ready to hit the trail, come take pleasure in some wholesome outdoor fun at our stable area. You will ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-6286

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Cades Cove Stables
"45 years experience. Enjoy our waterfall horseback riding adventure or take in view on a carriage ride. Horse drawn hayrides include a bonfire and marshmallow ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  (865) 448-3328

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Carriage Tours of Memphis
"Enjoy a romantic or informative horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Downtown Memphis. Drivers give history as well as info on attractions, food and more. Available throughout the Mid-South area for weddings and parties ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-7542

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Cedar Creek Cattle Company

City:  Clarkrange, TN
Phone:  931-260-1650

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Cedars of Lebanon Riding Stables

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-444-5467

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Beech River Watershed Development Authority
"Beech, Pine, Sycamore, Dogwood and Redbud Lakes and adjacent lands are open to fishing, swimming, hunting, boating, hiking and outdoor ...more

City:  Lexington, TN
Phone:  731-968-6191

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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. This is the very land that the Bell Witch tormented the Bell family on in the early 1800's. Come explore the cave and learn about the Bell Witch ...more

City:  Adams, TN
Phone:  615-696-3055

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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. Until 2005, the northern terminus of the Benton MacKaye Trail was in the Cherokee National Forest ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  888-891-8332

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Big Creek Stables and Outpost at Grassy Fork
"Join us at our secluded creek side retreat nestled in the east Tennessee mountains, bordering the Cherokee National Forest and adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy crisp fresh air in a quiet and serene setting. Relax on the front porch of one of our cabins and listen to the nearby creek or the peaceful sound of the ...more

City:  Hartford, TN
Phone:  423-487-5742

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Big Cypress Tree State Park
"A peaceful park for enjoying nature, Big Cypress was named for a national champion tree that was 1,350 years old before being killed by a lightning strike in 1976. In the floodplain of the Obion River’s Middle Fork, the park is a great site for picnicking, wildflower walks, bird watching and hiking and includes a 330-acre natural area and 27-acre ...more

City:  Greenfield, TN
Phone:  (731) 235-2700

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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 ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  (877) 776-2633

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Big Hill Pond State Park
"With its railroad and Civil War history and 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom lands of Cypress Creek and the Tuscumbia River, Big Hill Pond has features of interest to both history buffs and nature lovers. Close to the sites of battles at Davis Bridge and Youngs Bridge engagement where the Confederate Army, withdrawing from Corinth, MS, extricated itself ...more

City:  Pocahontas, TN
Phone:  731-645-7967

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Big Ridge State Park
"This heavily forested, 3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of Norris Lake. One of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is named for the rugged, rocky line of ridges that touches at least three counties and is bisected by the Clinch River. ...more

City:  Maynardville, TN
Phone:  800-471-5305

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
"The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River passes through 90 miles of scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide range of natural and historic features while offering a wide variety of recreational ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  423-286-7275

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Birdsong Resort, Marina & Lakeside RV & Tent Campground
"Boat rentals, bait and tackle, cottages, campground, guide service, guided lake tours and freshwater pearl farm tours by ...more

City:  Camden, TN
Phone:  731-584-7880

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Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
"On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. (The inn produces its own cheese, eggs, honey, vegetables and fruit for its guests.) The property's two ponds and stream beckon anglers who travel here ...more

City:  Walland, TN
Phone:  800-273-6004

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Bledsoe Creek State Park
"Bledsoe Creek State Park is a 164-acre, historically significant site on the Bledsoe Creek embayment of the Old Hickory Reservoir near the 1780s settlement of Cairo. It is a popular site for hiking, camping, boating and fishing. The park is surrounded by significant historic sites—and a prehistoric one. Nearby are former stagecoach stop Wynnewood, the largest log structure in Tennessee, and ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-3706

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Blueberries on the Buffalo Farm
"Blueberries on the Buffalo Farm is a pick-your-own blueberry farm located in northern Lawrence County, Tennessee near the Amish community. This is a small family farm situated on the banks of the scenic Buffalo River. Owners Dan and Debbie Eiser strive to provide a clean, safe, family-friendly environment, and produce high-quality berries without the use of pesticides or herbicides. In ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-964-4578

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Booker T. Washington State Park
"Officially established as one of two recreational parks for African Americans (the other was T.O. Fuller park in Memphis), Booker T. Washington State Park served all of East Tennessee as well as Middle Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and other outlying areas. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 3459 began clearing the land in 1937. The next year, Company 4497, a group ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-894-4955

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Bowie Nature Park
"722-acre nature park with 12 miles of trails. Nature center has nature exhibits, a discovery room and the Bowie Museum. Joann's outdoor classroom, covered picnic shelters, barbeque grills, two playgrounds, picnic tables, five lakes ...more

City:  Fairview, TN
Phone:  615-799-5544

Upcoming events

Date: Aug 27, 2014 - Sep 6, 2014
76th Annual TN Walking Horse Nat'l Celebration
Location: Shelbyville, TN

Date: Sep 6, 2014 - Sep 7, 2014
23rd Annual
Location: Vonore, TN

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