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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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Center Hill Lake
"Center Hill Lake is located in the Cumberland River Basin on the Caney Fork River. The lake is 64 river miles long and features 415 miles of shoreline. The water shed area for the lake is 2,174 square miles. Visibility in the lake ranges from 3.5 feet to 6 feet in the summer months. The TWRA and local anglers have placed many ...more

City:  Lancaster, TN
Phone:  931-858-3125

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Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club
"A full service facility with Coppertop Floating Restaurant, ship's store, gasoline (no ethanol). 500 rental slips, pontoons, Jon boats, canoe ...more

City:  Lancaster, TN
Phone:  615-548-4315

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Chattanooga Nature Center
"A nature preserve and environmental education facility. Explore the Blue Heron Boardwalk, Wildlife Wanderland and Discovery Forest ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-821-1160

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Chattanooga North KOA/Cleveland
"RV, travel trails, pop up and tents welcome. Large sites, groups okay. Close to whitewater rafting, golf, shopping, and Lookout Mountain. Offering high speed and high speed wireless internet ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-562-9039

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Cherokee Adventures Inc.
"Whitewater rafting on the Nolichucky River. Guided wilderness trips through the spectacular 3,000 foot gorge. Class III and IV rapids. We also offer gentle family float trips. Riverside camping and packages available. Established 1979. Easy access off ...more

City:  Erwin, TN
Phone:  800-445-7238

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Cherokee Boat Docks
"A great place to visit on the Tennessee River. Fun for all ages. Come and ...more

City:  Sugar Tree, TN
Phone:  731-847-2874

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Cherokee Lake
"Enjoy all the beauty of this lake while fishing, sailing, relaxing and playing. Plenty of space for picnics and relaxation away from home. When visiting Cherokee Lake, you will find it is surrounded by gentle, rolling hills. Beautiful, peaceful country landscape abounds in the many farmlands near the lake. To the Northwest of Cherokee Lake you can see the towering Clinch ...more

City:  Jefferson City, TN
Phone:  877-237-3847

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Cherokee Marina
"One of the largest lakes in the state of Tennessee with several boat ...more

City:  Mooresburg, TN
Phone:  423-272-6120

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Cherokee Park Campground
"Cherokee Park, a beautiful 178 acre public park on the banks of pristine Cherokee Lake, features 74 campsites equipped with water and electrical hook-ups, and bathrooms with hot showers and a dump-station for self-contained trailer rigs. Cherokee Park offers picnic pavilions, Disc Golf Course, public restrooms, boat launch area, marina, and children's playground areas. Cherokee Lake is well known ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  423-586-0325

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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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Cherokee Rafting
"Since 1978, Cherokee Rafting has been the Ocoee River's #1 family-friendly outfitter, also recently selected by National Geographic as an official geo-tourism destination for TN in 2013. With 10 incredible miles of continuous Class III & IV rapids, we invite you to take the plunge on one of America's premier whitewater rivers. We hope you'll join us for an exciting ...more

City:  Ocoee, TN
Phone:  (800) 451-7238

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Chickamauga Dam Reservation
"No fee. Open year ...more

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

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Chickamauga Lake
"Chickamauga Reservoir, with 810 miles of shoreline, has 35,400 square acres of surface area. It was constructed for the purpose of electric power, flood control, navigation, recreation, an adequate supply of water and other related benefits. The lock at Chickamauga Dam is 360 feet by 60 feet, and raises boats and barges up to 50 feet to Nickajack Lake. Chickamauga got ...more

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

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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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Fort Patrick Henry Dam & Lake
"Built by TVA primarily for hydropower, this 10-mile, 872- acre dam also regulates waterflow downstream for local industry. It was completed in 1953 and named for a nearby Revolutionary War fort constructed to defend settlers from Cherokee attacks. Today, the reservoir is a popular site for fishing, known for rainbow trout, bluegill, bass and crappie. Warrior's Path State Park is located on ...more

City:  Gray, TN
Phone:  (800) 882-5263

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Foster Falls Recreation Area
"Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a ...more

City:  Sequatchie, TN
Phone:  423-942-5759

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Franklin Bike Tours & Rentals
"Franklin Bike Tours & Rentals is a tour company by Franklin On Foot. Located in Historic Franklin Tenn., it offers both daily walking and bike tours.rnrnJoin a small group led by one of our local tour guides as we explore Franklin's history and beauty. You will pedal along the streets of Downtown Franklin, through our historic cemeteries, and on scenic ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (615) 400-3808

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Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area
"Frozen Head is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. The park’s namesake comes from the mountain peaks that are often capped with snow and ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned. The area contains significant mature forest and rare plants, thus making it one of the least disturbed areas remaining within the Cumberland ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  (423) 346-3318

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Georgia/Ross Marble Quarry
"In 2009, AMBC began developing trails on the Georgia Marble Quarry property, adjacent to Ijams Nature Center in south Knoxville. AMBC has built three miles of singletrack, effectively connecting Hastie Park with the Will Skelton Greenway (and Forks of the River ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  865-436-1200

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Green Fleet Bicycle Tours
"See Nashville by bicycle! Guided tours start just off of Music Row and cruise the sites between Midtown and Downtown. rnrnWhile riding historic 2nd Ave, you might just hear the next big star. And at Country Music Hall of Fame Park, we'll tell you some stories about the real stars. Other highlights include the Nashville Symphony Center, Union Station, the ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 379-8687

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Greenways in Tennessee
"There are 931 greenways and trails that crisscross Tennessee. Each offers a distinct, beautiful trek through some of Tennessee's most appealing scenery. Connect with nature, health, friends, heritage and your community while biking, walking or jogging these spectacular, interconnecting trails. Whether you are looking to escape from it all on a wooded trail, or desire a short afternoon walk through ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 532-0753

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Harrison Bay State Park
"The 1,200-acre Harrison Bay State Park, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930's. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are of ...more

City:  Harrison, TN
Phone:  423-344-6214

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Hastie Natural Area
"AMBC provided over 1300 man hours for the layout and construction of trails in Hastie Natural Area. 3.5 miles of bike trails have been developed for the 75-acre park. An old road bed runs 0.76 miles between Margaret Rd and Post Oak Lane, with five trails connecting on the east and west sides. AMBC is currently working to connect Hastie with ...more

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Hazen's Raid at Browns Ferry
"By October 1863 the Union army suffered greatly from food shortages, and the supply route was tenuous at best. This raid, begun by Gen. William Hazen near here, floated down the river and established a beachhead on the south bank at Brown’s Ferry. The raid began an offensive that eventually established a more secure Union supply ...more

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

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Historic Old Hickory Village
"Over 300 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. A beautifully restored "company town" built in 1918 by the DuPont Company. Located on Old Hickory Lake with beach, nature trails, boat ramps, marina. 20 minutes from downtown ...more

City:  Old Hickory, TN
Phone:  (615) 847-8255

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Kingsport Greenbelt
"A linear park connecting residential neighborhoods, traditional parks, downtown, commercial districts, schools, and activity centers. A special feature of this unique park is a pathway for pedestrian and bicycle use. The pathway meanders along streams, wanders through marshlands, glides across open meadows, and passes by sites of historical and aesthetic ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-229-9457

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
"Nestled between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Native wildlife abounds as well as a maintained herd of elk and bison in a habitat restoration area. Contains miles of hiking, biking, horseback and off-highway vehicle trails and many other outdoor ...more

City:  Golden Pond, TN
Phone:  800-525-7077

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Liberty Park & Marina
"Clarksville’s newest attraction is the Clarksville Marina at Liberty park. If you are an outdoor enthusiast or just like kicking back with a fishing pole, then this is a must visit location! The marina and park offer a fishing pond, dog park, playground, walking trails, multi-purpose sports fields and boat slips. If you are planning an event, ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  (931) 645-7476

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Davy Crockett Riding Stables
"Horseback riding on mountain trails. Half-hour, one-hour and two-hour rides. Half-day and overnights by appointment ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-6411

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Decatur Horse Farm
"Horseback riding and ...more

City:  Decatur, TN
Phone:  423-334-2700

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Deer Farm Riding Stables
"Enjoy a 30, 45, or 60 minute guided trail ride on safe and shaded trails. Open daily 10 a.m. Last ride goes out at 4:30 p.m. Reservations highly recommended. No age limit and no riding experience necessary. Great trail guides and happy healthy ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN
Phone:  865-429-2276

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Edwin Warner Park
"Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as The Warner Parks, are managed by the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation of Nashville and Davidson County. The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Over 500,000 people visit the Parks annually to utilize ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615- 352-6299

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
"A paradise of more than 20,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau, Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of the most scenic and spectacular outdoor recreation areas in America. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. While Fall ...more

City:  Pikeville, TN
Phone:  (800) 250-8610

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn & Conf. Center
"Travelers from across the country come to Fall Creek Falls each year to experience the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. This paradise of more than 20,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau is one of the most scenic, spectacular outdoor recreation resort areas in America. The 145-room inn offers panoramic views of 345-acre Fall Creek Falls Lake and ...more

City:  Spencer, TN
Phone:  800-250-8610

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Foster Falls Recreation Area
"Experience and enjoy one of the most scenic, wildest areas in Tennessee with a visit to the Foster Falls Recreation Area. Operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and located near Tracy City, Tennessee, this recreation area provides a safe, and beautiful base for exploring the south end of the Cumberland Plateau. Foster Falls is a spectacular 60-foot waterfall plunging into a ...more

City:  Sequatchie, TN
Phone:  423-942-5759

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Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area
"Frozen Head is one of the highest peaks in Tennessee west of the Great Smoky Mountains. The park’s namesake comes from the mountain peaks that are often capped with snow and ice while the lower valleys remain unadorned. The area contains significant mature forest and rare plants, thus making it one of the least disturbed areas remaining within the Cumberland ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  (423) 346-3318

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Gannon's French Broad Outpost Ranch
"Dude Ranch with all inclusive family packages. Horseback riding, whitewater rafting, all meals and entertainment in one price. Great family ...more

City:  Del Rio, TN
Phone:  800-995-7678

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  865-436-1200

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Green River Stables

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  (931) 722-7002

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Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park
"The Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is a 23-mile stretch of river, the first such to be designated by the State Scenic River Program. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. A scenic portion of the John Muir trail winds through the river gorge. Numerous public access sites provide boat-launching ramps. At the Gee Creek ...more

City:  Delano, TN
Phone:  423-263-0050

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HoneyCreek Horse Camp
"campground with full water & electricity hook-ups, central dump station, showerhouse, hitching post or overhead picket line, sale: ice, firewood, hay, shavings for stalls, trail heads connecting to ...more

City:  Oneida, TN
Phone:  423-569-2289

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Horsebacker Retreat
"A retreat of serenity nestled in a forest next to the Big South Fork National River (BSF) offering lots of outdoor recreation in and out of the saddle. Access the BSF trails close by from your secluded RV site or cabin. The BSF is comprised of over 120,000 acres of the most beautiful trail riding you have ever seen. These ...more

City:  Allardt, TN
Phone:  (423) 223-5865

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J&P Ride and Pack
"Horseback riding trails. $25 per hour. Call for ...more

City:  Soddy Daisy, TN
Phone:  423-760-5934

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Cherohala Skyway
"The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest and offers a glimpse into the unspoiled forest environment where Cherokee tribes and early pioneers traveled and settled in the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy mile-high vistas and brilliant season foliage as well as great hiking opportunities and picnic spots in these magnificent and seldom seen portions of the southern Appalachian National Forest. ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  800-245-5428

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Cherohala Skyway
"Cruise the Cherohala Skyway and treat yourself to sprawling views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the northeast and the Tennessee River Valley to the west. It is North Carolina's most expensive highway carrying a pricetag of $100,000,000. Winding up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descending another 21 miles into the deeply forested ...more

City:  Robbinsville, TN

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Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
"A fully interpretive center providing regional information on the Cherohala Skyway and South Appalachian ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  800-245-5428

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Cherokee Heritage Trails
"A 432-page guidebook travels through the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of NC, TN, and GA around seven geographical hubs or communities within the original Cherokee homeland, covering sites, side trips, scenic drives, events, Cherokee stories, history, poems, and ...more

City:  Etowah, TN
Phone:  877-510-5765

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Cherokee National Forest
"The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. A place of scenic beauty and home to more than 20,000 species of plants and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  (423) 476-9700

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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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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
"Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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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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Chimney Tops
"The trail to the Chimney Tops is decidedly one of the parks more strenuous routes. However, the views that reward the hiker are among some of the best in the park. Enjoy excellent views available from this trail, as well as abundant wildflowers, streams and large trees. Chimney Tops is one of the few instances of a bare rock summit ...more

City:  Gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  (865) 436-1200

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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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Clinch River
"A wonderful river to fly fish, bring a stealthy approach, delicate presentation and small flies to the Clinch River, one of America’s premier trout streams. The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. The setting of wooded ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  (800) 524-3602

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Clinch River Outfitters
"A fishing guide service providing service on the Clinch ...more

City:  Andersonville, TN
Phone:  865-494-0972

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Clingmans Dome
"At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher. Clingmans Dome is a popular Park destination. Located along the state-line ridge, it is half in North Carolina and half in Tennessee. The ...more

City:  gatlinburg, TN
Phone:  (865) 436-1200

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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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Date: Oct 25, 2014
38th Annual Harvest Days
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

Date: Oct 25, 2014
Halloween Event
Location: Rock Island, TN

Date: Oct 25, 2014
Halloween Event
Location: Rock Island, TN

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