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Tennessee is a rich and varied place with mile-high mountains in the east, the grand Mississippi River in the west and 19,000 miles of sparkling rivers in between. Parks, forests, birding, hunting, camping and water, water everywhere--Tennessee has a mind-boggling array of natural resources.

Investigate the beauty and mystery of Reelfoot, a cypress-filled natural lake in Tennessee's northwest corner, created by a series of earthquakes, where dozens of species of fish and shore and wading birds are harbored, including golden and bald eagles. Grab your binoculars and explore the diversity of habitats, stretching 65 miles alongside the Tennessee River, on Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge which provide ample feeding, nesting and resting areas for 301 bird species. Get spritzed by the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, Fall Creek Falls, laced with cascades, gorges, streams, and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber. Stride a celebrated riverfront greenway, Chattanooga's Riverpark, and cross America's longest pedestrian bridge, the Walnut Street Bridge, spanning the Tennessee River as it flows south-southwest. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest national park in the east and America's most visited. A tour of the Smokies, by any means of locomotion, offers panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams, weathered historic buildings and uninterrupted forest stretching to the horizon.

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Cleveland Downtown Historic Walking Tour
"This self-guided walking tour allows you to personally experience downtown Cleveland's unique history. Enjoy charming shops and eateries located along the tour route. Guide books are available at the Museum Center and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-472-6588

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Coal Miner's Museum
"Learn about the 1800s Coal Creek War and the third-worst coal mining disaster in U.S. history. View historical artifacts, Coal Creek Miner's Trail and ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  865-426-7914

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Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
"Also called Bleak House, the Tuscan style antebellum mansion was built by slaves between 1854 - 1858 for its newlywed owners, Robert and Louisa Franklin Armstrong. Occupied by Confederate Generals James Longstreet and Lafayette McLaws during 1863 siege of Knoxville. Two cannon balls are still embedded in the walls. Furnished with period antiques. Museum of CSA ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 522-2371

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Confederate Memorial Park
"Huge Confederate Flag flies on a 75 ft. pole and Confederate memorial bricks honor Civil War soldiers who fought for the South from the ...more

City:  Monterey, TN
Phone:  931-303-5156

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Confederate Memorial Park at Winstead Hill
"A Confederate memorial park with monuments, historical markers, cannon, an overlook and 3-D map of the Franklin battlefield located on Winstead ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-498-2560

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Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
"The site includes a representation of Cordell Hull’s log cabin birthplace and gardens. The Cordell Hull Museum and Archives has a collection of more than 1,500 books, hundreds of original documents and objects, and Hull’s Nobel Peace ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  (931) 864-3247

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Cotton Museum of the South
"Features a 1915 cotton gin. Located in a rural antique village with dining, shops, country church, arboretum, log buildings and a one-room ...more

City:  Bells, TN
Phone:  731-663-3319

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Cove Lake State Park
"Cove Lake State Park lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. The diversity of wildflowers and breathtaking vistas, scenic nature trails and bike trails through open grasslands and woodlands attract hikers and bikers. Bird watchers search for rare species of bird, such as the Swainson’s Warbler or the elusive Prothonotary Warbler, both documented ...more

City:  Caryville, TN
Phone:  423-566-9701

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Crockett Spring Park
"Native tree park on site of Crockett family's first Tennessee home. National Register and Tennessee Historical Commission ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-1961

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Crockett Tavern Museum
"Reconstruction of original 1790s John Crockett Tavern, on site of boyhood home of Davy Crockett. Association for the Preservation of TN Antiquities site (APTA). Period furnishings and textiles. Loom room, Conestoga wagon, gift shop and ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  423-587-9900

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Cronanville Confederate Cemetery
"Confederate soldier cemetery located near the Island #10 ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  731-253-8144

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
"Tours of the historic Hensley Settlement, cave tours, camping, and bird watching allow visitors a chance to experience the past and present of the region. The Pinnacle Overlook provides an exceptional view of bird migration. A museum, dramatic films, crafts, and a bookstore can be found in the visitor ...more

City:  Cumberland Gap, TN
Phone:  (606) 248-2817

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Cumberland Mountain State Park
"This 1,720-acre park provides recreational activities including the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain, one of the top golf courses in the Southeastern ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  (800) 250-8618

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Dandridge Historic District
"The state’s second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has b o u t i q u e s, antique shops and restaurants. Stop by the 1820 coach house--the Visitor Center--for your go-to first Dandridge stop. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour, featuring 21 walkable sites downtown as well as 17 driving ...more

City:  Dandridge, TN
Phone:  865-397-7420

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David Crockett Cabin & Museum
"A replica of Crockett's office, open to the public ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-4231

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Contains a ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers access to the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Trail, or ...more

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

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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 containin ...more

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

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the biblical lands of Le ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-713-5180

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Cherokee National Forest
Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol. The 640,000-acre Cherokee ...more

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

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Blu ...more

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

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Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee, ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-7477

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield
The site of the first decisive Union victory of the Civil War. A visitor center explains the importance o ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge along the Hatchie River puts wildlife first. A drive around O'Neal Lake features wetland hab ...more

City:  Stanton, TN
Phone:  731-772-0501

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Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife viewing and nature walks available. Hiwassee Refuge is closed from Nov. 1-Feb. 28, except at des ...more

City:  Birchwood, TN
Phone:  800-262-6704

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Kyker Bottoms Refuge
Kyker Bottoms Refuge is a 350-acre area in southern Blount County owned and managed by the Tennessee Wild ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-856-8691

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Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Isom National Wildlife Refuge was established as an inviolate sanctuary for wintering waterfowl in 1 ...more

City:  Union City, TN
Phone:  731-538-2481

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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 e ...more

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

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Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness and Buzzard Point
Natural wilderness area with waterfalls, forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for hiki ...more

City:  Dayton, TN
Phone:  423-566-2229

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Lower Hatchie Wildlife Refuge
Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) sits along the lower 17 miles of the Hatchie River in wester ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  731-738-2296

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Lucius Burch Natural Area
The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland ha ...more

City:  Ellendale, TN
Phone:  901-382-0235

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Manus Road Cedar Glade
Manus Road is a 15-acre natural area in Rutherford County about 10 miles east of Murfreesboro. It support ...more

City:  Rutherford County, TN

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May Prairie
May Prairie boasts one of Tennessee's most diverse plant communities, with more than 300 species, 25 of ...more

City:  Manchester, TN

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood fo ...more

City:  Millington, TN
Phone:  800-471-5293

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Natchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Parkway commemorates the "Old" Natchez Trace, beginning as an animal path and progressing ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Obed Wild & Scenic River
Recreation includes whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and picnicking. A sceni ...more

City:  Wartburg, TN
Phone:  423-346-6294

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia m ...more

Phone:  864-936-3477

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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to manage the northern third of Reelfoot Lake a ...more

City:  Union City, TN
Phone:  731-538-2481

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Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre natural area, is carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Gru ...more

City:  Palmer, TN
Phone:  931-779-3532

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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 ...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 31 ...more

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

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Shiloh National Military Park
Established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil W ...more

City:  Shiloh, TN
Phone:  731-689-5696

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Short Springs Natural Area
Beautiful, peaceful nature preserve with wildlife and walking trails located on the edge of the city. ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN
Phone:  931-455-5497

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Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area
Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 90-acre state natural area named for its most significant feature, 75-feet S ...more

City:  Summertown, TN

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Stinging Fork Pocket Wilderness
Natural wilderness area with forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for hiking. ...more

City:  Spring City, TN
Phone:  423-566-2229

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Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Civil War. ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-9501

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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 ...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 ...more

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

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The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
Partners with organizations and individuals across the state to tell the whole story of America's greate ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-898-2947

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN
Phone:  (505) 988-6888

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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 Pick ...more

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

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Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
Trail features a 317-acre natural area, 110-foot falls, two lesser falls and cave, eight mile round trip, ...more

City:  Sparta, TN
Phone:  931-836-3552

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Walker Branch Natural Area
Walker Branch is a 225-acre natural area located just miles south of Savannah in Hardin County. The prope ...more

City:  Pittsburg Landing, TN

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Walls of Jericho
The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area that is within the 8,943-acre Bear Hollow Mountain Wildli ...more

City:  Pitcher Ridge, TN
Phone:  (615) 532-0431

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Walterhill Floodplain
Walterhill Floodplain State Natural Area is a 34-acre natural area located in Rutherford County. It is un ...more

City:  Walterhill, TN
Phone:  615-898-2523

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Washmorgan Hollow
Washmorgan Hollow, a sheltered ravine on the Eastern Highland Rim in Jackson County, is an excellent habi ...more

City:  Gainesboro, TN
Phone:  (615) 383-9909

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Watauga River
Watauga River Bluffs is a 50-acre natural area located in Carter County along the Watauga River. Its most ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  (800) 238-2264

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William B. Clark Conservation Area
William B. Clark Conservation Area is a 460-acre natural area along the Wolf River in Fayette County loca ...more

City:  Rossville, TN
Phone:  731-512-1369

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William R. Davenport Refuge
William Davenport Refuge is 120-acre natural area located in Polk County. It was named after the previous ...more

City:  Ducktown, TN
Phone:  931-484-9571

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Sunk Lake
Sunk Lake supports excellent examples of bald cypress swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, and emergent marsh aquatic habitat. The diversity of wetland and upland communities offer a wide range of habitat for waterfowl and other birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and rare plant species ...more

City:  Lauderdale, TN

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Cottonport Landing

City:  Decatur, TN
Phone:  423-334-4999

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Country Junction
"Located on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Fishing, boating and camping for the entire family. Playground, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, pavalion and sandy beach swimming area. Yearly, weekly and daily sites available. "Where Memories Are ...more

City:  Springville, TN
Phone:  731-593-3662

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Crazy Horse Canoe & RV Rental and Campground
"If you are thinking of taking a canoe trip or just having a relaxing time camping, fishing or swimming, visit the Crazy Horse Canoe Rental with over ? mile of scenic river bank at the Buffalo River in Wayne ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  931-722-5213

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Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
"Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is located four miles east of Dover, in Stewart County, Tennessee, and approximately seventy-five miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. The refuge was established in 1962 to provide a feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis placed on providing habitat for wintering ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-7477

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Cumberland Caverns
"Conveniently located between Nashville, Chattanooga and Gatlinburg, Cumberland Caverns offers a great day of fun and excitement. Inquire about their educational field trips, overnight spelunking trips, daytime adventure trips, group tours, and banquets, birthday parties, and ...more

City:  McMinnville, TN
Phone:  931-668-4396

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
"Tours of the historic Hensley Settlement, cave tours, camping, and bird watching allow visitors a chance to experience the past and present of the region. The Pinnacle Overlook provides an exceptional view of bird migration. A museum, dramatic films, crafts, and a bookstore can be found in the visitor ...more

City:  Cumberland Gap, TN
Phone:  (606) 248-2817

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Cumberland Mountain Farm

City:  Crossville, TN

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Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail
"Walking, biking, hiking. Corridor serves as wildlife passage. Bird and wildlife viewing. Benches, picnic tables available every quarter mile. Restrooms and gardens at the Turkey Junction comfort ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  615-792-4211

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Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail
"The Cumberland Trail wanders among the remnants of the Cumberland ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  931-456-6259

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Cypress Grove Nature Park
"A natural hardwood bottomland. The park contains over 6,000 feet of elevated boardwalk, raptor center and ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-425-8316

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Cypress Grove Nature park
"Cypress Grove Nature ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  (731) 422-7013

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Cypress Point Resort & White's Landing
"Located on water's edge of Reelfoot Lake. Fishing, eagle watching, and hunting available. Family reunions welcome. Conference room. Restaurant within walking ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  800-394-1886

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Dale Hollow Lake TN

City:  Celina, TN
Phone:  (931) 267-5747

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Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
"A federal facility operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, rearing rainbow, brown and lake trout for release into federal ...more

City:  Celina, TN
Phone:  931-243-2443

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Doll Flats Spring
"When hiking the Appalachian Trail, Doll Flats Spring offers a great point to rest up after a long day of hiking. Doll Flats is a level area, still high in terms of elevation, but sheltered from the wind and sun by trees. The area has room for 6 tents. At Doll Flats the AT leaves the Tennessee/North Carolina state line for ...more

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

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Location: Rock Island, TN

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