Nature & Outdoors
Come face to face with awe-inspiring nature and breathtaking wilderness. Climb cliffs and canyons. Plunge into rivers and fly above the trees. See a land of beauty, magic and discovery.
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Travelers and locals alike thrill to our awe-inspiring nature, our great outdoors. Visit canyons, vivid wildflower gardens and cold, clear plunge pools. Scout award-winning state parks and natural areas, the Appalachian Trail and the rich heritage of the beloved Smokies.

Discover the world of nature from wildlife areas to impressive greenways. Explore the mighty Mississippi River. Peek at Mt. LeConte and other panoramic vistas. Play all day in our lakes and rivers. Try flatwater canoeing on the Caney Fork, or paddle rushing rivers. Our parks, cabins and nature resorts provide endless choices for camping fun.

Delve into geologic wonders. Hit the trails, and choose from Nashville’s Trace, the Sunny Side Trail or the Tennessee River Trail, all featuring scenic spots for outdoor adventure. Refresh in spectacular waterfalls spilling from the Highland Rim. Scale the Cumberland Plateau’s wonderfully wild Foster Falls.

Gallop on horseback at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cruise our marinas, fly fish in a refreshing stream or set sail for the sunset. Bring hiking shoes! Get up early for sunrise, and watch nature unfold in Tennessee.

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East Tennessee

Cades Cove

Cades Cove has unmatched scenic beauty and endless opportunities to see wildlife close at hand. A self-guided tour provides information about the Cherokee and the settlers who once called the cove home.

Go Exploring
Middle Tennessee

Standing Stone State Park

The park is famous for its National Rolley Hole Marble Championship and Festival every September, featured by CNN, CBS, ABC, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Smithsonian and National Geographic. The park is the only specific place ever mentioned in a “Peanuts comic strip.

Start Rolling
West Tennessee

Reelfoot Lake State Park

The dramatic lake is a 14,000-acre, peaceful preserve with year-round hunting, fishing, birding, canoeing, kayaking and hiking.

Shake It Up

Experience Nature & Outdoors

Within Tennessee are peaks, wooded ridges, fertile valleys, wildlife refuges, rivers, plains and coves, which create the setting for rich recreational opportunities and a vast diversity of plant and animal life.


Nature & Outdoors Apr 25 - 27 Outdoor KnoxFest Knoxville, TN Outdoor KnoxFest is a weekend packed with outdoor adventure! Something for everyone - all ages and skill levels can experience Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through guided trail and road rides, runs, hikes, paddles and much more! Sign up for one of the many clinics offered and learn new skills or try out a new venue. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 25 Gatlinburg Earth Day 5K Gatlinburg, TN Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in beautiful Gatlinburg. Funds raised will benefit the Chamber Foundation's initiatives in education and our green program. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 25 Museum of Appalachia's Sheep Shearing Day Clinton, TN Celebrate a Springtime Rite with the Annual Shearing of the Sheep Sheep Shearing Day at the Museum of Appalachia, April 25th, 2014 learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 25 - 26 Middle Tennessee History Fair Spring Hill, TN Middle Tennessee History Fair learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 25 Concert: Music of the Mountains/Good Thymes Ceidigh Band Townsend, TN Celtic music kicks off a weekend of music in Townsend, Gatlinburg and Cosby as residents and visitors alike celebrate the mountains’ musical past. Presented by Great Smoky Mountains Association learn more