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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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West Tennessee

Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms Park in Memphis is 4,500 acres of outdoor adventure with 20-plus bodies of water. You'll find biking, horseback riding, laser tag/paintball, disc golf, fishing, tree top adventures you must see to believe and so much more. And, don't miss the buffalo that roam the park as well. 

Outdoor Fun
Middle Tennessee

Tims Ford State Park

The 2,200-acre Tims Ford State Park sits in the shadows of the Cumberland Plateau in south-central Tennessee. Considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee, Tims Ford Lake is also one of the top bass fishing and recreational sites in the Southeast. Golf is a calling card here too with the Bear Trace at Tims Ford State Park, designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

Fish & Golf
East Tennessee

Experience the Great Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove

Adventure seekers and nature lovers looking to experience the spectacular beauty of the Smokies will find the perfect retreat in Cades Cove, a sprawling 6,800-acre valley on the western side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This majestic landscape offers dramatic mountain views, a latticework of scenic hiking trails, historic cabins and churches along with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as wild turkeys, coyotes — and even black bears.

Find Adventure in Cades Cove

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 Jul 6 - 10 Arts Adventures Unmasked Maryville, TN Performing Arts Day Camp learn more Nature & Outdoors Jul 6 - 10 Science of History Summer Camp Smyrna, TN The Science of History will focus on the plantation’s natural resources and will feature engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Activities will include a creek stomp, a meadow safari, outdoor living skills, and maybe even getting up-close and personal with some wildlife! learn more Nature & Outdoors Jul 7 - 11 West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex / AAYBA World Series Jackson, TN The Southeast's premier youth baseball and softball facility located in the heart of West Tennessee halfway between Memphis and Nashville on Interstate 40. With 17 lighted and immaculately groomed fields sitting on 70 acres, the Sportsplex welcomed over 1545 travel teams with a 38 tournament schedule during its seventh straight season. The Sportsplex is next door to the Jackson Generals, the Double A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. To learn more about Jackson visit http://jacksontn.com/tourism/. To learn more about the Sportsplex visit http://www.jacksonsportsplex.com or call 731.425.8640. learn more Nature & Outdoors Jul 7 - 11 Won-Ldy Paye as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN Won-Ldy Paye is from the northeastern rice farming region of Liberia. He is a member of the Tlo Ker Mehn, the class of professional entertainers who are keepers of the oral tradition. Growing up in the rice field, Paye was trained by his grandmother to remember and retell the stories of the Dan people. learn more Nature & Outdoors Jul 8 Wine Down Wednesday with Sips N Strokes Nashville, TN What better place to paint then in a winery. learn more