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 26 SpringThyme in the Garden at Rose Center Morristown, TN Annual Herb Society Festival featuring garden and plant vendors, bake shop, delicious food, live music, and more! learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 26 Sketch Crawl Paris, TN Organized by Joe Snow of Paris, meet on the north side of the Henry County Courthouse at 10:00 AM with pencil, paper, or sketch pad. Everyone draws for 30 minutes and shifts to a different side of the courthouse and starts over. At noon the group calls it a day and photos are taken of the sketches for the Downtown Paris Association. Open to all ages it is free of charge. For more information email Joe Snow at joeearl.snow@gmail.com. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 26 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Catfish Races Paris, TN "Ladies and gentlemen, start your catfish!" Let the races begin! Come downtown and listen to some 'catchy' fish tales. You may even get 'reeled' in to race your very own catfish. Enter a fish for only $25! This event is a fundraiser for the Literacy Council and is sponsored by the Paris Post-Intelligencer, http://www.parispi.net. Event begins at 10:30am. For more information send inquires to Downtown Paris Association c/o Kathy Ray— P.O. Box 95 — Paris, TN. 38242 (731) 653-7274. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 26 Lynchburg Spring In The Hollow Lynchburg, TN Spring is in the Hollow - Join us to celebrate Spring in Lynchburg, TN Festivities going on all day around the square. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 26 Spring in the Hollow Lynchburg, TN Lynchburg welcomes Spring with FUN, FLOWERS, AUCTIONS and more. New Events this year UGLY TRUCK CONTEST and QUILT TRAIL TOUR. learn more