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

Fort Loudon State Park

Fort Loudoun State Park is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA’s Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains. You’ll enjoy an interpretive center as well as reenactment weekends scheduled throughout the year. The park also offers boating, fishing, hiking and picnic areas.

History and the Outdoors
Middle Tennessee

David Crockett State Park

David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist. He lived along the banks of the Shoal Creek in the early 1800s, where his namesake park now offers hiking, biking, water falls, swimming, cabins and camping. The cabins are near beautiful Lindsey Lake along with a restaurant overlooking the 40-acre lake.

Hit the Trails
West Tennessee

Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park

For a winter outdoor excursion, the 1200-acre Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park is the perfect place to explore nature and history. The park, a national landmark, preserves the site of the largest Middle Woodland Moundbuilder site in the country and the second largest prehistoric mound in North America. Pinson Mounds features at least 15 Native American mounds, including a complex of more than 400 acres with unique earthworks dating to about 1-500 A.D. You’ll find hiking trails and a museum designed to replicate a Native American mound.

Discover Pinson Mounds

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 Jan 30 Sherry Duncan and Richard Taylor Sing and Play LIVE in Historic Restaurant Linden, TN Songs will soothe your soul and melt away your cares from the week at this quaint, historic hotel and restaurant: the Commodore. Feel your blood pressure drop as you drive from the interstate to this charming small town. Linden is between Memphis & Nashville, and halfway between Jackson and Columbia, TN. A perfect getaway - within your price range - for quiet relaxation, walking in nature or on a quiet street, reading, visiting Mennonite farms and more. learn more Nature & Outdoors Jan 30 - Feb 1 Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Tiptonville, TN Eagle Festival - Eagle Tours - Bird of Prey Shows - Vendors - Children's Activities learn more Nature & Outdoors Jan 30 Gaelic Storm Knoxville, TN Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish - The Best of Gaelic Storm. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic. learn more Nature & Outdoors Jan 30 Will To Deceive, a mystery dinner show Nashville, TN Traveling murder mystery dinner show, going to a variety of locations, with a variety of price ranges but always the same great show. Shows change 4 times per year. learn more Nature & Outdoors Jan 30 - 31 Lone Star Rodeo Company Cookeville, TN Come out to the Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion to see contests that include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirl's breakaway roping, team roping, cowgirl's barrel racing and bull riding! Fun for all ages! There will also be a "Best Dressed" cowboy and cowgirl contest for children under the age of 10. learn more