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 Apr 20 - 24 Earth Week in Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more! learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 20 Aer Knoxville, TN Boston duo Aer, formed by David von Mering & Carter Schultz, have created their own brand of music comprised of rap, reggae, pop & indie rock. Aer unveiled their debut album The Bright Side, in 2012, which independently earned the No. 1 spot on iTunes Albums chart and Billboard’s Top 200. Aer’s second album, self-titled, released on January 21, 2014 reached #5 on iTunes Top Albums chart with 10,150 sold in the US in the first week and charted #26 Overall on Billboard’s charts, the single “Says She Loves Me” rose to #1 on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation. Aer has shared the stage with Slightly Stoopid, Mac Miller, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, SOJA, Dirty Heads, Pepper and more. They’ve been on three national headline tours, on the last they played over a dozen sold out shows including one in front of 2,500 fans in their hometown of Boston, as well as two European headline tours. Aer’s music has been placed on numerous MTV shows including “Real World,” on the NFL Network, and in an Etnies advertisement featuring Ryan Sheckler. They're currently working on their follow up to their self-titled album. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 20 Jackson Generals Baseball Jackson, TN Catch the Jackson Generals, Seattle Mariner's AA Affiliate in their 6,000 seat Minor League Baseball stadium located in Jackson, Tennessee. Opened in 1998, it has been the friendly confines of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and now the Jackson Generals. Be sure to visit the Ballpark on Saturday Home Games for Fireworks! The stadium is located east of downtown Jackson and is visible from Interstate 40. In addition to hosting Southern League baseball games, The Ballpark at Jackson was awarded the 2010-2014 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship as well as the 1999 and 2011 Southern League All-Star Games. High school and college baseball games are also played there in the spring before the Jackson Generals season begins. For more information visit www.jacksongeralsbaseball.com or call 731.988.5299 - learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 21 - 25 65th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg, TN As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during Great Smoky Mountain Association’s 65th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 21 Jackson Generals Baseball Jackson, TN Catch the Jackson Generals, Seattle Mariner's AA Affiliate in their 6,000 seat Minor League Baseball stadium located in Jackson, Tennessee. Opened in 1998, it has been the friendly confines of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and now the Jackson Generals. Be sure to visit the Ballpark on Saturday Home Games for Fireworks! The stadium is located east of downtown Jackson and is visible from Interstate 40. In addition to hosting Southern League baseball games, The Ballpark at Jackson was awarded the 2010-2014 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship as well as the 1999 and 2011 Southern League All-Star Games. High school and college baseball games are also played there in the spring before the Jackson Generals season begins. For more information visit www.jacksongeralsbaseball.com or call 731.988.5299 - learn more