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 20 - 27 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 Easter Brunch at the Commodore… “worth the trip” Linden, TN Treat your family to an extra-special Easter meal at the Commodore Hotel & Cafe in Linden, TN. Only 90 scenic minutes from Nashville, the Commodore hosts an Easter extravaganza to celebrate the anniversary of Executive Chef Michael Grauer’s start at this hip, historic hotel learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 21 Fish Fry Street Dance Paris, TN Fish Fry activities begin this week with a street dance in downtown Paris with live music at 7 pm. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 22 - 27 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Memphis, TN Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 23 Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science Farragut, TN The Farragut Folklife Museum will host a free historical presentation on the Manhattan Project – “Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science” – on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Farragut Town Hall. “The Manhattan Project – Secrets Revisited” exhibit is on display in the museum through Friday, May 2. learn more