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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

Outdoors and on the Move in Knoxville

Knoxville delivers the best of both worlds with a thriving city scene and abundant outdoor adventures just three miles from downtown.

 

Thanks to a culture and recreation renaissance over the past 10 years, the east Tennessee city proudly offers easy access to natural beauty, rich history and lush protected lands. 

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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 Feb 10 Andy Wood Knoxville, TN ANDY WOOD is recognized as part of the forefront of this generation's top influential guitarists. Currently touring as the guitarist and mandolinist for country super group, RASCAL FLATTS, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE, the new double album which showcases Andy's vast musical influences and abilities. Looking for an outlet for styles other than hard rock, Andy also released his debut solo album A DISCONCERTING AMALGAM. This instrumental record covers a broad range of genres including fusion, rock, metal, and acoustic bluegrass. Andy Wood is known for blurring the lines of preconceived genres. Andy has toured as a guitarist for various acts, including Rascal Flatts (current) Sebastian Bach, Disciple, and Scott Stapp. Andy spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather provided Andy with the necessary exposure that helped refine and sharpen his skills. Andy and his cousin held various state championship titles. At the young age of sixteen Andy finished second in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MANDOLIN CONTEST in Winfield, Kansas. All of this was accomplished before Andy discovered the world of electric guitar at the age of eighteen. Fast-forward a few years. Andy's curiosity and appreciation for music drew him into the world of electric guitars. The new instrument was familiar due to his experience with acoustic instruments, but at the same time, allowed him to manipulate his sound in ways never before possible. He began studying the styles of Nashville session players such as Brent Mason and Albert Lee. It was not long after Andy had immersed himself in new styles such as jazz, swing, fusion, and rock. Andy began to study other guitar greats such as The Dixie Dregs, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai. The young guitarist began incorporating their influences into his own style. learn more Nature & Outdoors Feb 11 - 14 Valentine's Day Dinner Train Oak Ridge, TN This event gives couples the opportunity to experience the romantic setting enjoyed by travelers during the golden age of rail travel in the 1930's and 40's. Passengers will begin their journey back in time abroad Southern Railway coach Fort Oglethorpe, built in 1947. A delicious dinner, prepared by Chef Andras, will be served. Advance reservations are required as seating is limited. learn more Nature & Outdoors Feb 11 - 27 Good Monsters Nashville, TN World premiere of an all new play learn more Nature & Outdoors Feb 11 Wine & Bourbon Tasting at Discovery Park of America Union City, TN Fine Wine and Strong Bourbon will be among the tastings at the "Blind Wine & Blind Bourbon Tasting" in Dinosaur Hall at Discovery Park of America. Come and put your taste buds to the test as you sample some expensive and not-too-pricey wines and bourbons. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 731-885-5455. learn more Nature & Outdoors Feb 12 - 14 Fog Festival Monteagle, TN The South Cumberland Plateau offers a long weekend full of activities and specials at many participating businesses. Watch for signs with Red & Pink Hearts that denote Fog Fest Activity! learn more