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.

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.

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

Experience the Great Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove

Adventure seekers and nature lovers looking to experience the spectacular beauty of the Smokies will find the perfect retreat in Cades Cove, a sprawling 6,800-acre valley on the western side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This majestic landscape offers dramatic mountain views, a latticework of scenic hiking trails, historic cabins and churches along with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as wild turkeys, coyotes — and even black bears.

Find Adventure in Cades Cove

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 Oct 14 Wine Down Wednesday With Sips N Strokes Nashville, TN Wednesday is the perfect day to take a break from the rut of the work week, so come Wine Down with us. learn more Nature & Outdoors Oct 15 - 17 Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park Oliver Springs, TN There will be a range of events from guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Bog and Dash for Cash! learn more Nature & Outdoors Oct 15 - 18 Boo! at the Zoo Knoxville, TN Knoxville's largest Halloween event, Boo! at the Zoo celebrates 12 nights of safe and not too scary Halloween fun at the Knoxville Zoo. learn more Nature & Outdoors Oct 15 - 16 Jackson Teen Thretre PRESENTS Pocahontas Jackson, TN The Jackson Teen Theatre presents "Pocahontas" on October 15 at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and October 16 at 7:00 pm. Matinee tickets are &7 and evening performances are $9/10. ***School groups are welcome.*** The "Wordspinner" and the rhythmic beat of the tom-tom open and close this charming musical adventure for all age groups. Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan, delights in playing with Raven, Wolf , and Squirrel. Pocahontas has also made friends with the English settlers of Jamestown, a community struggling with starvation and sickness. This enchanting musical is filled with Native American lore and beautiful music. This play is true to the original legend. For more information and to order tickets call 731.425.8397, email drobinson@cityofjackson.net, or visit www.cityofjackon.net learn more Nature & Outdoors Oct 16 - 17 Go Commando Health & Fitness Expo Clarksville, TN Health and Fitness Expo learn more