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 Dec 2 Fontanel Records presents Odiss Kohn and Friends Nashville, TN Odiss Kohn and Friends live at the Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel. learn more Nature & Outdoors Dec 3 - 20 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 20th This is a tale we want to believe in, creating a world we seem to desire, free of blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. learn more Nature & Outdoors Dec 3 - 5 Storytelling Christmas Concerts: “There’s a Bulb Out” Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 5th at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Uncalled For Trio—Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin—return to the International Storytelling Center for their annual Christmas performances. learn more Nature & Outdoors Dec 3 - 5 The Uncalled for Trio: There is a Bulb Out Jonesborough, TN Featuring Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5 • 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm • Admission $20 If December is truly the season to be jolly, nothing can put a smile on your face and a little holiday warmth in your heart faster than the magic of a live Christmas show. Jam packed with brand new music, stories and good old-fashioned family fun, The Uncalled for Trio brings their Christmas show, There’s A Bulb Out!, exclusively to the International Storytelling Center in 2015. Refreshments follow the show. Reservations strongly recommended. learn more Nature & Outdoors Dec 4 Christmas in the Country Livingston, TN Christmas in the Country learn more