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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Apr 24 - 26 Rivers and Spires Festival Clarksville, TN This internationally award winning event features over 100 entertainers, art, children’s events, a teen area, international exhibits and community talent shows, all throughout Historic Downtown Clarksville. The Festival has FREE admission to all concerts, shows, and most activities. Rivers and Spires Festival started in 2003 as a tribute to the returning soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Since then, it has continued to follow this heritage, with special tributes for the many soldiers from nearby Fort Campbell deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 24 - May 11 Monty Python's Spamalot Knoxville, TN Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and voted Outstanding Musical of 973 AD, The New York Times called Spamalot, “resplendently silly.” A musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This Broadway smash features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers! Recommended for high school and up. learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 24 Gatlinburg Earth Day Festival Gatlinburg, TN Families are encouraged to come and celebrate in the Earth Day Festival. Enjoy music, free crafts, activities, face painting, demonstrations and more at Mynatt Park from 3:00-7:00pm! learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 24 - 26 Windrock Park Spring Jamboree Oliver Springs, TN Guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Drag and Dash for Cash are just a few of the activities at the Jamboree! learn more Nature & Outdoors Apr 24 Curator's Perspective: "Art and War: Propaganda, Conscience, and the Power of Objectivity" Presented by Frist Center Chief Curator, Mark Scala Nashville, TN This lecture will consider the historical representation of war in the context of the exhibitions Goya: The Disasters of War and Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003–2013. While much war-related art has functioned as propaganda—diminishing the humanity of the enemy and emphasizing the glorious defense of homeland or ideology—other art employs extreme emotionalism to open eyes and hearts to the brutality of war. A third path, meant to dispassionately record the day-to-day reality of a war zone, avoids overt propagandizing or emotional manipulation. The artist-as-realist might say “I make no judgment. It is up to you to deduce a larger narrative, place blame, or probe more deeply into the causes of the conflict.” The lecture will raise questions: Why do artists depict conflict? How and by whom are their images used? Does their work change anything? learn more