Mountains & Vistas
Treat yourself to a different perspective. See the world from the top of one of Tennessee's soaring peaks.
Whether perched on a towering Tennessee formation, hiking underneath magnificent Twin Arches, or driving along Highway 133 through Backbone Rock, Tennessee has the rock, peak or vista to inspire you.
With 13 peaks stretching more than 6,000 feet into the Tennessee sky, and 25 mountains reaching more than a mile above the horizon, Tennessee is your destination from which to gain a different perspective. Hike to the top of the state's highest point, Clingman's Dome, and gaze out at seven states at once, or trek to Tennessee's most remote location, Tricorner Knob.
When you feel more “down to earth,” visit one of Tennessee's many beautiful arches or rock windows, where nature has sculpted some of Tennessee's most beautiful works of art.
The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest and offers a glimpse into the unspoiled forest environment where Cherokee tribes and early pioneers traveled and settled in the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy mile-high vistas and brilliant season foliage as well as great hiking opportunities and picnic spots in these magnificent and seldom seen portions of the southern Appalachian National Forest. ...more
Cruise the Cherohala Skyway and treat yourself to sprawling views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the northeast and the Tennessee River Valley to the west. It is North Carolina's most expensive highway carrying a pricetag of $100,000,000. ...more
Cherokee National Forest
The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. ...more
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses 25,006 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee. ...more
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. ...more
Colditz Cove State Natural Area
Colditz Cove is one of Tennessee's newest natural areas. It is characterized by high bluffs, rugged gorges, lush rhododendron, large trees and a beautiful waterfall. ...more
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
The Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum honors the life and career of former Secretary of State Cordell Hull, born here in 1871. Cordell Hull’s name is known locally, nationally and internationally. ...more
Cove Lake State Park
Cove Lake State Park lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. The diversity of wildflowers and breathtaking vistas, scenic nature trails and bike trails through open grasslands and woodlands attract hikers and bikers. ...more