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.
Lucius Burch Natural Area
The natural area is a remnant of historic river meanders, bald cypress-water tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, and open river channel habitat. Unfortunately, much of this ecosystem has been significantly altered as a result of change in hydrology and the invasion of common privet, an invasive exotic pest plant. ...more
Montgomery Bell State Park
Montgomery Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. ...more
Mousetail Landing State Park
This 1, 247-acre area is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. ...more
Mt. Cammerer Lookout
Once used for providing cover for rampant moonshining, this 1930s fire overlook, along with most of the trails, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, partially to crack down on these activities. To reach the lookout, hike the Low Gap Trail at Cosby Campground to the Mt. ...more
Natchez Trace Parkway
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and Byway commemorates the ancient trail used by animals and people that connected portions of the Mississippi River to the salt licks in central Tennessee. It took “Kaintucks” about 30 days to walk along the Trace, carrying goods to sell at the port of New Orleans. ...more
City: Pasquo, TN
Phone: (800) 305-7417
Panther Creek State Park
Panther Creek State Park, covering approximately 1,435 acres, is located on the shores of Cherokee Reservoir, an impoundment of the Holston River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located about 45 miles south. ...more
Piney Falls State Natural Area
Especially significant for its old growth forest, Piney Falls covers a 440-acre natural area located in Rhea County. This pristine forestland features creeks, deep gorges and waterfalls, and is recognized by the United States Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark. ...more
Red Clay State Historic Park
Red Clay was the last seat of Cherokee government before the tribe's forced removal on the Trail of Tears. The spring on site supplied water during council meetings of chiefs. ...more
When you look across Reelfoot Lake, imagine that this entire countryside was once a dense cypress woodland, pierced only by Native American trails and crudely constructed roads. The history of Reelfoot Lake is a dramatic one. ...more
Reelfoot Lake State Park
The earth cracked, the river flowed backward and a dramatic, new landscaped took shape. The New Madrid Earthquakes of December 1811 through February 1812 caused soil liquification, warping, landslides, fissuring and ejections that forever changed the northwest corner of Tennessee. ...more