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.
Tennessee River Gorge
The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. ...more
The Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast at Bee Rock
Bed & Breakfast in TN at our immaculately clean Middle Tennessee B&B. Perched on the edge of a Cumberland Plateau bluff, enjoy a romantic Tennessee Bed and Breakfast stay with a fantastic view of the valley below. ...more
Tims Ford State Park
Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern Middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. ...more
Top Secret Trail
Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. ...more
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Tricorner Knob is a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains, located in the Southeastern United States. It has an elevation of 6,120 feet (1,865 m), with 160 feet (48 m) of clean prominence. ...more
Twin Arches State Natural Area
Twin Arches state natural area is approximately 1,500 acres located in parts of Fentress, Scott, and Pickett Counties and contains two impressive geological formations known as the Twin Arches. These arches form the largest natural bridge complex known in Tennessee and represent one of the worlds largest such complexes. ...more
Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness Area
Virgin Falls is a 1,157-acre natural area located adjacent to the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness in White County. The natural area is named for Virgin Falls, which is formed by an underground stream that emerges from a cave, then drops over a 110-foot high cliff before disappearing into another cave at the bottom of the sink. ...more
Warriors' Path State Park
Warriors' Path State Park was named for the park's proximity to the ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee. Since that time, the park land has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. ...more
Watauga River Bluffs
Watauga River Bluffs is a 50-acre natural area located in Carter County along the Watauga River. Its most conspicuous feature is the steep slope that drops more than 200 feet to the river's edge. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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Woodlands Trace Byway
Running along a ridge of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, Woodlands Trace is a beautiful, easy drive in rolling terrain with opportunities to pull off and explore seasonal splendors of nature on your own or at developed interpretive facilities such as the 1850 Homeplace and the Bison range overlook. This 43-mile passageway blossoms with trees and flowers in the spring, a green canopy in the summer, brilliant foliage in the fall, and a clear view of the hardwood forest in the winter. ...more
Woods, Wonders and Wildlife Trail
Perched high on “the mountain,” as the Cumberland Plateau is often called locally; you’ll find this tour on the Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail full of charming towns and woodland solitude. The Southern Tour will give you a multitude of sensory experiences from the quite peace of ancient Old Growth forest at Piney Falls and Savage Gulf State Natural Areas, to the fascinating sight of water spouting from rock crevasses at the Walls of Jericho, to the call of Whooping and Sandhill Cranes at the Hiawassee and Yuchi Wildlife Management Area. ...more