Tennessee State Parks are key locations to appreciate wildlife, with turkey, coyote, fox, deer, eagles, bluebirds, doves, hawks, owls, butterflies, bats, bald eagles, black bears and more. Binoculars are a must-have!
Viewing Tennessee wildlife in open areas--such as Cataloochee and Cades Cove--offers some of the best opportunities to see white-tailed deer, black bear, raccoon, turkeys, woodchucks and other animals. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail's narrow, winding road encourages motorists to travel at a leisurely pace, sometimes yielding sightings of bear and other wildlife. Winter wildlife is more visible when deciduous trees have lost their leaves.
You may find it advantageous to look for wildlife during morning and evening. Some people like to sit quietly beside a trail, watching for wildlife. Look up and scan the trees. Many animals spend their days among the branches.
Try an eco-cruise through the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga. Enjoy the colorful, breathtaking beauty of the 27,000-acre canyon carved out by 26 miles of the Tennessee River over thousands of years. Cruising the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi will show you the diverse landscape of the gorge which provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Nearly 200 different species of birds inhabit "Tennessee's Grand Canyon."
Warriors Path State Park Golf Course On the Tennessee Golf Trail
An 18-hole course designed by George Cobb. Bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways and tees overseeded for winter play. ...more
Washmorgan Hollow, a sheltered ravine on the Eastern Highland Rim in Jackson County, is an excellent habitat for both plants and animals. Owned by the Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, this 73-acre natural area has an uncommonly rich and diverse flora. ...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
WC Johnson Park Nature Trail
The boardwalk runs along laterals of the famous Wolf River, preserving natural vegetation and providing protected wildlife habitats. Interpretive signage and outdoor nature classroom make it a good stop for outdoor education classes. ...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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Windrock Campground is located two miles from Windrock Mountain, known as the Coal Creek OHV Area (72,000 acres with 400 miles of riding trails). Tranquil setting, family oriented camping for tents and RVs/campers with a view of the mountains. ...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