Rugged Beauty, History Lessons, Wildlife & Water


Somewhere between boating, birding, wildlife and history, Northwest Tennessee whispers a challenge. Are you ready to do something you’ll never forget? Go where bald eagles nest or where the forest and lake become one.

Experience the call of the wild. The paradise of Northwest Tennessee is a dramatic landscape tailor-made for outdoor explorers.

Explore the flooded cypress forest at mysterious Reelfoot Lake which was created by an earthquake. Paris Landing State Park on gigantic Kentucky Lake and nearby Land Between the Lakes provide a vacation playground, teeming with water sports, golfing, biking, fishing, hiking and camping. Take time for a history lesson in the great outdoors while seeing relics and a Civil War monument at Lake Barkley.

Get in on a different kind of action at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Experience the one-of-a-kind interactive motion simulator. Zoom down a super-fast slide along a 48-foot human form. Control a huge globe to drain the world’s oceans. Race solar-powered airplanes. Play with “Live Sand.” See antique cars in the Transportation Hall. Discover a suit of armor and other treasures after you slide behind a bookcase. Feel how the New Madrid earthquakes changed the land. Press your nose against a 20,000-gallon aquarium.

Taste the sweet flavors at the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival. Sink your teeth into crispy Southern-fried catfish, a deep-fried tradition at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in Paris. The Trenton Teapot Collection is the largest collection of rare porcelain nightlight teapots brought from Asia, Europe and Africa. Gaze at real pearls in the making at Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm, and take home a strand from your memorable trip to Northwest Tennessee.

Experience Northwest Tennessee

Come play and practice your particular brand of rugged individualism. Of course, we have plenty of shopping, antiques, museums, and history when you get around to taking a break.

Northwest Sep 5 - 26 Noon on the Square Paris, TN *** Each Friday in September *** Bring your lawn chair and enjoy great music, fun, food and fellowship from 12:00pm — 1:00pm on the historic courthouse lawn in Downtown Paris. Sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust Co. This event is free to the public. For more information send inquires to Downtown Paris Association c/o Kathy Ray— P.O. Box 95 — Paris, TN. 38242 (731) 653-7274. learn more Northwest Sep 6 West TN Veterans Associations & Camden Elks Lodge # 2156 Camden, TN West TN Veterans Association & Camden Elks Lodge # 2156 Fundraiser learn more Northwest Sep 20 Nathan Bedford Forrest Hosts Rock 'n Race Weekend Eva Beach Music and Arts Festival Eva, TN The Eva Beach Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, September 20 now includes the best in local performers, arts, crafts, food, and more. To add to the excitement, the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park have partnered with the Camden Central High School Rebound Club to bring you The Amazing Race on Sunday, September 21st. Two-person teams will compete in a variety of sports including biking, canoeing, and running. This will be a weekend to remember! learn more Northwest Sep 23 Heritage Center Membeship Meeting and Dinner at the Center Paris, TN Heritage Center Membeship Meeting and Dinner at the Center learn more Northwest Sep 26 - 28 Eye Full of Paris Weekend - A Celebration of the Arts Paris, TN It's art, it's theater, it's music, it's the annual Eye-Full of Paris weekend celebrating visual and performing arts. It begins with Commercial Bank's Noon on the Square concert, Friday September 26th on the lawn of the Henry County Court House. Friday evening brings a combination of arts and photography during the WildLife Awaits Art Exhibit sponsored by Friends of the Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday, September 27th, Arts Round the Square takes over the courthouse lawn. All sorts of artists will display and sell their works from 10 am til 4 pm. Saturday evening is a festive Concert in the Vineyards at the Paris Winery. Sunday afternoon, local churches gather for Downtown Churches Rejoice! This celebration of the arts includes three full days of visual and performing arts in a variety of venues in and around Paris, Tennessee. While most events take place in downtown Paris on the courthouse lawn, events are scheduled at the Lee Academy for the Arts and Paris Winery. Admission is free to all events. For more information send inquires to Downtown Paris Association c/o Kathy Ray— P.O. Box 95 — Paris, TN. 38242 (731) 653-7274. learn more

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