Rugged Beauty, History Lessons, Wildlife & Water

Northwest

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 Oct 28 Downtown Cruise In Paris, TN Classic cars, antique cars and those who just love to look at the cars "Cruise In" to Downtown Paris at 5:30 pm the fourth Tuesday in May, June, August, September and October. The event is free. 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 Oct 31 Nathan Bedford Forrest Hosts All Hallows Eve Lantern Walk Eva, TN In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville and in place of our usual Monster’s Ball Halloween Haunted Trail, this year there will be a lantern-led walk through the shadows of Eva Beach as we hear tales of Civil-War era soldiers and civilians. learn more Northwest Nov 1 - 2 Battle of Johnsonville 150th Anniversary Commemorative Living History Event Eva, TN This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville and in honor of this momentous occasion Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Area are working together to host a Living History and Commemorative Event like no other. On November 1st and 2nd, 2014 there will be artillery, infantry, cavalry, and civilian demonstrations taking place at Eva Beach Day Use Area in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and throughout Johnsonville State Historic Area. We will also present period music, pontoon rides, art, and more. There will be additional programs through the week including a museum tour and an anniversary hike. learn more Northwest Nov 7 - 16 Candlelight Christmas Open House Paris, TN Holiday shopping and browsing in Victorian Downtown Paris. Holiday scents, sights and tastes highlight downtown Paris. Take a carriage ride through beautifully decorated historic downtown. Event hours are Friday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00pm. 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 Nov 8 Nathan Bedford Forrest Hosts North South Skirmish Association Forrest Escort Division Target Competition Eva, TN Target competitions with soldiers dressed in Confederate and Union attire. Set up will be at the Ball Field. The Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest will be selling snack and drinks. learn more

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