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 Oct 10, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Alvin York Traveling Exhibit Union City, TN Alvin York Traveling Exhibit is sponsored by Centerpoint Business Solutions! FREE with park admission! learn more Northwest Oct 17 Fall Folklore Jamboree Milan, TN Visitors will feel they have escaped to a simpler time as they watch nearly 150 folk artists demonstrate skills that are rare for our day, like quilting, weaving, broom making, blacksmithing…even plowing with a team of mules. Bluegrass, gospel and string bands will provide musical entertainment all day. Plus, you can tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. learn more Northwest Oct 23 - 25 Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival Tiptonville, TN Family fun week-end at Reelfoot Lake. Pelican Canoe Floats, Art & Photo Contests & more learn more Northwest Nov 21 - 22 Harvest Moon Festival Tiptonville, TN Harvest Moon Festival learn more Northwest Dec 1 - 31 Christmas Village Drive Through Union City, TN (Sponsored by the City of Union City, TN) Thousands of lights…a spectacular display! $5.00 per vehicle / $10 per bus learn more

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