Find your inner bear

Nestled among the hills and mountainous terrain of the Cumberland Plateau, Cookeville, Tennessee is a charming, outdoor oasis conveniently located on Interstate 40 between Nashville and Knoxville, north of Chattanooga on Highway 111.

With more than 150 area waterfalls, 1,200 miles of nearby lake shoreline and world-renowned sports/fitness opportunities, Cookeville is "A Natural Fit" for your next escape from everyday life.

Take a fitcation among the “fittest on earth,” experiencing world-renowned sports and fitness destinations; take a hike, exploring 12 of Tennessee’s top state parks & natural areas; or take a dip, soaking in our lakes, rivers and swimming holes; take a ride, basking in the sunshine and breezes along scenic, winding backroads.

Home to Tennessee Tech University’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra and Appalachian Center for Craft, along with famous donut shops, world chefs, barbecue grillmasters, winemakers, moonshiners, brewmasters, artists, woodworkers, historians and musicians, culinary and cultural experiences round out your journey, creating memories to be savored for a lifetime.

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