Parks & Natural Areas | Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee is a beautiful green garden, a rich, varied place with mile-high mountains, the grand Mississippi River and 19,000 miles of sparkling rivers.

Investigate the beauty, the mystery of Tennessees natural places. Take advantage of unique settings, such as Reelfoot, a bald cypress-filled lake in Northwest Tennessee, created by earthquakes, harboring over 56 fish species and many shore and wading birds. Witness the American Bald Eagle at Reelfoot Lake State Park and Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, where you can watch the eagle in its natural habitat.

Fall Creek Falls, the single highest plunge waterfall in the eastern United States, is laced with cascades, gorges, streams, virgin hardwoods. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve, encompasses over one-half million acres, offering panoramic views, tumbling mountain streams and unspoiled forests.

Tennessees great outdoors has wonderful accommodations indoors, as well. Six state parks—Henry Horton, Natchez Trace, Montgomery Bell, Paris Landing, Fall Creek Falls and Pickwick Landing—have inns with spacious guest rooms, hearty Southern cooking in the restaurants, meeting and banquet rooms, along with the natural beauty and recreation of Tennessee State Parks. Many state parks have a mix of cabins and campgrounds, some with group lodging and marinas.

Among our national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, greenways and picnicking places, 56 state parks and along the Appalachian Trail, count on finding perfect spots for your recreation and reflection. 


Experience Parks & Natural Areas

Our parks and natural areas offer some of the most striking scenery across the state. With wide-open spaces, trails, resort-type facilities, historic sites and magnificent waterways, Tennessee should be at the top of your bucket list.