Season | Tennessee Vacation

It’s the rushing sounds of cascading waters. Hearing laughter from jet skis and sailboats. In Tennessee, the water flows aplenty. Summer fun. Made in Tennessee.


The Tennessee River, located on Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways’ Rocky Top Trail, snakes its way through the Tennessee Valley for 652 miles of fishing, paddle boarding, and boating fun. It’s frequently the backdrop to festivals, museums, historic sites and more. The entire length of the river is navigable and is home to beautiful scenery.


Norris Lake

Watauga Lake

Ramsey Cascades


Photo Credit: Chuck Sutherland

Explore breathtaking scenery on the Rocky Top Trail


Explore Tennessee’s swimming holes this summer with Tennessee State Parks during their Natural Swimming Holes Tour which highlights Fall Creek Falls State Park and South Cumberland State Park, which can be found along the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways’ Promised Land Trail. Hike trails and wade streams as guides share about the natural features along the way.


Virgin Falls

Old Hickory Lake


Photo Credit: Chuck Sutherland

Uncover more treasures on the Promised Land Trail


Created by the earthquakes of 1811-1812, Reelfoot Lake in Tiptonville was naturally created by the backflow of the Mississippi River. Now, it’s a flooded forest and the prime location for fishing and seeing golden and American bald eagles. Reelfoot Lake can be enjoyed while traveling along the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways’ Great River Road Trail.


Pickwick Lake

Mississippi River Cruises

Enjoy natural beauty on the Great River Road Trail

Follow the Water

Tennessee has a vast quantity of waterfalls just waiting to be explored. Take this list next time you want to get out in nature this summer:


Photo Credit: Chuck Sutherland

Cool Off With These Waterfall Hikes