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 May 23 Bike & Boat Run - Heros Memorial Samburg, TN Heroes memorial Bike & Boat Run- Benefiting the West Tennessee Veteran's Home - If you can't ride just drive! learn more Northwest May 23 - 25 WWII Living History Union City, TN Discovery Park of America and Union City Coca Cola, event sponsor, bring history to life as they invite you to attend WWII Living History on the Great Lawn Memorial Weekend. The event is being held Memorial weekend to pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the war’s end. Whether you are a senior citizen coming to reminisce, or a parent hoping to bring history to life for your child or teenager, it is an opportunity not to be missed. The WWII Living History encampment May 23rd through the 25th will be open during regular park hours, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. learn more Northwest May 30 Cardboard Boat Regatta Union City, TN If you are looking for something fun, different and exciting to do, you need to come to Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN, for our 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, May 30th! learn more Northwest Jun 8 - 12 Reelfoot Lake State Park Jr. Ranger Camp Tiptonville, TN The Jr. Ranger Camp Program gives children a fresh look at the world around them. Whether it's taking a hike or going for a swim, there are many fun things to do at Reelfoot State Park that can keep us happy & healthy! learn more Northwest Jun 13 Restless Heat Concert Union City, TN Restless Heart concert is June 13th at Discovery Park of America on The Great Lawn! This concert is sure to be a blast! Call 731-885-5455 to purchase your tickets! learn more

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