The Grand Divisions
Tennessee is legally separated into three regions, called the Grand Divisions. These consist of East, Middle and West Tennessee.
East Tennessee is a mountainous region and includes Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With the natural terrain, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing are popular.
Middle Tennessee offers rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Along with the urban Nashville, Middle Tennessee boasts several areas for outdoor recreation, such as Center Hill Lake, which has many hiking trails and is also popular for water sports.
Attractions in West Tennessee include the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. Besides these major waterways, West Tennessee is home to other natural places, such as Cypress Grove Nature Park. Cypress Grove has elevated boardwalks for nature hikes, along with a rehabilitation center for injured birds of prey.
Tennessee State Parks
Tennessee offers several state parks in each region. Many state parks offer front- and backcountry camping, miles of trails, water and the state's abundant wildlife which inhabits the parks.
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