Top Tennessee Attractions

Top Tennessee Attractions
Tennessee is in the heart of North America, bordering eight other states. The land of Tennessee is shaped by numerous rivers, valleys, mountains and plateaus. The state harbors many national parks and endless recreational opportunities. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate and is famous for its natural beauty. The state offers breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and has thousands of miles for hiking, biking and water sports.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is between the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee. The park has many sights and recreation opportunities for visitors. There are more than 800 miles of maintained hiking trails, more than 700 miles of fishable streams and nearly 80 historical buildings throughout the park, not to mention incredible wildlife sightings (about 1,500 bears live in the park). The park also offers backcountry and frontcountry camping.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Land Between the Lakes is in Tennessee and Kentucky, between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The park has more than 170,000 acres of protected forest and more than 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. The Land Between the Lakes boasts a range of recreational activities, including camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, water sports, horseback riding, biking and off-road vehicle trails.

Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is in Pikeville, Tennessee. The park has more than 20,000 acres of land laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of hardwood forests. Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the United States, at 256 feet. The park has more than 34 miles of trails, 345 acres of water, 15 miles of bike trails and a 6,669-yard world-renowned golf course. Additionally, the park has three camping areas that offer rustic camping and winterized cabins, as well as a hotel resort.

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries between Tennessee and Kentucky. The area is more than 125,000 acres, has more than 150 miles of hiking trails and is surrounded by an abundance of water, providing plentiful recreational activities. Some popular recreation opportunities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, fishing and star gazing. The area also has one of the highest concentrations of natural bridges in United States.

Article Written By Stephanie Stoddart

Stephanie Stoddart has studied journalism since 2002 and has been published in various outlets, such as the "South End News," eHow, and Golflink. Stoddart holds a Bachelors of Arts in broadcast journalism and psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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