Western Tennessee Attractions

Western Tennessee Attractions
Western Tennessee attractions are like standing representations of Tennessee history. State and national parks in western Tennessee sit on historic landmarks and attract outdoor lovers with their hiking trails, campsites, freshwater fishing and swimming. Metropolitan areas, such as Memphis, feature museums that present exhibits showcasing poignant moments in America history. Western Tennessee attractions remind you of the state's place in sometimes painful moments in time.

Pickwick Landing State Park

Pickwick Landing State Park in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee served as an 1800s riverboat landing, and, in the early 1900s, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a dam there. The inn, cabins, marina and picnic areas provided housing and recreation facilities for dam workers. Now, these edifices accommodate visitors coming to the park for nature watching, hiking, hunting or fishing. The park offers 48 campsites, five picnic shelters and a lodge, complete with 119 rooms and a convention center. The marina allows all types of boats in its 251 slips. More than 100 species of seafood inhabit the Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River. Guests of the inn and cabins swim in the inn pool; outdoor campers swim on three public beaches.

Pickwick Landing State Park
Park Road
PO Box 15
Pickwick Dam, TN 38365
(731) 689-3129

Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh National Military Park commemorates the 1862 Civil War Battle of Shiloh that took place in Shiloh, Tennessee, near the railroad junction of Corinth, Mississippi. The visitor center sits on the railroad junction. The battle claimed the lives of 23,746 soldiers; it is considered one of the bloodiest battles fought during the war. The graves on the park memorialize the soldiers who lost their lives. Markers throughout the park denote specific wartime events. The park schedules historic demonstrations year-round. The park also hosts hiking and walking tours, including Boy Scout Troop excursions. Auto tours follow a 9.5-mile route containing 14 stops, featuring homes used by Civil War generals and Civil War forts.

Shiloh National Military Park
Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center
1055 Pittsburg Landing Road
Shiloh, TN 38376
(731) 689-5696

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum is at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination in 1968. This western Tennessee attraction preserves Dr. King's legacy in the fight against discrimination. Permanent exhibits cover the time when Africans were first transported to North America and sold as slaves, legislative changes that occurred in the 20 years following the Civil War, and the events and legal precedents that finally lead to desegregation. You learn about what Dr. King was doing on the day he died and the search for James Earl Ray, the man accused of the killing. Visit the museum as an individual, or plan a group tour of 20 or more. Tours last at least two hours.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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