Experience breathtaking scenery
Explore vibrant river communities
History lives and thrives here
Discover the roots of American music
Explore endless forests and countless lakes and streams
Immerse yourself in Nature's splendor
Rhododendron blooming at Roan Highlands in the Blue Ridge Mountains – Photograph by Dave Allen Photography
The Market Street drawbridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee – Photograph by Sean Pavone
The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has been in operation since 1830 – Photograph by ehrlif / Shutterstock.com
Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee features an extensive collection of musical instruments including banjos, guitars, fiddles, and dobros. – Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Tourism
Calderwood Lake on the Little Tennessee River offers a taste of Great Smoky National Park, without the crowds. – Photograph by Zack Frank
Cove Lake State Park on the Powell River arm of Norris Lake – Photograph by Peter Koczera

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Welcome to the Tennessee River Valley

Explore the range of experiences to be found in this spectacular geologically diverse valley sometimes called the “Great Lakes of the South.”  From white water to flat water paddling; from bouldering to wildflower hikes; from wakeboarding to sailing, from bass fishing to fly fishing; from antiquing to live music, there is an adventure waiting to be discovered by you.

Find authentic places to go and things to do in this region that is rich in natural and cultural heritage. Discover the heritage of the Cherokee, Civil War, and African Americans told through the stories of people and place. All of the listings on this site have been nominated by local people who know the region best and offer visitors the most unique, fun, and interesting experiences. Check out the featured Trip Plans for inspiration.

If you live here, sign-up and share your local knowledge and nominate places and events that offer visitors the most authentic, fun, and interesting experiences that our incredible region has to offer.

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