Get Out and Enjoy Nature!

It's time to get out and enjoy nature! Here are some places now open where you can take in the great outdoors. Taking to the trails, hitting the water, or going deep underground are some ways you can social distance in East Tennessee.

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is reopened and ready to explore!  However, some trails and roads remain closed along with the visitor’s centers so visit their website to plan your adventure before heading to the mountains.  Also remember to practice safe social distancing while avoiding crowded trail heads and park areas.

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Tennessee State Parks

Our state’s scenic parks are a great alternative when the national park becomes crowded.  Tennessee State Parks offer plenty of hiking and biking trails, fishing, boating, paddling, swimming, camping, and those beautiful views.  Visit their website to learn more about each of their parks and what activities they offer.

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Knoxville's Greenways

Looking to get outside while not venturing too far from downtown Knoxville?!  The local greenways offer miles of walking, running, and biking trails.  Visit Outdoor Knoxville’s website for maps of nearby greenways for you to explore.

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Kayak the Waterways

With the warmer weather and summer days approaching, kayaking is the perfect activity to get out on the waters of East Tennessee.  The Knoxville area offers several launch locations including Suttree Landing Park, Holston River Park, and Concord Park.  Our area has plenty of pristine lakes to paddle as well, like Norris Lake, Cherokee Lake, Douglas Lake, or Tellico Lake.  So load up the kayak OR canoe for some smooth sailing through summer.

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Go Fish

East Tennessee offers many great fishing options from lakes known for great bass fishing, to trophy size fish from our rivers, and catching native brook trout in the streams of the Smokies. Be sure to have the proper fishing license before heading out fish.  You can find fishing regulations from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at www.TN.gov.

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The Lost Sea

America’s largest underground lake is the perfect place to explore! The Lost Sea reopens May 16th for an unforgettable underground adventure.  Tours will be based on a limited availability so call or purchase tickets online before arriving.

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A Drive in the Country

Tennessee has so many scenic byways, sometimes it’s nice to just get off the interstate and cruise down a backroad.  From historic state routes through small towns to the scenic Foothills Parkway, East Tennessee is best seen from a two lane road with a full tank of gas.  Get out and explore the Tennessee byways, you never know what hidden gem you may find!

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