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The Ultimate Tennessee Road Trip: How to Spend 7 Days in the Volunteer State

Ah, the road trip. A classic American adventure since the 1920s, when more people could afford to own automobiles and started seeing them as a recreation vehicle, not just a functional way to get around town. Since then, travelers have learned that heading out on a road trip can be a great way to explore […]

Cherokee National Forest – Lost Creek – Camping

Difficulty: 1 Time To Complete: 2.0 days Distance: 0.0 miles Seasonality: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Dog Friendly: On Leash Only If you are looking for a little seclusion and a lot of fishing, this grouping of 15 individual sites offers some of the best camping available in Cherokee National Forest. Lost Creek Campground is […]

14 Awesome Places to Camp in Tennessee

There’s nothing quite like sleeping out in the great outdoors with a campfire crackling nearby and the stars twinkling in the sky. From the quiet beauty of the Tellico River to the incredible hiking opportunities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Volunteer State is full of waterfalls, mountains, and forests to explore just outside […]

19 Awesome Places to See in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to some of the most amazing scenery in the nation. With the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains to the east, the vast open land to the west, and everything in between, you will never regret time spent in the Volunteer State. Here, we put together a list of 19 of the best places […]

10 Best Places to Camp Near Knoxville

Over the course of its history, the city of Knoxville has been through tremendous changes. From its rustic 18th century beginnings and deeply divided Civil War days to its postwar wholesaling and manufacturing boom, 1980s World Fair days and recent downtown revitalization, each new era seems to redefine its sense of place. One thing about […]

20 Knoxville-Area Adventures to Do This Year

Dust off your bike, synch up your harness, and blow up your inner tube, because warmer weather is on its way, and it’s time to get out and do stuff. You can get started with this list of 20 must-do adventures to take near Knoxville this year. 1. TRAIL RUN AT THE URBAN WILDERNESS  The […]

Insider’s Guide to Camping in the Smokies

Known as much for its majestic beauty as for the fact that it’s one of the biggest protected areas in the Eastern U.S. for black bears, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a revered place for campers to test their mettle while surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Encompassing more than 522,000 acres across Tennessee and […]

4 Best Wildflower Hikes in the Smokies

Every year, just before the trees leaf and the shrubs turn to blankets of green, the Smoky Mountains put on some of the best wildflower shows around. You can drive on I-40 cutting through the mountains and catch a glimpse of the splendor, but the real beauty comes on those long, winding hikes that lead […]

7 Most Stunning Sunset Hikes Around Knoxville

What better way to reward a vigorous effort on the trail—or up a summit—than by sitting back and soaking up the serenity of one of nature’s most beautiful shows? Fortunately, Knoxville has plenty of gorgeous sunset hikes right in its backyard. Whether you’re sticking close to town or venturing further afield, Knoxville is the perfect […]

A Guide To Campfire Safety

After two months of exceptional drought in 2017, forests across the Southeast were like a tinderbox.  “When the leaves started falling, we had no rain to wet them down,” said Tennessee State Park Ranger Stuart Carroll. “If we get periodic rain, the leaves capture the water and help the soil stay moist. But, this year, […]