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xplore Southeast Tennessee, where the natural world opens up to greet you with sculpted mountains and craggy ridges, whitewater and waterfall dreams, meandering rivers and quiet lakes. You’ll feel welcomed by the region’s small-town charm and intrigued by its storied past. Along the way, you’ll discover tasty local food stops, festivals of all flavors, and regional music that will make you want to get up and dance. Make plans to visit at SoutheastTennessee.com.


VISITOR GUIDE Southeast Tennessee Map........................ 1 - 2 Annual Festivals....................................... 3 - 7 Family Fun.............................................. 8 - 12 Hiking & Biking.....................................13 - 20 Local Foods & Flavors............................21 - 32 On the Water.........................................33 - 39 Music: Festivals & Live Jams...................40 - 43 History..................................................44 - 51

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Annual Festivals

JUNE

Swiss Heritage Festival

Last Saturday in July Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum Swiss Colony Cemetery Rd., Gruetli-Laager, TN Swisshistoricalsociety.org | 931-235-3029 or 615-800-9617

Catfish Festival

Downtown Decatur, TN | 423-334-5496 Meigstnchamber.org

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

AUGUST

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Cherokee Heritage Festival

Red Clay State Historic Park 1140 Red Clay Park Rd. S., Cleveland, TN | 423-478-0339 Tnstateparks.com

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

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here is always something to celebrate in Southeast Tennessee: country cooking, artisans and musicians, a rich cultural history, small-town charm and the beauty of the natural landscape. Celebrate with us at these annual festivals that take place across the region. For annual dates, visit SoutheastTennessee.com.

JULY

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

MAY Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Miners Homecoming Days Ducktown Basin Museum

212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown, TN | 423-496-5778 Ducktownbasinmuseum.com

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts

Tennessee Strawberry Festival

Rhea County Courthouse 1475 Market St., Dayton, TN | 423-775-9847 Scopesfestival.com

107 Main St., Dayton, TN | 423-775-0361 Daytontnchamber.org

Beersheba Springs Arts & Crafts Fair

4th weekend of August each year Beersheba Springs Assembly Grounds 55 Hege Ave., Beersheba Springs, TN | 931-692-3669 Beershebaassembly.com

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

World’s Longest Yard Sale

First Thursday through Sunday in August Follows US-127 from Michigan to Alabama Passes through Southeast Tennessee 127sale.com

16 Dixie Lee Ave., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-5353 Southcumberlandchamber.com

Scopes Trial Play & Festival

Tennessee Wetlands Festival

E.G. Fisher Public Library 1289 Ingleside Ave., Athens, TN | 423-744-2749 Keepmcminnbeautiful.com

Tennessee Whiskey Festival

First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-521-4714 Tnwhiskeyfestival.com

On Monday, August 21, millions of people across the United States will witness a total eclipse of the sun. It is a beautiful sight to behold – the moon completely blocks the sun, daytime becomes twilight, and the sun’s corona shimmers in the dark sky.

Valley Fest

Dunlap, TN | 423-949-7608 Valleyfestonline.com

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

National Cornbread Festival

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Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

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A swath of Southeast Tennessee will experience the path of totality at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT on August 21, 2017. The following towns will experience the total eclipse of the sun: Athens, Benton, Calhoun, Charleston, Cleveland, Copperhill, Dayton, Decatur, Delano, Dunlap, Englewood, Etowah, Grandview, Graysville, Niota, Ocoee, Pikeville, Riceville, Sale Creek, Spring City and Ten Mile. To learn more about solar eclipse events taking place in Southeast Tennessee, visit SoutheastTennessee.com/eclipse.

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SEPTEMBER Polo Matches at Bendabout Farm

McDonald, TN Bendabout.com

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

International Cowpea Festival & Cookoff

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

Pumpkinfest

Dayton, TN | 423-775-9847 Mainstreetdayton.org

Pumpkintown Festival

Second Saturday in September Charleston City Park, Charleston, TN | 423-472-6587 Cowpeafestival.com

Market Park Pavilion, Athens, TN | 423-744-2702 Pumpkintownfestival.com

Main Street Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Chattanooga, TN | 423-265-0771 Riverrockschattanooga.com

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

Mountaineer’s Day Festival

Tracy City, TN | 931-592-8558 Mountainheritagetn.org

RailFest

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 4119 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

OCTOBER Benton Arts & Heritage Days

Polk Co. Courthouse Square 6239 Hwy. 411, Benton, TN | 423-338-2818 Ocoeecountry.com

Cleveland Apple Festival

Bradley Co. Courthouse Square 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-479-1000 Clevelandapplefestival.org

Etowah Arts & Crafts Festival

Etowah L&N Depot Museum 727 S. Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-263-2228 Tennesseeoverhill.com

Fannie Moffitt Autumn Stomp

Altamont, TN | 931-924-5353 Southcumberlandchamber.com

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Rocktoberfest

Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn., GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

Treasures Await at World’s Longest Yard Sale Every August, communities along the scenic route of Highway 127 welcome visitors to what has become known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale. The weeklong sale spans nearly 700 miles along Highway 127 through six states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Roughly 5,000 vendors take part in the Highway 127 Yard Sale each August. In Southeast Tennessee, the sale passes through the Sequatchie Valley towns of Dunlap and Pikeville; the Walden’s Ridge communities of Signal Mountain, Walden and Lone Oak, and follows the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway. For many shoppers, exploring the rural landscape is just as much a part of the experience as finding great deals along the way. Shoppers looking for unique places to visit while traveling through Southeast Tennessee can discover off-thebeaten-path adventures and destinations in the region at SoutheastTennessee.com.

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair

Third Saturday of October 658 Ketner Mill Ln., Whitwell, TN | 423-267-5702 Ketnersmill.org

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NOVEMBER Ocoee Grape Escape

Savannah Oaks Winery 1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513 Ocoeecountry.com

Enchanted Garden of Lights

Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn., GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair

MARCH

Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

Shamrock City

DECEMBER

APRIL

Christmas on the Mountain

4 Bridges Arts Festival

A Classic Christmas in Cleveland

Food for Life Conference

A Classic Christmas Concert

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Fall Creek Falls State Park 2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, TN | 423-881-3297 Tnstateparks.com

First weekend in December Post office on Broad St., Cleveland, TN | 423-479-1000 Mainstreetcleveland.com

Lee University’s Conn Center 150 11th St. NE, Cleveland, TN | 423-614-8240 Leeuniversity.edu

Enchanted Garden of Lights

Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn., GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

JANUARY Enchanted Garden of Lights

Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mtn., GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

Sandhill Crane Festival

Birchwood Community Center, Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge & Cherokee Removal Memorial Park 5623 Hwy. 60, Birchwood, TN | 931-456-3068 Tn.gov

Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-265-4282 4bridgesartsfestival.org

Sequatchie Valley Institute 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN | 423-949-4598 Svionline.org Trains run April-November Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Chattanooga Ticket Office: 423-894-8028 Tvrail.com

MainStreet Cruise-In: Classic Cars in Downtown Cleveland

Every 4th Saturday: April-October Cleveland, TN | 423-310-1187 or 423-421-8986 Mainstreetcruisein.com

National Cornbread Festival

Last full weekend in April South Pittsburg, TN | 423-837-0022 Nationalcornbread.com

Ocowassee Festival

Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park 404 Spring Creek Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-0050 Tnstateparks.com

Ramp Tramp Festival

FEBRUARY

Camp McCroy 1058 Hwy. 30, Reliance, TN | 423-338-4503 Ramptrampfestival.com

Ocoee Story Fest

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

First Friday in February First Presbyterian Church 433 North Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-479-7887 Tennesseetellers.org

Family Fun

Fall Creek Falls State Park 2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, TN | 423-881-3297 Tnstateparks.com

Trails & Trilliums Festival

Monteagle Sunday School Assembly 76 Assembly St., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-2623 Trailsandtrilliums.org

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outheast Tennessee offers family adventure for all ages and abilities. Get lost in fall fun at a corn maze or enjoy an afternoon of horseback riding. Launch out for an off-road trek, hop on a boat to cruise through the Tennessee River Gorge, or fly through the air on a zip line tour. You’ll find all kinds of opportunities for indoor fun and outdoor adventure for the whole family in Southeast Tennessee.

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GARDENS & ARBORETUMS Delano Daylillies

1040 Ellis Cove Rd., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-582-7060 Adventureoffroadpark.com

Pipsissewa Arboretum @ the Sequatchie Valley Institute

Prentice Cooper State Forest

1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, TN | 423-949-5922 or 4598 Svionline.org

Loop Trail (under 1 mile) through mature forest and meadow with 100 identified native and non-native species.

AMUSEMENT PARKS Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park & SoakYa Water Park

1730 Lakeview Dr., Rossville, GA | 706-866-5681 Lakewinnie.com

Historic family-owned amusement park featuring roller coasters, a water park, kids’ rides and more.

DRIVE-IN THEATERS Swingin’ Midway Drive-In Theatre

2131 TN-30 E., Athens, TN | 423-263-2632 Swinginmidwaydrivein.com

Double features on one giant screen. Includes playground, concession stand and restrooms.

HORSEBACK RIDING Blanche Manor

160 Blanche Manor Ln., Copperhill, TN | 706-455-7433 Blanchemanor.com

Explore the mountains by saddle any time during the year.

Fall Creek Falls Riding Stables

2009 Village Camp Rd., Pikeville, TN | 423-881-5952 Fallcreekfalls.org

Two-mile guided rides available, as well as trail rides (with reservations). March-November.

Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle

5900 Edgemon Rd., Ooltewah, TN | 423-488-3993 Hiddenhillsfarm.com

A 500-acre family farm offering boarding, riding lessons, guided trail rides, horse shows, events and more.

FARM FUN & TOURS Fiber Farm

Tracy City, TN | 423-280-4004 Fiberfarm.net

Small alpaca farm offering farm tours, natural dye workshops, community events, farm to table dinners, shearing demonstrations, weekend retreats, textile education and more.

Guthrie Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

490 County Rd. 67, Riceville, TN | 423-650-2939 Tnpumpkinfarm.com

Bring the family for fun farm activities including a hayride, corn maze, petting barn, and more.

Adventure Off-Road Park

153 County Road 854, Delano, TN | 423-263-9323 Delanodaylillies.com

Four acres with over 1,400 varieties of daylilies during bloom season. May - July.

Mayfield Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

MOTORCYCLE & OFF-ROAD FUN

Ponds & Plants

1668 Rhea County Hwy., Dayton, TN | 423-570-1234 Pondsnplants.com

Nature and art collide at this unique venue that includes wildlife exhibits, sculpture gardens and a natural playscape.

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-821-1160 Reflectionriding.org

Walking trails, wildlife exhibits, Discovery Forest Treehouse, and educational programs. Admission fee.

A 500-acre private property offering off-road experiences on more than 120 trails with a variety of difficulty levels. Camping available.

Chattanooga, TN | 423-658-5551 Cumberlandtrail.org

Prentice Cooper State Forest office located off Suck Creek Drive on Suck Creek Mountain. Enjoy 70 miles of dirt and gravel roads for mountain biking, horseback riding, dirt biking and ATVs. Unauthorized off-road travel is strictly prohibited and roads are closed to motorized vehicles during the winter (Dec-March).

Trials Training Center

300 Woodland Rd., Sequatchie, TN | 423-942-8688 Trialstrainingcenter.com

A motorcycle vacation destination offering training to improve riding skills and techniques.

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Sunshine Hollow

198 County Road 52, Athens, TN | 423-745-4289 Sunshinehollow.com

Visit the nursery and display gardens (April - July and September-October) to enjoy 1,750 varieties of daylilies, dahlias, roses and hostas. Enjoy bakery treats at Sunshine Hollow Bakery.

Mayfield Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

257 TN-307 E., Athens, TN | 423-746-9859 mayfieldfarmandnursery.com

Corn maze, 10-acre pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slide, kiddie zipline, Halloween Haunted Trail and more.

Mayfield Dairy Farms - Visitor Center

4 Mayfield Ln., Athens, TN | 423-649-2653 mayfielddairy.com

Tour Mayfield’s milk and ice cream plant and enjoy the ice cream parlor afterward.

Old McDonald’s Farm

16705 Coulterville Rd., Sale Creek, TN | 423-531-2676 oldmcdonaldsfarm.net Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides and more.

River Maze

1371 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 423-650-0710 therivermaze.com

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides and more.

Ocoee Horseride

515 Old Bacon Rd. NE, Charleston, TN | 423-432-2376 Ocoeehorseride.com

Privately owned ranch offering guided horseback trail rides for all ages and experience levels.

Tennessee Dude & Guest Ranch

1050 Ray Hixson Rd., Dunlap, TN | 423-554-4677 Tnhorsevacation.com

Enjoy dude ranch stays, farm stays and horseback riding adventures in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

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ROCK CLIMBING High Point Climbing & Fitness

Two locations: 219 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-602-7625 1007 Appling St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-475-6578 Highpointclimbing.com

Premier indoor rock-climbing gyms in downtown Chattanooga.

Tennessee Boulder Authority (TBA)

3804 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-822-6800 Tbagym.com

Chattanooga’s original indoor bouldering and rock-climbing facility.

Thrill-a-Minute Sports

1444 Window Rock Rd., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-3396 Hangglidetennessee.com

Launch site offering tandem hang gliding flights.

ZIPStream @ Fall Creek Falls

1997 Village Camp Rd., Pikeville, TN | 615-499-5779 Zipstreamfallcreekfalls.com Zip line and ropes course near Fall Creek Falls State Park.

AQUATIC EXPLORATIONS Tennessee Aquarium

1 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN | 800-262-0695 Tnaqua.org

Download the Southeast Tennessee Rock Climbing Guide at

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Take a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium, voted the best aquarium in America for overall guest satisfaction.

Tennessee River Gorge Explorer

1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN | 423-265-0698 Tnaqua.org

Experience the stunning Tennessee River Gorge during a two-hour cruise on the Tennessee River.

Southern Belle River Boat

ZIPLINES / SOARING Chattanooga Skydiving Company

300 Airport Rd., Jasper, TN | 855-776-5867 Chattanoogaskydivingcompany.com

Tandem skydiving instruction in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Chilhowee Gliderport

8261 US-411 N., Benton, TN | 423-338-2000 Chilhowee.com

Motorless flight over the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

Lookout Mountain Flight Park

7201 Scenic Hwy., Rising Fawn, GA | 1-800-688-5637 Hanglide.com

Hang gliding resort and school at the base of Lookout Mountain.

Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tours @ Wildwater LTD

4596 US-64 W., Ducktown, TN | 800-451-9972 Wildwaterrafting.com

Nine zip line sections and three swinging sky bridges on this fully wooded canopy tour.

Ocoee Ziplines & Canopy Tours @ Raft One

4599 US-64, Copperhill, TN | 888-723-8663 Ocoeeziplines.com

More than a mile of cable racing through the Cherokee National Forest.

Ocoee Zipz

1985 US-64, Benton, TN | 877-794-7947 Ocoeezipz.com

Zip line and canopy tour adventure featuring seven zip lines.

Ruby Falls ZIPStream Aerial Adventure

201 Riverfront Pkwy., Chattanooga, TN | 423-266-4488 Chattanoogariverboat.com

Enjoy dinner cruises, daily lunch cruises, and daytime sightseeing trips along the scenic Tennessee River.

Guided Group Snorkeling Tours on the Hiwassee and Conasauga Rivers

Cherokee National Forest 423-496-0102 or 423-476-9751 Fs.usda.gov

Guided group tours for groups of 12 to 25 people (ages 12 years and older) available with reservations.

Scenic City Fishing Charters

ROCKS & CAVES Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground

319 West Hills Dr., Chattanooga, TN | 423-821-9403 Raccoonmountain.com

More than 5 ½ miles of cavern passageways to explore. Wild Cave tours also available.

TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Visitor Center

319 West Hills Dr., Chattanooga, TN | 423-821-9403 Tva.gov

Check out displays and stand on the observation deck overlooking the TN River Gorge. Take a virtual tour of the Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Facility, as well as more traditional hydroelectric generation facilities, via a monitor inside the visitor center.

Rock City Gardens

1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA | 706-820-2531 Seerockcity.com

Features massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views.

Ruby Falls

1720 S. Scenic Hwy., Lookout Mtn., TN |423-821-2544 Rubyfalls.com

See a 145-feet high underground waterfall in Chattanooga’s most historic cave destination.

1720 S. Scenic Hwy., Chattanooga, TN | 423-821-2544 Rubyfallszip.com

Suspended obstacle course, zip line adventure and climbing tower.

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OUTDOOR RESOURCES: Outdoor Chattanooga

200 River St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-643-6888 Outdoorchattanooga.com

Located within Coolidge Park on the banks of the Tennessee River, this resource center offers outdoor information for the region and outdoor programs for all ages and abilities.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

4400 US-64, Copperhill, TN | 423-496-0100

The Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Tenn., is situated alongside the Ocoee River and serves as a visitor center and day-use recreation area. Mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts can depart from the center on the highly rated Tanasi Trail System. The center offers educational programming throughout the year, including snorkeling trips on the Hiwassee and Conasauga Rivers and Citico Creek. Day use fee: $3

Making Tracks with Google Trekker in Southeast Tennessee The Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association is excited about collecting imagery of special places in Southeast Tennessee in partnership with Google Maps. We are borrowing the Trekker camera, hiking around these unique and amazing locations, and will share these images for processing and future inclusion as panoramic images that everyone can see and enjoy on Street View in Google Maps. What this technology and opportunity provides is an enhanced way for visitors to connect with these special places in a way they may never have before. In fact, we expect many people may never get to explore these places in person, so we are so happy to open it up for the world to enjoy. We’ll be at this for a while, but stay tuned for announcements from Google and the Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association.

REGIONAL HIKING TREKS: John Muir National Recreation Trail

Reliance, TN Ocoee-Hiwassee Ranger Station: 423-338-3300

The 20.7-mile John Muir National Recreation Trail winds through the scenic Hiwassee River Gorge and Cherokee National Forest. It is said to follow the path taken by naturalist John Muir in 1867, which he outlined in his book “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf.” The trail begins at Childers Creek in Reliance and follows alongside the Hiwassee River for 4.2 miles to Towee Creek before heading to Coker Creek Scenic Area.

The Cumberland Trail (CT)

Cumberland Trail State Park: 423-566-2229 Cumberlandtrail.org

Hiking & Biking

The Cumberland Trail is a Tennessee scenic footpath that follows a line of high ridges and deep gorges along East Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Currently, 15 segments of trail have been developed, with more than 210 miles of trail open for hiking. The southern terminus of the trail is located at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park on Signal Mountain just outside of Chattanooga. The northern terminus of the trail is located at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the TN/KY/VA borders.

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hether you plan to travel by foot or bike, Southeast Tennessee calls to those who love the outdoors. The region’s lush landscape, contoured by majestic rivers, ridges and mountains, offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for visitors looking for outdoor adventure. Explore these parks and trails to soak in the natural beauty of the region. Learn more at SoutheastTennessee.com.

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STATE PARKS:

Prentice Cooper State Forest

South Cumberland State Park

Booker T. Washington State Park

South Cumberland State Park is Tennessee’s largest state park, consisting of 11 distinct sections of park scattered along the Cumberland Plateau between Chattanooga and Nashville. The park offers more than 90 miles of hiking trails, waterfalls and blue holes, rock climbing, back country camping and caving.

Situated on the shores of Chickamauga Lake. Enjoy the park’s 6-mile mountain bike trail, Olympic-sized swimming pool, three large picnic pavilions and individual picnic sites.

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South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center:

11745 US-41, Monteagle, TN | 931-924-2980 Hours: Monday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST

Savage Gulf Ranger Station:

3177 TN-399, Palmer, TN | 931-779-3532

The Savage Gulf ranger station is the eastern access point for the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system within the park.

Stone Door Ranger Station:

1183 Stone Door Rd., Beersheba Springs, TN | 931-692-3887

The Stone Door ranger station is the western access point for the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system within the park.

5801 Champions Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-894-4955 Tnstateparks.com

Fall Creek Falls State Park

2009 Village Camp Rd., Spencer, TN | 423-881-5298 Tnstateparks.com

Located 18 miles west of historic Pikeville and 11 miles east of Spencer. In addition to Fall Creek Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the eastern United States, the park features more than 34 miles of trails, an inn, restaurant, cabins and campsites, a golf course, pool, horseback riding and a nature center.

Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN | 423-344-6214 Tnstateparks.com

Tennessee’s first state park, Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles along Chickamauga Lake shoreline. The park has one of the most complete marina facilities available on any of the TVA lakes. All types of boats and water recreation vehicles are allowed at the park and a boat ramp is available to the general public at no cost. Fuel is available at the dock. The park features RV campsites and primitive tent campsites, as well as a 4.5-mile loop bike trail. Visitors can enjoy Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay, a Jack Nicklaus course.

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park

404 Spring Creek Rd., Delano, TN |423-263-0050 Tnstateparks.com

The Hiwassee River is known for its family-friendly whitewater adventure and trout fishing in the upper section of the river. The entire length of this scenic river, which meanders through the Cherokee National Forest and the towns of Reliance, Delano, Charleston and Calhoun, offers spectacular views of the natural landscape and cultural heritage sites. Gee Creek Campground is located along the river, offering 47 tent campsites.

Piney Falls State Natural Area Part of the Cumberland Trail

Firetower Rd., Grandview, TN | 423-566-2229

A 440-acre natural area featuring creeks, deep gorges, waterfalls and oldgrowth forest.

Red Clay State Historic Park

Cherokee National Forest

3171 US-64, Benton, TN | 423-338-3300 Fs.usda.gov Visitor Center: Ocoee Ranger District Office Home to the Ocoee and Hiwassee rivers, the Cherokee National Forest – the largest tract of public land in Tennessee - is a landscape defined by scenic rivers, whitewater rapids and waterfalls. Visitors can explore more than 600 miles of trails including 150 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, 7 whitewater rivers, 3 lakes managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, 11 congressionally designated Wilderness Areas, 30 developed campgrounds, 45 developed day-use sites, and abundant wildlife.

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Prentice Cooper State Forest offices: Suck Creek Drive on Suck Creek Mountain Chattanooga, TN | 423-658-5551 Cumberlandtrail.org.

1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW, Cleveland, TN | 423-478-0339 Tnstateparks.com

The Cherokee Nation moved its capital from New Echota, Ga., to Red Clayb in 1832. After the Cherokee Removal to 1838, all the structures that had been built at Red Clay were torn down and the land became part of a privately owned farm. In 1979, the land was sold to the State of Tennessee to serve as a historic park. Today, the park features replicas of Cherokee structures, the Eternal Flame, and a loop trail that passes the sacred Blue Hole Springs. A museum at the park interprets Cherokee history in the region.

Red Clay State Historic Park

Shellmound Campground • Located next to Nickajack Dam • Close to rock climbing locations • South Cumberland State Park • RV / Camper / Tent Sites • Electric hook-ups • Fishing and Water Sports • Nightly / Weekly / Monthly Sites Available

Contact: 423-942-9857 Mtma07@aol.com /Shellmound-Campground

MILITARY / ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARKS: Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

3370 Lafayette Rd., Fort Oglethorpe, GA | 706-866-9241

The oldest and largest of America’s Civil War parks commemorating the 1863 battles for Chattanooga.

Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District

Brown’s Ferry Federal Road Trailhead & Blue Blazes Hiking Trail Moccasin Bend Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-322-5014 Moccasinbendpark.org

A 750-acre historic park features two trails: the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road Trailhead and the Blue Blazes Hiking Trail.

STATE FORESTS: Bledsoe State Forest

30396 TN-30, Pikeville, TN | 423-881-3585

This forest is used for hunting and small amounts of fishing. Some hiking and horseback riding occur on the 8,274-acre Cumberland Plateau forest.

Franklin-Marion County State Forest

310 Firetower Rd., Sewanee, TN | 931-598-0830

Prentice Cooper State Forest protects nearly 26,000 acres and highlights the spectacular Tennessee River Gorge along the Tennessee River. Recreation activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV and dirt bike trails, and hunting. The forest offers 35 miles of hiking on three main trails: the 12-mile Pot Point Loop Trail, the 10-mile Mullen’s Cove Loop Trail, and a 14-mile section of the Cumberland Trail. The section of Prentice Cooper east of Highway 27 is a designated Wildlife Management Area, managed in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for deer, turkey, raccoon, squirrel and several nongame species. Call or check the website for hunting closure dates before visiting.

CYCLING: Booker T. Washington State Park

5801 Champions Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-894-4955 Tnstateparks.com

Enjoy this state park’s popular intermediate 6-mile mountain bike trail.

Brainerd Levee

Trailheads @ Shallowford Rd. and Camp Jordan Park, Chattanooga, TN | 423-425-6311

The greenway that runs atop the Brainerd Levee is an easy ride for beginners and families. The trail runs one way for 5.5 miles from the trailhead at Shallowford Road in Brainerd to Camp Jordan Park in East Ridge. The trail is gravel for 3.5 miles and paved for 2 miles.

Chattanooga Bike Transit System

Downtown Chattanooga Bikechattanooga.com

This bike transit system features bikes at over 33 stations throughout town that are available 24/7, 365 days a year. All rides under 60 minutes are free. You must be 16 years or older to ride Bike Chattanooga.

Chilhowee Mountain Bike Trail System @ Cherokee National Forest

Ocoee Ranger Station, Benton, TN | 423-338-3300 Fs.usda.gov

Located within the Cherokee National Forest, this area features 20 miles of interconnecting multi-use trails for mountain biking and hiking. This network of trails stretches from Parksville Campground to Chilhowee Recreation Area at the top of the mountain. Bikers are to yield to all other trail users. Day use fee: $3

Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Dr., Chattanooga, TN | 423-893-3500 Hamiltontn.gov

Situated on 2,800 wooded acres, this former Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant property offers 10 miles of trails with single-track ranging from beginner to technical.

Eureka Trail

1400 E. Madison Ave., Athens, TN to Englewood, TN 423-744-2702 Cityofathens.com

Following a former railroad bed, this gravel trail winds nearly 5 miles through the woods and the rural landscape before ending at the outskirts of Englewood, TN.

The forest offers 20 miles of marked trails for hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding and hunting on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Eight beautiful overlooks in Southeast Tennessee Winter, fall, spring or summer, Southeast Tennessee is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. With a landscape littered with mountains, valleys, natural rock formations, waterfalls and more, there’s something to see in every season. Here are eight local overlooks in the region to check out any time of year.

1. Great Stone Door at South Cumberland State Park South Cumberland State Park boasts almost 26,000 acres of land for hiking and backcountry camping, but perhaps it’s best-known for the Great Stone Door, a cliff line overlooking the Savage Gulf. It draws its name from a crack in the cliff that runs from top to bottom, looking like a door left slightly ajar. The Great Stone Door is one of many ways to access the gulf below. The trails provide great wildflower hunting in the spring and summer.

2. Sequatchie Valley Overlook Chillhowee Overlook

Take in the splendor of the Sequatchie Valley from this overlook located on Tennessee Highway 111 North. From the pull-off, you’ll see the narrow valley below and t he bluffs on the opposite side that comprise the Cumberland Plateau.

3. Chilhowee Overlooks in Cherokee National Forest

Three overlooks grace the 7-mile drive to the Chilhowee Recreation Area along the Ocoee Scenic Byway. All three offer expansive views of the Appalachian Mountains and Parksville Lake. Chilhowee is also a great area to camp, hike, swim and bike.

4. Point Park on Lookout Mountain

Only a few minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Point Park offers a beautiful view of the Scenic City and Moccasin Bend. The park sits at an elevation of 2,135 feet above the city and includes a paved walking path that takes visitors by historic tablets, monuments, Confederate artillery and the scenic overlook. Admission is charged most days of the year.

5. Snoopers Rock Overlooks on the TN River Gorge

The Snoopers Rock Trail features several beautiful overlooks and, during the spring and summer, beautiful wildflowers. It’s also a great area for hiking, birding and walking.  

7. Foster Falls at South Cumberland State Park

Foster Falls is part of South Cumberland State Park and is located along the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which is one of the best-known trails in the state, region and even the nation among hiking enthusiasts. The biggest plus of Foster Falls, besides its beauty, is the fact that it’s handicapped-accessible because the overlook is so close to the parking area.

8. Fall Creek Falls State Park Overlook

One of the best-known overlooks within the park is Fall Creek Falls, the park’s namesake waterfall. The overlook is close to the parking lot and handicapped-accessible.

Sequatchie Valley from Dunlap

6. Big Bend Overlook

Located within the Cherokee National Forest near Reliance, Tenn., Big Bend overlook on Hood Mountain provides stunning views of the upper section of the Hiwassee River. From Reliance, cross the bridge and follow Childers Creek Road to Powerhouse Road to Big Bend Recreation Area parking.

CYCLING: (cont.) Guild-Hardy/ Lookout Mtn. Trails

Lookout Mtn. Conservancy, Lookout Mtn., TN | 423-424-3882 Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center:  423-821-7786 Outdoorchattanooga.com

Following the path of a former railroad bed, this trail begins on Ochs Hwy. and climbs Lookout Mountain. At Craven’s Terrace, the trail accesses Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s 40+ mile trail system.

Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN | 423-344-6214 Tnstateparks.com

This state park features a 4.5-mile loop bike trail.

Johnston Woods Trail System

298 Brymer Creek Rd., McDonald, TN | 423-476-5586 Johnstonwoods.org

This multi-use trail system at the 380-acre Johnston Woods Retreat Center property was designed mainly for mountain bike use.

Mountain Goat Trail

Sewanee to Monteagle, TN Mountaingoattrail.org

The Mountain Goat Trail is a developing multi-use rail-to-trail corridor on the Cumberland Plateau. Currently, a 5-mile section of trail between Sewanee and Monteagle is paved and accessible. The paved section begins at the Dollar General store in Monteagle and ends in Sewanee. Once complete, the 35-mile trail will connect seven towns in East and Middle Tennessee.

Raccoon Mountain

Lookout Valley, TN Sorbachattanooga.org

Intermediate to advanced trail systems. Approx. 20 miles at the top of the mountain, singletrack and pump track.

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Stringers Ridge

Trailheads @ Spears Ave. and Bell Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-425-6311 Sorbachattanooga.org

Stringers Ridge is a 92-acre urban wilderness park located in North Chattanooga, featuring three loop trails totaling 10 miles for mountain biking and hiking.

Tanasi Trail System @ Ocoee Whitewater Center

4400 US-64, Copperhill, TN | 423-496-0100 Fs.usda.gov

The Tanasi Trail System offers 30 miles of fast, flowing singletrack for riders of all levels. The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has designated the Tanasi Trail as one of the IMBA “Epic Rides,” a distinction given to a select few trail systems across the globe. 

Chester Frost Park

2318 North Gold Point Cir., Hixson, TN | 423-842-0177 Hamiltontn.gov

Cleveland/Bradley Co. Greenway

2487 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN | 423-479-4129 Cbcgreenway.com

Coolidge Park

150 River St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-643-5956 Chattanooga.gov

Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Dr., Chattanooga, TN | 423-893-3500 Hamiltontn.gov

Greenway Farm

URBAN PARKS & TRAILS:

5051 Gann Store Rd., Hixson, TN | 423-643-6050 Northchick.org

Armstrong Ferry Recreation Area

Stringers Ridge

Audubon Acres

Trailheads @ Spears Ave. and Bell Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423425-6311 Sorbachattanooga.org

Camp Jordan

4301 Amnicola Hwy., Chattanooga, TN | 423-842-0177 Hamiltontn.gov

4623 Armstrong Ferry Rd., Decatur, TN 37322 | 423-334-3584

900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421 | 423-892-1499 Chattanoogaaudubon.org 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge, TN | 423-463-4391 Eastridgeparksandrec.com

Chattown Skate Park

1785 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-643-6064 Chattanoogafun.com

Tennessee Riverwalk

Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

1 Walnut St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-643-6311 Chattanooga.gov

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LEASH-FREE DOG PARKS Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park

1801 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN

Greenway Farms Dog Park

5051 Gann Store Rd., Hixson, TN Northchick.org

Collegedale Dog Park

Wolftever Greenway, Apison Pike, Collegedale, TN

Red Bank Dog Park

@ White Oak Park 798 Ben Miller Pkwy., Red Bank, TN

Soddy-Daisy Dog Park

@ Soddy Daisy Veterans Park 9000 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN

9 on Top Disc Golf

1836 Taft Hwy., Signal Mountain, TN | 423-505-5605

Athens Regional Park Disc Golf

2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, TN | 423-744-2404

Camp Jordan Disc Golf

323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge, TN | 423-463-4391 Eastridgeparksandrec.com

Carver Rec Center Disc Golf

600 N. Orchard Knob Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-505-5605

Portland Park Disc Golf

409 Signal Mountain Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-757-5551

Shepherd Recreation Center Disc Golf

2124 Shepherd Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-855-2697

The Sinks Disc Golf

4502 North Access Rd., Hixson, TN | 423-266-2700 Thesinksdiscgolf.com

Southern Adventist University Disc Golf

4881 Taylor Cir., Collegedale, TN | 423-236-2850

Valley Fest Disc Golf

Pine St. and Wagner Ln., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-7608 Portland Park

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Banjo’s BBQ

22002 Rhea County Hwy., Spring City, TN | 423-785-7606 Banjos-bbq.com

Pork, chicken, ribs, brisket and the BOOMER – prepared with a special blend of 17 seasonings. All sauces made in-house.

Big Al’s BBQ

16886 Rankin Ave., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-2277

Great dine-in and carry-out barbecue in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Bear’s Den BBQ

Specializing in pulled pork, chicken, beef, ribs and their best-selling killer potato.

Nickajack BBQ & Outdoors

22 E. 3rd St., Jasper, TN | 423-939-0606 Barbecue and smoked chicken breast with all the fixins’.

Papa’s Place BBQ Restaurant

4784 S. Lee Hwy., McDonald, TN | 423-777-5432

130 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 423-338-5757

Cozy little place featuring freshly smoked pulled pork and homecooked sides.

Bradford’s BBQ

Pig-N-Catch Restaurant 3651 N. Main St., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-7000

Can’t beat this barbecue with their special hot slaw.

1999 Grassy Creek Rd., Copperhill, TN | 423-548-2723

Enjoy slow-cooked barbecue at this restaurant / fireworks store in the Ocoee Basin.

Dave’s Spiced Right BBQ

12914 TN-58, Georgetown, TN | 423-961-90793 Barbecue (and more) that is notoriously “spiced right.”

Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant, Lodge & Trading Post

A hometown barbecue favorite set within the beautiful Sequatchie Valley near Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Shuford’s Smokehouse

924 Signal Mtn. Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-267-0080 Shufordsbbq.com

Shuford’s offers classic Southern barbecue, including smoked meats, traditional sides and their famous homemade banana pudding.

850 W Main St., Monteagle, TN | 800-489-2091 Thesmokehouse.com

Stadium BBQ

McElroy’s Riverside BBQ

Enjoy this Southern barbecue with all the fixings - and save room for their homemade fried pies.

Barbecue and Southern-style breakfast, lunch and dinner served at this landmark establishment on Monteagle Mountain. Fried pies and fudge are legendary.

5676 US-41, Jasper, TN | 423-942-3177

Serving barbecued beef and pork, as well as catfish, chicken and steaks.

Michael’s Casual Dining

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Mo-Mo’s BBQ

7481 Rhea County Hwy., Dayton, TN | 423-775-6868

Two locations: 925 Congress Pkwy. North, Athens, TN | 423-649-0000 862 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-263-2603 Michaelsgreatfood.com

Sink your teeth into their fresh fall-off-the-bone, slow-cooked barbecue flavored with their own mix of herbs, spices and dry-rubbed seasonings.

Two locations: 773 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN | 423-790-0002 106 Savannah Shores Dr., Delano, TN | 423-808-0012 (seasonal hours) StadiumBBQ.com

Sugar’s Ribs

2450 15th Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-826-1199 Sugarsribs.com

Award-winning barbecue and ribs on historic Missionary Ridge overlooking downtown Chattanooga.

Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-que

810 Peakland Rd., Ten Mile, TN | 423-334-2487

Barbecue and American favorites in a fun, eclectic setting near Watts Bar Lake.

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LOCAL FAVORITES: ATHENS Beanery Uncorked

2 N. White St., Athens, TN | 423-252-0031 Beaneryuncorked.com

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.

Dairy Barn

1108 Congress Pkwy. S., Athens, TN | 423-745-2286

Tasty ice cream treats and fast food in Athens. Seasonal hours.

Jenkins Grille & Market

411 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 423-745-7388 Jenkins-deli.com

Sixties décor offering tasty rib-eye sandwiches, chicken salad, soups and more.

Maddie Mas

10 S. White St., Athens, TN | 423-649-3627 Maddimas.com

Italian subs that never fail to impress – especially the salami.

Open Door Café

3 N. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 423-744-3020

Romantic setting in the historic Robert E. Lee Hotel featuring a Mediterranean menu.

BENTON Bakery on Main

6232 Hwy. 411, Benton, TN | 423-599-0656

Full-service bakery, also offering deli sandwiches, loaded potatoes and more.

Cherokee Cafe

7056 US-411, Benton, TN | 423-299-9461 Pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more.

Kathy’s Kownty Kitchen

CHATTANOOGA HIGHLIGHTS

Visit ChattanoogaFun.com for a full listing of Chattanooga-area restaurants. Bea’s Restaurant

4500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-867-3618

All-you-can-eat fried chicken and Southern favorites served family-style since 1950. Closed Mon.-Tues.

Beast + Barrel Gastro Smokehouse

16 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-805-4599 Beastandbarrel.com

New American restaurant and full bar with indoor and dog-friendly patio seating along bustling Frazier Ave.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

222 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-267-2739 Bigrivergrille.com

Microbrew beer selections and a made-from-scratch menu, located in a historic trolley barn downtown.

Bread & Butter

3955 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-803-4446 Butterthebread.com Artisan bakery and local market.

Champy’s - Blues, Brews & Birds

Two locations: 526 E. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-752-9198 6925 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN | 423-803-2800 Champyschicken.com

Fried chicken is the draw at this country-hip Southern eatery with live music and a long beer list.

Clyde’s On Main

122 W. Main St., Chattanooga TN | 423-362-8335 Clydesonmain.com

Laid-back spot featuring sofas, shuffle boards and ping pong tables, plus bar food and draft beers.

121 Poplar St., Benton, TN | 423-338-1214

Flying Squirrel Bar

Lottie’s Diner

Award-winning atmosphere serving unique small plates and great drinks from 4 p.m. until. (21+ every day except for Sunday brunch.)

Country home cooking at its best.

5790 Old Hwy. 411, Benton, TN | 423-338-1322

Home of the famous “Cathead Biscuit.”

CHARLESTON Willie’s Deli

7701 N. Lee Hwy., Charleston, TN | 423-336-8008 Great sandwiches and burgers.

55 Johnson St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-602-5980 Flyingsquirrelbar.com

Good Dog Restaurant

34 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-475-6175 Eatatgooddog.com

Casual Coolidge Park venue serving gourmet veggie, sausage and all-beef hot dogs.

Herman’s Soul Food

3821 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN | 423-624-5715 Hermanssoulfood.com

Family-friendly restaurant specializing in fried chicken and home-cooked soul food.

Lakeshore Grille @ Lakeshore Marina

5600 Lake Resort Terrace #300, Chattanooga, TN | 423-710-2057 American food with an amazing view of Chickamauga Lake. Include deck and dog-friendly patio.

Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant - Monteagle

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Gabriel’s Pizza

DAYTON

Local art-filled parlor making deep-dish pizza with gourmet toppings and other Italian eats.

1368 Market St., Dayton, TN 37321 | 423-834-9888 Cumberlandcafeandmarket.com

Mt. Vernon Restaurant

2625 Keith St., Cleveland, TN | 423-728-2222 Gabrielspizzas.com

At the foot of Lookout Mountain, serving Southern food and home-made desserts for over 55 years.

Gardner’s Market

535 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-266-6591 Mymtvernon.com

262 Broad St. NW, Cleveland, TN | 423-478-3906

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

Step back in time to an Old-World deli.

2 W. Aquarium Way, Chattanooga, TN | 423-708-8505 Puckettsgro.com

Jenkins Deli

2390 Spring Creek Blvd., Cleveland, TN | 423-478-1648 Jenkins-deli.com

Located next to the Tennessee Aquarium, serving Southern-style favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Top-rated regional restaurant featuring American-style cooking.

Riverside Catfish House

Lasater’s Coffee & Tea

18039 US-41, Chattanooga, TN | 423-821-9214

2450 Spring Creek Blvd., Cleveland, TN | 423-790-0513

Popular stop for fried catfish on the Tennessee River since 1963. Some outdoor seating. (Open Fri-Sun only.)

Custom-roasted award-winning coffee and a large selection of teas.

Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria

212 High St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-265-5033 ext. 6 Bluffviewartdistrict.com

Handmade pasta, fresh sauces and bread in the historic Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River.

Tracy City

CLEVELAND

Cumberland Café & Market

Fresh, locally sourced and made-from-scratch food for dine-in and take-out, as well as grab-and-go items.

Dayton Coffee Shop & Restaurant

280 2nd Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-775-6156 Coffee and Southern favorites.

Delia’s Mexican

8796 Rhea County Hwy., Dayton, TN | 423-570-1813 Your destination in Dayton for authentic Mexican food.

Ellie’s Catfish Cafe

260 16th Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-570-0620

Serving catfish and Southern country cuisine.

Old Fort Restaurant 1422 25th St. NW, Cleveland, TN | 423-339-0446

Harmony House Coffee

The Spot

Fresh roasted coffee, tea and a full-service espresso bar in downtown Dayton.

Home cooked meals in a family atmosphere.

45 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-479-7768

378 1st Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-570-7656 Harmonyhousecoffee.com

Jacob Myer’s Restaurant on the River

See VisitClevelandTN.com for a full listing of Cleveland restaurants.

A Cleveland tradition since 1937, featuring burgers and hand-dipped shakes and malts.

Bald Headed Bistro

Town House Bake Shop

Fine western dining.

Sweet stop for bakery items and cakes since 1963.

Bon Life Coffee

Village Bake Shop

287 1st Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-775-1800 Monkeytownbrewing.com

Established in 1961, this bakery offers a wide variety of delicious sweets and treats.

Screen Door Café

201 Keith St. SW, Cleveland, TN | 423-472-6000 Baldheadedbistro.com

1807 Keith St., Cleveland, TN | 423-464-6160 Drinkabetterstory.com Exceptional coffee with a global cause.

Café Roma

220 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-339-1488 Caferomatn.com

Fresh Southern-inspired Italian dishes.

Catch Seafood Bar & Grill

233 Inman St. SE, Cleveland, TN | 423-790-1235 Catchbarandgrill.com Fresh seafood featuring Gulf Coast and Asian cuisine.

Cobblestone Grille

170 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-790-7006 Cobblestonegrille.com

2524 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN | 423-478-2822 Townhousebakeshopinc.com

201 Keith St. SW, Cleveland, TN | 423-476-5179

COPPERTOWN / DUCKTOWN The Copper Grill

109 Ocoee St., Copperhill, TN

The state line divides this restaurant between Tennessee and Georgia, so pick your state to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and specialty sandwiches.

Wildwater Willie’s Mineshaft Pub & Grub

Old Hwy 64, Ducktown, TN | 423-548-5100 Wildwaterrafting.com

185 Chickamauga Dr., Dayton, TN | 423-570-0023 Jacobmyersrestaurant.com

Traditional American fare and seafood in a casual atmosphere just up the road from Chickamauga Lake.

Monkey Town Brewing Co.

Craft beer made in house - open 7 days lunch & dinner.

449 Delaware Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-777-4868 Screendoorcafe.com

Homestyle meals made from scratch.

DECATUR Decatur Family Diner

17315 TN-58 N, Decatur, TN | 423-334-3354

Family-friendly restaurant serving country-style favorites. Breakfast served all day.

American food at Wildwater Ocoee outfitters.

Breakfast, lunch and coffee in downtown Cleveland.

Deli-Boys

2538 Keith Street, Cleveland, TN | 423-472-8868 Deliboysonline.com

Artisanal sandwiches, salads, plates and soups. Fountain sodas, craft beers, Kombucha, Nitro Coffee, and desserts served in a casual neighborhood eatery.

Farmhouse Restaurant

2260 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN | 423-339-9998

Family-style restaurant – food just like grandma used to make.

Fowler’s Seafood Market

Café Roma - Cleveland

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2183 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN | 423-790-0580 Fowlersseafood.com

Fresh seafood “right off the boat.” Take it home and cook it or we can steam it for you.

Pig N Catch BBQ - Pikeville

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DUNLAP Andy’s Pizza & Steak House

7291 TN-28, Dunlap, TN | 423-949-3633

Great stop for pasta, pizza, steak and a salad bar.

Cagle Mountain Trading Post & Restaurant

5734 Old State Hwy. 8, Dunlap, TN | 423-949-5063

Offers three meals a day with all-you-can-eat catfish every Friday night.

Cookie Jar Café & Johnson Family Farm

1887 Kelly Cross Rd., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-5852 Thecookiejarcafe.com

Home-style cooking and decadent desserts in a rural farm setting with the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Dunlap Restaurant

The Starling Cafe - Pikeville

17238 Rankin Ave., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-2595

This restaurant has been serving breakfast, brunch and burgers in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley for more than 50 years.

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Land’s Restaurant

Farmhouse Restaurant

Burgers, homemade chips, butterflied coconut shrimp and more.

Enjoy a porch rocker or shop in the country gift shop before enjoying this country-style restaurant offering homemade pies and cakes.

14937 Rankin Ave. Dunlap TN | 423-949-2912 Landsrestaurant.com

1201 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-263-3276

Hummingbird Café & Bakery

ENGLEWOOD

616 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-263-0083

Locally owned café and bakery.

Tellico Junction Café

17 East Main St., Englewood, TN | 423-887-7770

Full breakfast buffet every morning – and don’t miss the chocolate gravy and biscuits as part of their Saturday buffet.

The Spot

257 County Rd. 802, Etowah, TN | 423-333-4659 Unique stop for fish sandwiches and fried chicken.

Starr Mountain Bistro

305 N. Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-781-7092 Stadium BBQ - Delano

Homemade cooking with a Cajun flair and decadent desserts.

GUILD Lookout Winery & Wood Oven Pizza

11848 US-41, Guild, TN | 727-499-8974 Lookoutwinery.com

Enjoy wood-oven pizza and a variety of wines overlooking Nickajack Lake.

HARRISON Dockside Café @ Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN | 423-344-9998

Casual atmosphere serving American favorites, country cooking and seafood on Chickamauga Lake.

JASPER Café 41

5247 US-41, Jasper, TN | 423-942-3800

Popular spot for breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade desserts near South Cumberland State Park.

Snack Shack

904 Betsy Pack Dr., Jasper, TN | 423-942-8955

Stop by for burgers and with some hand-dipped ice cream or an oldfashioned banana split.

T’s Diner

3525 Main St., Jasper, TN | 423-942-3505 Popular breakfast and lunch stop.

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POWELL’S CROSSROADS

Ocoee Dam Deli

SueBob’s Diner

Located near all the action on the Ocoee River, this popular stop serves American favorites with a touch of the South.

Country cooking in a comfortable atmosphere within the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

PIKEVILLE

RELIANCE

1223 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 423-338-8184 Ocoeedamdeli.com

Farmer’s Table

3714 Main St., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-2145

Country cooking stop in historic Pikeville for breakfast and lunch.

3-Way Market

79 Tom Hale Flat Rd., Pikeville, TN |423-881-4433

A simple convenience store, but the locals love their burgers and pizza.

Oren Wooden’s Apple House

6351 New Harmony Rd., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-6376 Woodensapplehouse.com

Purchase seasonal fruits and veggies and enjoy Oren’s Orchard Café and Pie Shop. Group tours available. Seasonal hours.

Vegetarian Vegan Gluten-Free

2573 Hwy 283, Powell’s Crossroads, TN 37397 | 423-658-8575 Suebobs.com

Flip-Flop Burgers

179 Tellico Reliance Rd., Reliance, TN | 312-338-4987 Flipflopburgers.com Great burger stop after a day of fun on the Hiwassee River.

Reliance Fly & Tackle

588 Childers Creek Road, Reliance, TN | 423-338-7771 Relianceflyshop.blogspot.com

Oldest locally owned fly shop and country store in the area, serving smoked ribs and chicken dinners each weekend. Bagged fisherman lunches available.

Scottie’s

3211 Main St., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-6892

Cashew

Mimi’s Deli

Vegetarian / vegan restaurant in Chattanooga.

Gluten-free foods, deli sandwiches, cheesesteaks and more.

149 River St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-355-5486 Cashewchattanooga.com

Clark’s Bakery at Stone Cave

207 Stone Cave Loop - Unit A, Dunlap, TN | 423-949-4333 Clarksretreat.com

Natural foods store specializing in whole grain breads and desserts.

Aris’ Harbor Lights Restaurant & Lounge

Starling Cafe

9718 Hixson Pk., Soddy-Daisy, TN | 423-843-2800 Arisharborlight.net

3095 Main St., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-3000

Stop in for an early or late lunch to enjoy made-from-scratch soups, sandwiches, desserts and more.

Overlooking the Tennessee River, this family-friendly restaurant offers food and entertainment with indoor and outdoor seating. Private boat dock available for boats.

Blue Ribbon Café

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Southern-style breakfast, lunch and dinner served at this landmark establishment on Monteagle Mountain. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Fried pies and fudge are legendary.

Breakfast served daily. Special occasion and wine dinners scheduled throughout the year.

Overlooking Chickamauga Lake, this marina restaurant has a large deck with a menu that ranges from seafood to steak.

Mooney’s Market & Emporium

Dutch Maid Bakery

109 Main St., Tracy City, TN | 931-592-3171 Thedutchmaid.com

Tennessee’s oldest family-owned bakery serving traditional recipes for bread, cakes and pastries that have been passed down for generations. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and treats at the bakery and café.

Henry Flury & Sons Grocery

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850 W Main St., Monteagle, TN | 800-489-2091 Thesmokehouse.com

Steve’s Landing Waterfront Grill

SOUTH CUMBERLAND PLATEAU: Monteagle, Tracy City, Coalmont

Lunch and Dinner

Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant, Lodge & Trading Post

Monteagle Inn & Retreat Center

1145 Poling Cir., Soddy-Daisy, TN | 423-332-4098 Steveslandingsoddy.com

Full Breakfast Menu All Day Every Day

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Vegetarian / vegan restaurant in Chattanooga.

9705 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN | 423-332-5005

Southern cooking with a modern twist.

Homemade Food Fresh Ingredients

www.suebobs.com

Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Café

505 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-752-5224

SODDY-DAISY

Enjoy burgers and fries on a barstool in downtown Pikeville.

Catering for Your Special Occasions

5023 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN | 423-877-8700 Mimisdeliandbakery.com

223 Main St, Tracy City, TN | 931-592-5661

HOURS: Thursday - Saturday 7am - 8pm CST Sunday 8am - 2pm CST

Established in 1905 by Henry Flury, who moved to Tracy City from the Swiss Colony in Gruetli, this old-fashioned grocery store also serves lunch.

2573 Hwy 283 Powells Crossroads, TN 423-658-8575

Enjoy fine dining in this 1929 three-story mansion, presumably financed by Al Capone. The building once had escape hatches on the roof and underground tunnels in the basement used by Capone for the transferring of liquor in the 1920s and early 30s.

High Point Restaurant

204 W. Main St., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-3869 Monteagleinn.com

1265 W. Main St., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-7400

Natural foods grocery featuring locally sourced produce, cheeses, bread, coffee, yarn, nursery and garden plants and handmade items. Organic Crescent Café, a vegan juice bar, is open 11-3 every day.

Mountain Goat Market

109 Main St., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-2727

Popular stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee, as well as organic grocery store goods.

S.A.M.’s Grocery

7356 TN-56, Coalmont, TN | 423-592-7267

Home-cooked meals in a quaint old-fashioned grocery store setting.

Tea on the Mountain

298 Colyar St., Tracy City, TN | 931-592-4832 Teaonthemountain.com

Enjoy white-linen meals, High Tea, and delectable desserts.

224 E. Main St., Monteagle, TN | 931-924-4600 Highpointrestaurant.net

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Dixie Freeze

Euchee Grill & Brewhouse

200 Elm Ave., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-837-6423

Walk up or dine in on burgers, fries and shakes.

The Patton House

145 Patton School Rd., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-836-7522

Enjoy home cooked favorites, including catfish, steak, friend chicken, barbecue, ribs and more.

Harvey’s Pirate Drive-In

111 2nd St., South Pittsburg, TN |423-837-7763

Enjoy dinner and craft beer overlooking beautiful Watts Bar Lake. Indoor and patio seating available.

WINERY

Mr. Twister

2593 TN-304, Ten Mile, TN | 423-334-1984 Ice cream, burgers and dinners next to Watts Bar Lake.

Favorite stop for fast food and burgers in downtown South Pittsburg.

WHITWELL

Steverino’s

Johnny’s Hook N’ Grill

Italian eatery and pub in historic building in downtown South Pittsburg.

Fish, chicken and burgers served in a casual atmosphere in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

238 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-837-5420

Savannah Oaks

200 Euchee Ln., Ten Mile, TN | 423-454-0165 Eucheegrillandbrew.com

13060 Hwy. 28, Whitwell, TN | 423-815-4014

Whitwell Dairy Bar

13292 TN-28, Whitwell, TN | 423-658-6050 Popular stop for ice cream and frozen desserts.

Wine, Beer & Whiskey

Regional Orchards

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all is often thought of as prime pumpkin season, but a treat that is as equally healthy and delicious is also readily available in the Southeast Tennessee region: the apple. Here’s a look at four of the area’s “sweetest” orchards.

Wine ~ Gifts ~ Events 1817 Delano RD. (PO Box 216) Delano, TN 37325 (423) 263-1513 /SavannahOaksWinery

Apple Valley Orchard

351 Weese Road SE, Cleveland, TN | 877-472-3044 Applevalleyorchard.com

Lookout Winery

11848 Hwy. 41, Guild, TN | 423-939-9334 Lookoutwinery.com

Serving wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted wines using old-time winemaking techniques. Indoor and outdoor seating overlooks Nickajack Lake.

Monkey Town Brewing Co.

287 1st Ave., Dayton, TN | 423-775-1800 Monkeytownbrewing.com

Craft beer made in-house. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Morris Vineyard & Tennessee Mountainview Winery 346 Union Grove Rd., Charleston, TN | 423-479-7311 Morrisvineyard.com

Free wine tastings. Established in 1965, this vineyard grows grapes, muscadine, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries to produce 17 wine varieties. Pick-your-own berries offered seasonally.

Ocoee Winery

5365 Waterlevel Hwy., Cleveland, TN | 423-614-5100 Ocoeewinery.com

This winery offers a wide array of wines produced at the winery. Free tours available with reservations. Open seven days a week.

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Savannah Oaks Winery

1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513

Free wine tastings. This family-owned winery grows their own grapes and makes wine on-site. The winery offers 23 wines, specializing in muscadine. Located near the scenic Hiwassee River Blueway, this venue has an event hall and hosts weddings, receptions and special events.

Chattanooga Whiskey Micro-Distillery & Tasting Room 1439 Market St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-760-4333 Chattanoogawhiskey.com

Chattanooga Whiskey’s distillery, tasting room and retail shop, located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Public tours offered hourly – prebooking recommended. Private tours for groups of 10 or more available with reservation.

Tsali Notch Vineyard

140 Harrison Rd., Madisonville, TN | 423-390-0433 Tsalinotch.com

Tsali Notch Vineyard is a vineyard and tasting room specializing in wines from the Muscadine, a grade indigenous to the Southeast. The vineyard has more than 6,000 vines on 21 miles of trellis, covering 35 acres of their 202-acre estate.

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Seasonal hours of operation Family-owned apple orchard, bakery and gift shop recently named one of the “Best Apple Orchards in Tennessee” by Southern Living magazine. Check the website for seasonal events. Group / student tours available by appointment. Apple varieties: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Charlie Gold, Rome Beauty and Caitlin Gala (developed at Apple Valley Orchard and named after the owner’s daughter).

Fairmont Orchard

2204 Fairmount Pike, Signal Mountain, TN | 423-886-1226

Seasonal hours of operation. Stop in to this small family-owned orchard for fresh cider and a bag of apples. Apple varieties: Jonagold, Jonathan, Mutsu, Shizuka, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Stayman Winesap, Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji and Arkansas Black.

Oren Wooden’s Apple House

6351 New Harmony Road, Pikeville, TN | 423-447-6376 Woodensapplehouse.com

Seasonal hours of operation. The region’s oldest continuously operated apple house, Wooden’s grows and sells apples, pumpkins and a host of other fruits and vegetables. Enjoy lunch and delicious fried pies at Oren’s Orchard Cafe. Group / student tours available by appointment. Apple varieties: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith and Mutsu.

Wheeler’s Orchard - Dunlap

Wheeler’s Orchard & Vineyard

956 Wheeler Road, Dunlap, TN | 423-949-4255

Seasonal hours of operation. This family-owned orchard and vineyard on Fredonia Mountain focuses on sustainably grown apples and produce. Be sure to try their fresh cider and other homemade treats. Pick-your-own options: blueberries (July-Sept.) and grapes (August) Apple varieties (including heirloom varieties): Mollie’s Delicious, Liberty, McIntosh, Jonagold, Empire, Old Time Golden Delicious, Gala, Braeburn, Winesap, Fuji, Mutsu, Red Rome Beauty, Granny Smith and Blushing Golden.

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rom calm lakes to rushing rivers, Southeast Tennessee is woven together by water. Choose to raft the Ocoee River’s premier whitewater rapids, paddle along the family-friendly Hiwassee River Blueway, or spend the day fishing on any one of our scenic lakes. Grab your swimming suit and shades and plan for some wet and wild fun during your stay. Learn more at SoutheastTennessee.com.

Benton Falls

Hiwassee River: The Hiwassee River offers family-friendly whitewater adventure and trout fishing in the upper section of the river and motorized water recreation, bass fishing and bird watching in the lower section. The river meanders through the Cherokee National Forest and the historic towns of Reliance, Delano, Charleston and Calhoun, offering spectacular views of the regional natural landscape and numerous cultural heritage sites. See HiwasseeBlueway.com to plan your adventure. B&B Marina

Hiwassee River Mile Marker 12.9 117 Marina Dr. NW, Charleston, TN | 423-336-2341 Bbmarina.com

High Country Adventures

430 US-64 E., Ocoee, TN| 1-800-233-8594 Hcrivers.com

Gee Creek Campground

@ Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park 404 Spring Creek Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-0050 Tnstateparks.com

Hiwassee Outfitters

155 Ellis Creek Rd., Reliance, TN | 423-338-8115 Hiwasseeoutfitters.com

Ocoee Outdoors

1985 Old Copper Rd., Benton, TN | 1-800-533-7767 Ocoeeoutdoors.com

Webb Bros. Float Service

3708 TN-30, Reliance, TN | 423-338-2373 Webbbros.com

Guided Group Snorkeling Tours: Hiwassee & Conasauga Rivers in Southeast TN Schedule group trips through the Cherokee National Forest. 423-496-0102 | 423-476-9751

Discover Southeast Tennessee’s Waterfalls Waterfall Wonder Waterfalls to explore in Southeast Tennessee

Waterfall Wonder features some of the most scenic and accessible waterfalls on public lands in Southeast Tennessee. This guide spans the 10 counties of the region and includes spectacular falls in South Cumberland State Park, the Cherokee National Forest, Cumberland Trail State Park, and Fall Creek Falls State Park. Download the Waterfall Wonder Guide at SoutheastTennessee.com or pick up a guide at Outdoor Chattanooga or our regional Tennessee Welcome Centers.

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Chattanooga Paddleboard

TENNESSEE RIVER:

OCOEE RIVER:

The 652-mile Tennessee River flows through the heart of Southeast Tennessee, offering a variety of recreation activities on the river and lakes throughout the region. The waterway flows south from Watts Bar Lake near Ten Mile and Spring City, south through Birchwood in Meigs County, continuing on to Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, known as the “New Bass Fishing Capital of the South.” From there, the river flows south through downtown Chattanooga, where it becomes a formally designated National Scenic River Trail known as the Tennessee River Blueway. From Chattanooga, the blueway winds through the stunning Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Dam. 

Perhaps the most famous river in Southeast Tennessee is the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competitions and well-known as one of the premier whitewater rivers in the United States. Whether you’re shooting the rapids along the 5-mile long Olympic whitewater course or paddling through rapids on the 5-mile middle section, the Ocoee River promises unbeatable thrills - and scenic views of the Cherokee National Forest to match. Guided trips can be scheduled March through October. Learn more at OcoeeCountry.com. Adventures Unlimited

522 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 1-800-662-0667 Adventuresunlimited.net

For more information about the Tennessee River Blueway, visit Outdoorchattanooga.com.

Big Frog Expeditions

111 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, TN | 423-702-1422

L2 Outside

100 Market St., Chattanooga, TN | 423-531-7873 L2outside.com

River Canyon Adventures

21726 River Canyon Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-488-1345 Rivercanyonadventure.com

Rusty’s Rentals

8332 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN | 423-591-5526 Rustyskayaks.com

Scenic City Safari Shuttles & Outfitters

1111 Cranbrook Circle, Hixson, TN | 423-653-4845

Tennessee River Gorge Explorer

1 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN | 4 2 3 - 2 6 5 - 0 6 9 8 Tnaqua.org

1278 Welcome Valley Rd., Benton, TN | 1-877-776-2633 Ocoeeriver.biz

Carolina Ocoee

SEQUATCHIE RIVER:

225 Industrial Dr., Ducktown, TN | 1-800-468-7238 Carolinaocoee.com

The Sequatchie River flows 70 miles through the Sequatchie Valley, the long and narrow divide between the Cumberland Plateau and Walden’s Ridge. The river originates at the Head of the Sequatchie and winds through the valley before emptying into the Tennessee River. This scenic waterway offers slow and easy paddling opportunities, as well as the chance to enjoy the Sequatchie Valley’s breathtaking landscape by water.

Cascade Outdoors

1248 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 1-800-338-7238 Cascadeoutdoors.com

Cherokee Rafting

869 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 1-800-451-7238 Cherokeerafting.com

*Please take measures to avoid the low-head dam located on the lower end of the Sequatchie River at Ketner’s Mill. To learn more about low-head dams, visit SafeDams.com.

Old Mill Dam Outdoor Adventure

13647 Old TN Hwy., Pikeville, TN | 423-447-6304 Oldmilloutdooradventure.com

High Country Adventures

430 US-64 E., Ocoee, TN | 1-800-233-8594 Hcrivers.com

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Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

for A FREE Visitor Guide

150 Hawkins Dr., Ocoee, TN | 828-336-7502 Noc.com

Ocoee Adventure Center (OAC)

4651 US-64, Copperhill, TN | 1-888-723-8622 Ocoeeadventurecenter.com

Ocoee Inn

Ocoee River Mile Marker 12.8 2496 US-64, Benton, TN | 800-272-7238 Ocoeeinn.com

Ocoee Outdoors

1985 Old Copper Rd., Benton, TN | 1-800-533-7767 Ocoeeoutdoors.com

Outdoor Adventure Rafting (OAR)

629 Welcome Valley Rd., Benton, TN | 1-800-627-7636 Raftoar.com

Outland Expeditions

6501 Waterlevel Hwy. SE, Cleveland, TN | 423-478-1442 Outlandexpeditions.com

Quest Expeditions

281 US-64, Ocoee, TN | 423-338-2979 Questexpeditions.com

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Welcome to Polk County, Southeast Tennessee’s treasure! Enjoy one of our three beautiful Rivers – including the Ocoee River, voted the #1 Whitewater River in the Country. Zip through the lush canopy of the Cherokee National Forest, ride a train through the mountains, or sip wine in a vineyard while taking in spectacular mountain views.

Ocoee River

Raft One

4599 US-64, Copperhill, TN | 1-888-723-8663 Raft1.com

Sunburst Adventures

702 Welcome Valley Rd., Benton, TN | 423-338-8388 Sunburstrafting.com

Whitewater Express

703 Golf Course Rd., Copperhill, TN | 423-496-9126 Whitewaterexpress.com

Wildwater LTD

4596 US-64 W, Ducktown, TN | 423-496-4904 Wildwaterrafting.com

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Parksville Lake

LAKES Chickamauga Lake

Nickajack Lake

Chickamauga Lake stretches 59 miles upriver from Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga to Watts Bar Dam in Ten Mile, Tenn. The lake features two state parks and is popular for boating, fishing, swimming and camping. For more information, visit tva.com.

Nickajack Reservoir extends 46 miles upstream from Nickajack Dam to Chickamauga Dam. The reservoir offers wide expanses of water for boating, paddling, swimming and other outdoor recreation activities. For more information, visit tva.gov.

Blue Water RV Resort & Marina

TN River Mile Marker 431.1L 1265 Hales Bar Rd., Guild, TN | 423-942-9000 Halesbarmarina.com

Booker T. Washington State Park Marina

Marion County Park & Campground

5801 Champions Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-894-4955 Tnstateparks.com

Chester Frost Park

2318 North Gold Point Cir., Hixson, TN | 423-842-0177 Hamiltontn.gov

FishDayton – Chickamauga Lake @ Dayton Boat Dock & Grill

175 Lakeshore Dr., Dayton, TN | 865-755-0706 Fishdayton.com

Harrison Bay State Park Marina

TN River Mile Marker 478 8411 Harrison Bay Rd., Harrison, TN | 423-344-6214 Tnstateparks.com

Island Cove Marina & Resort

TN River Mile Marker 477.5 6701 TN-58, Harrison, TN | 423-344-8331 Islandcovemarina.com

Lakeshore Marina

TN River Mile Marker 471 5600 Lake Resort Terr., Chattanooga, TN | 423-870-2000 Lsmarina.com

Soddy Lake Public Fishing Pier 9835 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy, TN

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Hales Bar Marina & Resort

TN River Mile Marker 504.4 220 Blue Water Campground Rd., Dayton, TN | 423-775-3265 Bluewaterdayton.com

On the Water

TN River Mile Marker 429.0 9696 US-41, Jasper, TN | 423-942-6653 Marioncountychamber.com

Parksville Lake (Lake Ocoee) Parksville Lake, also known as Lake Ocoee, is situated within the boundaries of the Cherokee National Forest near Benton, Tenn. Ocoee Inn 2496 US-64, Benton, TN | 1-800-272-7238 Ocoeeinn.com Parksville Lake Campground 3171 US-64, Benton, TN | 423-338-3300 Fs.usda.gov

Chilhowee Lake (Lake McKamy) Chilhowee Lake, also known as Lake McKamy, is located within the Chilhowee Recreation Area in the Ocoee Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest. This 7-acre lake offers a swim area with a sand beach and fishing from the bank. Chilhowee Recreation Area 3171 US-64, Benton, TN | 423-338-3300 Fs.usda.gov

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LAKES (cont.) Watts Bar Lake Watts Bar Reservoir extends 724 miles northeast from Watts Bar Dam in Ten Mile, Tenn., to Fort Loudon Dam in Lenoir City, Tenn. Watts Bar Lake is popular for boating, fishing, swimming, camping and other outdoor activities. For more information, visit tva.gov. Arrowhead Resort & Marina

TN River Mile Marker 544.6 261 Bennett Dr., Spring City, TN | 423-365-6484 Arrowheadresort.com

Cottonport Marina & RV Resort

Scenic City Fishing Charters

TN River Mile Marker 513.7 797 Cottonport Ferry Rd., Decatur, TN | 423-454-4110 and 423-322-0950

FISHING GUIDES / RESOURCES

Eden Marina & Campground

Blue Ridge Fly Fishing Co.

TN River Mile Marker 542.3 653 Scenic Lakeview Dr., Spring City, TN | 423-365-6929

Euchee Marina Resort & Campground

205 Manufacturers Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-803-2733 Blueridgeflyfishing.com

FishDayton - Chickamauga Lake

TN River Mile Marker 540.5 200 Euchee Ln., Ten Mile, TN | 423-334-1004 Eucheemarinaresort.com

Dayton Boat Dock & Grill 175 Lakeshore Dr., Dayton, TN | 865-755-0706 FIshdayton.com

Sam’s Boat Dock

Reliance Fly & Tackle

TN River Mile Marker 538.5 322 Sam’s Boat Dock Rd., Ten Mile, TN | 423-334-5620 Samsboatdock.com

588 Childers Creek Rd., Reliance, TN | 423-338-7771 Relianceflyshop.blogspot.com

Terrace View Marina, Resort & Restaurant

Chattanooga, TN | 423-509-4655 Sceniccityfishing.com

Whites Creek Marina & Lakeside Resort

107 Riverview Ln., Reliance, TN | 423-338-7368 Southeasternanglers.com

3367 Euchee Chapel Rd., Spring City, TN | 423-365-6060 Terraceviewmarina.com

1190 Whites Creek Rd., Spring City, TN | 866-365-9521 Whitescreekmarina.com

Scenic City Fishing Charters

Overlooking the Sequatchie Valley

Southeastern Anglers

Tri-Star Outfitters

739 Sawmill Rd., Tellico Plains, TN | 423-519-6081 Tri-staroutfitters.com

Fish Dayton

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he twang of the banjo, the drawl of the fiddle, harmonic spirituals and heartwrenching storytelling ballads - these are the sounds of Southeast Tennessee. Musical roots run deep here, and a new generation of musicians is building upon that foundation.

RED BACK HYMNAL: AMERICA’S BEST-LOVED HYMNAL Museum Center at 5ive Points 200 Inman St. E, Cleveland, TN | 423-339-5745 Museumcenter.org The Church Hymnal, famously referred to as the “Red Back,” has been a mainstay in the Southern Gospel music tradition for more than six decades. The Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tenn., honored the Red Back’s heritage with a permanent exhibit entitled The Red Back: America’s Best-Loved Hymnal. The exhibit, geared for learners of all ages, explores the local history of the Red Back from its development and first printing in Cleveland to its widespread adoption and continuing influence on Christian music.

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The following festivals and events are musical mainstays in Southeast Tennessee. MARCH

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Cousin Jake Bluegrass Festival

Jazzanooga

Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival

Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival

Annual event celebrating bluegrass music and the legacy of “Cousin Jake” Tullock, a native of Etowah, Tenn.

Annual celebration of jazz music and Chattanooga’s extraordinaryjazz heritage.

Family-friendly outdoor bluegrass festival featuring performances and jam sessions.

Bluegrass festival benefitting the Nine Mile Fire Department in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

MainStreet Spring Fling

Turtletown, TN Campreggae.net

Etowah, TN Etowaharts.org

Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention

Chattanooga, TN Oldchattanooga.com

Contest is all old-time music (fiddle, banjo, dance, song, stringband) and dance, all acoustic, no mics/amps/PAs.

John F. Studdard Memorial Gospel Concert

Raccoon Mountain Campground, Chattanooga, TN Boxcarforeverbluegrass.com

Chattanooga, TN Jazzanooga.org

Camp Raggae

Three-day raggae festival on Memorial Day weekend featuring Caribbean food vendors, hiking, and arts and crafts.

Dayton, TN Mainstreetdayton.org

Enjoy a day of music, entertainment, arts and crafts in downtown Dayton.

Outdoor festival includes musicians, storytelling, arts and crafts vendors, historical demonstrations, food vendors, children’s events and more.

A night of toe-tapping bluegrass and gospel music in the historic Gem Theater in memory of John F. Studdard, founding member of the popular Hiwassee Ridge bluegrass band.

Historic Dunlap Coke Ovens Park, Dunlap, TN Cokeovens.com

Annual bluegrass festival on the grounds of the Historic Dunlap Coke Ovens Park in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Downtown Summer Nights

Downtown Decatur, TN | 423-334-5496 Meigstnchamber.org

Downtown concert series held every Saturday in June and July.

Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival Pikeville, TN Ninemilebluegrass.com

Bluegrass festival benefitting the Nine Mile Fire Department in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Downtown Summer Nights

Downtown Decatur, TN | 423-334-5496 Meigstnchamber.org

Riverbend Festival

Chattanooga, TN Riverbendfestival.com

Downtown concert series held every Saturday in June and July.

Eight nights of music on five stages along the Tennessee Riverfront in downtown Chattanooga featuring a wide variety of artists representing most music genres.

Summer Music @ Savannah Oaks Winery

1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN 423-263-1513 Savannahoakswinery.com

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at this family-owned winery. Music scheduled most Saturdays (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) May through September.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 865-680-0939 Cityofathens.com

Free summer concert series held each Saturday in May-August (7 p.m. ET).

AUGUST Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival

Pikeville, TN Ninemilebluegrass.com

Bluegrass festival benefitting the Nine Mile Fire Department in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series (JulySeptember) Chattanooga, TN Riverfrontnights.com

Free musical series on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday nights in August and early September.

Summer Music @ Savannah Oaks Winery

1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN 423-263-1513 Savannahoakswinery.com

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at this family-owned winery. Music scheduled most Saturdays (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) May through September.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 865-680-0939 Cityofathens.com

Free summer concert series held each Saturday in May-August (7 p.m. ET).

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Pikeville, TN ninemilebluegrass.com

Summer Music @ Savannah Oaks Winery 1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513 Savannahoakswinery.com

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at this family-owned winery. Music scheduled most Saturdays (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) May through September.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 865-680-0939 Cityofathens.com

Free summer concert series held each Saturday in May-August (7 p.m. ET).

JULY

JUNE Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival

Little Owl Music & Arts Festival

Audubon Acres, Chattanooga, TN Chattanoogaaudubon.org

Gem Theater, Etowah, TN Etowaharts.org

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Singing Echoes Blue Springs Valley Singing

Singing Echoes Park, Cleveland, TN Singingechoes.com

Gospel singing featuring the Singing Echoes family and more.

Ocoee River Jam

Ocoee, TN Ocoeeriverjam.com

Music festival showcasing local, regional and nationally known musical talent, regional crafters and artisans, and food vendors.

Summer Music @ Savannah Oaks Winery 1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513 Savannahoakswinery.com

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at this family-owned winery. Music scheduled most Saturdays (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) May through September.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN | 865-680-0939 Cityofathens.com

Free summer concert series held each Saturday in May-August (7 p.m. ET).

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

Mountaineer Folk Festival

Benton Arts & Heritage Days

at Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Pikeville, TN Fallcreekfalls.org

Enjoy two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking, handmade crafts and more at one of Tennessee’s most popular state parks near historic Pikeville, Tenn.

Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival Pikeville, TN Ninemilebluegrass.com

Bluegrass festival benefitting the Nine Mile Fire Department in the

beautiful Sequatchie Valley.

Summer Music @ Savannah Oaks Winery 1817 Delano Rd., Delano, TN | 423-263-1513 Savannahoakswinery.com

Benton, TN Ocoeecountry.com

Two-day festival featuring a quilt show, bluegrass and gospel music and streets lined with demonstrators, artists and craftors and food vendors.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Ross’s Landing, Chattanooga, TN 3sistersbluegrass.com

Free two-day bluegrass festival featuring contemporary and traditional bluegrass music along the Tennessee River waterfront in downtown Chattanooga.

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at this family-owned winery. Music scheduled most Saturdays (11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) May through September.

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outheast Tennessee is a place both haunted and inspired by the people and events that shaped its past and present. It’s the former homeland of the Cherokee Nation and served as a battlefield for young lives from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Railroad history and coal mining opened up the region to prosperity, creating communities that both prospered and suffered at the hands of industry. Experience the region’s storied landscape at our regional museums and historic sites. Learn more at SoutheastTennessee.com.

The Arts Center - Athens (Photo: Finch Photo)

Live music and local jams. Check out these live music venues and local jams taking place in the region throughout the year. Clayton Blevins Pickin’ Barn

New Hope, TN | 423-837-6650 First paved road to right after crossing the Shelby Rhinehart Bridge from South Pittsburg into New Hope, Tenn. Bluegrass bands perform on the fourth Saturday of every month (7 p.m. CT).

The Jam at Legacy Hall @ First United Methodist Church

146 Scenic Dr., Copperhill, TN | 423-496-2849

Music on the Mountain @ Jim Oliver’s Smoke House Restaurant, Lodge & Trading Post 850 W. Main St., Monteagle, TN | 800-489-2091 Thesmokehouse.com

Artists and songwriters from Nashville and the region perform every Friday and Saturday night. No cover charge.

Bluegrass Jam Session @ New Hope Fire Hall

Year-round acoustic jam in Legacy Hall held every first and third Tuesday (6-9 p.m. ET).

2610 TN-156, New Hope, TN | 423-837-8341

Bluegrass Jam Session @ Kimball Fire Hall

Bluegrass Jam Session @ Opera House Music

925 Main St., Kimball, TN | 423-595-5356

Bluegrass jam sessions held on the first Saturday of every month (6 p.m. CT).

Mountain Opry

Bluegrass jam sessions held on the third Thursday of each month (6 p.m. CT)

230 South Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-837-6650

This full-service music store hosts bluegrass jam sessions every Tuesday night (6-9 p.m. CT).

2501 Fairmount Pike, Signal Mountain, TN | 423-886-3252

Bluegrass, mountain and traditional Americana music every Friday night in a family-friendly atmosphere (8 p.m. ET).

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Historic Bridgman House - Pikeville

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CHEROKEE HERITAGE Native American towns and villages thrived for thousands of years along the rivers and within the valleys of Southeast Tennessee. One of the tribes that inhabited the region was the Cherokee, who by 1700 claimed land that included parts of Southeast Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. However, by 1837, 46,000 Native Americans had been forcibly removed from their lands East of the Mississippi River through what became known as the Trail of Tears. Despite this tragic chapter in American history, the Cherokee people today live on as a renewed, invigorated nation – and their legacy continues in this region through the natural, historical and cultural landscape. Historically significant sites throughout the region offer a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage of the people who lived in Southeast Tennessee prior to European settlement.

Hiwassee River Heritage Center

8746 Hiwassee St., Charleston, TN | 423-665-3373 Hiwasseeheritage.com

Red Clay State Park

1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW, Cleveland, TN | 423-478-0339 Tnstateparks.com

Cherokee Removal Memorial Park

6800 Blythe Ferry Road, Birchwood, TN | 423-339-2769 Cherokeeremoval.org

Audubon Acres

900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga, TN | 423-892-1499 Chattanoogaaudubon.org

Learn more at the following sites and download the guide to Cherokee Heritage in Southeast Tennessee at SoutheastTennessee.com to learn more about important historical sites and stories relating to Cherokee history in the region.

Cherokee Removal Memorial Park

Children’s Holocaust Memorial - the Paper Clips Project Whitwell Middle School 1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, TN Whitwellmiddleschool.org Whitwell Middle School is home to one of the world’s most profound remembrances of the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany - the Children’s Holocaust Memorial. The memorial, which opened in 2001, features an official German railcar that was used to transport Jewish detainees to Nazi death camps. Today, the railcar stands as a testament to the tragedy— 30 million paper clips, are encased within the railcar along with letters and mementos collected from people throughout the world. The students, staff and community of Whitwell Middle School have transformed the German railcar into a symbol of renewed life honoring the lives of those murdered by the Nazis. To schedule a tour, call 423-658-7669 or email whitwelltraveler@gmail.com

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MINING HISTORY

RAILROAD HISTORY

Many communities in Southeast Tennessee were created and defined by mining and related industries for generations. Coal mining, copper and iron production, quarrying and metals manufacturing once formed the backbone of the region’s economy – and the lives of the men and women who labored in those industries. Today, remnants of these historic mining industries are hidden within the landscape, tokens of their significant impact on communities and the natural landscape.

Etowah Railroad Depot & Museum

727 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, TN | 423-263-7840 Tennesseeoverhill.com

Listed on the National Register of historic places, this two-story Victorianstyle railroad station was the first building erected in Etowah. Exhibits include the history of the Old Line Railroad, built in 1890. Purchase tickets here for the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure.

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure

Chattanooga Ticket Office: 877-510-5765 Etowah Ticket Office: 423-263-7840 Tennesseeoverhill.com / Tvrail.com

Download sites associated with the Mining History Trail at SoutheastTennessee.com to discover more about the historic sites, structures and museums that outline the region’s mining past.

Climb on board a restored vintage passenger train for a ride through the beautiful Hiwassee River Gorge and over the famous Hiwassee Rail Loop. Trains run April-November offering standard coach seating and luxury seats in the dome car. Choose from two trip options – the Hiwassee River Loop Trip (half-day) and the Copperhill Special (full day). Call for information about popular holiday excursions.

Ducktown Basin Museum

212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown, TN | 423-496-5778 Ducktownbasinmuseum.com

Niota Depot

201 East Main St., Niota, TN | 423-568-2584 Niota-tn.org

Journey through 150 years of copper mining history in the region. Admission fee.

Constructed from handmade bricks in 1853, the Niota Depot is the oldeststanding railroad depot in Tennessee. Now used as offices for the Town of Niota, the depot is open for tours during business hours.

Dunlap Coke Ovens Park & Museum

Mountain View Dr., Dunlap, TN | 423-949-3483 Cokeovens.com

Explore this 88-acre park and its coke ovens. The museum features the history of coal mining and coke production in the region.

Grundy County Miners Museum & Heritage Center

Chickamauga Battlefield

2115 Main St., Palmer, TN | 931-592-6008

Glimpse into the heyday of mining in Palmer with photos, recounts and artifacts from the town that grew up around the coal industry.

Marion County Coal Miners Museum

900A Main St., Whitwell, TN | 423-658-6868 Coalminersmuseum.com

This one-of-a-kind coal mining museum is filled with objects and stories that mark more than a century of coal mining in the Whitwell community.

Old Copper Road @ Ocoee Whitewater Center

4400 Hwy. 64, Copperhill, TN | 877-692-6050 Fs.fed.us

A 5-mile section of the original Old Copper Road roadbed can be explored from the center, which is situated along the banks of the Ocoee River.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater 1060 Main St., Whitwell, TN | 423-658-7478 Buttonwillowchurch.com

Civil War theater at its best, featuring a menu from the era and period décor. Admission fee - reservations required.

Battles for Chattanooga Museum

1110 E. Brow Rd., Lookout Mountain, TN | 423-821-2812 Battlesforchattanooga.com

Scopes Trial Museum & Festival

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Historic Rhea Co. Courthouse 107 Main St., Dayton, TN, | 423-775-9847 Scopesfestival.com

Three-dimensional electronic Civil War battle map and relic and weapon collection. Admission fee.

3370 LaFayette Rd., Fort Oglethorpe, GA | 706-866-9241 Nps.gov

In July 1925, the Scopes Trial took place at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton. Through the years, fictionalized movies and plays have inaccurately portrayed this famous trial, which featured the prosecution of John T. Scopes for reportedly teaching his students the theory of evolution. As a result, so much of what we think we remember about this famous trial is largely wrong. Each July, the city of Dayton hosts festivities and a play in the actual courtroom where all the action took place. The Scopes Trial Play and Festival is the community’s effort to remember an important moment in history— and to clear up the many misconceptions about what actually took place.

Explore acres of this historic battlefield that hosted the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Includes visitor center, exhibits and a gift shop.

Coke Ovens @ Grundy Lakes State Park - Tracy City

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Regional History Museums:

ENGLEWOOD TEXTILE MUSEUM

Englewood Textile Museum

101 S. Niota Rd., Englewood, TN | 423-887-5455 townofenglewood.com

Explore the history of the region’s 1850 textile industry in Englewood.

Museum Center at 5ive Points

200 Inman St. E, Cleveland, TN | 423-339-5745 museumcenter.org Explore the Ocoee region through exhibits, creative programming, local art, and more. Admission fee.

Fall Walking Tours Bring History to Life Step back in time during the following regional history walking tours held each fall. Each outing brings to life a cast of characters and drama that once storied Southeast Tennessee’s landscape. Dine with Civil War soldiers in Englewood, hear from accused murderers in the former rugged railroad town of Etowah, or stroll through Forest Hills Cemetery with Chattanooga’s history superstars. The spirits of the past live on through our stories—come and meet them! Murders on Main Street (October)

Etowah, TN Gemplayers.com

Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center 465 Railroad Ave., Tracy City, TN | 931-592-6008 grundycountyhistory.org

Includes a library and research center, assembly hall, and exhibit hall with artifacts.

Annual historical interpretation of six murders that took place along Tennessee Avenue in the former rough-and-tumble railroad town of Etowah, Tenn.

Meigs County Historical Museum

200 Smith Ave., Decatur, TN | 423-334-4424 meigscohistoricalmuseum.org Artifacts and genealogy research material.

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Heritage Museum

International Towing & Recovery Museum

3315 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN | 423-267-3132 internationaltowingmuseum.org

Tow truck and towing equipment dating back to 1916. Admission fee.

South Pittsburg Heritage Museum

316 Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, TN | 423-837-8714 historicsouthpittsburgtn.org

South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society’s museum outlines the city’s history.

Downtown Athens

Forest Hills Historic Cemetery Stroll (October) Chattanooga, TN Foresthillscemetery.net

Area residents dress in period clothes to portray historical figures from Chattanooga’s storied past.

Historic Fort Hill Cemetery Walking Tour (October)

Cleveland, TN Leeuniversity.edu

History walking tour featuring the resting place of Civil War soldiers.

An Evening of Mystery & Folklore (October) Cleveland, TN Visitclevelandtn.com

Hear stories and folklore tales as told by the Cleveland Storytelling Guild.

Dining with the Dead (October/November) Cochran Cemetery in Englewood, TN facebook.com/cagetn

Cochran Cemetery comes to life with the ghosts of soldiers, played by the Gem Players theater group, who re-enact their tales. Learn about these hometown Civil War heroes.

Jasper Regional History Museum

715 Phillips Ave., Jasper, TN | 423-942-2233. jasperhistorymuseum.org

Offers an exceptional collection of regional artifacts and memorabilia.

McMinn County Living Heritage Museum 522 W. Madison Ave., Athens, TN | 423-745-0329 livingheritagemuseum.com

Thirty permanent exhibits, including a recreated log cabin, general store and early doctor’s office.

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Small-town Charm in Historic Pikeville, TN

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istoric Pikeville, Tenn., is located within the geographically unique Sequatchie Valley, which spans 65 miles through Southeast Tennessee. Located just 30 minutes from Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville’s quaint downtown features locally owned eateries and shops, as well as a new Veteran’s Park, music hall, stage and farmer’s market. Historic structures line Pikeville’s downtown square, harkening back to the city’s beginnings in the early 1800s. The Bridgman House (1815), the county’s first structure, and the Ross House (1872), its first medical facility, are located across from the county courthouse. Just around the corner is the former Bledsoe County Jail, which was constructed in 1851 and served as the longest-operating jail in Tennessee until it closed in 2008. Don’t miss a drive through the tree-lined South Main Street Historic District to see homes from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Then stop by the Lincoln School (1925), which was part

Historic Ross House

of the Rosenwald School Building Program and provided education for AfricanAmerican students until 1965. Visit Pikeville-bledsoe.com and SoutheastTennessee.com to download the Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway brochure for more information about Pikeville and other locations within the Sequatchie Valley in Southeast Tennessee.

Where History Comes to Life Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, TN Music, history and legal fireworks combine in “Front Page News” as Dayton re-tells the story of the 1925 Scopes Evolution Trial. See the play, visit the vendors, enjoy music on the lawn. Check www.Scopesfestival.com for details, tickets.

Visit the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum for a family fun adventure! Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10a.m.-5p.m. Saturday 10a.m.-4 p.m. 522 W. Madison Ave. Athen TN 37303 423-745-0329 www.livingheritagemuseum.com

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