Traveling Tennessee: A Complete Tour Guide to the Volunteer State from the Highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the Banks of the Mississippi River

Traveling Tennessee: A Complete Tour Guide to the Volunteer State from the Highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the Banks of the Mississippi River

Cathy Summerlin, Vernon Summerlin

Language: English

Pages: 366

ISBN: 2:00254477

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A complete tour guide to the Volunteer State from the highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi River.

Tennessee is a state of endless diversity. It boasts breath-taking scenery, the homes of three presidents, and the birthplace of legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett. It is the birthplace of the blues and the home of the King of rock 'n' roll. It offers a wealth of opportunities for hiking, canoeing, fishing, and wildlifeviewing in state and national parks, recreation areas, and forests. From mountain highroads to delta lands, this comprehensive guide invites you to the best of Tennessee's bed and breakfasts, museums, historic sites, restaurants, antique shops, and such attractions as:

• The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
• The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough
• The South's favorite outlet shopping in Pigeon Forge
• Coker Creek, the site of Tennessee's gold rush
• World-class whitewater rafting on the Obed and Ocoee Rivers
• The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
• The Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Tennessee State Aquarium
• Civil War battlefields like Stones River and Shiloh
• The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg
• The Natchez Trace Parkway
• Musical venues from the Grand Ole Opry to Beale Street
• The largest Middle Woodland Indian Mound in the southeast
• A half-mile-long reprodction of the Mississippi River

Traveling Tennessee does more than get you where you want to go. It also educates you about the state's heritage, excites you about its vacation possibilities, and entertains you with accounts of the authors' own experiences.













adjacent Madison Day Spa offers full body massage and body treatments with licensed therapists, bath and body products, and a full-service hair salon. There are national franchises for Days Inn and Holiday Inn as well as several bed and breakfasts in Greeneville. The Big Spring Inn on North Main Street has six guest rooms, a swimming pool, and two acres of landscaped grounds within walking distance of downtown. Nolichucky Bluffs on Kinser Park Lane offers four completely equipped two-bedroom

formal dining room. National franchises include Best Western, Holiday Inn, and a KOA campground. The Cherokee National Forest has three recreation areas in Cocke County. The recreation area along the French Broad River has boating access and fishing while the Houston Valley and Round Mountain sites near Del Rio have campgrounds with drinking water and sanitary facilities. The Appalachian Trail runs from the northeastern edge of the GSMNP along the southern edge of the county. Both the French

rapids earning names like Double Trouble and Hell’s Hole, it’s a good thing US 64 runs alongside the river in case you decide to abandon the river and walk to your vehicle. The water level fluctuates dramatically according to the generation schedule so be sure to check the TVA information line listed at the end of this section before you put in. Several outfitters offer thrilling guided raft trips. The Ocoee Whitewater Center was built by the US Forest Service for the 1996 Olympics below Ocoee

state militia. The miners called on other miners from East Tennessee and the convicts were again escorted out of town. The third time the convicts were returned to the mines, a crowd of fifteen hundred released the convicts and newspapers around the country began to carry accounts of the “East Tennessee War,” and the people of Coal Creek were labeled anarchists. Soldiers arrested more than three hundred members of the community but they refused to name participants. Things bumped along until

and river trade routes. On September 21, 1807, Kingston was the site of a one-day session of the Tennessee state legislature that was the technical fulfillment of terms in a treaty with the Cherokee by establishing the Tennessee capital at Kingston, though only for one day. Today Kingston sits between I-40 and the north shore of Watts Bar Lake, a TVA project fed by the Tennessee, Clinch, and Emory Rivers. The skyline to the north is dominated by the towering smoke stacks of the Kingston Fossil

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