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great smoky mountains national park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the southern Appalachians. It straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border for 70 miles. The Cherokee people called this area Shacomage, or "Place of Blue Smoke." The bluish mist, which clings to the mountainsides and fills the valleys, gives the park its name and remains its most distinctive feature. The park is 520,976 acres.

1420 Little River Rd - Gatlinburg, TN 37738 • Map It • 865-436-1200 • Website

 
ijams nature center
jams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center is a city park and community nature center. In its eighty plus acres, foot trails wind across streams, meadows, fern banks, and past bluffs overlooking Fort Loudon Lake. The abundant variety of wildflowers, grasses, and native trees provides cover for the animal population which includes turtles, raccoons, and muskrats among others. Ijams is also a bird sanctuary. Over 40 species have nested on the property, with many others visiting.

2915 Island Home Avenue - Knoxville, TN 37920 • Map It • 865-577-4717 • Website
 
ivan racheff gardens
Ivan Racheff Park and Gardens
Botanical Gardens. Three acres of seasonal plantings. Mon-Fri. 10 am-4 pm. Ivan Racheff purchased the Knoxville Iron works in the early forties and dreamed of a garden growing in place of the rubbish and garbage that was on site. Through the years his garden grew and in 1970 was given to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs to maintain.

1943 Tennessee Ave., Knoxville TN 37921 • Map It • 865-522-6210

 
knoxville zoo
Knoxville Zoological Park
The Knoxville Zoo is open year round and offers special programs such as Bedtime with the Beasts. The zoo celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo tells the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth.


3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr - Knoxville, TN 37914 • Map It • 865-637-5331 • Website

 
museum of appalachia
Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia portrays an authentic mountain farm/village with 36 historic log structures, exhibit buildings filled with thousands of authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens surrounded by split rail fences, and farm animals in a picturesque setting.

2819 Andersonville Hwy - Clinton, TN 37828 • Map It • 865-494-7680 • Website

 
volunteer landing
Volunteer Landing
Volunteer Landing sits on the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville. Visitors to the Park can enjoy fishing, biking, and other water sports and activities while here. Play fountains offer several interactive geysers for splashing and getting wet. There are three waterfalls for scenic beauty, picnic tables, a playground, a marina, and a restaurant. There are also several historical features at the landing. During UT home football games, the Vol Navy lines the River along Volunteer Landing to create a sea of orange full of fun and excitement to cheer on the home team.

Neyland Drive - Knoxville, TN 37915 • Map ItWebsite
 
w p toms memorial gardens
W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens
This terraced 3-acre formal garden w/roses, features thousands of blooming flowers, and 5 fountains overlooking the Tennessee River. More than 20,000 tulips bloom each spring. The gardens embrace the Amstrong-Lockett House.

2728 Kingston Pike - Knoxville, TN 37919 • Map It • (865) 637-3163 • Website
 
worlds fair park
World's Fair Park
The park offers several acres of lawn, waterfalls, and streams. It is the site for festivals, meetings, performances, conferences, and a peaceful environment for relaxation. Water features include interactive fountains and a one-story-high geyser. A performance lawn, larger than two football fields, provides a natural amphitheater-like setting perfect for concerts, festivals, parties and other special events.

525 Henley St - Knoxville, TN 37916 • Map ItWebsite
 
 

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