With sleepy rivers, winding trails, and reminders of early American history, South Central Tennessee is a haven for adventure lovers like me. Much of the region’s outdoor recreation can be found within its five state parks, each of which has its own unique history and must-do activities.
From your seat at the back of the canoe, you gaze from side to side at the green, refreshing forest that surrounds your little boat and casts shade across the calm river. A glance into the water reveals a clear view of the river’s gravel bed, as a smallmouth bass swims by.
South Central Tennessee is home to some of the state’s most well-known adventures, from floating the Buffalo to biking the Natchez Trace. It also hosts some amazing hidden gems, like dozens of rushing waterfalls, five unique state parks, and some of the South Central’s best fishing spots, just to name a few. If you love outdoor adventure and you’ve never explored this region, here are eight reasons it belongs on your travel list, plus recommendations on what to see and do.