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Discover the Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls of Tennessee

Tennessee is blessed with several beautiful lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Head to Cherokee Lake in eastern Tennessee for a boating adventure around the Cherokee Reservoir. This area features almost 400 miles of shoreline and is a popular fishing spot. Percy Priest Lake encompasses 14,000 acres of land and is a popular destination for sailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and fishing.

You can also plan an exciting adventure around Ruby Falls, a beautiful underground waterfall where you can also explore Lookout Mountain. Take a guided tour to discover new grounds. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lakes and discover the Great Smoky Mountains. Head here to explore the 500,000-acre recreational hotspots and visit historic sites around Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Appalachian Trail. This area boasts some of the best fly-fishing destinations in the state and is also a popular destination for white water rafting adventures.

Cherokee Lake

When creating your travel agenda for eastern Tennessee, make sure you add Morristown to the list. Charming and quaint, Morristown has a rich, southern history and plenty to see and do. In particular, Morristown is popular with outdoor adventure seekers.

Re-stock your tackle box, load your boat up on the trailer, and spend the day on Cherokee Lake. Just west of downtown Morristown, Cherokee Lake is also known as the Cherokee Reservoir. With a total surface area of nearly 29,000 acres, Cherokee Lake features almost 400 miles of shoreline. Complete with docks, marinas, and boat ramps, you'll find your ideal place to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on Cherokee Lake.

Percy Priest Lake

Covering 14,000 acres, Percy Priest Lake stretches for 42 miles in central Tennessee within the Nashville metro area. Percy Priest Lake is just east of downtown Nashville and accessed easily from Interstate 40.

Completed in 1968 by the Corps of Engineers, Percy Priest Lake was created by the J. Percy Priest Dam. Water recreation includes boating, fishing, swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and water skiing – plus land fun like horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, and biking.

Ruby Falls

Plan for an exciting outdoor adventure on your next trip to Tennessee. Head southeast and visit the city of Chattanooga where you'll find Ruby Falls. Measuring in at 145 feet tall, Ruby Falls is an underground waterfall and one of the top attractions at Lookout Mountain. You can make your visit something to do with the kids when you visit.

Discovered in 1928 by Leo Lambert and his team of excavators, Ruby Falls is 1,120 feet below the surface. Lambert named the spectacular natural formation after his wife, Ruby. Join the thousands of people who explore Ruby Falls each year – Guided Regular Tours are available daily. There is also the Lantern Tour, where you and the group will use only lanterns to explore the pathways of Ruby Falls.