Explore Southeast Tennessee:
Come explore Southeast Tennessee's scenic landscape and enjoy our rivers and mountains, local food and farms, Civil War and Native American heritage, regional music and art, one-of-a-kind festivals and religious heritage.

Come explore Southeast Tennessee’s scenic landscape and enjoy our rivers and mountains, local food and farms, Civil War and Native American history, regional music and art, one-of-a-kind festivals, and religious heritage.

The Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association website is the official visitor's guide for vacationers, explorers and enthusiasts who want to discover and experience all that Southeast Tennessee has to offer.

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Follow this trail to some of the most compelling places in Tennessee's history.
This trail will highlight sites and stories relating to Native American history of this region.
Enjoy the scenic vistas and natural, cultural, historical, and recreational points.
Take a journey through the history and heritage of faith in...
When the first settlers came to this land of hills and valleys...
A shopping guide to local arts and fine crafts.
The traditional music of the Southeast Tennessee region began with...
More than 60 miles of navigable water for canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.

Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways:

Discover the peaks and valleys of Southeast Tennessee
Explore the rails, trails and roads of Southeast Tennessee.
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November 26, 11:22 AM ET
Good Fortune Soap and Spa, located on Broad Street at the foot of Lookout Mountain, is a wonderful stop and place to shop!
November 24, 12:19 PM ET
Choosing your own Christmas tree at a farm is a fun way to enjoy a simpler version of the holidays and spend some time outdoors in the scenic landscape of Southeast Tennessee.
November 24, 11:45 AM ET
Visit the Dutch Maid Bakery - Tennessee's oldest family-owned bakery - in Tracy City on Saturday, Nov. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. CT to celebrate the holidays. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, treats and beverages from the bakery! Call 931-592-3171 for more information.
November 18, 2:00 PM ET
It's finally time for another installment of our waterfall hiking series! Click on the link to read about Gee Creek Falls in Polk County and see just how beautiful Southeast Tennessee is in the fall.
November 14, 10:22 AM ET
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights is back: November 21 - January 3.
November 12, 1:24 PM ET
Looking for a scenic drive in Southeast Tennessee this weekend? Check out the Cherokee National Forest website at Here's one: the Ocoee Scenic Byway in Polk County, TN The first designated national forest scenic byway in the nation includes 26 miles of US 64 and Forest Road 77. The two-lane route winds past Parksville Lake, through the scenic rocky bluffs of Ocoee River Gorge, and past the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Take a side trip up the 7-mile Chilhowee Scenic Spur, Forest Road 77to Chilhowee Recreation Area.
November 12, 12:50 PM ET
Need something quick, easy and delicious? Anne Byrn to the rescue! Enter throughout November to win her newest cookbook, with more than 100 recipes.
November 12, 12:32 PM ET
Mud on the Stars - WILD RIVER documentary discussion at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tenn. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. EST
November 10, 11:04 AM ET
Check out all the deals going on in Chattanooga as the city celebrates 175 years.
November 9, 9:31 PM ET
The city of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., hosted a kickoff celebration Friday afternoon to introduce newly acquired land that will forever be preserved as a wilderness area for the public to use and enjoy. The generosity of the land owners - and their desire to keep the land pristine and undeveloped - led to the offer of selling it to the city for one-third of the appraised value.
November 9, 9:27 PM ET
Whitwell Middle School, located within the Sequatchie Valley of Southeast Tennessee, is home to one of the world's most profound remembrances of the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany: the Children's Holocaust Memorial, which opened as a symbol of hope 13 years ago this month.
November 6, 10:11 AM ET
Thanks to writers David and Kay Scott for this great article about the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and other Cherokee cultural heritage sites in East Tennessee for National Parks Traveler.
October 29, 1:38 PM ET
More fall fun! photo credit: Jim Caldwell!
October 29, 1:32 PM ET
We had a great time hiking the Gee Creek Gorge yesterday! The colors are about to pop! Get outside this weekend to enjoy!
October 28, 12:33 PM ET
The Ocoee Grape Escape, a regional wine tour, will take place this Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 3-8 p.m. Three wineries in the Ocoee area - Savannah Oaks Winery, Morris Vineyards and Ocoee Winery - are partnering for a coordinated wine trail experience. Event goers will have the opportunity to taste various award-winning wines, sample local fare, listen to live music, and tour vineyards.
October 28, 12:29 PM ET
Chattanooga is the jumping-off point for the Discover Tennessee Discover Tennessee: Trails & Byways "Pie in the Sky" adventure through the peaks and valleys of beautiful Southeast Tennessee
October 25, 10:36 AM ET
Check out this Fall Foliage Report for Tennessee!
October 25, 10:34 AM ET
Don't miss these fabulous historic strolls in Southeast Tennessee: Forest Hills Historic Cemetery Stroll (Chattanooga, TN): Today (Sat.) from noon to 5 p.m. Fort Hill Cemetery Walking Tour (Cleveland, TN): Tomorrow (Sun.) from 4-7 p.m. An Evening of Mystery & Folklore (Cleveland, TN): Oct. 29-30 at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Dining with the Dead (Englewood, TN): Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
October 23, 1:24 PM ET
Diane Ravens, owner of Appalachian Bee, was featured in this month's issue of Chatter! Click on the link to read the article about this fantastic local business in Ocoee, Tennessee.
October 16, 1:03 PM ET
Check out this list of one- and two-day journeys that carve through Appalachian Mountain ranges and trace the lush lowlands of the Tennessee Valley region.
October 16, 11:57 AM ET
This sounds delicious! From Hughes Produce in Dunlap, Tenn., within the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.
October 16, 11:53 AM ET
Fall color is emerging in Southeast Tennessee. Enjoy the latest Fall Foliage Report from the state tourism office.
October 16, 11:40 AM ET
Celebrate the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Shackleford Ridge Park in Signal Mountain, Tenn. Enjoy guided hikes, educational programming, heritage music and food. Attendees can learn about plateau wildlife, including birds of prey, mammals, snakes, native wildflowers, medicinal plants and cultural conservation.
October 13, 9:17 AM ET
It's pumpkin time in Tennessee!
October 13, 9:05 AM ET
Tennessee is fortunate to have a governor that supports tourism. Thanks Gov. Bill Haslam!

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The Waterfall Project: Gee Creek Falls

If there is one thing I have learned from my time at SETTA, and with this project in particular, it’s that Southeast Tennessee is an unpredictable place. When I started this series in the summer, I thought it was going to be easy. In my mind I was going to have my complete list of regional waterfalls, hike the trails, and write about them before the end of the year. Now, here it is almost Thanksgiving and I am only on the third waterfall, which wasn’t even on my original list of falls (shocker, right?). I don’t know what this says to you, but this unexpectedly complex process tells me that there is so much more to our region than meets the eye. It’s irregular. It’s out of the ordinary. It’s beautiful.... More

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