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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January 17, 10:46 PM ET
Saturday, Feb. 14 Erick Baker will be at Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, TN
January 17, 10:45 PM ET
Holiday Inn Express in Dayton, Tenn., hosted "Tennessee Unchartered" host and musician Erick Baker and crew for the Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend.
January 17, 2:33 PM ET
Great turnout for the Birds of Prey show at the Sandhill Crane Festival in Birchwood, Tenn.
January 15, 11:09 AM ET
Two rock-climbing couples pursue a do-it-all adventure-sports weekend in Southeast Tennessee - and the new 2015 Ford Expedition has everything to make it happen.
January 13, 11:39 AM ET
Have you visited Opera House Music in South Pittsburg, Tenn.? Definitely worth stopping in...
January 12, 1:21 PM ET
Winter waterfalls in close proximity of one another in the Cherokee National Forest, Bald River Gorge and Tellico River.
January 9, 10:10 AM ET
Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. ET The public is invited to participate in a 1.3 mile, 2-hour interpretive hike at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District on Saturday, January 10, 2015, beginning at 2 pm. The hike will explore what life was like for the Mississippian Indians before and after European contact.
January 9, 10:03 AM ET
2015 Tennessee Vacation Guide has arrived! And look who's on this year's cover... Of course!
January 9, 10:01 AM ET
The Cookie Jar Café in Dunlap, Tenn., is open for business after being remodeled. Remodeled? How could they get any better!
January 9, 9:37 AM ET
Made in Tennessee: Lodge Cast Iron Shop for great deals at the company's factory store in South Pittsburg, Tenn.
January 7, 7:48 PM ET
Scenic City Fishing Charters is now available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Good news, Richard Simms!
January 6, 11:29 AM ET
Dreaming of Spring? Order a Cherokee National Forest Adventure Map, which includes GPS coordinates for hiking trails, fishing spots, waterfalls and other recreation opportunities in the forest.
January 5, 1:31 PM ET
On Saturday, April 4, Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance will hold the second annual Mountain Outfitters Rails-to-Trails Fun Run & Walk from downtown Sewanee to the Mountain Outfitters parking lot.
January 4, 12:09 PM ET
Visit the Marion County Coal Miners Museum, located at 900 S. Main St. in Whitwell, to learn more about coal mining in the Sequatchie Valley. It's open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT. Group and school tours, bus tours, and senior citizen tours can be scheduled by calling 423-658-6868. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
December 30, 11:25 AM ET
Join the Tennessee Aquarium's expert crew aboard the River Gorge Explorer for special two-hour Sandhill Crane viewing cruises offered during the peak of Sandhill Crane migration in Southeast Tennessee.
December 29, 2:13 PM ET
Winter berries for birds...
December 29, 2:12 PM ET
Hiwassee River Rail Adventure featured in!
December 23, 3:32 PM ET
Each winter, thousands of redheaded, long-legged sandhill cranes descend upon the mud flats and grain fields along the banks of the Tennessee River at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Tennessee.
December 23, 3:29 PM ET
Little Cedar Mountain Hike January 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a four-mile moderate hike on TVA's historic Little Cedar Mountain trail in Marion County, Tenn. For more information or to register, contact Bob Butters, the Nickajack Naturalist, at or (423) 991-1548. Free - pre-registration required.
December 23, 2:40 PM ET
French's Shoes& Boots open on Christmas Eve for last-minute shopping adventures.
December 23, 2:39 PM ET
Appalachian Bee is open today until 6 p.m. EST for last-minute shopping.
December 23, 1:13 PM ET
Your guide to New Year's Eve fun in the Chattanooga area.
December 23, 1:11 PM ET
New Year's Eve Dinner Train - Enjoy a three-course dining experience aboard a restored 1924 dining car.
December 23, 11:01 AM ET
If you are looking for some unique locally made gifts, take a trip to the Sequatchie Valley Institute in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley of Southeast Tennessee. The gallery will be open Dec. 22-24 from 12-4 p.m. Central Time
December 22, 11:11 PM ET
Did you know your Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency manages about 1.5 MILLION acres for public access? That's three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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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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