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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December 11, 11:14 AM ET
December 9, 12:39 PM ET
World's Softest Socks - made in Niota in Southeast Tennessee!
December 9, 12:28 PM ET
Cumberland Trail First Day Hike (Jan. 1) at Soak Creek Gorge
December 9, 12:13 PM ET
January 17-18, 2015: Mark your calendars for the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival in Birchwood, TN. In its 24 year, the event celebrates the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate through the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and focuses attention on the Native American history of the region.
December 9, 12:08 PM ET
Want to learn how to Top Rope? Take a lesson from the pros and receive two free weeks of climbing with rental gear. Offer good through December.
December 9, 12:06 PM ET
Winter trout stocking underway in Rhea County, Tenn.
December 9, 12:06 PM ET
Looking forward to another weekend of locally crafted gifts at the Chattanooga Holiday Market!
December 9, 12:04 PM ET
More unique holiday gift ideas from Southeast Tennessee
December 9, 11:38 AM ET
Check out the details for the Museum Center at 5ive Points' New Year's Eve Party in Cleveland, Tenn.
December 9, 10:21 AM ET
Enjoy a Gospel lunch at Jim Oliver Smoke House in Monteagle, Tenn.
December 9, 10:19 AM ET
The Sequatchie Valley Institute in Whitwell, Tenn., will host a gallery opening on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST. This unique non-profit center, which promotes sustainable living, will feature gifts by local artists, including pottery, class and copper jewelry, sculptures, leather and kaleidoscopes.
December 9, 10:14 AM ET
Looking for a holiday shopping adventure? Try these unique stops in Southeast Tennessee.
December 3, 1:03 PM ET
BI-LO stores are working to stock more local products in stores. Very cool, Nooga Made!
December 3, 12:46 PM ET
Best wishes to this young couple that got engaged during the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure train trip to Copperhill, Tenn., yesterday!
December 3, 12:39 PM ET
Still-Building Demonstration at Dixie Queen Stills in Etowah, Tenn., this Saturday!
December 3, 12:33 PM ET
Find unique hand-crafted gifts for friends and family at the Chattanooga Holiday Market, which begins Dec. 6 & 7 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Free admission. Open Saturdays (10-5 pm) and Sundays (11-5 pm) in December through Dec. 21.
December 3, 12:29 PM ET
The Dayton, Tenn., Horse and Carriage Christmas Parade is set for this Saturday, Dec. 6. Festivities - including photos with Santa - will begin at 2 p.m. EST.
December 3, 11:40 AM ET
Corn Maze Craze
December 3, 11:38 AM ET
The December issue of the Tennessee Magazine features great holiday recipes, a photo contest and stories about the people, places and events that make Tennessee a special place.
December 3, 11:35 AM ET
Christmas reception at the Grundy County Heritage Center - December 19 from noon to 4 p.m. CT.
December 2, 1:58 PM ET
Kids Zone open at High Point Climbing & Fitness in downtown Chattanooga!
December 2, 12:00 PM ET
Off-the-beaten-path travel inspiration for the day, courtesy of Robert Frost.
December 1, 2:52 PM ET
Give the gift of nature this Christmas - a subscription to Tennessee Conservationist Magazine, which is published by the Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Conservation. Holiday Subscription Special: Give SIX subscriptions for the price of FIVE for just $60.
December 1, 12:38 PM ET
Stop by French's Shoes & Boots in Dayton and Spring City, Tenn., for some great deals on holiday boots!
December 1, 11:56 AM ET
Sweet potato cinnamon rolls at The Farmer's Daughter in Hixson, Tenn. Yum!

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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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