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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September 11, 10:06 AM ET
The World War II USS LST 325 docked this morning at Ross's Landing until September 17 and is providing tours of the of the World War II Landing Ship Tank (LST). An opening ceremony is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. The USS LST 325 participated in the D-Day Invasion on June 6th, 1944 as well as other invasions and occupations. It was launched on October 27, 1942 and commissioned on February 1, 1943. On September 1, 1961, the ship was struck from the Naval Register of Ships and transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet. In November 1999, by act of the Congress of the United States, she was given to the LST Ship Memorial, Inc. Tours will be available from 9 am - 5 pm daily. Tours last 30-45 minutes. Adults: $10, Ages 6-17: $5, and children 5 and under are free. A family of 2 adults and 2 minor children is $20. Other armored military vehicles will be on display as well.
September 9, 1:53 PM ET
The Cumberland Trail in East Tennessee is meant to be a less crowded alternative to the famed Appalachian Trail.
September 9, 10:40 AM ET
Check out this NPR piece about Sandrock Recordings, an effort to preserve East Tennessee's traditional music roots.
August 28, 1:16 PM ET
It's time for another installation of our Waterfall Project! Read about Gianetta's intense trek to Laurel Falls in Dayton, Tennessee, and don't forget to send us some of your favorite waterfall hikes in our beautiful Southeast Tennessee!
August 27, 12:10 PM ET
New bridge installed over Deep Creek along a section of the Cumberland Trail in Soddy Daisy, Tenn., thanks to Friends of the Cumberland Trail. Did you know: the Cumberland Trail traverses 190 miles of the Cumberland Plateau, spanning 11 counties in East Tennessee. This rugged, scenic trail offers hikers access to remote areas with spectacular overlooks, picturesque waterfalls, and wilderness experiences that are trademarks of the southeastern United States.
August 27, 11:21 AM ET
One of the most geologically unique regions in Tennessee, the Sequatchie Valley is a premier destination for travelers looking to experience regional history, outdoor recreation and agri-tourism in Southeast Tennessee. Learn more at
August 17, 10:19 AM ET
The Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn., is a fun place to enjoy and learn about off-road biking. This weekend, they are hosting the Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro (TKO), a cross-country race on a closed course. Spectators are invited. It's a great day to be outside!
July 29, 3:36 PM ET
Read all about Gianetta's hike to Rainbow Falls on Signal Mountain in the first official post of our new waterfall series! To compile the best possible top ten waterfalls list for the region we need your help. Comment with your favorite Southeast Tennessee waterfall hike for a chance to see it listed as part of our new waterfall project!
July 24, 2:22 PM ET
Head over to the University of the South this weekend for the 4th annual Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair. Booksellers from multiple states east of the Mississippi will be lined up at McClurg Hall with their displays. The fair is Saturday July 26 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday July 27 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. so don't miss out!
July 22, 11:14 AM ET
Nothing tastes better than homemade and locally grown--why should wine be any different? Check out our new blog post by intern Gianetta Reno, and discover the taste of true Southern charm at these Southeast Tennessee wineries.
July 20, 10:33 PM ET
Find yard sale treasures and regional sites to see during the Highway 127 Yard Sale in Southeast Tennessee - Aug. 7-10, 2014.
July 16, 1:49 PM ET
Looking forward to this weekend's Scopes Trial Play and Festival at the historic Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn.
July 16, 1:46 PM ET
Tickets on sale for this weekend's (July 18-20) Scopes Trial Play, "Front Page News," at the historic Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn. Visit for more information and tickets.
July 16, 1:06 PM ET
Tastes like summer here in Southeast Tennessee!
July 14, 2:18 PM ET
The World's Longest Yard Sale along Hwy. 127 set for Aug. 7-10, 2014. Here's a map of the yard sale route through the beautiful landscape of Southeast Tennessee. Enjoy visiting the region's communities of Signal Mountain, Walden and Lone Oak on Walden's Ridge and the scenic Sequatchie Valley towns of Dunlap and Pikeville.
July 14, 2:03 PM ET
The World's Longest Yard Sale along Hwy. 127 set for Aug. 7-10, 2014. Here's a map of the yard sale route through the beautiful landscape of Southeast Tennessee. Enjoy visiting the region's communities of Signal Mountain, Walden and Lone Oak on Walden's Ridge and the scenic Sequatchie Valley towns of Dunlap and Pikeville.
July 13, 11:26 AM ET
In 1869, after the Civil War, a group of German-speaking Swiss immigrants established a small community on the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy County, Tennessee, known today as Gruetli-Laager. Each July, the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society and descendants of Gruetli's founders celebrate the town's Swiss heritage during the Swiss Heritage Festival.
July 7, 10:45 AM ET
July 19: This year's Summer Fest in Whitwell, Tenn., will feature Travis Tritt!
July 7, 10:07 AM ET
Scopes Trial Play & Festival is set for July 18-20, 2014, in Dayton, Tenn. This year the play, "Front Page News," has been produced by the renowned Cumberland County Playhouse.
July 1, 2:59 PM ET
Plan your next adventure in Southeast Tennessee with the new "Travel Southeast Tennessee" mobile app! It's free and full of exciting places to discover and explore in the region.
June 29, 4:34 PM ET
If you are heading to Lake Winnie in Rossville, Ga., to enjoy amusement park throwbacks, take note: The park's history spans way beyond its legacy of amusement.
June 29, 4:33 PM ET
The AMA/NATC National Trial at the Trials Training Center in the Sequatchie Valley of Southeast Tennessee on June 28-29. Wow!
June 19, 1:41 PM ET
Two blog posts in the same week? Incredible! There's definitely a lot going on in Southeast Tennessee right now. Our tourism director Jenni Frankenberg Veal and intern Gianetta Reno took a trip to Red Clay Historic Park this week to be part of a teacher workshop. Read all about here:
June 18, 9:57 AM ET
Read about historic preservation planner Melissa Mortimer's adventure above the clouds in a glider plane. She and her twin sister, Whitney, visited the Chilhowee Gliderport in Polk County, Tenn., last weekend.
June 11, 3:08 PM ET
Melissa Mortimer, historic preservation planner for the Southeast Tennessee Development District, came across the Moore & King Pharmacy building in Chattanooga when it recently went on the market - and she has hopes for what will happen to the building. “I think it could be adaptive reuse for a lot of different commercial options, maybe a really cool retro coffee shop or a frozen yogurt shop. Something of that nature that you could play off the architecture and use that to bring in new life and opportunity for the building,” Mortimer says.

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The Waterfall Project: Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is a true secret of nature. Hidden away in the thick greenery of Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness of Dayton, Tennessee, Laurel Falls is a heavily-guarded 60-foot cascade that takes strength and determination to find.... More

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