Outdoor recreation has become one of America’s favorite pastimes. We invite you to visit the Chattanooga region of Southeast Tennessee to enjoy all the outdoor fun we have to offer, but we ask you to please “Adventure Smart” while here. Over the next few months, TN State Park Manager Angelo Giansante will be sharing some entertaining tips to help keep you and our communities safe. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AdventureSmartTN

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Trail Smarts

There’s nothing quite like an invigorating hike on a beautiful trail in one of Tennessee’s many parks. Fresh air, peace and quiet, stunning views. Just remember, as awesome as hiking can be, it carries with it real risk. For the love of Tennessee, please practice smart trail safety. We want you to enjoy your hike, not your rescue.

Trail Smarts:

  1. Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  2. Wear brightly colored clothes.
  3. Be prepared for the weather.
  4. Bring extra water.
  5. Always stay on the trail!

Planning Smarts

Many good times and adventures await you on our trails and in our parks, but proper preparation and planning are critical to ensure that your good time doesn’t become a bad time. Proper planning can make or break a trip. For the love of Tennessee, have a plan before you head out and share that plan with somebody else. Enjoy the adventure, not the calamity.

Planning Smarts:

  1. Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  2. Always prepare for your basic needs: food, water, basic gear and clothing
  3. Is there cell service?
  4. Are there bathrooms?
  5. Learn about black bear safety in you will be hiking.

Resources in Southeast Tennessee:

Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park
Visitor Center:  404 Spring Creek Rd., Delano, TN  37325

Polk County Government:  
Benton, TN:  423-338-5733
Ducktown, TN:  423-496-3546
Copperhill, TN:  423-496-5141

Polk Co. Chamber of Commerce
2009 US-64, Benton, TN  37307

Bradley County Government:  423-728-7096
Cleveland, TN:  423-472-4551

Bradley Co. Chamber of Commerce
225 Keith St. SW, Cleveland, TN  37311

Cherokee National Forest:

Ocoee River Ranger District – Visitor Center
3171 Hwy. 64, Benton, TN 37307

Ocoee Whitewater Center
4400 Hwy. 64, Copperhill, TN 37317

Cherokee National Forest Supervisor’s Office
2800 Ocoee St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37312

South Cumberland State Park – Visitor Center
11745 US-41, Monteagle, TN 37356

Grundy County Government
68 Cumberland St., Altamont, TN 37301

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