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  1. Snorkeling and Camping in the Cherokee National Forest

    On any given day, a snorkeler in Cherokee National Forest is likely to see up to 20 different species including freshwater drum, bream, tadpoles, turtles, salamanders, mussels, snails, and many more.

  2. The Fascinating Story Behind Frozen Head State Park

    In addition to it’s natural and largely undisturbed beauty, Frozen Head State Park has a chilling history that that includes a high-security prison, murderous manhunts, and a brutal and mysterious ultramarathon.

  3. 7 of the Best Places to Fly Fish in the Smokies

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, and it's got more to offer than just hiking.

  4. 11 Great Spring Festivals and Outdoor Events in Knoxville (and Beyond)

    When the spring season blooms, Knoxville comes to life with amazing festivals. Here, almost a dozen of the best to check out.

  5. 7 Most Stunning Sunset Hikes Around Knoxville

    What better way to cap off an excellent hike than with a gorgeous sunset? Here, 7 stunning sunset hikes around Knoxville sure to take your breath away.

  6. 5 of the Best Overlooked Hikes near Knoxville

    Sometimes, you don't want to see another soul on the trail. Here, 5 of the best overlooked hikes near Knoxville.

  7. How to Play Tourist in Knoxville (Even If You're a Local)

    Explore Knoxville with fresh eyes (like a tourist) and you just might be surprised by what you discover. Here's how to see Knox in a whole new light.

  8. Connecting the Dots to Knoxville’s Downtown Greenways

    Knoxville is a city with a surprising number of things to do, and one of the best ways to get around is by jumping on the extensive greenway system.

  9. The Best Dog-Friendly Outdoor Places and Activities Around Knoxville

    The great outdoors are even greater with your faithful, four-legged companion. Here, the best dog-friendly spots and activities around Knoxville.

  10. 6 Great Outdoor Date Ideas Around Knoxville

    Looking for a fun date that goes beyond the norm? Here, six date ideas around Knoxville that promise great fun in the great outdoors.

  11. 10 New Year's Resolutions for Adventure Newbies in Knoxville

    Looking to get into the outdoors more during the new year? Here, 10 inspiring resolutions for newbie adventurers to explore around Knoxville.

  12. The 10 Best Waterfall Hikes in Tennessee

    Here are 10 of the very best waterfall hikes in the state to get you started on what is sure to become an ongoing love of Tennessee waterfalls.

  13. 6 Winter Getaways Within an Easy Drive of Knoxville

    Weekend escapes are a great way to deal with the dull of winter. Here, six great trips within an easy drive of Knoxville.

  14. 4 Great Ways to Get a Winter Workout in Knoxville

    There are tons of activities in Knoxville, both indoor and outdoor, to keep you active and healthy during the winter months. Here, a few can't-miss picks.

  15. Doing Good in the Outdoors: 5 Great Ways to Volunteer in Knoxville

    The holiday season is prime time to give back. Here, five great ways to volunteers in Knoxville.

  16. 6 Ways to Hike to Clingmans Dome, Tennessee's Highest Mountain

    For casual to experienced hikers, here are six ways to reach Tennessee’s highest mountain, depending on your starting points in either Tennessee or North Carolina.

  17. The Insider's Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee

    Many backpackers and day hikers trace local sections of the trail in search of the history, solace, and escape these ancient mountains promise. You'll find all that and more on the Appalachian Trail in the Tennessee.

  18. A Guide To Campfire Safety

    If recreation areas allow campfires, you need to be extra cautious when constructing, tending, and extinguishing the fire.

  19. An Introduction to Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville

    Quite possibly the crown jewel of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, Ijams Nature Center is a popular destination among local outdoor enthusiasts looking to hit the hiking trails, bike paths, or swimming hole without even leaving the city.

  20. Think You Could Paddle Tennessee?

    Randy Whorton, Director of the nonprofit Wild Trails, did just that.

  21. A Weekend in the Wild at Slickrock Creek

    Remote, challenging, and worth the effort—take a day or two to experience solitude in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.

  22. 10 (More) Amazing Hikes in the Smokies

    The Smoky Mountains are the cure for the itch to be outside, to explore and to find adventures.

  23. Bikes and Brews: A Guide to North Knoxville's Growing Brewery Scene

    Hop on a bike and discover Knoxville’s craft beer epicenter.

  24. A taste of the Barkley: 10 miles through Frozen Head State Park

    While it may be strenuous, you don’t have to be an ultramarathoner the enjoy the wonders and solitude of East Tennessee's Frozen Head State Park.

  25. 10 Best Climbing Trips Within Three Hours of Knoxville

    Tennessee has a high concentration of quality sandstone that is hard to find anywhere else, and the variety of climbs here means there is literally something for every level and every style of climber.

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