Tennessee Off The Beaten Path

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Tennessee Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has...

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  • Museums

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a chance and like history, check out the Woodruff-Fontaine House at 680 Adams Ave. They are open Wednesday thru Sunday and they have limited hours so check their website but it is worth it. The place is so beautiful and I thought I had stepped into another era. It was owned by one of Memphis' leading men back in the day and you can tell...

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  • Pyramid

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    The only surviving one of the Seven Ancient Wonders is the Great Pyramid of Giza, the necropolis of ancient Memphis, and today part of Greater Cairo in Egypt. When the Memphis in Tennessee was founded in 1819 and incorporated as a city in 1826 it took its name from the old Egyptian capitol. I guess it was considered appropriate for the...

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  • Brewery or Winery

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    Cordova Cellars (Winery) 9050 Macon Road; Cordova, TN 38018 Phone: 901-754-3442 Admission: FREE!! Hours: Tues-Sat, 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p This great little (emphasis: LITTLE) winery is just northeast of Memphis and I highly recommend it if you love wine! They have wine tastings, tours, and a little gift shop that sells everything from Cordova Cellars...

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  • Casinos

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    Take a drive down a bit further south to Tunica, Mississippi and check out one of the nine different casinos. It is only about 40 miles from Beale Street. When the casinos were built, gambling in Memphis was strictly prohibited. They had even banned Bingo! Of course, now we have a Tennessee Lotto (just last year) but I don't know of any plans to...

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  • Peabody Ducks

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    Given the "royalty status" of the famous Peabody ducks, I was surprised to see their humble home away from the lavish fountain downstairs in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. If you look closely, you can see one of the "pretend columns" on the right is missing, and it is not nearly a Palace, even for ducks, in my opinion. I suppose the ducks don't...

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  • Library

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    You will find at the centrally located Memphis Public Library and Information Center, there are 119 computers for personal use at no charge. There is no time limit on most of them, and are available without reserving in advance. It is a great way to keep in touch with loved ones and check e-mails, etc. You can also use the printer, but it will cost...

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  • Mississippi River

    Memphis Off The Beaten Path

    So the Mississippi River isn't the most beautiful body of water in America. The trail, however, is a fantastic place to walk or run. My teammate and I went for a jog our first morning in town, and decided to just head toward the river and see what we found. By accident, we ended up on a cement trail that went up on the bluff that overlooks the...

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  • Jack Daniel's Distillery Tours

    Free, self-guided Jack Daniel's Distillery tours are offered, allowing visitors to see the entire distilling process. About 250,000 visitors from all over the world come to Lynchburg every year to visit the distillery.The one-hour tours start about once every 15 minutes and leave from the visitors' center (pictured here). Tour participants are...

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  • Red Fork Falls, Unicoi County

    Red Fork Falls are one of Unicoi's hidden treasures. It's a bit of a hike to get there - not far, just a lot of climbing over things and puddle-jumping. The view from the top is good, but you have to scramble down the rocks alongside to see this spectacular 80-foot cataract in all its glory from the bottom. Too bad I didn't bring a camera!...

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  • Amazing Art District and Downtown Square

    Market Square in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee is a funky, artsy, shopping area. This open square is surrounding with stores such as Abode, Bliss, and Bliss Home which offer unique home and clothing items. Bliss Home also offers local artwork which changes monthly. Market Square also offers two amazing consignment shops that boast a combination of...

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  • Museum of Appalachia (continued from...

    This is a hands on musuem where you are likely to encounter old time music, farm animals, crafts and good food. It is usually not crowded, with the exception of special events such as the Fall Homecoming, when the museum grounds are crowded with hundreds of bluegrass and old time musicians, antique tractor demonstrations, crafts and other special...

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  • Museum of Appalachia

    If you are driving south down I- 75 through Knoxville on the way to the Smokey Mountains or to Florida, a nice break from the trip is a visit to the Museum of Appalachia located at the Norris exit 16 miles north of Knoxville. This is a quality museum depicting the history and culture of the early settlers in Eastern Tennessee and Kentucky. The...

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  • Tennessee, a Land of Caves

    Tennessee has more than 5,000 caves. Caves are under much of the land. These caves have been discovered in numerous ways. One example concerns the discovery of Lost Sea Cave. More than 50 years ago, two small boys discovered a cave near Knoxville with a lake at the end of the cavern. These boys were not the first to explore that cave; bones and...

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  • Natchez Trace State Resort Park

    Please click on photo to try to see the deerNatchez Trace State Resort Park is a wonderful park, & it's easy to get to because I-40 runs right through it. If you love wildlife, history, & forests, you'll love it.There's a modern visitor's center south of I-40 in a grove of very tall pine trees, & inside they have very impressive displays about...

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  • For Storytelling At Its Best: ...

    As a high school English teacher for over thirty years, I was very interested in Jonesborough, Tennessee, because of its International Storytelling Center & its"You Don't Say" Festival held each October. At this festival, thousands of people attend (to listen or to perform).Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town, is located on the edge of the...

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  • A Bloody Reminder of the Civil War

    Please CLICK to see the entire photoThe Shiloh National Military Park is located on the Tennessee River near the Mississippi border. When visiting the park, you should first stop off at the Visitor Center. This is essential because you will be directed about the iron markers (coded by shape and color).You are able to drive, bike, or walk the roads...

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  • Railroads, Heroes, Gardens: Jackson

    In the Western part of Tennessee, just northeast of Memphis, you will find another big city in Tennessee called Jackson. It's a manufacturing city, making plastics, wood products, and concrete. But, what it's really known for is railroads.It's a railroad center with many trains going in and out of the city daily. It's also the home of the famous...

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  • Nancy Ward Gravesite

    Nancy Ward (Nanye' hi), 1738-1822, Cherokee princess and prophetess, was the most powerful and influencial Cherokee Indian woman in recorded history. She was head of the Council of Women and had a voting seat in the Council of Chiefs. During her lifetime she saw the Cherokee nation move from a matriarchal clan-type government to one much like that...

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  • Baby Falls

    Just about a quarter of a mile further up the road from Bald River Falls (preceeding tip), on the opposite side of the road you will see Baby Falls of the Tellico River. The amount of water coming over Baby Falls is actually greater than that of the Bald River Falls, but in height it's 15-foot drop makes the falls on the Tellico River a relative...

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  • Bald River Falls

    This beautiful 100-feet cascading waterfall in the Cherokee National Forest is well off the beaten path, but still easy to reach. To find it from the small town of Tellico Plains, follow TN-165 east for 5.25 miles, then turn onto River Road and continue for 5.9 miles. There will be a small parking area and the falls are clearly seen from the road....

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  • Leaper's Fork

    Driving around town and to the adjacent towns, one will have the oppurtunity to see many homes from as far back as the civil war. The region is very historic.

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  • Leaper's Fork 4th of July Blue grass...

    Every 4th of July, Leaper's Fork has a blue grass festival that features excellent music and a fantastic fireworks show. We got rained out this year, but not before we lit off a miriad of fireworks.

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  • The beauty of Townsend

    There is certainly so much more to Tennessee than: Bristol,  • Chattanooga  • Clarksville  • Cleveland  • Franklin  • Greeneville  • Hendersonville  • Jackson  • Johnson  • Kingsport  • Knoxville  • Memphis  • Murfreesboro  • Nashville  • Oak RidgeTownsend is located just outside of Maryville, near the Walland community, best known for its great...

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  • The Jack Daniel's Distillery

    Located in tiny Lynchburg (population 361), the Jack Daniel's Distillery is the nation's oldest registered distillery. It was founded by Jack Daniel in 1866, and has been producing fine Tennessee "sippin' whiskey" ever since. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.A famous long-running advertising campaign showed Lynchburg...

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  • Foster Falls Campground

    Foster Falls is a very nice, small campground with lots of hiking and of course, a waterfall. In front of the falls is a large, round pool that is a great place to cool off in the heat of summer. Watch out though, the rocks are slippery and the water is very cold, even when the air temperature is 100 degrees. There are many hiking trails, many of...

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  • An Authentic Living Mountain Frontier...

    At John Rice Irwin's Museum of Appalachia is a step back into the past. Full of history, the museum provides the public with a quarter million relics from our past. Farm, animals, and much more. The pioneer village, farm and museum is located in Norris, TN. just 16 mi. north of Knoxville on I-75, take Clinton/Norris Exit#122, then one mile on Hwy....

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  • Ramsey Cascades

    If you like hiking, you'll love this point of interest. The trail is a beautiful continual gradual climb among record size trees crossing 2 foot bridges and ending up at the third foot log at the bottom of this beautiful cascade. Ramsey is the single largest cascading waterfall within the Smokies and is certainly worth the effort it takes to get...

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  • watch for slippery boulders

    Cades CoveYou can see preserved historic settler homes, barns and churches in 11-mile loop, which follows the old wagon road trail.I only drove to the beginning of the loop of Cades Cove. It was packed with tourist but I enjoyed the scenic drive along the river. In one place there were nice cascades and a parking place. I stopped there as most of...

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  • get up early

    RAMSAY CASCADES TRAILDistance: 4 miles one-wayDifficulty: easy, moderateLength: 1 ½ hour one-wayThe trail starts of the dirt road that gets narrower for the first mile after that it becomes a gradually assenting skinny path winding through woods crossing the cascades river twice over skinny wooden bridges. I would probably tell a lay to say...

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  • get a good map

    The trails I hikedW PRONG LITTLE PIGEON RIVERStarting point: Chimney Tops picnic area- Beautiful walk through the riverbed. If you have kids or enjoy climbing on and jumping from stone to stone over the running river and its cascades this is definitely place for you. Not many people go very far so if you like to explore shortly you might be left on...

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  • Riverboat Excursion

    On the Monday evening after the first day of the conference, an excursion had been arranged on the General Jackson paddleboat, leaving Opryland for a cruise on the Cumberland River into Nashville. We had the top deck booked for the conference attendees as the boat pulled out and this was followed by an excellent dinner below decks. Once our...

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  • Tour the small towns in the...

    Tour the small towns in the Shelbyville area: Bell Buckle, Wartrace and Lynchburg: Lynchburg is the home of the Jack Daniels Distillery and many antique shops. Bell Buckle also has many antique shopsWartrace is known for the horse farms in the surrounding area. The horse farms around Shelbyville and Wartrace look a lot like the horse farms of...

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  • Tour Jack Daniel’s distillery...

    Tour Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, follow the steps in making Tennessee Sipping Whiskey. They can’t let you taste the product since Moore county is dry. They will give you some Lemonade at the end of the tour. Very interesting.

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  • The view from the head of Owl...

    The view from the head of Owl Hollow Road.is a very picturesqueOwl Hollow Road, Shady Valley Tenn.

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  • For anyone who likes to visit...

    For anyone who likes to visit commercial caves, I recommend Appalachian Caverns. When I was doing sport caving in East Tennessee, I went into the cave twice. At that time, the landowner wouldn't allow people into the dry entrance, and the groups that I was with entered through the stream. In the mid-90's, the land was sold to a group that wanted to...

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  • For travelers who love...

    For travelers who love waterfalls and are willing to take one to two hours from their driving while driving from Nashville to Knoxville on I-40, I strongly recommend Burgess Falls. The falls are in a state natural area about 10 miles south of I-40 at the Burgess Falls Road/Willow Avenue exit in Cookeville, Tennessee. The drive to the falls is easy,...

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  • Once you leave Nashville,...

    Once you leave Nashville, Memphis and maybe Knoxville, the whole state is 'off the beaten path!' The Tri-Cities area (Kingsport, Johnson City and Elizabethton) offers lots of things for families and history-lovers. Hands-On Museum in Johnson City, Historic Boonesborough, the Watauga Settlement in Elizabethton. The scenery is beautiful and the...

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  • might want to take 127 north...

    might want to take 127 north to pall mall down to the wolf river...Alvin C. Yorks birthplace and stomping grounds...the park with the old gristmill is a must...also while ya there go to wolfs nursery...wonderful hearty plants can be found there at reasonable prices and the employees are helpful and a joy to chat with...also take a drive down state...

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  • Wonder deep into the Lost Sea

    Located near Sweetwater, TN, the Lost Sea is not only a national landmark, it is the second largest underground lake in the world (the first one is somewhere in Africa, Nairobi I think). Legend has it that a young boy found this cave early in the 20th century. When he told his father, they just laugh at him. A couple of months later, he returned...

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  • If you don't mind a long hike...

    If you don't mind a long hike up a montain trail (it is paved but very steep) then you should check out Look Rock. The view is wonderful. Take 321 from Maryville torwards Townsend - Cades Cove and watch for the signs leading you to Foothill's Parkway. Go up the parkway fallowing the signs that lead you to Look Rock, it is about 11 miles up the...

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  • If you are going to the Smoky...

    If you are going to the Smoky Mountains, you simply must go on a horseback trail ride through the mountains. The lines are long, because everyone wants to do it, but the wait is well worth it.

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  • Jack Daniels Distillery,...

    Jack Daniels Distillery, Lynchburg. A nice little day trip from Nashville. See an American traditional whiskey being made, relax and sample some, and check out the souviniers. And enjoy the scenery along the way!

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  • Reelfoot Lake State Park, in...

    Reelfoot Lake State Park, in northwest Tennessee. In a rural area, relaxing and peaceful. Please see my travelogue for more photos, info, accomodations, restaurants, a history of the creation of the lake, and a map.

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  • Drive the state. That is the...

    Drive the state. That is the only way to get to know the State of Tennesee. Take your kids, and go. People are people, in the State of Tennessee, and they live life the way they know best. And that will be a real eye opener to you. And you will come back from your trip, with a refreshed insight in your soul, and your own life.Just drive, and...

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