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Looking for the best chillin in Tennessee? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Tennessee. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Chillin Spots in and near Tennessee

  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Explore the South Holston Dam

    5.0
    Coming from US-421 turn off on Emmett Rd and keep left to get on Holston View Dam Rd and continue straight on this road by the river. There are parking spaces by the river below the dam and short easy trails to walk on next to the river. You’ll see fly fishers in the river below the dam on early ...
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  • Pikeville, Tennessee

    Hike to Fall Creek Falls Fire Tower

    4.5
    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    The tower is located in the far northeast corner of Fall Creek Falls state park. The road to get there can be rough especially if it has rained recently but any 2 wheel drive vehicle should be able to make it. When you get to the trailhead it is a small gravel pull off with a gate. From the gate ...
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  • Brownsville, Tennessee

    Visit The Mindfield

    Driving through Brownsville, TN you might miss "The Mindfield" if you aren't paying attention. It's situated behind a barber shop and a motel.We pulled into the parking lot next to the Food Giant grocery store. You can walk around the structure but you are not allowed to walk through or under the...
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  • Unnamed Road, Tennessee

    Hike to Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower

    1 mi / 200 ft gain
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO HAVE A 4WD VEHICLE OR ALL WHEEL DRIVE.  The road to the trail-head can be very dangerous at times because of mud and debris, because of this an all wheel drive at least is very useful if you only have a 2WD car or truck I suggest only going in dry conditions.  When you get t...
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  • Thorn Hill, Tennessee

    Photograph and Swim at Elrod Falls

    5.0
    Elrod Falls is a great place to cool off in a cool clear river stream. It is located near a very small town in East Tennessee and is a great secluded place if you want to get away from people. When you get to the area you will see signs for it on the side of the road. When you get to the field an...
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  • Maynardville, Tennessee

    Photograph the Maynardville Fire Tower

    3.5
    The maynardville fire tower is one that anyone can go too since you can drive straight to the base of it. From the base however there are about 100 steep stairs to the top. On the way up you will need to be extra careful because it is very old and was never built for safety. When you get to the t...
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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Camp at North River Campground and Dispersed Campsites

    North River Road is located in the Nantahala National Forest near Tellico Plains. To get to North River Campground you can either drive up the Cherohala Skyway about 6 miles then turn when you see the sign for the campground and bald river falls. Another way to get to the campsites along North Ri...
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  • Del Rio, Tennessee

    Meadow Creek Fire Tower

    5.0
    Meadow Creek Fire Tower is a great place to spend an afternoon watching the sunset or spend the night gazing at the stars. You can bring a blanket then lay out on the top of the tower and view the entire sky. The tower itself was made back in the early 1920's. Over the years it changed appearance...
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  • Bluff City, Tennessee

    Spelunk Worley's Cave

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 100 ft gain
    Worley’s Cave, also known as Morrill Cave, lies just outside of Boone across the Tennessee border. It is the second longest cave in the state of Tennessee at a whopping 4.4 miles in total length. It is a non-lit cavern that’s path is lit only by those who venture in its depths (i.e. headlamps, la...
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  • Jamestown, Tennessee

    Stargaze at Astronomy Field

    This Dark Sky Park is a part of the Pickett State Park. It was established in 2015. It is one of the only IDA registered dark sky parks in the east. I have been all over the United States stargazing and this is still one of the best spots I have been to. The astronomy field offers a free and easi...
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  • Vonore, Tennessee

    Camp at Citico Creek

    5.0
    There are a few options for getting to Citico Creek, you can either go up the windy gravel road from US 411 or get off of the Cherohala Skyway and go down the mountain past the Indian Boundary campground. The Citico Creek campground has about 5 or 6 spots but is rarely full because it is very sec...
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  • Copperhill, Tennessee

    Explore Ocoee Whitewater Center

    This location showcases the Ocoee river and the area used in the 1996 Olympics. This area is beautiful and has some amazing views. The drive to the whitewater center is called the Ocoee Scenic Byway and is the first national forest byway. The drive is gorgeous and features some amazing mountain v...
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  • Oneida, Tennessee

    Short hike to East Rim Overlook

    0.2 mi / 50 ft gain
    This trail is located in Big South Fork National Recreation Area. This is more of a walk than a hike. The entire trail is paved except for the wooden boardwalk overlook at the end. The overlook shows the gorgeous views of the river valley and some of the rock formations in the area. The trail is ...
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  • Wartburg, Tennessee

    Hike to Frozen Head State Park Fire Tower

    4.5
    4.5 mi / 1300 ft gain
    To get to this hike the easiest way is to go up Petros hwy near the closed Brushy Mountain State prison. The trailhead is a large gravel lot on the side of the road. The trail is an old road so it is wide and well taken care of. However, the trail is very steep all the way up. The trail has only ...
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  • Jamestown, Tennessee

    Hike to Indian Rockhouse

    0.4 mi / 65 ft gain
    This hike is a great, short hike for all ages. It shows the sandstone formation of the area very well and features a large cliff, an overhang, and a small stream at the bottom. The hike is only 0.4 of a mile total and has a small elevation change. It is probably the easiest hike in this area.  Th...
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  • Jamestown, Tennessee

    Hazard Cave Loop

    5.0
    1.51 mi / 210 ft gain
    Hazard Cave is a gorgeous very large sandstone formation. The hike is located in Pickett State Park which is right next to Big South Fork National Recreation Area. This hike is the shortest option to get to Hazard Cave. If you are looking for a longer hike you can take the entire loop hike to get...
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