Buffalo River Resort

This is the newest Buffalo River recreation destination, featuring hiking, tubing, kayaking, canoeing horseback riding and other fun right on the river. Camping, RV hookups and cabins are available.

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  • Lodging

3520 N Hwy 13 Lobelville, TN


From pt. 1, return to TN-13. Turn L, go 5.2 miles to pt. 2.


Heath’s Canoe Rentals

Be introduced to the Buffalo River with a great canoeing adventure at this outfitter with easy access points.

1076 N Hwy 13 Lobelville, TN


Continue S for 2.4 miles on TN-13 to pt. 3.

More About: The Buffalo River

The Buffalo River is not named for the bison that once inhabited the area, but for the buffalo fish (Ictiobus species) commonly found in the river.


Mousetail Landing State Park

One of Tennessee'’s newest state parks, it features two campgrounds, boat access, picnic areas and hiking trails. This is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon or a few days relaxing on the beautiful Tennessee River.

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  • Lodging

3 Campground Rd. Linden, TN


From Linden, you can connect to Parsons (pt. 52) by going W on Main St./US-412. Enjoy pt. 11 along the way. Go W on Main St./ US-412/TN-20 for approx. 11 miles. Turn R on TN-438 to pt. 11. After visiting state park, retrace route to US-412, turn R t

More About: Mousetail Landing

Mousetail Landing got its name because of a fire at a local tannery during the Civil War. Many mice fled the burning building, so it became known as Mousetail Landing.


Flatwoods Canoe

For a Buffalo River adventure, try this outfitter located at the old gas station on the left as you enter town. Take a trip from a few miles to a few days.

11711 Hwy 13S Linden, TN


Walker Branch State Natural Area (SNA)

This 225-acre SNA is a significant breeding ground for dragonflies and damselflies, with over 39 different species identified here. Steep hills create creeks, marshes and swamp forests; this is a perfect example of an undisturbed bald cypress forest. Other rare and endangered plant species can also be seen here.

1st Pittsburg Landing Savannah, TN

Return to TN-128, turn R. Go 2.4 miles, turn R on Diamond Is. Rd. Stay L as road splits at McGinley Loop. At bottom of hill, turn L again on 1st Pittsburg Rd. Go approx. 0.5 mile to pt. 42 entrance. Park on E side of road.


Pickwick Landing Dam

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed this massive dam in the mid-1930s for flood control, the generation of electricity, and reliable navigation on the Tennessee River. Just below the dam on the north side, an access road leads to an exhibit featuring one of the dam'’s original turbine blades and a 95-site, full-featured campground operated by TVA.

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  • Picture Spot

Hwy 128 Pickwick Dam, TN


Retrace route to TN-128, continue S on TN-128 for 6.6 miles to pt. 43. Turn R on access road to camping.


Pickwick Landing State Park

The 1,400-acre park offers excellent outdoor opportunities including a 3-mile hike through the beautiful hardwood forest right along the river. Pickwick Landing was once a riverboat stop in the 1840s and honors its heritage with a modern-day marina. Make a night of it at the modern Park Inn, a 119-room inn and conference center, or in one of two campgrounds. Also enjoy Southern cuisine in the restaurant, an 18-hole golf course, a public swimming beach, picnic areas and play fields.

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  • Picture Spot

Hwy 57 & Park Rd. Pickwick Dam, TN


Cross pt. 43, turn L onto TN-57E to pt. 44.

More About: Pickwick Landing

Pickwick Landing is named for Samuel Pickwick, the title character in the Charles Dickens novel, The Pickwick Papers.


Shiloh National Military Park

More than 24,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured in the Battle of Shiloh. The Confederate forces took the Union Army by surprise, but withdrew after the battle. Visit one of America'’s best-preserved battlefields with 156 monuments, 217 cannons and more than 650 historic tablets. A 10-mile self-guided driving tour starts at the visitors center, beginning with a short video. Stop to take the tour, visit the gift shop, or just take a drive through the park for beautiful views of the Tennessee River.

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  • Picture Spot

1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd. Shiloh, TN


Continue W on TN-57 for 4.6 miles. Turn R/N onto TN-142. Road becomes TN-142/TN-22 in 5.5 miles; continue N as road is joined by TN-22, go 1.6 miles. Continue straight on TN-22 for 1.8 miles to pt. 46 main entrance.

More About: The Battle of Shiloh

April 6 and 7, 1862 marked the bloodiest days to date in American history at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh, with 24,000 casualties from both sides. The battle began when Confederate soldiers attacked Union troops while they were eating breakfast at their camp outside of Savannah, a stop on their long march to Corinth, Mississippi. Taken by surprise, the Union troops retreated. The Confederates stopped to eat some of the food left behind and loot the Union camp, delaying their advance. As the battle started, Union General Ulysses S. Grant was eating his own breakfast at Cherry Mansion (point 40) in Savannah. He heard the gunfire and sent additional troops to the point on the Tennessee River opposite the battlefield. The Confederates continued to aggressively charge the Union line and seemed to be closing in on a victory by nightfall. The soldiers endured a horrible night of thunderstorms and cold, with the dead and injured scattered all around the battlefield in the rainy dark. The next morning, the Confederates continued their attack, unaware that Union reinforcements were arriving to support Grant’s weary men. The Union Army made a strong advance that morning, before the scattered Confederate troops had time to organize, and the Union regained most of the ground they had lost the day before. While the Confederates awaited reinforcements that would never come, fighting continued throughout the day, with the Union Army slowly advancing. By the end of the day, the Confederates had exhausted their ammunition and suffered heavy losses. They retreated to Corinth unpursued by the exhausted Union Army. The next morning, Union troops caught up with the Confederates at Fallen Timbers, about six miles down the road. Led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederates aggressively charged the Union in a last effort that dissuaded them from following further. The battle itself, like most Civil War battles, was confusing and chaotic, and soldiers found it difficult to determine which side others were on. Confederate troops wore uniforms of varying colors, and suffered staggering losses to friendly fire. Many Civil War experts believe that Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was accidentally killed by his own troops during the Battle of Shiloh.


Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area (SNA)

This 200-acre oak-hickory forest has open glades dominated by native grasses with several rare plant communities; it’'s an excellent example of a rich and diverse ecosystem featuring Tennessee limestone glades or “barrens.” Start a 2-mile hike through this lush forest at the parking area.

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  • Off the Trail

Smith Gravel Pit Rd. Bath Springs, TN


Return to int. of TN-114 & TN-69, go N on TN-69 for 0.4 mile. Turn R onto Bob’s Landing Rd., go 1 mile. Turn R onto Smith Gravel Pit Rd., go 1 mile to parking area for pt. 50. To return to main trail: Retrace route to TN-69, turn R to pt. 51.


Beech Bend Recreational Area

Stretch your legs here or set up camp where the Beech and Tennessee Rivers merge. Picnic areas, boat launches and canoeing are available.

22 Beech Bend Park Ln. Decaturville, TN


Return to Perryville Rd., go S. Turn L on TN-100 to pt. 57. Go N on TN-100 to int. with US-412/TN-20. Turn R on US-412/TN-20, cross river to connect with Linden.


Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm Museum

Located at Birdsong Resort & Marina, this museum details the past and present of pearl culturing in Tennessee. You'’ll find informative exhibits about freshwater pearl pioneer John Latendresse, who cultivated pearls at this site.

255 Marina Rd. Camden, TN


Return to TN-191/ Birdsong Rd., turn R. Go 2.2 miles to pt. 59. Go R on TN-191 for 5.7 miles; cross US-70, go 0.8 mile. Turn L on Bus. Rt. US-70, go 1.9 miles to pt. 60 public sq. Multiple hwys converge in Camden making it an ideal spot for travel opti

More About: American Pearl Farming

John Latendresse, the “Father of American Cultured Pearls,” began a career in pearls in the 1950s. His company, the Tennessee Shell Company, supplied shells to pearl farmers in Japan and other countries that were the nuclei to creating cultured pearls. In 1961, he began the American Pearl Company, which attempted to cultivate pearls on the Tennessee River. After several years and varying techniques, the first marketable pearls were made in 1983. Latendresse began developing pearls in other shapes as well, such as rectangles, triangles and teardrops. Latendresse and his methods were featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Southern Living and other publications. The Tennessee River Pearl Farm became the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in the North American continent, and the freshwater pearl was named the official Tennessee gem. Today, the location of the pearl farm and exhibits about its history can be found at the Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Farm Museum (point 59).


Eva Beach & Eva Archaeological Site

This is a popular park area for swimming and boating along the Tennessee River. Note the stone marking the dig that uncovered ruins from the Middle and Late Archaic period (ca. 6000-1000 B.C.).

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Eva, TN

From Camden, go E on TN-191 to explore Eva. Turn R on Eva Beach Rd. to pt. 61.

More About: Eva

Eva was home to prehistoric native people from 6000 to 1000 B.C. in the post-glacial period. The site is now part of Kentucky Lake but was excavated by archaeologists from University of Tennessee in 1940 before it was flooded by TVA.


Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

From this area, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest launched a surprise attack on Johnsonville across the river, destroying a key Union supply depot during the Civil War. This 2,587-acre state park is a popular hiking and camping spot, with campgrounds and over 25 miles of trails, from a .25-mile to a rugged 20-mile trek.

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  • Off the Trail
  • Lodging

1825 Pilot Knob Rd. Eva, TN


Return to TN-191, turn R on TN-191/Pilot Knob Rd. to pts. 62 & 63.

More About: The Nathan Bedford Forrest Obelisk

The Nathan Bedford Forrest obelisk, located in his namesake park, arrived in the fall of 1931 by railroad in Eva. The monument'’s pieces were too heavy to haul up the hill by horse team or truck, so they borrowed Benton County’'s only bulldozer to pull it up Pilot Knob.


Big Sandy

This small town shares its name with the nearby Big Sandy River and is best known for its wildlife-friendly peninsula.

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Big Sandy, TN

To continue on main trail: From Camden, go N on TN-69A for 13.6 miles to int. with TN-147 and pt. 66.


Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge - Big Sandy Unit

One of the most popular attractions along the Tennessee River Trail is the 7,000-acre Big Sandy Peninsula between the Big Sandy and Tennessee Rivers. This unique area provides habitat for wintering waterfowl, nesting songbirds, migratory shorebirds and many other wildlife species including bald eagles in the winter. Pace Point, on the peninsula’'s tip, is considered one of the top 10 birding locations in the state. While you’'re here, visit historic Mt. Zion Church, check out the view from Bennett’'s Creek Observation Deck, or hike the fully interpreted 1.2-mile Chickasaw National Recreation Trail.

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  • Off the Trail

Lick Creek Rd. Big Sandy, TN


In Big Sandy, from int. of TN-147 & TN-69A, go N on TN-147 for 0.6 mile. Turn L on Lick Creek Rd., go 11.6 miles to pt. 67 entrance. Retrace route to TN-147. For connector: Turn L on TN-147/Danville Rd. to go E. To return to main trail: Return to int.


Eiffel Tower

Every Paris needs an Eiffel Tower, and Paris, Tennessee, is no exception. It’'s the 12th-tallest Eiffel Tower replica in the world. The tower is in the aptly named Eiffel Tower Park; make time for a swim in the pool, a few rounds of disc golf, a jog on the paved trail or let the kids enjoy time on the playground.

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  • Picture Spot

650 Volunteer Dr. Paris, TN


To continue on main trail: From Big Sandy (pt. 66) and int. of TN-147 & TN-69A, turn L/W onto TN-69A. (From pt. 67, you’ll turn R/W.) Go W for 14.3 miles to int. of US-641/Memorial Dr. Turn R on Volunteer Dr., go 0.2 mile. Turn R on Maurice Fields Rd. to

More About: Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was first made out of wood and donated to the town by Christian Brothers University in 1992.


Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge-Britton Ford/Sulphur Wells Area

Located on the west side of Kentucky Lake, this section of Big Sandy Unit is especially popular with birders and wildlife enthusiasts. Britton Ford Road provides access to a driving tour of the Britton Ford Peninsula and access to the popular Britton Ford Hiking Trail. Also nearby is the V.L. Childs Observation Deck, providing panoramic views of the refuge and Tennessee River. Trail open March 16-Nov. 14; deck open year-round.

Bobcat Den Rd. Springville, TN

Go 4.5 miles NE on US-79, turn R on Elkhorn-Nobles Rd. Go 5.3 miles, turn L on Bobcat Den Rd. Go 0.5 mile to pt. 79 entrance.

More About: The "“Volunteer County of the Volunteer State"

During the Civil War, Henry County sent over 2,500 volunteers to the Confederacy and earned the title "“Volunteer County of the Volunteer State."”


Paris Landing State Park

This historic river landing was established as a state park in 1942 when Kentucky Lake was created. It’'s considered one of the state'’s premier resort parks and features an inn & conference center, restaurant, cabins, campground, marinas with launch ramp, picnic area, swimming beach, ball fields and a 3-mile hiking trail system. The park'’s golf course recently attained a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” designation from Audubon International for achieving a high degree of environmental quality. Visitors often see wildlife like deer, foxes and coyotes in the park.

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  • Lodging
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16055 Hwy 79N Buchanan, TN


Return to US-79, turn R to continue E for 9.8 miles to pt. 80.


Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL)

This popular inland peninsula was formed when the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers were impounded to create Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Known for outdoor fun, LBL is also full of history and beauty, and Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, ”"The Trace”," will lead you through all it has to offer.

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  • Picture Spot

100 Van Morgan Dr. Golden Pond, TN 42211


Go NE on US-79 for 9.9 miles. Turn L onto The Trace to pt. 81. (Tennessee portion of byway is 13.5 miles) South Welcome Station (Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March-Nov.)

More About: Land Between the Lakes

In 1969, 29 bison (17 bulls and 12 cows) were brought from a national park in North Dakota to form the first bison herd in LBL, reintroducing a native habitat lost more than a century ago.


Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge

The 8,420-acre refuge features over 250 species of birds and mammals and more than 650 species of plants. Geese, ducks, shorebirds, wading birds and bald eagles are in abundance. Refuge open March 16- Nov. 14, visitor center open year-round.

643 Wildlife Rd. Dover, TN


Return to TN-49, go L/S for 2.3 miles. Turn L onto Wildlife Rd. Go 1.2 mile to pt. 90 visitor center.

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Discover the good life on the Tennessee River Trail. This route is peppered with quaint historic towns like Waverly, Linden and Paris, and river overlooks that provide the perfect backdrop to your Tennessee vacation.

Try canoeing along the Buffalo River, or birdwatching at a Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge unit, like Big Sandy or the Duck River Bottoms. For more outdoor fun, rent a boat and try your hand at fishing at Paris Landing State Park, and keep an eye out for deer and wild turkey as you drive the history-filled Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway through the Land Between The Lakes.

Learn about one of country music’s superstars, Loretta Lynn, at her sprawling ranch in Hurricane Mills; visit her famous plantation home and a museum celebrating her life and career. Visit Fort Donelson National Battlefield near Dover and Shiloh National Military Park near Savannah, both sites of two important Civil War battles. From prehistoric river life to the Golden Age of Steamboats, experience the Tennessee River’s history at its namesake museum in Savannah. You’ll also visit Pickwick Landing, the 1800s riverboat stop that is now a state park offering forested hiking trails, fishing, boating and camping.

Take this trail and gain a new appreciation for the Tennessee River, the very heart of Tennessee outdoor life.