Parks & Recreation: Area National Parks
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Big South Fork National River
and Recreation Area
60 miles north of Knoxville (TN/KY border)
The park offers hiking, rafting, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, camping, fishing, bicycling, rock climbing, and animal watching. Scenic railroad excursions are available. Visitors center located outside Oneida. For more info, visit the park online at www.nps.gov/anjo.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
70 miles north of Knoxville (borders TN, KY, VA)
The park is the largest National Park in the U.S. and offers trails for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycles. Picnic areas and fully equipped campgrounds, as well as backcountry campsites are available. For more info, visit online at www.nps.gov/cuga.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
40 miles southeast of Knoxville
The park consists of over 800 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, 735 miles of streams for fishing and many campsites, both developed and backcountry. Several visitors centers provide exhibits and artifacts for viewing. Many scenic routes and views from peaks of over 6,000 feet. For more info, visit online at www.nps.gov/grsm.
Obed Wild and Scenic River
43 miles west of Knoxville
The Obed is known for providing some of the most challenging white water boating in eastern North America. Camping, picnicking, hiking, rock climbing, and hunting facilities are available as well.