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Outdoor Adventure

Did someone say adrenaline? From east Tennessee white water to Midstate zip lines, hang gliding adventures over Lookout Mountain, or mountain bike trails of west Tennessee, our Volunteer State has it all. You’ll never wonder again where to go or what to expect. Our Wild Side guides strap on the cameras and let you feel like you’re right there, too. Join us for the wild ride.

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Rowing
The world of serious rowing, the kind you see in the Olympics, is about precision and power. It's fast... it's great exercise... and a LOT harder than it looks.

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GOU Cascades Adventure
Confined to asphalt avenues and concrete corridors, many inner-city children can't envision a world outside of the city. Wild Side takes them there.

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Dogs on the Run
If you feel the need for speed, you'll love what happens when these high-stepping hounds take off and follow their instincts, in a sport called "lure coursing."

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Stones River Boat Day
Wild Side Guide Steve Hall and his family experiences fun on the water on a weekend adventure with canoes and kayaks on the Stones River.

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Park and Float
With a kayak or canoe you can find yourself instantly transported to a world of serenity and beauty...where nature and fish await. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us to the water to find out more.

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Nashville Clean Water Project
Wild Side Guide Annette Nole Hall takes us to Percy Priest Lake with a team of volunteers who are stepping up where others have stepped out.

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Boat Safety with the Coast Guard Auxilliary
Wild Side Guide Eve Annunziato takes us to Old Hickory Lake in Middle Tennessee for a refresher course in boat safety.

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Bad Weather, Good Bass
Wild Side Guide Joey Monteleone says a cold, rainy fall day slows the fisherman down a lot more than it does the fish.

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Cummins Falls
Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us to Jackson County along the Eastern Highland Rim, where the waters of Blackburn Fork River reveal a true Tennessee treasure.

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Endangered Conasauga Logperch
Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us snorkeling with some teachers, scientists and an instructor to look for the endangered Conasauga Logperch.

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Montgomery Bell Academy Rifle Classic
As Wildside Guide Annette Nole Hall tells us, there’s more than a championship at stake for these young marksmen at the Montgomery Bell Academy’s Rifle Classic in Tennessee.

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Buffalo River Trail Ride
Wild Side Guide Annette Nole Hall tells what it's like to spend a week on a Buffalo River Trail Ride in Wayne County with her son Ezekiel, and their two horses.

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Hiwassee Land Preservation
How important is it for all of us to protect biologically, historically, and visually significant parts of our state? Wild Side Guide Craig Owensby shows us by visiting a spot along the Tennessee River where numerous entities are working together for a Tennessee treasure.

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Counting Black Bears
Once plentiful across Tennessee, black bears have been limited to East Tennessee primarily due to overhunting. But the animal is on the comeback trail.

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Bertha’s Environmental Legacy
One of the most valuable tour guides in the state is also one of the oldest to win the Governor's Award for Stewardship, one of the most prestigious recognitions for environmental champions.

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Timber Rattlesnake Disease
Wild Side Guide Alan Griggs shows how misunderstanding and fear are slowly eliminating one of man’s most important allies — the Timber Rattlesnake.

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Plywood Boat Races
At Hidden Harbor Marina on Center Hill Lake, the annual Plywood Boat Race attracts a large and captive audience where Corps of Engineers and the TWRA offer life saving advice.

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The River Inside
One day John Guider put a canoe in the creek on his farm and set out on a life changing journey that took him all the way to New Orleans.

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Nature at Home: Nature Play for Kids
In this Nature at Home segment, we explore turning your backyard into an outdoor adventure center for the benefit of smarter, stronger and healthier kids.

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Latimer High Adventure Reservation
At the Latimer High Adventure Reservation, high-energy, high-risk outdoor activities are the main attraction. It’s where young people develop strength and confidence by doing things some of us might be just a little scared of doing.

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Mack Prichard-A Voice for the Wild
Meet a man who has had a hand in creating most of our state parks and natural areas, a voice for the wild we should all be thankful for.

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National Trails Day
The American Hiking Society launched Trails Day to encourage families to discover and celebrate America’s beautiful and inspiring nature trails. It's also a day when volunteers gather to give back to the places they love.

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Nature Fest
Wild Side Guide Craig Owensby visited one of Cookeville’s city parks to capture the wide-eyed wonder of youngsters getting their first taste of the outdoors.

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Short Springs Wildflowers
Take a photographic safari to the Short Springs Natural Area to enjoy the many colors, shapes and sizes of spring wildflowers.

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Machine Falls
Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker teamed up with nature photographer Byron Jorjorian for a photographic exploration of one of Short Springs’ main attractions, Machine Falls.

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TOYS…Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit
Hunting, trapping, turkey-calling, marksmanship, camping and archery are among a list of skills necessary for those who love the outdoors! These are also activities taught at the Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit.

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Collins River Muskie
There's something swimming in the Collins River with a jaw full of razor-sharp teeth that will make your heart pump faster! It’s called muskellunge or muskie and it's certainly a challenge to catch.

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Anne Goetze’s Outdoor Studio
Fishermen have their honey holes, hunters know the best spots to find turkey and deer...and artist Anne Goetze has found the perfect place to paint.

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River Etiquette
With more people discovering once-hidden gems like the Caney Fork River, things can get crowded on our rivers. But following the basic rules of river etiquette can help ensure that everyone has a good day on the water.

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A Canine Connection
In a world where it seems hard for couples to spend time together, we've found a couple having a doggone good time staying together…even when they’re competing against each other.

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Paddle Adventures Unlimited
Meet a group of fun-loving outdoor enthusiasts who would love to have you be a part of their all-natural adventures.

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Island Mountain Pat
Pat Riley loves the carefree mountain life of his Dekalb County home, where he can hang out, hunt, fish, swim...and make music.

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Camp Discover
Camp Discover is more than just a fun summer adventure...it's life-changing experience for some kids in Grundy County.

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B.O.W. — Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Spend a wild weekend with some ladies who are becoming empowered in the world of outdoor adventure.

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Portrait of a River
The Duck River is rich in biodiversity, but feeling the effects of urban growth...which is what brings "The Chestnut Group," artists who paint in the open air for the cause of conservation, to it's beautiful banks.

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Casting for Recovery
A wet day of fishing becomes a ray of light for some courageous women fighting breast cancer.

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Paddleboard Fly-Fishing
Never afraid to try something new, Wild Side Guide Chris Nischan grabbed his surf shirt and fly-rod and headed out to the Caney Fork River to try fly-fishing from a paddleboard.

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Great Outdoors University
Great Outdoors University gets kids out of the city and into nature, taking them on outdoor learning adventures.

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Horse Creek Nature Days
In Hardin County, Tennessee, every fourth grader gets to come to the Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary for a fun day of outdoor education.

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Boating Safely
There's a lot of water in Tennessee...which means there are also a lot of boats. We'll head out to Old Hickory Lake in Middle Tennessee to see the best ways to stay safe on the water.

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Wilderness Foxes
Join a group of ladies who love exploring the outdoors on an adventure through the trails of the Savage Gulf leading to the beautiful Greeter Falls in the South Cumberland State Park.

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Going the Distance
Chattanooga's Ben Friberg started out kayaking...then he tried standup paddling whitewater and got hooked. Now Ben has added endurance paddleboarding to his list of loves, setting world records along the way.

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Hot on the Trail
Enjoy the excitement of a beagle hound field trial...where the dogs are there to find and follow and the rabbit nearly always gets away.

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TNSCTP State Championships
Young sharpshooters compete at the state championships, where the parents are often the ones trying keep their nerves steady.

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Boating Safely
Spend a day on Old Hickory Lake with some volunteers who are working to keep us all safer on the water.

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Hike ‘Em All
Are you up for the challenge? Then head down the trail and enjoy scenic overlooks, spectacular rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests at South Cumberland State Park.

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Aiming at the Olympics
Young shooters take aim at Olympic Gold by competing at a new Certified Training Center found right here in Tennessee.

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Earth Day at Harrison Bay
The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is an extraordinary golf course that combines outdoor fun with environmental stewardship...which made it the perfect place to gather for an Earth Day celebration.

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Kayak School
See what it takes for experienced kayakers to become certified instructors so they can share their paddling knowledge with others.

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Water Warriors
While members of the Tennessee Aquatic Project like to have fun both above and below the water, they are also very serious about water quality.

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Cumberland Trail Volunteers
Up on Graysville Mountain in Rhea County, some service minded students spent their spring break building a section of the Cumberland Trail, part of a linear park extending roughly 300 miles across Tennessee.

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Eagle Emergency
A leisurely Memorial Day kayaking trip turns into an unexpected rescue operation when two brothers discover an injured eagle struggling to survive.

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Reelfoot Deep Swamp Paddle
Take a canoe trip deep into a swampy forest at Reelfoot Lake filled with beautiful cypress, including some that are hundreds of years old.

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Butterfly Bonanza
Members of the North American Butterfly Association visit a beautiful meadow at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station and experience a bonanza of butterflies.

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Nashville Hiking Meetup
Thousands of local hikers keep an eye on the Nashville Hiking Meetup webpage…and show up on the trail whenever they feel like getting outdoors.

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Youth Outdoor Leaders
Experience the natural world with some young people who are attending "Great Outdoors University" and learning how to teach others about nature.

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Cumberland River Paddlefest
This annual paddling event makes it easy for anyone to experience the fun of a canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard...especially when it's for the first time.

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Seven Islands State Birding Park
While most parks are designed to attract people, Seven Islands State Birding Park is specifically managed to attract wildlife...especially birds.

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First Time in the Forest
Take kids who have never seen big oak trees or been in the woods before into a beautiful hardwood forest and you have and experience worth sharing.

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Rock Climbing
All along Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau you'll find lots of hard rock, long cracks and overhangs, and an incredible variety of climbing routes offering something for climbers of any skill level.

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Panther Creek Junior Rangers
Fun adventures outdoors help young people form lasting connections with nature through the Tennessee State Parks' Junior Ranger program.

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Taking on the App Challenge
What started out as a fun way to spend some father-daughter time outdoors turned into a quest to visit every state park in Tennessee.

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Meeman-Shelby Forest Spring Fest
Every year folks gather together at the Shelby Forest Spring Fest to celebrate a a great place to enjoy the outdoors in West Tennessee.

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Special Campers
At this special camp at Montgomery Bell State Park, kids get an opportunity to experience outdoor adventure in ways they never have before.

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A Shelter for the Soul
See how a once a barren wasteland...unwanted and seemingly useless...was transformed by some visionary people into a beautiful State Park.

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The Polar Plunge
Find out what it takes to get hundreds of people to brave freezing February cold and take a plunge into the icy waters of Percy Priest Lake.

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Rocky Fork Trout
Flowing through the East Tennessee mountains, the pools, eddys, boulders and rocks of Rocky Fork Creek create what many call the perfect mountain stream for trout fishing.

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Cumberland River Eagles
Once a rare sight in Tennessee, the Bald Eagle is making a comeback across the country and our state, as we discovered on winter trip down the Cumberland River.

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Trails & Trilliums
Explore the wonders of nature at an annual festival in Monteagle, TN that has a little something for everyone.

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A Walk Among Wildflowers
Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath on a spring wildflower hike through Edgar Evins State Park, where at every turn, there's something new and beautiful to behold.

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Tails of the Trail
When you combine shelter dogs needing exercise and a little attention with caring humans who like to hike, you end up with a fun-filled day out on the trail.

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Hunters for the Hungry Triathlon
This race does a lot more than test athletes' speed and endurance...it also helps provide much needed food for hungry Tennesseans.

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Paddling With The Pelicans
Reelfoot Lake State Park is a haven for migrating waterfowl, including some birds that recently started showing up in large numbers.

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Moments in Time
Wildlife and nature photographer Melodie Cunningham uses patience and persistence to capture memorable moments at the Land Between the Lakes.

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University School Naturalists
The Young Naturalists Program at University School of Nashville makes sure students from kindergarten through high school integrate classroom work with nature trips.

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Tennessee Wall Trail Day
Rock climbers who care enough to give back to the land spend a day at the Tennessee Wall working on a section of trail and...of course...climbing the beautiful sandstone cliffs.

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Tims Ford Blueway
The Tims Ford Blueway, the first ever on a lake in Tennessee, is a series of trails on the water that makes it easier to explore one of our most scenic waterways.

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Richland Creek Whitewater
For kayakers living around Chattanooga, several days of rainy weather usually means Richland Creek gets filled with water and transformed into a paddler's paradise.

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Ragnarok Climbing Competition
Rock climbers test their endurance while challenging the sandstone bluffs at Foster Falls during this unique climbing competition.

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Horseback Heaven
Pogue Creek Canyon and the Big South Fork might be a whole lot of nothing, but adventurous souls willing to explore will find there is so much there!

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Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee
Bike riders from across the world head down Tennessee highways in search of beautiful scenery, quaint communities, and fun fellowship.

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Bell Ringer Trail Run
Trekking through the tough terrain at Montgomery Bell State Park gives these athletes a challenging feat for their feet.

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Reforging the Fiery Gizzard
Forced to move a section of one of our most iconic trails in order to keep it open, park rangers and volunteers are working hard in extremely rugged terrain.

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ZIPStream Fall Creek Falls
If you're looking for an outdoor adventure that the whole family can enjoy, then the aerial adventures at Fall Creek Falls State Park will take your fun to new heights!

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Cumberland River Paddling
Once abused and under-appreciated, the Cumberland River is becoming a favorite destination for paddlers in Nashville.

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Deep Water Soloing
If you like a challenge, the rocky bluffs at Nichajack Lake near Chattanooga are the perfect setting for daring rock climbers who like to ascend without safety ropes.

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Doggy Paddling
These days more people are paddling with their pooches...but before you head out on the water with your dog, you need to have a plan in place.

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Buffalo River Adventure
For those looking to get away from it all, a fishing and camping trip down the Buffalo River...118 miles to its confluence with the Duck...is the perfect place to go.

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The Harpeth Hustle
Grab a paddle and head down the Harpeth River, then hop out and head down the road, then jump on a bike and ride to the finish...all for a good cause!

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Roan Mountain Spring Rally
Enjoy beautiful wildflowers, scenic wonders and family fun while helping a good cause at this annual event at Roan Mountain State Park.

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Reptile Reconnaissance
A team of teenagers are involved in an educational reptile study with an organization called CRESO, which stands for Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization.

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Tellico Wild
Natural waterfalls, medicinal plants and pristine waters give visitors of Tellico Wild some idea of what our native lands must have been like before the arrival of European Settlers.

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Hot Air Adventure
Wild Side Guide Terry Bulger leads us into the wild blue yonder for some breathtaking views from a hot air balloon.

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Seasonal Rangers Big Adventure
A routine paddle adventure turns a rescue mission for two seasonal ranger interns.

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Old Timer’s Day
Old Timer’s Day performers have taken their careers beyond the mountains of Tennessee all the way to Carnegie Hall.

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Hold Your Horses
Equestrian Drill Team

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Paddling Safety
East Nashville Magnet School students step out of the classroom and into a kayak for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

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POW WOW at Long Hunter State Park
Native Americans from across the country come to share their traditions and history.

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Fort Loudoun State Park
History comes alive during the time of the French and Indian War. Follow our Wild Side crew to Fort Loudoun State Park for the annual Garrison Days.

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Hike to Virgin Falls
Virgin Falls is a favorite destination for hikers from across the country. For many years the land around the falls has been held in a public/private partnership.

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Lost Loon Triathalon
If you love the outdoors, like to laugh and might enjoy a race with no clock, this race is for you!