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Caring for the River

Flowing 652 miles through seven states, the Tennessee River is one of the most ecologically important river systems in the country. Referred to as the “Amazon of North America”, the Conservation Fund considers it the single most biologically diverse river system for aquatic organisms in the United States.

Tim Pruitt

Be Stewards of the Tennessee River Valley

People living in the Tennessee River Valley watershed seek to preserve and protect the region’s natural assets while honoring the rich history and heritage of those that call this Valley home. For decades, the Tennessee River Valley has hosted travelers seeking adventure and a little southern hospitality. As you stay in our welcoming communities, play on the water, and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area, you’re helping to support these people and steward the unique environment of this region.

Learn about the Tennessee River Valley- People and History

Search for “environmental education” on the MapGuide to find more about our local ecology. Go to “Places to Go > Natural Area” to discover an amazing array of parks, sanctuaries, preserves, and other protected areas. Many of these offer interpretive programs, informative signage, and visitor centers where you can learn more. Or, click on “Things to Do > Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center” to find places where you can learn about our area’s diverse history and take part in cultural activities. In the same menu, “Festivals and Events” provides opportunities to dive into local community life.

Go Green in the Tennessee River Valley

Search for “Eco-Friendly” to help you find those taking steps to conserve our area’s natural resources. And, you can filter for “Farmers Market” in “Things to Do > Food or Drink” to find local produce at public markets and farm stores.

Engage in Support of the Tennessee River Valley

Go to “Things to Do > Action Opportunity” to find an array of local organizations to support, and volunteer opportunities ranging from river clean-up days to trail maintenance. Join us! We’d love to have you be part of our efforts.