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Our Supporters

The list of project collaborators and supporters is long already, and it will continue to grow. In addition to National Geographic, this initiative is supported by the following regional partners.

With 9 lakes and 2 Appalachian Ranges: the Smokies & the Cumberland Mountains, East Tennessee has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors come from all over the world to explore our terrific fishing, limitless hiking trails, 12 driving trails and over 300 attractions within 1.5 hour radius of Knoxville, not counting those in the Smokies. With over 150 annual events, communities off-the-beaten path offer a glimpse into the rich cultural history of East Tennessee.


The Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association's mission is to effectively promote and market its natural, cultural, and historic assets, as well as develop and implement heritage tourism programs in the ten-county region. Southeast Tennessee is a region defined by its unique landscape shaped by rivers and cultures for thousands of years. The hills, mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes tell the stories of the region's history and allow for limitless outdoor recreation and heritage tourism adventures.


Knoxville, where Southern hospitality meets big city charm. Eateries, shopping and music are all at your beck and call. Our Urban Wilderness is ready for you to dare yourself to go a little further. If challenge isn’t part of your vocabulary, go relax by the water or ride down one of our greenways. Heritage is alive and well in the Marble City. Six historic homes dot the landscape each with a story of its past and hopes for its future. The local scene is an amazing one with thriving farm to table restaurants, entrepreneurs, artists and community members creating memories that will last a lifetime. The world renowned Knoxville Zoo, the Iconic Sunsphere; heck, our City is so great Johnny Knoxville is from here and changed his name to prove it.