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By Blair Howard

This consultant is a part of a sequence concentrating on outdoors actions akin to climbing, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback using, downhill skiiing, parasailing, backpacking, waterskiing and scuba diving. ancient and different heritage info is supplied, in addition to accomplished trip information.

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While some of Tennessee's rural areas can be a bit mundane, much of its countryside, especially in the east, is very beautiful, often wild and dramatic. So some of the adventures listed as Scenic Drives, are designed for the pure pleasure of driving, with just enough attractions and stops along the way to keep things lively. Maybe you'd like to take time out for a picnic. So, put the top down and let the wind blow through your hair, leave all the anxieties of the busy world far behind and enjoy yourself.

It wasn't until the first intrepid explorers found passes through the Highlands and blazed the trails westward into Tennessee and Kentucky that pioneers were able to move on from Jamestown and the colonies to settle the West. Today, the mountains of Eastern Tennessee offer unparalleled scenic beauty. There are facilities for summer and winter sports; trails and parkways that serve hikers and motorists; national forests and parks, as well as state and city parks and historic sites. Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Many people in this division trace their origins to settlers who trekked through the Cumberland Gap in the late 18th century.

Where it's properly drained, the soil is very productive. Elsewhere, the region is dotted with small lakes and marshes. In the extreme south is the lowest point in the state, 182 feet above sea level. The flatlands of Western Tennessee are drained by the Mississippi River and such tributaries as the Wolf, Hatchie, Forked Deer, and Obion. In the northwestern corner of Tennessee lies Reelfoot Lake, a fish and game preserve and the largest natural lake in the state. Once the site of a great forest, the lake was created by earthquakes in 1811-12.

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