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|Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, provided of course, you can resist the temptation of it beckoning you farther.
It begins near its eastern border with Georgia and then flows westward, before flowing northward back into Tennessee. The largest lakes it traverses
are Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick.
As a Looper, if you are also an angler, sightseer or lover of history, you will want to take a side-trip along the full navigable length of the Tennessee
River, from Paducah to Chattanooga and Knoxville. (It is the Cumberland river that takes you to Nashville.)
This leg of your voyage is 215 miles. Pioneers (including Daniel Boone) referred to it as the Cherokee River. Now, the Tennessee River is
one of the most popular vacation spots in America. Its rich fascinating history includes Cherokee Indians, early colonial pioneers, Revolutionary war
heroes, and Civil War battles. Today, the Tennessee RIver provides a magnificent variety of boat accessible concerts, festivals, museums, Historic Sites,
Landmarks, resorts and activities.
It is also a great place to explore 'beyond the immediate horizon'. From Knoxville, you are just 1 hour's rental car drive away from Gatlinburg and the
highest Peak in the Great Smoky Mountains and National Park.
Marinas on the
Tennessee - Tombigbee
|The Tennessee River runs through Kentucky Lake.
This shows one magnificent reason to cruise the Great Loop by the seasons!
You will arrive here in the colorful peak of Fall.
We're not the kind of person to bury our treasures - We share them.
When you plan your voyage around the Loop, you should look beyond the immediate horizon. The Tennessee River is one great example why. If
you plan to cruise the Tennessee River to Chattanooga and Knoxville, don't close your eyes to where you are. . .
Fact is, at Knoxville you are just 1 hour away from one of the top attractions in the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains. This is the
location of Clingmans Dome which is 6,643-feet up in the clouds. It is especially stunning in the Fall - right when you will be there!
So, plan on cruising to Knoxville. When you get there, rent a car and within the hour you will find yourself in Gatlinburg. Get yourself a room for two
nights (at least two nights) at the Quality Inn & Suites (our last 3-times there, the room for two was just $63.00 a night). It was a great room
with a fireplace and large unlimited hot showers and baths!
Take a stroll through downtown Gatlinburg, which is packed with exciting things to do and see as well as wonderful restaurants, and take a
drive up through the Smoky Mountain National Park to Clingmans Dome before you leave. We guarantee, this is more than worth your time and
money. In fact, since we discovered it, we've made it one of our 'for sure' don't miss repeat stops on the Great Loop.
|America's Great Loop is so amazing!
On the Tennessee River, we strongly
suggest you don't miss the side-trip to
Chattanooga, Knoxville, or Gatlinburg
and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Our 5,429-mile route as outlined & detailed in "The Looper's Companion Guide" also includes ten (yes, 10) of the most popular detours and
side-trips. Therefore, depending on the detours and side-trips you take, you could easily extend your Great Loop voyage to more than
One of our most favorite side-trips is cruising the Tennessee River from Pickwick Lock to Knoxville. This is simply a beautiful voyage with plenty to
see and do along the way. With the Appalachian Mountains in the background, you will cruise along the steep Lookout Mountain before reaching
Ruby Falls waterfall and Rock City. Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, marks the site of a Civil War battle now honored at the Battles for Chattanooga
Museum. From there, it is on to Knoxville, where, if you have never been to or seen the Smoky Mountains, we highly encourage you to make this
amazing side-trip. Just a one-hour (one way of course), rental car will take you to Gatlinburg at the base of Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the
Smoky Mountains, and what a beautiful voyage and experience this will be, as you should time this portion of your journey to be on the Tennessee
River at the peak of Fall Foliage.
|VISIT GATLINBURG & THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
(it is just a one-hour car rental away)