1,500 BLACK BEARS Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the eastern U.S. where black bears can live in a natural setting. 6,643 FEET Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Tennessee. On clear days, views expand more than 100 miles and into seven states. 8,600 CAVES Tennessee is a spelunker’s paradise with a wide variety of caverns, grottos, underground waterfalls and lakes throughout the state. 200 BALD EAGLES Eagles nest during the winter at Reelfoot Lake, a 15,000-acre lake created by earthquakes in 1811- 1812 that caused the Mississippi River to briefly flow backwards. 3,500 ACRES Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium in Kingsport is Tennessee’s largest cityowned park, featuring 38 miles of trails and an adventure course. 630 WATERFALLS Stunning views can be found across the state, including one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern U.S.: Fall Creek Falls (256 feet). 112 POUNDS The Tennessee State Record was set by a blue catfish, caught on the Cumberland River in June 1998. 13 ACRES America’s Largest Underground Lake near Sweetwater, The Lost Sea, offers cave tours and glass bottom boat rides 300 feet underground. 56 STATE PARKS Experience some of the state’s most spectacular views while hiking, biking, birding, boating, geocaching or picnicking. Tennessee State Parks turn 80 this year.
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