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17 Awe-Inspiring Views In East Tennessee That Will Astonish You

East Tennessee is unmatched in its ability to take your breath away with views of majestic mountains, peaceful lakes, and thundering waterfalls all within a short drive of each other. Enjoy this visual experience as you plan your next adventure to East Tennessee.

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Peaceful Cades Cove at the Smoky Mountains


Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains. An 11 mile loop road circles this peaceful cove.

Photo by Leeco on Flickr.


Sunsets at Watts Bar Lake

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The 39,000 acre Watts Bar Lake is great for fishing, boating, bird watching, and great sunsets. Our Tennessee Bed and Breakfast sits on 360 shoreline acres of Watts Bar Lake.

Photo by Your Reflections – a Knoxville TN wedding photographer.


Drive the Cherohala Skyway During Fall Foliage


The Cherohala Skyway, a national scenic byway, runs 40 miles through beautiful mountains and forests with breathtaking views of the countryside. Experience a burst of color during peak Fall foliage. Learn 3 Surprising Facts About the Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee.

Photo by Gorilla Girl on Flickr.


The Rolling Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens


Roan Mountain is a 2,000 acre state park covered by 600 year old wild Rhododendron gardens that spring into bloom every June.

Photo by Keith Callahan on Flickr.


Ruby Falls Underground Waterfall


Ruby Falls is a gorgeous underground cave and waterfall 1,120 feet below ground under the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Photo by Chris Faulkner on Flickr.


Lovers Leap at Rock City and Lookout Mountain


See 7 States from Lookout Mountain and Rock City and not to mention the breathtaking waterfall view at Lover’s Leap.

Photo courtesy of Fuzzy Images on Flickr.


The Cascading Bald River Falls


Bald River Falls cascades over 100 feet down onto the rocks below. Be sure to hike the gorge above the falls!

Photo by Guillaume Capron.

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Smoky Mountains National Park


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 800 square miles of unspoiled wilderness in one of the most visited parks in the United States.

Photo by pookie_NY on Flickr.


The Lost Sea


The Lost Sea is America’s largest underground lake, located in beautiful Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Photo by Joel Kramer on Flickr.


The Hidden Ozone Falls State Natural Area


Ozone Falls is a gorgeous waterfall within the Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Photo by Pulaw on Flickr.


Serenity of Cove Lake State Park



Cove Lake is a 717 acre lake near the Cumberland Plateau that gives picture perfect serenity and great hiking and fishing.

Photo by Dieter Weinelt on Flickr.


Clingmans Dome at the Smoky Mountains



At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Tennessee. The views are spectacular.

Photo by Patrick Mueller.


The Vast Cherokee National Forest



Get ready for shots of magnificent mountains and refreshing valleys throughout the Cherokee National Forest.

Photo by Chris Morris on Flickr.


The Gorgeous and Adventurous Ocoee River



Take in the gorgeous and exciting Ocoee River. If you’re feeling adventurous explore the whitewater. This was where the 1996 Olympic Whitewater games were held and recently ranked the #1 spot for whitewater rafting according to the American Outdoor Association.

Photo by beshagidt on Flickr.


Scenic Gorges of the Big South Fork



Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, the Big South Fork gives amazing views of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs.

Photo by Chris Morris.


Cane Creek Falls at Fall Creek Falls State Park



Encompassed in Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park, Fall Creek Falls, is a gorgeous 256 foot waterfall that makes you never want to leave.

Photo by Michael Hicks.


See the Beauty of the Cumberland Gap



The Cumberland Gap gives you spectacular views of the valley where three states meet and offer great hiking, unique rock formations, and cascading waterfalls.

Photo by DM on Flickr.

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Explore these Views from the Whitestone Inn



The Whitestone Country Inn is a beautiful East Tennessee bed and breakfast and wedding venue on 360 acres of Watts Bar Lake shoreline. It’s the perfect place to find renewal while you explore these awe-inspiring views.

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