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"Tennessee River" Top 5 Page for this destination Tennessee Favorite Tip by deecat

Tennessee General: 66 reviews and 46 photos

  Tennessee River
by deecat

Favorite thing: The state of Tennessee is also called the Big Bend State because the Native Americans called the Tennessee River "The River of the Big Bend".

The river flows south through Tennessee into Alabama; then, it turns north and flows back into Tennessee! Also, the river divides Tennessee into 3 divisions.

In the city of Savannah, you are able to visit the Tennessee River Museum with its exhibits on paleontology, archaeology, steamboats, and the Civil War.

Many people find it interesting that many dams have been built on the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers which have created beautiful lakes. The largest of those lakes in Tennessee is Kentucky Lake at the western Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Tennessee River is the longest, but it's smallest in volume of the three large rivers in the state (The other two are the Mississippi and the Cumberland).

Since the 1980s, Tennessee has become more prosperous because The Tombigbee Waterway opened in 1985 to connect the Tennessee and Tombigbee Rivers. Ships that use the waterway can travel quickly from the southern United States to ports along the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, Tennessee businesses are able to trade goods with other countries.

Fondest memory: The Tennessee River Gorge in the Chattanooga area was formed aeons ago when it cut deeply into Walden Ridge. As the river leaves Walden Ridge, it becomes Nickajack Lake, impounded by Nickajack Dam south of Jasper.

Thank goodness, this area has avoided development. Now, it is being preserved as a biosphere environment. You can see ospreys, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles here.

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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