Take a tour of Beautiful Tennessee: Our Scenic Waterways

Nashville Public Television presents Beautiful Tennessee: Our Scenic Waterways, an hour-long documentary narrated by country music songwriter Kathy Mattea. Explore the waterways and places featured in the documentary by selecting numbers on the map above and view scenic photos in the gallery.

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1. Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is the western boundary of state and the largest river in North America. Forty-one percent of the continental United States drains into this massive waterway. Along the banks of the Mississippi are found some of the most fertile lands in Tennessee.

In the Northwest corner of our state Reelfoot Lake was formed from floodwaters of the Mississippi River during a series of earthquakes in the early 19th Century.

There are four state parks that feature the beauty, history and impact of the Mississippi River on Tennessee.


Tennessee State Parks – Reelfoot Lake

Tennessee Natural Areas – Fort Pillow

Tennessee Natural Areas – Meeman Shelby

Tennessee Natural Areas – Fuller