Tennessee June 01, 2018
10 Places In Tennessee That Are Like A Caribbean Paradise In The Summer
When you think of a “Caribbean paradise,” we have a feeling that Tennessee isn’t the first spot to come to mind – and that’s okay. We’re a landlocked state that’s chock full of streams and rivers and valleys, but when it comes to oceans we come up short every time. Still, the Caribbean doesn’t have to just be a beach and an ocean. It’s a state of mind! These 10 places will put you at ease during the heat of the summer, and they’ll give you a chance to relax and unplug either in nature or the rollicking fun of a waterpark.
10. Cummins Falls
Cummins Falls is a family favorite for folks who make their home in the middle of the state. It's a quick hike into the wilderness to a gorgeous swimming hole in the heart of Tennessee, and it's great for people of all ages. Be careful on the rocks, though - they're slippery!
9. Center Hill Lake
Center Hill Lake is perfect for camping and cabin rentals, but it's also roughly 18,200 acres of gorgeous outdoors that makes for a great weekend spent hiking, boating and fishing.
8. Nashville Shores
The Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort is a locally frequented water park that's in Hermitage, Tennessee. You can come for the aqua park itself or rent a lakeview cabin, but the marina and beautiful RV sites make this a highly affordable spot for vacation.
7. Cherokee Lake
You can find Cherokee Lake out near Jefferson City, which is on the eastern side of the state. It's great for boaters and picnickers alike, and you can bring your tent because primitive campsites are available in spades.
6. Nickajack Lake
"The Grand Canyon of Tennessee" is located just thirty miles from Chattanooga and boasts 215 miles of shoreline. You can visit, camp and hike around the area for yourself in Guild, Tennessee.
5. Wild Bear Falls Water Park
Gatlinburg can be touristy, but sometimes touristy is good - you know exactly what you're going to experience and it's bound to be safe and lightly regulated. Wild Bear Falls Water Park is located indoors and offers a fun experience for kids of all ages, which means all you parents out there can tire out the tykes rain or shine.
4. Lost Creek Falls
Located in Sparta, Tennessee, Lost Creek Falls and Cave offer a magical peek into the truly beautiful underbelly of the Volunteer State. The remote area is great for experienced hikers, and even the mere beginners will find the gorgeous waterfall view worth the exertion.
3. Lake Winnie
This Chattanooga favorite is actually located in Rossville, Georgia, but so many folks think it's in Tennessee we decided to give our neighboring state a bit of love. The waterpark has been around since 1925, and offers a vintage look at pure southern summer fun.
2. Watts Bar Lake
Watts Bar Lake is actually one of the largest lakes in the American southern region, and its Kingston location offers up over 700 miles of shoreline. You can swim during the day and rent a cabin to sleep in at night, rounding out your sweet summertime experience.
1. Chickamauga Lake
Visit Chickamauga Lake to water ski and go swimming, or make your way to the Dayton location to spend your Saturday fishing. Either way, the lake makes for a great weekend spent amongst friends and family, attracting hundreds of thousands of guests on an annual basis.
You can continue to explore our great state with a visit to
This Small Town In Tennessee That’s A True Hiker’s Paradise.