TVA Fun

Tennessee Valley summers brings warm weather and plenty of opportunity to get outside on TVA’s lands and lakes and play the days away. What to do? Scroll on for great ideas....

At TVA, we're hardwired for fun. Recreation is part of our mission—it's who we are. And there's plenty of fun to be had year-round on TVA land and water.

Do you love to hike? We've got trails for every ability. Fishing your obsession? We have some truly world-class bass and trout fishing destinations. Do you like to kick up dirt? We have some spoke'n hot mountain biking trails. Birdwatching more your style? Take a peek at our small wild areasCampingBoatingSwimmingPaddling? Check, check, check, check. And those are just a few of the possibilities.

All you need to do, any time of year, is get out there and have a good time. Share your own stories and photos on Instagram using #TVAfun!

Hiwassee Boat Ramp Open for Summer Fun

A new boat ramp on the Hiwassee tailwater offers safe access to the beautiful vistas and fabulous fishing of Apalachia Lake.

Big Ones Below Norris

The tailwater below Norris Dam offers outstanding trout fishing and perfect conditions for paddling—and A.D.A. access to boot. Fun for everyone!

Killer Biking on TVA’s Mill Creek Loop

Whether it’s rainy or gorgeous fall day, grab your mountain bike and head for the Mill Creek Loop, TVA’s latest and greatest hiking and biking trail, where both the color and the ride are spectacular.

Be a Cool Camper

Fall is prime time for cool, cozy, colorful camping. Here are nine ways you can have fun in the outdoors while making your stay a sustainable one.

The Big Cheese

Fishing for bass on Guntersville is always good. In the fall, it’s even better—if you know the right techniques for fishing the weeds this time of year. Our fishing expert shares his secrets.

Sailgating with the Vol Navy

“Sailgating” is a grand tradition at the University of Tennessee, home to the storied Vol Navy, which ties up on the Tennessee River outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on football Saturdays.

Come Visit Our Dams

You’ll find yourself welcome at nine of TVA’s dams, which feature visitor centers. Four of these are staffed with friendly folks ready to answer your questions about TVA’s past, present or future.

Picnic Paradise

There’s no doubt about it: Picnics mean good times, yummy food and family fun. Consider having your next outdoor shindig at one of TVA’s fabulous picnic areas or pavilions.

Colorful Autumn Hikes

The Tennessee Valley is at its best when fall brings out glorious color in the trees. Here are six spectacular hikes that even the most jaded leafers will absolutely love.

Fun on the Urban Reservoirs

Fort Loudoun and Tellico reservoirs are close enough to Knoxville city residents to live on. But they’re also popular weekend getaways, known for bass fishing, hiking and hiking.

Exploring Tims Ford

Embrace precious Indian Summer days and explore the many water trails available on Tims Ford Reservoir on the Elk River in Middle Tennessee.

Summer Fun at Pickwick

“Go west, young man” is not just a famous quote; it’s good advice to vacationers who want to have fun in the “west end” of the Tennessee Valley region. Pickwick Landing Dam and Lake offer action-packed days (and barbecue-filled nights).

TVA Readies for Eclipse Visitors

What are you doing for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse? Consider taking in the view on one of the South’s most beautiful reservoirs.

The Secret Ocoee

There’s more to the Ocoee River than world-class whitewater rafting. We caught up with an experienced guide to find out what other kinds of adventures the Ocoee has to offer.

Beech Getaway

You don’t have to go big to have your fun on the lake. If you live in West Tennessee, you can think small—and still have a good time—on the seven Beech River lakes.

Making New Memories at Nickajack Lake

You may not know Clyde Boyd of Jasper, Tenn., but if you visit TVA’s Glover Branch Recreation Area just below Nickajack Dam, you’ll be walking among his memories—and across the land where he raised crops, milked cows and grew old.

Urban Mountain Biking

Just because your bike was made to handle rocks and roots doesn't mean it can't perform on pavement, too. Try one of these urban biking trails, five of the best in the Tennessee Valley.

Go with the Flow

Norris Lake’s outstanding Loyston Point trails provide a beautiful setting and a mountain biking experience that will suit your experience level—whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert.

Mountain Biking Is Spoke’n Hot

About 40 million Americans participate in the sport of mountain biking each year—and the Tennessee Valley is their playground. Want to join their numbers? Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Mountain Bike Mecca

Bike Magazine summed up Raccoon Mountain’s bike trails in one word: glorious. Find out why these 30 miles of trails are known for monster thrills and family chill.