8 Most Underrated Places To Visit In Tennessee


Tennessee is acclaimed for its musical heritage, cultural wonders, and iconic landmarks. The Grand Ole Opry, Memphis’s Beale Street, and the Smoky Mountains entertain and delight millions every year.

Beyond the world-famous attractions, Tennessee is also full of hidden gems, out of the spotlight just waiting for curious travelers to explore. These hidden treasures range from tucked-away eateries to scenic trails and historical sites. Each one offers a unique, personalized experience that makes finding them an unforgettable adventure.

Rugby Colony, Rugby

Rich in history, a visit to Rugby Colony is like visiting a time gone by. The charming Tennessee gem, established in 1880, showcases beautiful, historic buildings. Each rustic cabin and cottage features period furnishings including a Victorian-era inn. This is truly a living Victorian village featuring beautiful hiking trails with breathtaking landscapes.

Roan Mountain State Park

Showcasing more than 2,000 acres of preserved forest, Roan National State Park is a picturesque destination. Hikers, mountain bikers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers will appreciate the tranquility and natural landscape. Unlike the more visited Smoky Mountains, Roan Mountain State Park doesn’t generate busy crowds.

It is ideal for those who prefer a quieter camping-style vacation. There are plenty of family-friendly activities including fishing in the Doe River, touring the historic Miller Farmstead, exploring flora and fauna, and enjoying cross-country skiing in the winter.

Cummins Falls State Park

Cummins Falls State Park, located about an hour and a half drive from Nashville is home to the breathtaking Cummins Falls, a 75-foot cascading waterfall that flows down into a swimming hole.

This idyllic park generates fewer crowds than the more popular Smoky Mountains. Visitors should do their research before heading there. The park has rocky terrain, fair weather regulations, and permit requirements. Visitors can enjoy a day of challenging hiking, wade fishing, and swimming surrounded by stunning views. 

Lost Sea Adventure

Lost Sea Adventure is a fascinating experience, that some consider one of our country’s natural phenomenons. Located in Sweetwater, TN., this guided tour is an adventure that travels down into a mysterious underground lake.

Visitors explore sloping pathways, learn lake and cavern’s history, and share geological facts. Boat rides on the Lost Sea Lake continue this unforgettable, and educational experience. 

Ozone Falls

Ozone Falls, located in Cumberland Mountain State Park is a gorgeous, 110-foot plunging waterfall. It is so impressive and picturesque, the 1994 blockbuster movie, The Jungle Book was filmed there.

A short hike through boulders and wet terrain is needed to get to the base of the waterfall.  Proper hiking gear is recommended. This day trip destination is perfect in the warmer months during the spring when they are the most powerful and in the fall to experience the fabulous and colorful foliage.

Clarksville, TN

Historic and charming, Clarksville is a vibrant city in northwestern TN. that is rich in history and culture. Landmarks like Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, The Smith-Trahern Mansion, and many others tell the story of a time gone by. Clarksville is also the home to Austin Peay State University, beautiful museums, several parks, and breathtaking views. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and camping during their stay in Clarksville.

Flying Saucer House

This “out of this world” landmark at Signal Mountain is truly a sight to see. Spaceship House, built in 1972 by Curtis King, was inspired by Star Trek. Resembling a white spaceship design, it is constructed mostly of steel and concrete. This one-of-a-kind spectacle boasts 2,000 acres of living space inside and is available to rent. Spaceship House is so tall cars can safely park underneath it.

Rock City Gardens (on the border of TN and Georgia)

Rock City Gardens, perched atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia and just a 16-minute drive from Chattanooga. It’s a natural attraction known for its stunning panoramic views and unique rock formations. Visitors can explore a network of trails, meandering through vibrant gardens, and ancient rock formations, and marvel at landmarks like “Lover’s Leap” and “Fat Man’s Squeeze.” One of its most iconic features is the Enchanted Trail, where you’ll be treated to sweeping vistas that include seven states on a clear day.