Greeneville, TN: A Paradise for the Outdoorsy

Nolichucky River outside Greeneville, TN with mountain view in summer.

4 Must-Try Adventures for Families and Nature Lovers

Greeneville, TN offers an abundance of outdoor adventures that are perfect for couples, friends, or families seeking thrilling experiences. If you’re looking for things for the family to do while visiting Greeneville and the surrounding areas, here are some must-try activities to add to your list:

Discover the Thrills of E-Mountain Biking in the Majestic Cherokee National Forest near Greeneville, TN

Embark on an exhilarating adventure that seamlessly blends mountain biking with the convenience and power of pedal-assist e-bikes, allowing you to conquer the stunning hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with ease. French Broad Adventures offers beginner and moderate off-road e-bike tours that guarantee to scratch that adventure itch. 

Cherokee National Forest stands apart with its distinct landscape, offering a range of mild to moderate routes that unveil captivating waterfalls, vibrant flora, and abundant fauna along the way. Experience the perfect fusion of nature and technology as e-mountain biking opens up a unique avenue to explore the breathtaking outdoors, push your limits, and indulge in unforgettable fun all at once!

Hook, Line, and Adventure: Fishing Fun on the Nolichucky River

Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner, fishing in the Nolichucky River offers a rewarding year-round experience for the whole family. The Nolichucky River is renowned among anglers for its picturesque landscapes, including lush forests and scenic mountain vistas, as well as an abundance of fish species including: 

  • Smallmouth bass
  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Musky
  • Walleye
  • Catfish

Fishing access is plentiful near Greeneville. Choose from calm stretches to more challenging rapids. Whether you prefer casting from the riverbanks, wading into the water, or fishing from a boat, the Nolichucky River accommodates different fishing styles. 

Remember to pick up a local fishing license at the Greeneville Supercenter Walmart.

A Gasp-Worthy Greenville Waterfall

Margarette Falls is unarguably Greeneville, Tennessee’s most popular waterfall and for good reason. The trail leading to Margarette Falls is accessible and family-friendly, making it an appealing destination for hikers of various skill levels. The trail spans around 2 miles roundtrip, offering a moderate hike through the scenic forested area of Cherokee National Forest.  

Once you reach your destination, you’re greeted by one of the area's tallest waterfalls. Margaret Falls cascades 60 feet as it tumbles down the rock face into a pool below. During periods of high rain, the pool at the base of the falls makes for a great dip to cool off during summer months. Because of its accessible splendor, these falls are among Greeneville’s top outdoor attractions.

Crown Yourself King (or Queen) of the Wild Frontier at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Less than 30 minutes northeast of Greeneville, TN is Davy Crockett’s birthplace! This remarkable state park is a must-see for families that like to play outside. Consider it your outdoor adventure culture day. The park features a replica of Davy Crockett’s childhood home as well as an interpretive center and museum that provides a wealth of information about Davy Crockett's life, his role in American history, and the cultural significance of the frontier era. Exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays offer an engaging and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

What’s Next

If you’re still looking for more outdoor adventure near Greeneville, consider coming over the mountain to Hot Springs, NC and Marshall, NC, and join French Broad Adventures on a rafting or ziplining trip - or both! We have packages to accommodate all adventure flavors.