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Like What You See In Mid-Tennessee? Head West.

If the sights and experiences of middle Tennessee leave you wanting more, there’s more to be had by heading west. Whether it’s outdoor attractions, bumpin’ nightlife or more of the state’s rich history, west Tennessee has it on tap.

The Tennessee River marks the official boundary between middle and west Tennessee. It bisects the state as it flows north from Alabama into Kentucky.  Navigable the whole way, the river turns into Kentucky Lake – America’s largest man-made lake – about at the point where it flows under Interstate 40. It’s a rich area for boating and fishing. Big lake resorts like Birdsong Resort, Marina and Campground, a 58-acre recreational complex near Camden, Tennessee, offer full-service RV facilities.

Look carefully at the region’s farm fields and you’ll see a style of farming called no-till, where plows are spared in favor of more natural approaches designed to keep the hilly fields from eroding. West Tennessee farmers pioneered conservation-friendly no-till farming that has become adopted throughout much of the nation.

Check out Reelfoot Lake in the state’s northwest corner. Formed in the winter of 1811 and 1812 when a series of earthquakes reshaped the land, it’s now billed as one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation. Leave your fast boat and water skis at home; the lake is a flooded forest full of submerged cypress stumps. Jon boats and fishing gear will stay busy.

Head to Memphis in the state’s southwest corner to sample all that makes this Mississippi River city famous, including Elvis’s home of Graceland, B.B Kings Blues Club and the Beale Street Entertainment District. Immerse yourself in history at the National Civil Rights Museum and the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange. Try the Memphis Graceland RV Park and Campground across the street from Graceland for an in-town RV park.

Other attractions? Spend some time in Jackson to see a replica of Casey Jones’ locomotive at the Casey Jones Village and the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. Stop by the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction or see the home of McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser who inspired the “Walking Tall” movies, in Adamsville.

Settle back into nature at Natchez Trace State Park in Wildersville. This state park and adjoining state forest and wildlife management area encompass 48,000 acres. Choose from more than 200 RV campsites. Activities include 250 miles of horse riding trails, four lakes for boating, swimming and fishing, and a regulation pistol range.

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