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Expecting to hear “I’m bored!” before the week is over? There are plenty of family-friendly activities nearby when you stay at Hickory Star Resort and Marina. Here are just a few day trips to area attractions and festivities we recommend.

Educational & Recreational Activities for Kids

American Museum of Science and Energy – Oak Ridge, TN
Dollywood and Splash Country – Pigeon Forge, TN
Knoxville Zoo – Knoxville, TN
Lincoln Library and Museum – Harrogate, TN
Museum of Appalachia – Norris, TN
Outdoor Knoxville – Knoxville, TN
Union County Chamber of Commerce – Maynardville, TN

Hiking, biking and wildlife in our state and national parks

Big Ridge State Park
Loyston Point
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area

Maps of Historic Trails through East Tennessee

Civil War Trails
East Tennessee River Valley Geotourism Map
White Lightning Trail

Annual Folk Life Festivals

April and May – Art on Main, Dogwood Festival, Rossini Festival
June – Secret City Festival, White Lightning Festival, Oakes Daylily Festival
July – Fire on the Water, Bubba Brew’s July 4th Fireworks at Beach Island Marina, Red Gate Rodeo
August – Bluegrass at Big Ridge
September – Luttrell Bluegrass Festival, Louie Bluie Festival, Hogskin Festival at Narrow Ridge Literacy Center
October – Clinch River Antique Festival, Heritage Festival, Tennessee Fall Homecoming

Fishing Links

Jay’s Striper Guide Service
Buy your TN Fishing License Online
TWRA Fishing License Information
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Tennessee Striped Bass Association
East Tennessee Fishing
The Fishing Pharmacy
Striper Addiction
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