Rivers and Mountains in Tennessee

According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 6,833,174, Tennessee is the 16th largest state among U.S. 50 states, and TN is the two letter abbreviation for Tennessee. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Tennessee.

Rivers and Mountains in Tennessee

Rivers in Tennessee

Cumberland River
The Cumberland River is a 1,106 km long tributary of the Ohio River. The river runs in the US states of Kentucky and Tennessee. The river is created by the confluence of the Poor Fork and Clover Fork in southeastern Kentucky near the city of Cumberland near the Virginia border. The Cumberland River runs basically west and flows into the Ohio River at Smithland. About half of the Cumberland River is navigable.

Duck River
The Duck River is a 457 km long tributary of the Tennessee River in the western part of Tennessee. This makes the Duck River the longest river that only flows in the state of Tennessee. With over 50 types of mussels and over 150 types of fish, the Duck River has a very high biological diversity. The origin of the Duck River is in the Barrens range in Coffee County. The Duck River generally runs northwest and before it flows west of Nashville into the Tennessee River.

Holston River
The Holston River is an approx. 219 km long tributary of the Ohio River and runs in the northeast of Tennessee. The Holsten River is created by the confluence of the North Fork Holston River and South Fork Holston River at Kingsport. The Holsten River is used intensively for energy generation. The Holston River also serves as a recreation area for canoeists and anglers. The confluence of the Holston River and French Broad River forms the Tennessee River.

Tennessee River
The Tennessee River is 1,049 km long and is the longest tributary of the Ohio River. The Tennessee River flows in the US states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. The former name of the river was the Cherokee River. The Tennessee River is formed by the confluence of the Holston River and French Broad River in eastern Tennessee. The river initially flows in a southwesterly direction until it turns north on the border between Tennessee and Mississippi. The Tennessee River flows through the cities of Chattanooga, Deactur, Florence, Huntsville, Knoxville and Paducah. The Tennessee River flows into the Ohio River from the city of Paducah in Kentucky.

Mountains in Tennessee

Tennessee geographic surveys run from west to east. This is the state’s lowest point, the Mississippi River (59 m) in the west of the state. To the east, the level of the state rises and culminates in the mountainous eastern part with the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains are divided into the Bald Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains, the Iron Mountains, the Roan Highlands, the Unaka Mountains and the Unicoi Mountains. Here is also the Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the state.

Clingmans Dome
At 2,025 m, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the State of Tennessee and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. The Clingmans Dome is also the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The Clingmans Dome is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, or the border of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina runs exactly over the summit. At the top of the Clingmans Dome is a lookout tower that allows a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.

Big Frog Mountain
Big Frog Mountain is located in southeast Tennessee and is 1287 m high. If you look west from the summit of Big Frog Mountain, it is a long way to find a higher mountain. Up to the mountain ranges Big Bend (Texas) or the Black Hills (South Dakota) there is no higher mountain. The Big Frog Mountain is located in the Big Frog Wilderness, an approx. 33 km² wilderness reserve.

Lookout Mountain
The Lookout Mountain is a mountain in the border area of ​​the US states of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The nearest town is Chattanooga (Tennessee). The mountain is in the Appalachian mountain range and has a height of 729 m. From the top of the mountain, along with the city of Chattanooga, weather permitting, the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee can be seen. Here you will also find Rock City and the Ruby Falls, waterfalls inside the mountain.

Lakes and reservoirs in Tennessee

Center Hill Lake
Center Hill Lake is a 73.7 km² reservoir near the city of Smithville. The Caney Fork and Falling Water River have been dammed here since 1948. This serves on the one hand to protect against flooding and on the other hand to generate energy. Edgar Elvins State Park is on the northeastern shore of Center Hill Lake. There are also Burgess Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park. This shows the great importance of Center Hill Lake as a recreation area.

Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake is an approx. 649 km² reservoir that stretches across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. Kentucky Lake is the largest reservoir in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The lake has been dammed by the Kentucky Dam since 1944 due to the Tennessee River being dammed. The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is located between Kentucky Lake and nearby Lake Barkley, which underlines the high value of the lake as a recreation area.

Lake Barkley

Lake Barkley is an approximately 234 km² reservoir that stretches across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. The lake has been dammed by the Barkley Dam since 1966 when the Cumberland River is dammed. The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is located between Kentucky Lake and nearby Lake Barkley, which underlines the high value of the lake as a recreation area.

Watauga Lake
The Watauga Lake is located in the extreme northeast of Tennessee and has been formed since the Jhar 1948 by the Watauga River and Elk River being dammed by the Watauga Dam. The dam or reservoir serves both to protect against flooding and to generate energy. More than half of the shores of Watauga Lake belong to the Cherokee National Forest and therefore offer ample leisure opportunities and relaxation.