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When the weekend calls for a quick escape from the daily grind, there’s no place like Tennessee to answer that call. The Volunteer State boasts some of the most stunning waterfront retreats, where the tranquil sounds of lapping water and the beauty of nature combine to create the perfect weekend getaway. Tennessee has it all, whether you’re an angler looking to reel in the big one, a boater seeking serene waters, or simply someone searching for relaxation by the water’s edge. In this guide, we’ll explore the best waterfront locations across the state, ensuring your weekend retreat is spectacular.

Piney River – Serenity on the Banks

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Nestled near the picturesque town of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, Piney River offers a serene escape along its gentle banks. This hidden gem is your gateway to tranquility amidst the stunning landscape of Tennessee’s countryside. The Piney River meanders through the lush surroundings, creating the perfect setting for a weekend retreat.

Where to Stay: Piney River Resort is your ideal weekend getaway. Located in the heart of this serene riverside paradise, Piney River Resort offers RV sites, Tiny Homes, and Glamping tents along the beautiful Piney River.

Norris Lake – A Serene Haven

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Norris Lake is a pristine gem in eastern Tennessee, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Its 809 miles of shoreline offer abundant waterfront properties, making it an ideal destination for a weekend retreat. Whether you opt for a lakeside resort, a charming cabin, or a houseboat adventure, Norris Lake promises an unforgettable experience. Spend your days fishing for bass and crappie, exploring secluded coves, or simply basking in the sun.

Where to Stay: Book a luxurious lakeside cabin at Norris Lake Cabin Villas for the perfect blend of comfort and nature.

Tennessee River – Historic Charm by the Water

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The Tennessee River winds its way through the heart of the state, offering a wide array of waterfront retreats. From charming riverfront towns like Chattanooga and Knoxville, you’ll find historic districts along the river that invite exploration. Wander cobblestone streets, visit museums, and enjoy dining with scenic riverfront views. Choose from various accommodations, including riverfront Airbnb rentals and boutique hotels.

Where to Stay: Opt for a riverside retreat at The Edwin Hotel in Chattanooga for a blend of modern luxury and riverfront charm.

Dale Hollow Lake – Angler’s Paradise

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Known as one of the premier fishing destinations in the Southeast, Dale Hollow Lake is a paradise for anglers seeking a weekend escape. Nestled on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, this 27,000-acre lake is famous for its smallmouth bass fishing. Rent a waterfront cabin or book a lakeside campsite; you’ll have the perfect base for your fishing adventures. When not on the water, explore the surrounding hills and hiking trails for a well-rounded weekend retreat.

Where to Stay: Enjoy lakefront living at Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, featuring comfortable lodges and cabins.

Reelfoot Lake – Birdwatcher’s Haven

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Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee is a hidden gem for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. This natural lake, created by earthquakes in the early 1800s, is a haven for migratory birds. Spend your weekend at a cozy lodge or cabin overlooking the lake, and you’ll wake up to the sounds of nature. Bring your binoculars and explore the lake’s tranquil waters by canoe or kayak while keeping an eye out for bald eagles, pelicans, and other bird species.

Where to Stay: Book a cabin at BlueBank Resort on Reelfoot Lake for an authentic lakeside experience.

Houseboats on Center Hill Lake – On-the-Water Living

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For a unique and immersive waterfront experience, consider renting a houseboat on Center Hill Lake. These floating vacation homes provide the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Spend your weekend cruising the lake, fishing from your private deck, and enjoying scenic views from the rooftop lounge. Many marinas around Center Hill Lake offer houseboat rentals, making it easy to plan your aquatic escape.

Where to Stay: Enjoy the freedom of on-the-water living with a houseboat rental from Suntex Houseboat Vacations.

To make the most of your Tennessee waterfront retreat, plan ahead. Research the activities and accommodations that best suit your interests, and don’t forget to book early, especially during peak seasons. Whether you’re seeking adventure on the water, a dose of history by the river, or natural tranquility, the Volunteer State has it all. Plan your weekend getaway to one of these picturesque locations, and you’ll discover why Tennessee’s waterfronts are perfect for rejuvenating the soul and creating cherished memories.

Ready for your perfect weekend retreat? Visit Piney River Resort and book today for an unforgettable experience!

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Plan your next escape to the tranquil riverside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Experience the perfect camping getaway in one of our 63 RV-friendly sites or our tiny home park model rentals* as you spend an evening of meaningful conversations with your loved ones around the campfire with smores and the perfect mug of hot cocoa. Enjoy nearby wineries, explore the river in a kayak, or hike scenic trails to reconnect with nature. Your adventures are endless.

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Campendium 2020 Campers Choice Award

Piney River RV Resort won a 2020 Campers Choice Award!

Campers Choice Award Winners include RV parks and campgrounds that received the most 5 star reviews in 2019 from the Campendium community and maintain a 4 star or greater average!