2017 Heartland Wilderness
2017 Heartland Wilderness
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Adventure is everywhere in Southeast Tennessee. Cleveland, though not the one of Cavalier’s fame, is a lovely small Southern city right in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the South. Set just East of Nantahala National Forest and the Smokies, with Chattanooga less than an hour away, and Knoxville to the North, when you rent an RV in Cleveland, Tennessee, you’re primed for a fantastic vacation. The city is beautiful and historic, with quite a few awe-inspiring churches. The area was originally occupied for more than a thousand years by Cherokee tribes and there are many opportunities to learn about the history of the land in Cleveland. Search for an RV rental in Cleveland and come see why it’s deemed “The City with Spirit”.
When you book a rental RV in Cleveland, TN, you can explore beautiful natural areas. Red Clay State Historic Park is a unique experience for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Native Americans in the area. The park is at the site where the Cherokee held general councils, and was also the site where the Trail of Tears began. In 1937, Harrison Bay became the first State Park in Tennessee. This recreational park on the bay has a pool, marina, bike trail, and a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, as well as places to camp in the lush wooded area. Avid hikers will want to head over to the southern portion of the Cumberland Trail for a scenic day hike.
You can head East in your Cleveland RV rental and explore the Southern portion of Cherokee National Forest. It is divided in two sections by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the northern half is only about three hours away. There are numerous hiking and biking trails in the southern part of the park, and scenic drives you can take in your Cleveland motorhome rental, including the Ocoee Scenic Byway. The Ocoee River was used for the canoe slaloms in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and people come from all over to kayak and canoe on this famous river. Get an adrenaline rush on the Ocoee on a white-water rafting tour, or if you’d rather experience nature on a boat that probably won’t flip, head one river over to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for a guided tour with a naturalist. Want to get a bird’s eye view of the river and forest? Take a zipline or canopy tour and see the world from a new perspective!
There are several places to camp in your RV rental in Cleveland, TN, and surrounding areas. There is the Chattanooga North/Cleveland KOA just West of the city, which is open to larger RVs and has electric hookups, free cable and WiFi, a pool, and dog park. Harrison Bay State Park can accommodate nearly 130 RVs and each site has water and electrical hookups. It is located about a half hour outside of Cleveland. For those who want a more secluded option, you can camp at the Airbnb Tiny House Campground, a single wooded campsite with full RV hookups. Further North on the lake is Possum Creek RV Park & Campground which has full RV hookups and showers. There are also plenty of places to stay in your Cleveland, TN camper rental in the national forests around the area, or along the Chickamauga Lake.
Get a feel for the city by spending a little bit of time on the Cleveland Downtown Historic Walking Tour. Pick up a brochure at the Chamber of Commerce, and start your self-guided tour! Along the way you can stop for a bite to eat at The Spot, which is a restaurant built before the 1900s. You can also enjoy a walk on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, a four mile long public walking path that is paved and winds through parks and residential areas. In the heart of downtown is the Museum Center at 5ive Points, which has permanent and rotating exhibits about the history and culture of the city. Downtown Cleveland is charming, and has plenty of boutiques and shopping opportunities, as well as delicious Southern eateries. Depending on when you plan your trip, you could be exploring Cleveland at the same time as the annual Cleveland apple festival. It occurs in October and features an art and craft show, live bluegrass music, food, and entertainment, plus kid’s activities are all free. Aspiring sommeliers will want to visit Morris Vineyard and Winery, just outside of town. Rent a luxury RV in Cleveland and you’re sure to have an enjoyable vacation; from historical sites to adrenaline-pumping adventures, there is something for everyone in Southern Tennessee.