Tennessee has numerous parks, from the mighty Mississippi River to the Great Smoky Mountains, that were designed so that every Tennessean would be just an hour's drive from a park at any point in the state. Tennessee Wonders: A Pictorial Guide to the Parks is a representative sampling of seventeen of the state's scenic natural areas. The book reveals each park's wildlife, topography, plant life, recreational facilities, and seasonal features. Both visitors and residents will enjoy Tennessee Wonders for the valuable information it provides on popular parks such as Land Between the Lakes, the Natchez Trace State Park and Forest, and the South Cumberland Recreational Area.
The author of Tennessee Wonders, Mike Carlton, is a fourteen-year veteran of the Tennessee State Park System and an authority on all of the state's parks. He serves as a "tour guide," revealing unusual details about the parks as well as information on peak color times, indigenous wildlife, and camping and hiking sites. Tennessee Wonders also includes full-color photography by award-winning nature photographer John Netherton, which shows the stunning splendor of Tennessee's natural wonders: A waterfall at Fall Creek Falls, a close-up of a bald eagle against a cobalt blue sky, wild fern growing in the Great Smoky Mountains. From the mountains, gorges, and waterfalls of East and Middle Tennessee to the thriving wildlife found near the rivers and lakes of West Tennessee, Tennessee Wonders shows the breathtaking natural beauty of the Volunteer State in all its glory.