Local Area Attractions Near Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA Holiday

The surrounding area abounds with many historic Civil War Sites, Antique Shops, Fishing on beautiful Kentucky Lake, Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area which offers hiking, fishing, & hunting as well as the historic Homeplace village, Elk & Bison Prairie, The Planetarium, & the Historic Iron Works Furnace. Fort Donelson Civil War Fort, Fort Henry and the Dover Surrender House are all within 15 minutes of our KOA.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)
Fort Donelson National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

Fort Donelson is just a short 10 minute drive from the Campground. Make time to plan a visit to this historic Civil War site located on the beautiful Cumberland River, it is also a great place to spot birds, photograph, or have a picnic lunch after walking about the park taking in a little bit if our Nations history.

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Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Bike, drive, hike, picnic, relax, swim, and watch wildlife . . . all for free!

As part of America's great outdoors since 1963, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area manages over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. The family friendly recreation area offers one of the largest blocks of undeveloped forest in the eastern United States.

Access over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, 200 miles of paved roads, 500 miles of trails, and 170,000 acres of forests and open lands.

In addition, you can enjoy some of the best camping, hunting, fishing, horse riding, off-highway vehicle driving and environmental-conservation education programs around. You'll also appreciate spending time at Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum, Woodlands Nature Station, and the Golden Pond Planetarium.

Take a week or a day to explore Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. There's something for everyone!With 300 miles of natural shoreline, lake access provides idyllic settings for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and water sports. Licensed hunts for deer, turkey, squirrel and other small game animals occur throughout the year.

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1945, this refuge is an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds.  Complete with forests, farmland, wetlands and grasslands, this beautiful area is home for over 300 species of birds and other wildlife.  Located on and around Kentucky Lake, this establishment will surely be a relaxing place to enjoy nature!

There are many recreational opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and biking, to name a few.  The Refuge Visitor/Education Center offers an exhibit hall, auditorium, and various activities for children.  

Open Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm (except of Federal holidays) and entry is free.

1371 Wildlife Drive

Springville, TN 38256

731-642-2091

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Eiffel Tower - Paris, TN
Eiffel Tower - Paris, TN

"Engineering students at Christian Brothers University originally constructed the tower to commemorate the 1990 Memphis in May festival. Each year, the festival honors a country, and 1990 focused on France.According to Brother Patrick O'Brien, a public relations official for the university at the time: "[the tower] was the centerpiece of one of our most popular quads." Regardless, the wooden tower was a temporary structure. Moreover, it could not remain at the university because students began to climb it even though it could not support their weight.In April 1991, the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce sponsored "Paris U.S.A.," an event created to celebrate the shared charm of the fifteen U.S. cities named for the French capital. Representatives from five Parises accepted their invitations to enjoy Paris U.S.A. in Paris, Tennessee.During the fall of that year, Brother Patrick O'Brien remembered the celebration and asked Paris if it would be interested in accepting a scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. The city accepted, and the job began." - Source; Wikipedia

1020 Maurice Fields Dr

Paris, TN 38242

Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake is one of the best lakes for sport fishing in the country, whether it is crappie, bass, bluegill, or catfish you're hunting.  Kentucky Lake is also home to outstanding recreational boating, from jet skis to ski boats to pleasure boating. Sail the lakes, or rent a houseboat and have a good time. Kentucky Lake covers 160,300 acres.

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Local Area Recreation Near Paris Landing / Kentucky Lake KOA Holiday

World's Biggest Fish Fry - April Annually

World's Biggest Fish Fry - April Annually

The World's Biggest Fish Fry is a premier event for Paris – Henry County and West Tennessee. The last full week of April annually attracts people locally as well as nationally. Visitors come from across the country to enjoy the festivities.The whole festival revolves around the “Fish Tent” where by last account over 12,500 pounds of catfish is served with all the trimmings. In addition to all you can eat catfish you will find parades, carnival, rodeos, catfish races, dances, arts and crafts to name a few. Events actually begin early in February with beauty pageants leading up to the week long celebration.The “Fish Fry” as everyone calls it around here evolved from “Mule Day”, which originated in 1938 with the Paris Post Intelligencer as the first sponsor. Farmers came to town on the first Monday in April to trade their mules and other farm products, do their shopping and enjoy the fellowship of their friends. Early in the 1950's the Chamber of Commerce took over “Mule Day” complete with a parade and beauty queens. When the tractor began to replace the mules the Chamber of Commerce contemplated another event to replace “Mule Day”.In 1953, the Chamber of Commerce held the first “Fish Fry”. The event was not as successful as hoped. The fish were not from Kentucky Lake and just didn't live up to the palates of the fish eating public. The parade was short and the event was held on the high school football field for one day and night.In 1961 the Paris-Henry County Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) took over the “Fish Fry” from the Chamber of Commerce.Since 1961 and thanks to the Paris-Henry County Jaycees the festival has grown unbelievably from 1,600 pounds of catfish cooked to over 5 tons of catfish and a two hour grand parade.The venue of the festival has moved from the court square, then to what was once known as the hitch lot just blocks from the court square, then back to a parking lot downtown and finally to a building at the Henry County Fairgrounds in the early 1980's. In the early days the fish cooking was done outdoors and eaten on picnic tables under big tents, hence the term “Fish Tent”. It is now known as the Robert E. “Bobby” Cox Memorial Fish Tent.The Jaycees continue to do a fantastic job organizing the event but also depend on many community volunteers to pull it off each year. The Paris-Henry County Jaycees are still growing the event and offering new and different things resulting in increased attendance, more catfish cooked and served.The Jaycees and the community invite everyone to visit Paris and Henry County the last full week of April for a week of fun and southern hospitality!

-Above from http://www.paristnchamber.com/home/events/fishfry

Henry County Fairgrounds

517 Royal Oak Dr

Paris, TN 38242

731-642-1833

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm

Daily Life on the Farm
10am, Sept 1st - Oct 30th4512 The Trace, Dover, TN 37058, USA (map)
September is harvest time at the Homeplace! Join in the farm work as the farmers harvest the crops and garden vegetables to preserve for the winter ahead. Farm work in September includes harvesting tobacco, shucking and shelling corn, plowing, making winter clothing, quilting, or cooking and preserving garden vegetables from the fall harvest. Learn practical skills that are still as valuable today as they were in the past.

4512 The Trace

Dover, TN 37058

931-232-6457

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Hazel Antiques & Shopping

Hazel Antiques & Shopping

The lifeblood of this community of 440 people is the over 40,000 square feet of shopping combined with 12 shops. Several hundred antique dealers are represented in our little town.

In our antique stores and gift shops, you will find virtually anything and everything!

The current antique stores, gift shops and malls are listed below. Please contact each store directly for store hours.

Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America, located in Union City, Tennessee, offers visitors of all ages a world-class entertainment and educational experience.  With more than 70,000 sq. feet of galleries and interactive exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history and art to engage children and adults alike, we make learning fun!  You can also explore our 50 acres of outdoor space, featuring a Blue Angels plane, our Discovery Garden and a 100-year-old chapel.From dinosaurs to Native American history to space exploration, Discovery Park of America will inspire you and provide a greater understanding of our world – past, present and future.  We're an easy day trip from Paris, TN area….plan your visit now!

830 Everett Blvd

Union City, TN 38261

731-885-5455

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Paris Wheels Skating Center

Paris Wheels Skating Center

Newly renovated and family-friendly roller skating on a maple hardwood floor. Blacklight reactive! Roller skates and roller blades available for rent. Concessions available. Has a game room and prize counter. About 15min from the KOA campground!

2245 Highway 79 S

731 642-2245

Paris, TN 38424

731-642-2245

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