Jasper, TN, USA

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Jasper, TN, USA

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Peace and quiet are at home in the sleepy town of Jasper

Surrounded by snaking rivers, lush forests and sparkling lakes, the small town of Jasper sits quietly tucked away in southeastern Tennessee. This rugged landscape, complete with sprawling nature preserves, serves as a playground for outdoor adventure seekers of all ages. Book a Jasper vacation rental and you'll also find yourself just 30 minutes from the more hurried streets of Chattanooga. Retreat to the big city should you find yourself itching to explore renowned museums, mountain-top viewing areas, and heralded restaurants serving up plate after plate of Southern down home cooking.

From fairs to fishing, there's always something to do!

There's plenty of family-friendly fun on tap as Jasper hosts the Marion County Fair each spring, where you can test your iron stomach on carnival rides, cheer on your favorite driver at the drag race, and stuff yourself silly on great fried foods. If you're in search of something a little quieter, retreat to the nearby parks and forests where you'll find trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Throw your line into one of the surrounding lakes or rivers and return to your Jasper vacation rental with fresh fish for dinner.

Climbing the highest heights by any means possible

Strap on your hiking boots and climb to the summit of Jasper's Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area, where you'll find sweeping panoramas of the Tennessee River Gorge down below. No need to flash the bat signal before visiting nearby Nickajack Cave, where the webbed winged mammals flutter about from late April through early September. Want to explore Chattanooga in a unique way? Hop aboard an incline railway as it ascends Lookout Mountain, home to Ruby Falls, a 145-foot high underground waterfall, or ride the rails aboard a steam locomotive at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Who forgot to turn off the rain?

It may not have the same reputation as Seattle, but Jasper features a steady amount of rainfall year-round. Pack your umbrella for the wettest period (November through July) when monthly totals average anywhere from 4.5 to 6 inches of rain. And brace yourself: the region is often rattled by thunderstorms in July. Break out the fans in July and August when temps reach the high 80s with humidity to match. You'll no doubt enjoy the warmth of your Jasper vacation rental on cold winter evenings as conditions often dip below the freezing point.

Over the river, and through the forest, to the valley we go

Waterways dot the region, including the Tennessee River that cuts along the southern border of Jasper, as tiny tributaries, such as the Sequatchie River, flow into town. Explore the surrounding Tennessee River Gorge and you'll be forgiven if you mistake the place for Oz. In this area, the mighty river flows through a lush, forest-covered canyon that's so green, it could serve as a stand-in for the Emerald City. The gorge eventually gives way to the Tennessee Valley, a sprawling wetlands dotted with wild flowers and surrounded by the Appalachian and Cumberland Mountains.