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Clinton, TN, USA

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Clinton is a taste of Appalachia

Nestled on the bends of the babbling Clinch River just north out of Knoxville, Clinton is a picture of laid-back, small-town Tennessee. With the tree-clad ridges of the Appalachian Mountains rising to the north, and a smattering of historic pioneer attractions and 1950s cinema houses, Clinton vacation rentals are a great choice for a whole range of travelers. You could break out and be strolling the Chuck Swan State Forest or the heritage-rich Cumberland Gap, or go south, to see the redbrick warehouses and 1800s depots of Knoxville's Old City – both in under an hour.

Clinton has the country enjoyments of Tennessee

Clinton vacation rentals close to Appalachia offer a fine base for exploring one of America's most iconic wildernesses. Pack the walking boots, fold up the waders, and get ready for a real medley of outdoor pursuits. You'll need to head just a little to the north for them, where a land of sandstone bluffs, gushing rivers, thick forests, and the rising ridges of the mountains begin. Then, it's all about pitching the tent, cracking out the picnic, finding the best birding spots, mounting the fishing rod, hiking the winding trails – you get the picture.

Appalachian history and wild tigers in Clinton

In a flurry of trotting horses and grazing sheep, red-faced barns and rickety old cabins, the iconic living Museum of Appalachia is where most folk will head to get to grips with Clinton. It's packed with timber-raised market stalls, old farming huts, period-style churches, and a menagerie of Native American art and agricultural tools from centuries gone by. After that, the hands-on wildlife experience at the Little Ponderosa Zoo is the perfect choice for capping off a day with the family. You'll come face-to-face with camels, ostriches, and even roaring tigers…

Come to Clinton when the sun's a-shining

Because so many of Clinton's attractions are located outdoors – its al fresco zoo, its living Appalachian museum, the beautiful backcountry of the Appalachian peaks – it's certainly worth planning your trip here for when the sun's shining. To get the best chance of that, you should search for your Clinton vacation rentals between May and October. The summer, from June to August, is typically the busiest on account of school vacation periods. The fall, in September and October, looks truly beautiful as the Tennessee forests begin to change color.

Clinton is western Appalachia

On the far-flung western edge of the Appalachian region – a region that runs all the way from here to the heights of New England – it's possible to get a taste of the handsome fields and wooded ridges that's known as the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. These unfold mainly to the north of town, with the Chuck Swan State Forest and its cascading hardwoods and hickories flowing down to meet the Clinch River. Then there's the wilder Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. That's right on the border with Kentucky, carved through by deep canyons and peppered with sculpted stone arches.