Quality of Life
A sportsman’s paradise.
Lake County has the unique beauty and outdoor resources that make it a sportsman's paradise. The mysterious landscape of Reelfoot Lake attracts fishermen, boaters, hunters and wildlife watchers from all over the world.
Ongoing arts and music festivals, and a broad range of historic sites, give Lake County a rich and interesting lifestyle, built around the water and historic impact of the Mississippi River.
Reelfoot Lake, a designated state park and national wildlife refuge, attracts thousands of fishermen, boaters and wildlife watchers each year. This 15,000-acre lake includes a unique ecosystem (a flooded forest) which nurtures a variety of aquatic plants, flowers and birds. A bird watching destination, Reelfoot Lake is home to thousands of American bald eagles in the winter and hundreds of white pelicans in the fall. While shallow with lots of submerged stumps and standing trees, boating and canoeing is the best way to experience Reelfoot Lake. Five easy hiking trails make Reelfoot Lake fun for the whole family. The Reelfoot Lake Arts & Crafts Festival attracts nearly 50,000 visitors each year.
Tiptonville, tucked between the Mississippi River and Reelfoot Lake, is a community surrounded by water. The town sits on what is known as the “Tiptonville Dome,” a small lift nine miles wide and seven miles long, and has many interesting historic sites. Tiptonville has a large concentration of artists and a strong music heritage. Carl Perkins, best known for his song "Blue Suede Shoes," was born nearby. Explore the local shops and businesses around the historic Lake County Courthouse. The historic Boyette's Dining Room, one of Tennessee's best-loved restaurants, is also nearby.
The Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway that follows the course of the Mississippi River, is 3,000 miles of roads that stretch from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. It passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns, running along the western side of Tennessee and right through Lake County. The Tennessee Corridor takes you through some of the most scenic sections of the Lower Mississippi River. See Chickasaw Bluff and the site of the Battle of Fort Pillow. Enjoy the sights of several lakes, four state parks, musical cityscapes, scenic small towns, the majestic bald cypresses at Reelfoot Lake and the sights and sounds of bustling Memphis.