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Tiptonville lies in Tennessee's northwestern corner, an area shaken during the New Madrid earthquakes 1811-12. A prominent feature left from this period of geologic agitation is 15,000-acre Reelfoot Lake, characterized by large expanses of water lilies and giant cypress trees. As a bird and game refuge, the lake's wilderness supports 54 species of fish and more than 230 species of birds.
Bald eagles make their winter home in the area. Two-hour eagle tours are sponsored by Reelfoot Lake State Park from early January to late February. Tickets and reservations with advance payment are required; phone (731) 253-9652. During the warmer months, beginning May 1, the state park offers scenic cruises on the lake. Reservations are required for cruises. Reelfoot Lake also is the site of the Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival, held the first weekend in October, where more than 300 artisans display their wares.
Nearby is the Marijac Memorial River Park, which offers a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River from benches and picnic areas.
Visitor Info
Reelfoot Area Chamber of Commerce 130 S. Court St. TIPTONVILLE, TN 38079. Phone:(731)253-8144
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