Covering an area of 109,247 sq. km, the State of Tennessee is located in the South-Eastern region of the United States.
As observed on the map, the varied ranges of the Appalachian Mountain system geographically dominate the eastern third of Tennessee and include the Bald, Great Smoky, Holston, Stone, Unaka, and Unicoi mountains. To the immediate west of these mountains and stretching from south-north is the Appalachian Valley – which is a series of lower ridges, hills, and very fertile farmland.
Marked on the map by an upright yellow triangle is Tennessee’s highest point - Clingmans Dome. Located in the eastern part of the state along its border with North Carolina, the Clingmans Dome – rises to an elevation of 6,643ft (2,025m). It is also the third-highest point in the Appalachian Mountain range; of which only Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina (6,684 ft.), and Mt. Craig (6,647 ft.) in Mt. Mitchell State Park rise higher than the Clingmans Dome.
The Cumberland Plateau is a run of flat hills, valleys, and round top mountains that stretches north from Chattanooga to the Kentucky border. Situated to the southwest of Chattanooga, the Lookout Mountain at 1,850 ft, provides views of seven states on a clear day. West of the Cumberland Plateau, the somewhat flat highlands stretch east, and then drop down into the Nashville Basin, forming an area of productive farmland.
The Gulf Coastal Plain extends across the southern states into southern Illinois. In Tennessee, the plain begins as hilly land to the west of the Tennessee River, which slowly levels-out as it approaches the state's western edge. In the southwestern corner (near Memphis) it becomes a swampy lowland flood plain ending along the steep bluffs fronting the Mississippi River Delta. The major rivers of Tennessee include the Cumberland, Tennessee, and the Mississippi rivers. The Clinch and Duck are some additional rivers of note. As marked by an inverted yellow triangle is the state’s lowest point, which is located along the Mississippi River at 178ft (54m).
The significant lakes, some of which are used as storage basins are found across Tennessee. The Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake in the eastern United States.
The State of Tennessee is divided into 95 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carroll, Carter, Cheatham, Chester, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fayette, Fentress, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardeman, Hardin, Hawkins, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Tipton, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Weakley, White, Williamson, Wilson.
With an area of 109,247 sq. km, the State of Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous state in the USA. Located in the center of the state, in the Cumberland River valley is Nashville – the capital, the largest and the most populous city of Tennessee. Nashville serves as an educational hub of the state and is also known for its great music industry, which has produced several highly talented musicians.
The State of Tennessee is located in the South-Eastern region of the United States. The State of Tennessee is landlocked and shares its borders with 8 different states. It is bordered by the state of Arkansas in the west, by Missouri in the northwest, by Kentucky in the north, by Virginia in the northeast, by North Carolina in the east, and by the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi in the south.
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This page was last updated on February 25, 2021