West Tennessee is one of the three major regions of the state of Tennessee. The region includes 21 counties west of the Tennessee River. It consists primarily of flat lands that have rich soil and vast floodplain areas for the Mississippi River. West Tennessee is home to over 80 public and private museums, including the Discovery Park of America. The public universities and colleges in West Tennessee include the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, and Southwest Tennessee Community College. The University of Memphis has a branch campus in Jackson after taking over the former Lambuth University campus. A few other private institutions of higher education lie in other areas of West Tennessee, such as Bethel University and Freed-Hardeman University.