How would you like to spend a day of adventure in Northeast Tennessee? Let’s us make a recommendation.
To start your adventure trip, head to Blountville to explore the Appalachian Caverns. These caverns have served as a hide out for Indians, Civil War soldiers, and moonshiners over the years and you can discover why by taking the 3 and half hour “Wild Trip” through the underdeveloped parts of the cave. The caverns are also home to several species of bats including the endangered Grey Bat.
After you return to daylight, hop on I-81 and head north to Abingdon, Va. to the Creeper Trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail, which was formerly a railroad, offers 35 miles of scenic and serene biking, hiking, or horseback riding and is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Spend the day exploring the area near the Cherokee’s ancient war and trading route at Warriors’ Path State Park. The park offers some of the area’s best single track mountain biking as well as more leisurely, scenic trails. If you get tired of biking, there are several hiking and horseback trails or enjoy a round of golf. For those who want to spend some time on the water, paddle boats, canoes, and fishing boats are available for rent. Want to get in more golfing while your here…Northeast Tennessee offers beautiful championship quality golf courses. For an unforgetable round of golf try one of the following courses: Cattails at MeadowView, Graysburg Hills Golf Course, RedTail Mountain, or Twin Creeks Golf Course.
Take an exciting rafting trip down the Nolichucky through the deepest gorge in the Eastern United States with Cherokee Adventures or Mountain Adventure Guides/USA Raft. You will experience class II-IV rapids as you wind through the steep cliffs and towering forests. Those who want more of a challenge can opt for an individual duck if the water levels permit.
Dress a little warmer before you reach the breathtaking views from the balds of Roan Mountain. At 6,285 ft., Roan Mountain is one of the area’s tallest mountains and offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. While atop Roan Mountain State Park be sure to walk through the beautiful Rhododendron gardens that are at peak bloom in late June. Before you leave Roan Mountain, drive to nearby Elk River Falls for a swim and a view of one of the areas most powerful falls.
Take a break from all your adventures and chill out on the water. On Boone Lake you can fish, rent jet skis, rent a boat from Sonny’s Marina, or just soak up the sun. Be sure to hit up some of the waterfront cafes and bars for some food, drinks, and live music.
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