Anticipation continues to grow as we move closer to Bristol’s first NASCAR race week of 2018, anchored by the Food City 500 (Sunday, April 15). The excitement builds for several reasons, but it all comes down to the unique “Bristol Experience” our guests encounter while visiting the foothills of Northeast Tennessee. It’s a time to a break… Read more »
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From the Smoky Mountains to the far corners of the Cherokee National Forest, Northeast Tennessee is home to fantastic trails that wind through lush mountains and gorgeous countryside. But, when you step off the trails you’ll discover even more treasures. Tucked away in the folds of the landscape are many “trail towns” that offer explorers a chance to grab a hearty meal, relax, and restore their supplies. To help you plan your next trek through Northeast Tennessee, we’ve highlighted 11 of our favorite trail towns.
Northeast Tennessee has some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the country, but what you may not know about is the abundance of waterfalls throughout the region. We’ve put together some of our favorite videos of area waterfalls as a guide for your next outdoor adventure. Backbone Falls On Highway 133 in Johnson County,… Read more »
Register today for one of the free, ranger-led hikes at all 56 state parks to celebrate the coming of spring on March 24. Our annual Spring Hike is a great opportunity to shed the winter blahs, make new friends and explore Tennessee State Parks’ natural side. Whether you are looking for a short nature trail… Read more »
“I Am Home” tells the stories of the people who helped shape the Jonesborough of today February 23-25 and March 2-4 “I couldn’t believe how close that story was to my own!” Actor Phil McPeak exclaimed, after he had been cast in the role of Rounder. It tells the story of a sixteen-year-old who,… Read more »
Let’s face it, looking forward to your summer vacation while it’s still the middle of winter feels a lot like looking for the finish line in a marathon. You know you’ll get there sooner or later, but at the moment it seems impossibly far away. Luckily, Northeast Tennessee has a huge variety of attractions that… Read more »
Our music roots run deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Home to the Birthplace of Country Music, this is where it all began back in the 1927. Our rich musical heritage lives on today and continues to influence music around the world. So, whether you are looking for country, bluegrass, blues, Americana, jazz,… Read more »
Jonesborough’s Historic Walking Tours are back with four, different options for 2018. The Main Street Tour will be offered at least once a week March through December. Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street. Tours will depart from the… Read more »
American history, country music, Appalachian heritage and, of course, NASCAR: these are usually the first things that spring to mind when people think of Northeast Tennessee. But this area offers so much more, especially for adventurous travelers. If you’re planning a getaway for friends, you’ll find that Northeast Tennessee offers a surprising variety of unique… Read more »
Feeling a little blue now that the holidays are over and the decorations are put away? Main Street Jonesborough is hosting Window Wonderland and Winter Sale January 12-15 to help kick those winter blues. Come see a display of beautifully decorated windows throughout Downtown Jonesborough depicting winter scenes and shop some great winter sales. It… Read more »
When fishing folks from the rest of the country think of East Tennessee, they usually imagine Great Smoky Mountains National Park and little streams with wily brookies. However, most don’t consider the Northeast corner of Tennessee and its abundant fishing opportunities. Truth be told, folks who live from Chattanooga to Knoxville to Bristol know that… Read more »
Christmas isn’t over yet! Visit Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and see how our colonial ancestors celebrated a holiday called “Old Christmas”. In Colonial America, Christmas was celebrated as a twelve day holiday with many traditions and customs. Does The Twelve Days of Christmas sound familiar? These twelve days of feasting, and merrymaking ended on… Read more »