Staying by the Water at Little Oak and Jacobs Creek Campgrounds

You’ll find yourself enjoying the mountain-bordered, island-studded South Holston Lake so much you won’t want to leave. And the answer for that is camping along the shorelines in Bristol. Two favorite camping destinations by South Holston Lake are Little Oak Campground and Jacobs Creek Campground, both part of Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. At either place, you’ll find ramps, marinas, and water access areas for boating, skiing, fishing, paddling, and swimming. […]

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Local Flavor of Northeast Tennessee: Johnson City

The local cuisine found exclusively in Johnson City, Tennessee, is like a fun treasure hunt for both visitors and locals. Just when you think you have tried all the best spots, you will be surprised by a new food truck who cooks the world’s most mouth watering phillies or a hole-in-the wall taco joint serving […]

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Fifteen Miles Before 5 O’Clock

  Our area is no stranger to the adventurous souls and thrill-seekers that come here to explore our mountains, float our rivers, and chase our waterfalls. Whether you are a local weekend warrior looking to get in some extra miles or a visitor of the beloved recreational opportunities we boast in our region, here is […]

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Where to Go For the Best Views

  If leaf looking is your thing, then this map is for you.  Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Northeast Tennessee attracts guests from all over the country in anticipation of peak fall foliage. The peak time for fall foliage in Northeast Tennessee this year is beginning to mid-October. An interactive map from Smokymountains.com allows you […]

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Bristol: Sounds Good

Bristol is built on sound: engines revving, fiddles singing and the silent peace of the outdoors. The downtown buzzes with live music and the outdoors quietly await just beyond. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounded by scenic South Holston Lake and the Holston River sits Bristol—The Birthplace of Country Music and home of the “World’s Fastest Half Mile”—Bristol Motor Speedway. […]

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The Best Whitewater Kayaking in Northeast Tennessee

  Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Rolling whitewater, rising mountains, and winding roads are signatures of Northeast Tennessee. The combination of rugged terrain and abundant rainfall make the area a prime whitewater destination. Check out four rivers that give paddlers of all levels a chance […]

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Mixing Music and History at Bristol’s Sessions Hotel

  There’s a new hotel in downtown Bristol that pays tribute to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s deep music roots. The Sessions Hotel opened on State Street in June 2020, creating an experience that can only be found in the place where country music first began. Just steps away from the Birthplace of Country Music […]

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