Cumberland Gap: The Outdoor Getaway Town that Makes the List

You’ve probably heard of Cumberland Gap, a narrow pass through the long ridge of the Cumberland Mountains that is part of the Appalachian Mountains, joining Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.  But, there’s also a town called Cumberland Gap that sits at the foot of the mountain range encompassed by the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park that […]

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3rd Annual Big Train Show June 1-2

The 3rd Annual Big Train Show will take place at East Tennessee State University’s Mini-Dome on June 1-2, in what is rapidly becoming one of the largest model train shows in the Southeast portion of the United States. The show features more than 50 vendors with over 300 tables featuring the finest scale-model railroading equipment, collector-and- operator-grade […]

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Blue Ridge Country Ranks Northeast Tennessee Among “Best of the Mountains”

Seven Northeast Tennessee attractions were recently named among the “Best of the Mountains” by readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine, ranking the region as a top destination for travel and fun along the Southern Appalachian Mountains including Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky. As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this […]

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A Day on the Tweetsie Trail: What to See & Do When You Bike from Johnson City to Elizabethton, TN

If you were told that you could travel 10 miles from one Northeast Tennessee town to another without a vehicle or even a road, well, you might not believe it. But that’s exactly what you can do on the Tweetsie Trail, a Rails-to-Trails project that links Johnson City and Elizabethton via a flat, car-free path. […]

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11 of the Best Northeast Tennessee Trail Towns (and What to Do in Each)

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. […]

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11 of the Best Northeast Tennessee Trail Towns (and What to Do in Each)

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. […]

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Erwin and Unicoi: Small on Size Big on Adventure

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains of Northeast Tennessee lies the small town known as Erwin, Tennessee.  Its county name, Unicoi, shared with its nearby neighbor, the Town of Unicoi, is derived from an old Native American word meaning “hazy” or “fog draped.” The adventure and fun that awaits in this small mountain community […]

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Hidden Gems in Mountain City

Did you know right here in beautiful Northeast Tennessee there is an amazing winery and vineyard as beautiful as anything located in Tuscany?  In fact, in 2016, Johnson County, Tenn. was included in the establishment of the Appalachian High Country Viticultural Area. This designation affords the region the distinct notoriety of a wine destination. It helps to […]

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What to Do in Winter in Northeast Tennessee

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 […]

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