The 10 Best Family Adventures in Northeast Tennessee

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When you’re planning a family adventure, the real challenge is finding a destination that offers a variety of activities. With lush mountains, rushing rivers, serene lakes, and delightful small towns, Northeast Tennessee is one of those places that has something for everyone in your family, from children to teens to adults. As you’re ziplining through […]

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How to Experience the Rich Heritage of Northeast Tennessee

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In June of 1796, two decades after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Tennessee was formally recognized as the nation’s 16th state. And while the official state heritage that followed is fascinating, there is also a wealth of history that predates Tennessee’s admittance into the Union. Leading up to Tennessee’s official creation in the last […]

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The Forgotten Fire Towers of Northeast Tennessee: What to Know, Where to Go

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Today, a fire tower is something rare, special, and even a bit mysterious. But just a few decades ago, as many as 5,000 manned fire towers were sprinkled throughout the forests and mountains of the United States. After devastating wildfires laid waste to 3 million acres in Idaho and Montana in 1910, the newly formed […]

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7 Reasons Everyone Who Loves the Outdoors Should Visit Northeast Tennessee

What do you look for when planning an outdoorsy getaway? Is it an area with an abundance of diverse hiking trails? A place with dozens of beautiful waterfalls? Or, what about somewhere with that certain special mountain charm? Whatever it is that you crave, Northeast Tennessee will check all the boxes when it comes to […]

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An Ode to the Beautiful Nolichucky River

In the heart of the East Tennessee mountains, a ribbon of rushing water twists and turns its way through one of the wildest, steepest gorges in the eastern United States. The river is known far and wide for its bounty of fish, its tumbling rapids, and its isolation amid remote national forest land. It beckons […]

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The 7 Best Adventure & Ale Pairings in Northeast Tennessee


There are some things that just seem to be made for each other, like peanut butter and jelly, rainy days and long naps, and of course, the great outdoors and craft beer. Whether it’s hiking, biking, or paddling, there’s no better way to finish an adventure than with a cold, frothy beverage at a local […]

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10 of the Best Hikes in Northeast Tennessee

Everyone has a different checklist for what makes a great hike. For some people, a hike is worthy if it leads to a gushing waterfall. For others, simply hearing a trickling stream nearby is magical. Some folks need a heart-pumping, quad-burning climb to feel satisfied, while a gentle stroll is far more enticing to others. […]

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10 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Northeast Tennessee

With the heat of summer quickly approaching, everyone is looking for ways to be near water. Luckily, Northeast Tennessee is abounding with beautiful rivers and streams, many of which flow into spectacular waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, from surging cascades to plunging showers. Whether you’re in the mood for an all-day trek, or a […]

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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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