About Those Appalachian Trail Names

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Appalachian Trail hikers often have strange nicknames as they head through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. And, chances are you’ve ran into a thru-hiker at some point. Ask them their trail name and you may get a surprise, as well […]

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Murals of Johnson City

Dip your toes into Northeast Tennessee starting with some downtown urban exploration. Johnson City is seeing its’ own art renaissance explode all over town in the form of wall murals and sculptures. Here’s a sneak peek of our favorite murals to take a stroll by with the family for some one-of-a-kind photo ops, history, and […]

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Best Places to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. The Appalachian Trail snakes its way more than 280 miles through Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. Walk through the open meadows, mountain balds, watery valleys, and view rhododendron blooms unlike anywhere else on the planet. There’s no […]

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I Went Camping for the First Time and Here’s What Happened

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When you grow up in Northeast Tennessee, it seems like everyone goes camping almost year round. It’s advertised as an event for the whole family to discover some magical camping secret. I am 21-years-old, and I have never gone camping.  I don’t like being hot, and if I was going to spend time outdoors, I […]

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Best Places to Backpack in Northeast Tennessee

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Northeast Tennessee is a backpacker’s paradise. With more than 220 miles of the Appalachian Trail coursing through the area, the mountains create a backbone for overnight loops when combined with trails in the Cherokee National Forest. So grab […]

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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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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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