The Ultimate Guide to Meeting the Mountains

Whether you live in Northeast Tennessee or you’re planning a vacation filled with outdoor fun, the Meet the Mountains Festival is not to be missed. The Festival is dedicated to all things outdoors and is an annual event held in Johnson City each August, and organized by the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership. Kayaking, rock […]

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A Weekend in Carter County

Whether you are visiting from out of town, or a local resident looking for something fun to do this weekend, Carter County has plenty to offer for all ages. Carter County is well-known for its beautiful scenery, food, friendly people, and historic sites. Some of Tennessee’s most popular waterfalls and hiking trails are right here […]

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Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour

Meet your local farmer, find fresh products, and more during The Farm Fresh Appalachia Farm Tour of Northeast Tennessee June 26 . This year there are more activities and learning opportunities than ever. The tour includes a dairy farm that also raises cattle for beef, and a small petting zoo, a certified organic family market […]

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Soak in the Views from Vandeventer

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. From the mountain lined water of Watauga Lake, you’ll find a ridge rising from the north just along the Appalachian Trail. Make the hike to Vandeventer, and you’ll be greeted with ribbons upon ribbons of smoky blue mountains as far […]

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Discover the Falls of Upper Laurel Fork

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. The waterfalls of upper Laurel Fork are a lesser-visited area of Northeast Tennessee.  Hikers travel a wild valley, lined with multiple streams, mini water falls, and ending at one of our favorites. Tip: Wear close-toed shoes you don’t mind […]

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Leaders for a Litter-Free Tennessee: Kayla Carter

During these times, outdoor recreation has seen an influx of folks who aren’t recreating responsibly. Follow along as we feature local leaders for a litter-free Tennessee and ways you can help reduce your footprint on our lands. Kayla Carter is a prominent figure blazing the trails in Northeast Tennessee, and even all the way up […]

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Squibb Creek Falls: A Watery Wonderland

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Do you like waterfalls? Would you like to leave the noise of everyday life behind and surround yourself with the soothing sound of cool water cascading through the mountains? In that case, make the 2.2-mile one-way hike to Squibb Creek […]

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Welcome to Summer: Floating Watauga River

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Flowing cold and clear out of one of Tennessee’s most scenic lakes, this lively mountain float winds through the backwoods surrounded by picturesque farmland in a backdrop dominated by Holston Mountain. Managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, Watauga River can […]

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Escaping the Summer Heat at Rock Creek

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Just outside of Erwin, lies terrain prime for hiking, camping, and maybe even a dip into the cool mountain streams. Located inside the Cherokee National Forest, Rock Creek Recreation Area makes the perfect mountain destination. Craving cooler temperatures? The cove […]

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The Enchantment of Margarette Falls

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. No matter how you spell it—Margarette, Marguerite, Margaret—this hike takes you deep into a mountain gorge with towering rock formations, ending at a scenic waterfall that is perfect for a half day trek. Situated near the Greeneville portion of the […]

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