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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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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Rocky Fork: Carving Through the Appalachians

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Close to the Appalachian Trail lies one of Tennessee’s newer state parks. Overlooking both Tennessee and North Carolina in the Cherokee National Forest, this magical land has a history just as dominant as the views, hikes, and the people that […]

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Wild Journey: Rafting the Nolichucky River 

Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Just above Erwin, the Nolichucky River finishes its wild journey through a deep gorge, after cutting through the main Appalachian mountain chain dividing North Carolina and Tennessee. The gorge is breathtaking, a place where the river slashes through rock, skimming […]

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50th Anniversary of Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is celebrating 50 years of family fun and adventure in 2021, and you’re invited to a party that will last all year long. On May 24, 1971, Bays Mountain Park opened the doors to the Nature Center, and has welcomed generations of Kingsport families into the park ever since. With […]

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Steele Creek Park: Bristol’s Nature Getaway

This nature preserve covers a whopping 2,200+ acres complete with a scenic collection of mountain streams and 24 miles of hiking trails. But, that’s not even the best part! This city owned park has a 52-acre lake where folks can rent paddleboats, go kayaking, paddleboarding, and even fish. But, perhaps among the most popular activities […]

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Mountain Wildflowers and Where To Find Them

  Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. From the banks of the Nolichucky River to the top of Roan Mountain, wildflowers paint colors across Northeast Tennessee. As warmer days take over winter’s cold snap, hikers will find an array of blooms throughout the Cherokee National Forest. […]

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Leaders for a Litter-Free Tennessee: Jared Kreiss

Outdoor recreation has seen an influx of folks who aren’t recreating responsibly. Overcrowding in areas like Laurel Falls of the Cherokee National Forest, Dolly Sods in West Virginia, and Max Patch along the Appalachian Trail has contributed to an increase in pollution and trail erosion. Follow along as we feature local leaders for a litter-free […]

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