A Brief and Colorful History of Watauga Lake (Plus the Top 10 Things to Do During Your Visit)

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Cradled among the rugged Appalachians and reachable only by winding mountain roads, Watauga Lake is a true paradise for anyone seeking quality time in the outdoors. This remote lake lies in two of Northeast Tennessee’s most rural counties—Johnson and Carter—making it a place where outdoor enthusiasts can escape city life and enjoy a host of […]

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Northeast Tennessee’s 8 Best Water Adventures for Spring and Summer


As the temps heat up so too does the desire to get outside and bask in warm sun or find a refreshing place to cool down from its relentless rays. Whether your mode for chilling out involves trekking to waterfalls in search of a swimming hole or careening down a whitewater river through rapids, the […]

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So, You’re Planning a Family Trip to Northeast Tennessee? 15 Insider Tips on What to See and Do

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Between work, school, and soccer practice, spending quality time with loved ones can be a rare opportunity. When you’re on vacation, you want to make the most of your trip and create memorable experiences for your family. When you visit Northeast Tennessee with your kids, you’ll find exciting and interactive learning opportunities, easy ways to […]

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Introducing Doe Mountain Recreation Area: An 8,000-Acre Outdoor Playground

Sprawled among the low peaks near Mountain City, Tennessee, the Doe Mountain Recreation Area (DMRA) is a wooded wonderland of trails, wildlife, and Appalachian scenery. Its 8,600 forested acres include more than 60 miles of multi-use trails, which are especially popular among ATV, UTV, and other Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) users. But, the area is also […]

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5 Must-Do Appalachian Trail Sections in Northeast Tennessee

The Appalachian Trail is known for many things: its impressive length (2,200 miles), growing popularity (thousands of people attempt to thru-hike it each year), and, of course, unrivaled beauty. In Northeast Tennessee, you’ll find some of the most stunning scenery the AT has to offer. With grassy round balds, rugged outcroppings, and wild rushing rivers, […]

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Off the Beaten Path in Northeast Tennessee: An Insider’s Guide

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A quick Google search for “things to do in Northeast Tennessee” will turn up dozens of the area’s most popular attractions. But if you wander off the beaten path, you’ll find some fantastic, lesser-known destinations, including trails, backroads, restaurants, and entertainment spots. The trick is just knowing where to go, so we’ve put together an […]

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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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