Spring Break in the Mountains!

If you want to avoid the beach crowds, make plans to spend Spring Break 2023 in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee! Mountains are IN this season, and we’ve gathered up all our favorite activities to help you build up your itinerary.

Get Outside

Go for a hike! Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit, as the treetop leaves are greening and waterfalls are flowing. Birds are chirping, and yes~ the mountains are calling.

Here are a few fun ideas we think you’d like:

Hike at Rocky Fork State Park.

Chase waterfalls at Laurel Falls trailhead.

Try Biking around Bristol.

Go hammocking at recreation areas, like Clark’s Creek, between Erwin and Greeneville.

Hammocking is a wonderful way to relax and slow time down. With dozens of waterfalls and tree covered trails, there are endless spots to pitch your hammock and enjoy time off-grid. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring the tent along and stay overnight to catch an Appalachian sunrise.

Reservations required? No, just show up and have fun!

Take a guided fly fishing trip with River Run Angling. Fish the South Holston and Watauga Rivers for rainbow trout and native brown trout. If fishing isn’t your thing, you can also take the family out for a river tour and witness wildlife like blue heron, deer, beavers, and more. Nothing beats the great blue backdrop of the South Holston Mountain range.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics when recreating in our state. We want to keep these trails and rivers around for generations to come!

Local Entertainment & Good Eats

During your visit to Northeast Tennessee, catch some tunes at a local music venue and find no shortage of amazing places to eat. With rising local talent from Tennessee’s Songwriters Week, you are sure to find soul-quenching artists in every hidden corner of our area.

Here are a few of our recommendations:

Up and coming talent at The Down Home in Johnson City and Mediterranean cuisine at Red Meze.

Swing by The Philosopher’s House for a cup of tea.

Big bands at The Paramount in Bristol and burgers at the Burger Bar.

Live music at Gypsy Circus Cider Company with food from The Bohemian Restaurant in Kingsport.

Fun for All

From Tiebreakers arcade to local museums like this vintage car museum in Historic Greeneville, there are so many opportunities to get out and explore together with the fam!

More ideas to add to your wish list:

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

USA Raft Adventure Resort

Doe Mountain Recreation Area

Off the Grid Mountain Adventures


Photo By: USA Raft Adventure Resort

Stay in these picturesque Geodesic Domes right along The Nolichucky River, or plan to visit one of our boutique hotels like The Carnegie.

Airbnb Pick:  The Pond House


There’s More Up Here!

Check out these local antique shops nearby.

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