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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Black Bears in Northeast Tennessee

Backcountry exploration of Northeast Tennessee takes us to remote areas, where you’re more likely to find a black bear. After reaching all-time lows in the Southeast in the 1960s, black bears have made an incredible comeback. […]

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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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