day trips

Downtown Johnson City

Visit Masengill’s, an exclusive shop known for its signature window displays of men’s and women’s apparel. Relax at the many restaurants downtown from a sidewalk café to Italian pizza to homemade chicken and rib specials all the way to an authentic German restaurant.

A sewing specialty shop, furniture/local craft store, and an organic gardening store join more established downtown stalwarts such as
Masengill’s (clothing), Atlantis  (gifts, jewelry, etc.) and Campbell's
Morrell Music
to name a few. And if art is your interest,
downtown is home to a host of art galleries and studios.

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Roots of Country Music

In 1927 Ralph Veer of Victor Talking Machine Company journeyed to the border town of Bristol, TN/VA in search of new talent for his recording company. What he found change the face of American music forever. The Carter Family, Stoneman Family and Jimmie Rodgers were among the acts auditioning for Peer. The legendary “Bristol Sessions” established a new genre of music – country music. A self-guided audio walking tour of historic Bristol allows visitors to retrace the footsteps of country and bluegrass pioneers. Then it's off to the legendary Carter Family Fold in Hilton’s Virginia. Sit back and be ready to be entertained with old time and bluegrass music. The Carter Fold promotes old-time music and pay tribute to the Original Carter Family (A.P Carter, Sara Carter, and Maybelle Carter). The Saturday concerts highlight the musical style made popular by the Carter Family, considered by many as country music’s first family. In keeping with the traditional music style, no electrical instruments are allowed (everything is acoustic). There’s lots of dancing and fun for the entire family.

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Scenic Outdoor Beauty

Johnson City is the perfect place to get out and experience nature, and what better way to do that than taking a brisk hike in the mountains? Hikers can travel trails on the well-known Appalachian Trail and Buffalo Mountain Trails, as well as in the mountain parks surrounding the city. Acres of lakefront and water await the fisherman, hunter or boating enthusiast or nature lover. Enjoy mountain vistas at our world-class golf courses. In early summer, take in the beauty of the Rhododendron Gardens at nearby Roan Mountain.

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Winged Deer Park

Established in 1991, Winged Deer Park is a 200-acre district park. The J. Norton Arney family previously owned and operated the farm where Winged Deer now sits from the 1940s through the early ‘70s. Mr. Arney was a noted car dealer and raised and trained show horses in the area. The farm was used primarily to grow hay and had several large stables on the lakefront property. The city purchased the property in 1985. The original farmhouse was converted into what is now the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, which includes a meeting room, working offices and a landscaped patio area with small gazebo. Amenities include five lighted softball fields, scorer’s tower and restroom, three lighted soccer fields, Batter’s Up batting cages, an 18-hole disc golf course, playground area, soccer concession building with restroom, half-mile walking track and paved fitness trails, which wind through the forested section of the park. The lakefront area features two sand volleyball courts, picnic shelter with restroom, public boating access, green space, lighted handicap accessible boardwalk, amphitheatre, and a Festival Plaza multi-use area with restroom. The park’s historical area features the Robert Young Cabin – one of Johnson City’s oldest dwellings – the Massengil Monument, and the James H. Quillen Historical Tree Arboretum.

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