parks

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

A 3,550-acre nature preserve with planetarium located 3 miles off I-26. Live animal habitats, hiking, biking and public programs weekends and daily during the summer.

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Carver Park

Established in 1958, Carver Park is a 6-acre neighborhood park. Amenities include two basketball courts, fitness trail, multi-use court, pavilion, playground, and recreation center. The recreation center is equipped with a gymnasium, weight room, library, meeting space, teen room, community room, arts and crafts area, and kitchen. A new recreation facility was dedicated in 2005.

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Civitan Park

The paved walking/jogging track joins Lions Park and Civitan Park and measures 1.57 miles.

Civitan Park was established in 1963 on the site of a former landfill. This 33-acre community park has undergone a total renovation for primary use as a soccer facility in a park setting. The development includes five lighted soccer fields, concession area with restrooms, volleyball court, playground and a walking trail connecting Civitan to Lions and Rotary parks.

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Founders Park

With an amphitheater for live music and entertainment, a manmade river rock stream, sculptures, art displays and more, Founders Park is one of Johnson City's newest and most popular outdoor attractions.

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Roan Mountain State Park

With breathtaking mountain views and plenty of plant and animal life, Roan Mountain is a nature lover's paradise and home to the world's largest natural Catawba Rhododendron garden.

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Rock Creek Park

Offering both day-use and extended stay opportunities, Rock Creek Park features short hiking trails, picnic tables, a natural swimming pool, a bike trail and an amphitheater.

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Rocky Fork State Park

Rocky Fork inhabits 2,036 acres of scenic wilderness in Unicoi County and features steep, rugged terrain that is drained by cool mountain streams. Ranger-led and group hikes are available.

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Warriors’ Path State Park

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, picnicking, playing—the opportunities for adventure are endless at Warriors' Path! The park is located around the Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir and Duck Island on the South Fork Holston River.

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Willow Springs Park

Features 1.8 miles of paved walking surface that encircles the park.

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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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