Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

Located on the banks of the beautiful Nolichucky River in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee, the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) is the region’s leading […]

Watauga Lake

There are many water activities at Watauga Lake: power boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and wakeboarding. Watauga Lake can be accessed at several public and private boat ramps and marinas for a nominal fee ($5 or less).

Winged Deer Park

winged deer park
Winged Deer Park is a 200-acre district park located in Johnson City. Amenities include five lighted softball fields, scorer’s tower and restroom, three lighted soccer […]

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is an exciting day trip outside Johnson City, with a moderate 2.6-mile hike through the lush rhododendron forests of Laurel Fork before reaching the falls. To get there, drive east on U.S. 321 out of Hampton, TN for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Dennis Cove Road, marked with a brown national forest campground sign. Continue about 4 miles from U.S. 321 until coming to a small parking area on the left for the Appalachian Trail. The trail to Laurel Falls is on the same side as the parking area and is easy to spot.

Unaka Mountain Beauty Spot

Unaka Mountain Beauty Spot is known for its stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. Located on the Appalachian Trail in Unicoi county, the trailhead to Beauty Spot is one of the most accessible lookouts in northeast Tennessee

Doe River Gorge

Doe River Gorge is a Christian organization that invites guests to leave the pressures and business of the world behind by offering outdoor camps for all age ranges, from summer youth camps and leadership retreats to adventure-based activities for groups and families.

Blue Hole Falls

Blue Hole Falls is a 0.5-mile lightly trafficked loop trail near Elizabethton, TN that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. To get there, take Highway 19E out of Elizabethton for about 10 miles, and turn left onto Panhandle Road at the brown national forest sign for “Blue Hole.”

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve located 3 miles off I-26. The park features a picturesque 44-acre lake, hiking trails, a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art Planetarium Theater, and animal habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors, and reptiles.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, traveling through 14 states and over 2,100 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine. Though it hugs the North Carolina border for nearly 200 miles, the Appalachian Trail does not officially cross into Tennessee until it reaches the Nolichucky River outside of Erwin, at which point elevations frequently exceed 5,000 feet. With multiple access points surrounding the Johnson City region, take a hike on one of the most popular trails in the country!