Boone Lake

Boone Lake is a popular location for fishing and water-based recreation, with a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp and courtesy pier for safe, convenient boating access. The lake supports bluegill and crappie, as well as white, striped, hybrid, smallmouth, and largemouth bass.

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!

Appalachian Caverns

The Appalachian Caverns date back historically over 1300 years ago, as Native Americans, early settlers, and historic families such as the Boones and Crocketts have used the caverns for shelter and locations to store goods. Today, the site features guided tours of the caverns, a campground, picnic area, gem mine, and gift shop.

Persimmon Ridge Disc Golf

Persimmon Ridge Disc Golf is a scenic course featuring 18 holes that meander through the majestic landscape of Persimmon Ridge Park.

Pine Oaks Golf Course

Pine Oaks Golf Course has long since been a favorite golf course among Johnson City locals. As a course suitable for golfers of all skill […]

Piney Flats Loop

The Piney Flats Loop is a 25.5-mile bicycle loop that starts in Johnson City and rolls through the countryside by the Watauga River and Boone […]

Appalachian GhostWalks

Appalachian GhostWalks invites guests to explore the mysteries of the region’s mountain heritage by offering 16 different lantern-led walking tours throughout Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, including historical tours and paranormal expeditions for ghosts and Bigfoot. Tours are offered throughout the year and are designed to be family-friendly and thrilling, and advance reservations are required.

Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower

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The Pinnacle Mountain Trail is a destination trail that leads to a rehabilitated fire tower and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. The trailhead […]