Bristol Caverns

Bristol Caverns is the largest and arguably most beautiful cavern system in the Smoky Mountain region, housing millions of years of natural stone formations. Visitors can enjoy guided tours year-round and retrace the banks of the Underground River that the Native Americans used as attack and escape routes during the frontier days.

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.

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.

Rocky Fork Falls, Unicoi County

Rocky Fork Falls combines an easy car ride and short hike to a stunning vista in the Rocky Fork watershed. To get there, take I-26 […]