Fast Times, Tall Tales and Trailblazers

Northeast

One visit and youll see that Northeast Tennessee is rich in culture, history and outdoor thrills. You might find adventure in the roar of racecars, in unbelievable scenic vistas that stretch for miles or in retracing the steps of Tennessee’s legendary pioneers. You’re sure to have tall tales to share from the Storytelling Capital of the World, creating your own lifetime memories right here in Northeast Tennessee.

Discover a place where pioneers dared to venture. An idyllic spot of peaceful mountains, a national forest and tranquil lakes. Where youll hear the soft strains of old-time music or the roar of the NASCAR speedway.

Northeast Tennessee is home to noteworthy trailblazers. Step into the restored cabin of a celebrated frontiersman at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Trace the life of the tailor who became a president at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Travel Daniel Boones Wilderness Road, a pathway to the west for 300,000 settlers.

If you love a good story, settle in at Jonesboroughs National Storytelling Festival, called “the leading event of its kind in America” by "USA Today." Congress declared Bristol to be the “Birthplace of Country Music,” which was the launching pad for musicians such as the Stanley Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kenny Chesney. Try something unexpected such as visiting the Gray Fossil museum to see exhibits of fossil remains dating back 4.5 to 7 million years ago. Join in the fun of a “Dig Pit,” full of fossil finds. Stroll the streets of historic downtown Johnson City, and pop in the shops and eateries of Blue Plum Village. Save the third weekend in September for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, an infectious, three-day music experience bursting with creative passion.

Youre on top of the world at 6,285 feet with breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains and more than 600 acres of blooms at the famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain. Swim in pools at the base of a 100-foot waterfall, or hike the trails at Elrod Falls. Boat, picnic or fly fish in clear Watauga Lake with spectacular scenery. Head to Bays Mountain Park for a hike, barge ride on a mountaintop lake or wildlife habitats. Raft the rapids of the Nolichucky with a guide from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Blaze your own trail in Northeast Tennessee.

Experience Northeast Tennessee

This is where country music was born and bluegrass thrives among next-generation musicians. Its the home of Revolutionary War heroes, an American President and the first settlement west of the 13 colonies. See “racin’ the way it oughta be,” and hear homespun tales in the states oldest town.


Northeast Oct 28 Fossil & Artifact ID Night Gray, TN Did you find a rock or fossil while they were digging your neighbor’s cellar? Maybe you picked up something odd on a river bank or by the ocean? Were you given a gift of a collection of fossils? We can help you find out what you have! The public is invited to bring their fossil collections to the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site. Museum scientists will assist the public in identifying such specimens as a part of “Fossil and Artifact ID Night” on Tuesday, October 28, from 4-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. learn more Northeast Oct 28 - Nov 1 Sheila Kay Adams as Teller-in-Residence at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Sheila Kay Adams shares stories from the small mountain community in Western North Carolina where she was born, and passes on the rich musical heritage of her ancestors. A banjo player and seventh generation ballad singer, she is also an author of several books and recordings. learn more Northeast Oct 30 Evening Storytelling Concert with Sheila Kay Adams Jonesborough, TN Thursday, October 30 • 7:30 p.m. Banjos, Ballads, and Bad Men Sheila’s love of traditional Appalachian ballads and claw-hammer banjo, combined with her unique repertoire of stories, makes for a special not-to-be-missed concert. learn more Northeast Oct 30 - Nov 15 Journeys of Women Art Exhibit Jonesborough, TN October 30th - November 15th Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. learn more Northeast Oct 31 Halloween Haunts & Happenings Jonesborough, TN October 31st from 6 to 8 p.m. Historic Downtown Jonesborough transforms for an evening full of trick-or-treating, games, scary-oke, ghost stories, a haunted house and much more. Costume contest begins at 7 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. For more information call 423.753.1010. learn more

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