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 Sep 9 - 13 Chuck Brodsky as Teller-in-Resident at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, songwriter, troubadour and modern day bard with an acoustic guitar and a voice that will take you places. For the past 20 years, he’s performed across the U.S. and abroad with his quirky, rootsy, and finely crafted material. Brodsky’s wit and irony, set to haunting melodies, tell stories of oddball and underdog characters. learn more Northeast Sep 16 - 20 Linda Goodman as Teller-in-Resident at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Author, storyteller and playwright, Linda Goodman, an Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarnspinner. Goodman draws on her roots to create a world where fantasy and ordinary heroes come together; she also tells traditional tales using a wide array of voices that bring characters to life. learn more Northeast Sep 19 - 21 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN Award-winning 3 day music festival celebrating Bristol as the official Birthplace of Country Music. Over a hundred artists on over 20 stages perform in historic downtown Bristol. learn more Northeast Sep 20 Town-Wide Yard Sale Jonesborough, TN September 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jonesborough’s semi-annual town-wide yard sale will offer assorted items located throughout the Historic District. For more information call 423.913.2663. learn more Northeast Sep 23 - 27 Susan O'Halloran as Teller-in-Residence at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Susan O’Halloran has been a story artist since the 1970s and has been covered by such media outlets as PBS, ABC Nightline, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Whether telling personal stories or original fables, O’Halloran engages her audience with a passionate, wiry wit and an empathy for human suffering. learn more

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