Fast Times, Tall Tales and Trailblazers


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 Nov 28 - Dec 19 Christmas in Olde Jonesborough Jonesborough, TN Saturdays, November 28th - December 19th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Every Saturday features free activities for the family. learn more Northeast Nov 28 Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: Whoville Christmas Jonesborough, TN November 28th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Suess’ imagination and whimsy take over town, complete with the Grinch and other characters. learn more Northeast Nov 28 Annual Lighting of the Tree Jonesborough, TN November 28th at 6 p.m. Jonesborough will kick off the Christmas season by lighting the Fraser fir beside the Downtown Courthouse. learn more Northeast Dec 3 - 20 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 20th This is a tale we want to believe in, creating a world we seem to desire, free of blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. learn more Northeast Dec 3 - 5 Storytelling Christmas Concerts: “There’s a Bulb Out” Jonesborough, TN December 3rd - 5th at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Uncalled For Trio—Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp and Andy Offutt Irwin—return to the International Storytelling Center for their annual Christmas performances. learn more

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