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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 May 8 - 24 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Father of the Bride Jonesborough, TN Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Father of the Bride May 8 - 24 learn more Northeast May 10 Second Sunday Concert Series: Josh Oliver & Friends Bristol, TN Second Sunday Concert Series: Josh Oliver & Friends learn more Northeast May 12 Taste of Jonesborough Jonesborough, TN Taste of local shops and cuisine Taste of Jonesborough May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. learn more Northeast May 12 - 16 Connie Regan-Blake as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN One of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances. learn more Northeast May 15 Hope is Back on Me: A Storyteller's Journey in Africa Jonesborough, TN One of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances. learn more

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