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 Aug 23 Irwin Tools 500 - Night Race Bristol, TN Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR, and if history’s any indication the 2014 IRWIN Tools Night Races is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum. learn more Northeast Aug 26 - 30 Michael Reno Harrell as Teller-in-Resident at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Michael Reno Harrell hails from the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where storytelling is as much a part of the culture as is music. He has spent a lifetime carrying that tradition across America and abroad. An award-winning songwriter and storyteller, Harrell is the consummate entertainer, performing his original songs and stories described as “Appalachian grit and wit.” learn more Northeast Aug 28 Evening Storytelling Concert with Michael Reno Harrell Jonesborough, TN Thursday, August 28 • 7:30 p.m. Wait Until Your Father Gets Home Who knows the stories you’ll hear in these confessions from a good old boy’s life. learn more Northeast Aug 29 - Sep 14 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Cinderella Jonesborough, TN August 29th - September 14th A hilarious retelling of a great old story! Poor Cinderella, belittled by her stepsisters, Oofa and Murkatrina, overworked by her stepmother, has no prospect of happiness on the horizon. For tickets visit or call 423.753.1010. learn more Northeast Sep 1 Labor Day Concert Jonesborough, TN September 1st at 6 p.m. Enjoy one of the last days of summer with an afternoon picnic in the Historic District. Then, cool down inside the Visitors Center with entertainment from the Johnson City Community Concert Band. Admission is free of charge. For more information call 423.753.1010. learn more

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