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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 Sep 1 - 5 Will Hornyak as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN www.willhornyak.net September 1-5 From Russian fairytales and Irish myths to Native American legends and original material, Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of stories into engaging and well-crafted performances and workshops. learn more Northeast Sep 3 - Nov 21 East Tennessee State University Football Returns Johnson City, TN ETSU Football returns for its first game! learn more Northeast Sep 5 Town-Wide Yard Sale: Treasures in the Town Jonesborough, TN September 5th 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 7 Labor Day Concert Jonesborough, TN September 7th 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 information call 423.753.1010. learn more Northeast Sep 8 - 12 Ellouise Schoettler as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN www.ellouiseschoettler.com September 8-12 Maryland storyteller Ellouise Schoettler, a North Carolina native ‘good talker,’ blends family lore, history and personal experiences into heart-warming stories. learn more

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