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 Oct 9 - 11 Top Gun Showdown Blountville, TN October 9-11 Top Gun Showdown MX race at Muddy Creek Raceway Blountville, TN learn more Northeast Oct 9 Mortality Room Kingsport, TN Come join us for the Ultimate Halloween Experience! LampLight Theatre presents a BRAND NEW "Mortality Room" production! learn more Northeast Oct 10 - 11 Top Gun Showdown MX Racing at Muddy Creek Raceway Blountville, TN Blountville, TN BLOUNTVILLE, TN – One of the premier amateur motocross events in the country, the Top Gun Showdown, invades Muddy Creek Raceway The season finale in the Thor United States Mega Series, a 19-event series that runs in Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, will feature hundreds of the top amateur riders from across the nation competing in 42 different classes with competitors as young as four taking part in the event. learn more Northeast Oct 10 TN Welcome Center, 1-26, Sullivan County, Kingsport, Craft Artist Demonstration - TN Craft Week Kingsport, TN Craft Artist Carol LeBaron will be demonstrating the art of textile dying and stiching from 10am to 4pm at the I-26 Welcome Center in Kingsport. Meet the artist and explore the rich heritage of handmade Tennessee Crafts, a magical and entertaining experience! This event is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Craft. The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. learn more Northeast Oct 13 - 17 Alton Chung as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN www.altonchung.com October 13-17 Alton Chung performs internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha. He tells stories from the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Plantation Days as well as Asian folktales from all around the Pacific Rim. He also shares stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII. learn more

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