Sunny Side Trail
Drive through Smoky Mountain backroads and lush Appalachian countryside to find your thrills. Maybe you find your thrills at amusement parks, or maybe it’s the thrill of a shopping hunt that gives you a charge. And if you love exploring the unique, one-of-a-kind places and roadside attractions that make up the fabric of Tennessee, you’ll love finding gems like the childhood home of Dolly Parton or an authentic drive-in movie theater.
Anchored by Bass Pro Shops, the region’s largest Belk, and the area’s only Marshalls, the 250-acre complex generates record store-opening traffic and revenue for its retailers and sheer joy for its visitors.
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
This 3,550-acre nature preserve is the largest city-owned park in the state. It features a picturesque 44-acre lake, nature center with state-of-the-art planetarium theater, and animal habitats including wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles. Backtrack from Bays Mountain to Reservoir Rd.
Hidden Mountain Resort
The original log cabin resort in the Smoky Mountains. Family owned and operated since 1981.Hidden Mountain offers 1-14 bedroom fully-equipped Log Cabins, Farmhouse Cottages, and Mountaintop Villas; The Dell, a Class A Motorcoach Resort; and The Lodge- a log cabin conference hall. Resort amenities include onsite office, swimming pools, workout rooms and picnic pavilions.Conveniently located to all the shopping, attractions, and restaurants of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.
Opening downtown in 1891, the Carnegie was important to the city's social scene and luxurious for its time with electric lights and private baths. In 1910, the original hotel burned, but it has been rebuilt at this new site to take its place once again as a city landmark. Stay the night or eat at Wellington's, featured in "Southern Living."
Yee-Haw Brewing Company
Yee-Haw Brewing Company is the largest brewery in Northeast Tennessee. They provide a mix of the finest ales and lagers, including the World Beer Cup award-winning Dunkel. The year round brews are popular staples, while their diverse seasonals gives the visitor a chance to try something exciting and new.
Panther Creek State Park
Located on 1,435 acres and bordered by Cherokee Lake, this state park offers a pristine wildlife preserve, hiking, mountain biking and horse trails. Visitors also enjoy a boat ramp, swimming pool, camp sites, picnic pavilions and a gorgeous scenic overlook at its highest point of the lake.
Gray Fossil Site
Dig up some fun and bones, with hands-on exhibits and a front-row view of a real live fossil dig. The site is home to dwarf tapir, red panda and saber-toothed cat fossils. The fossils at Gray Fossil Site aren't the oldest unearthed in the U.S., or even in Tennessee, but the number and variety of plants and animals located in one place is extraordinary. It is the largest collection of Miocene era fossils ever found outside of the Gulf Coast region or the far West.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
In 1772, this was the first permanent settlement in America outside the original 13 English colonies. In 1775, the largest private or corporate land transaction in U.S. history occurred here--the Transylvania Purchase--when 20 million acres of land were bought from the Cherokee Indians. This site is open daily and offers special events throughout the year including Liberty!, the state's longest-running outdoor drama performed each July. Open Daily.
The John & Landon Carter Mansion
This home was built from 1775-80, by John Carter and son Landon, on lands bought from the Cherokee Indians. It is the oldest frame house in the state and has a detailed interior. John was elected Chairman of the Court under terms of the Watauga Association.
Paramount Center for the Arts
The Golden Age of Hollywood began in the late 1920s, as people sought entertainment to escape the difficult economy. In 1931, this theater was built, and numerous musicians, artists and actors have graced its stage year after year. The '90s brought a return to its art-deco grandeur.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant - Sevierville
Built in 1921, this six-room farmhouse, known as the Roger Mullendore House, is now a restaurant, well liked for its charm and home cookin'. In the parlor, look for woodwork by craftsman Lewis Buckner. The site is a working apple orchard, and also features a general store and cider mill (housed in the original barn) and winery. Restaurant 250 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-1222 The Apple Barn & Cider Mill 230 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-453-9319 The Apple Barn Winery 220 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-6850
Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway
Larry Carrier and Carl Moore built the world's fastest half-mile track in 1961. With humble beginnings, the track now seats more than 160,000 and is NASCAR fans' favorite. Events, hosted year round, include two NASCAR races, drag races and the holiday show "Speedway In Lights".
<p>These caverns date back millions of years, used by prehistoric people, Early Woodland Native Americans, and pioneers like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett seeking shelter as they passed this way. Soldiers used the bat dung found in the caverns to make saltpeter, a key ingredient in black gunpowder. The cavern served as a hospital for wounded soldiers, and later, great hiding place for moonshine during prohibition.</p>
Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Johnson City found its place on the map in the mid-1800s, with the construction of the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad. The line ran from Bristol to Knoxville, and an enterprising man by the name of Henry Johnson saw an opportunity to establish a store, depot and post office (called "Blue Plum") where the railroad was to intersect an existing road. Steam engines took on water here, and the stop was known as "Johnson's Tank." As the stop became a regular loading and unloading stop for passengers and freight, it took the name Johnson's Depot and grew into a bustling town by the late 1800s. The town saw another boom in the early 1900s with the Clinchfield & Ohio Railway, becoming a wholesale and distribution center known as Johnson City. This attracted other businesses, leading to population growth that supported the creation of colleges, hotels, medical facilities and theaters. By 1930, it was the fifth largest city in Tennessee.
David Crockett Birthplace State Park
As the birthplace of Davy Crockett, celebrated frontiersman, warrior, statesman and defender of the Alamo, this historic site has been preserved within the state park. The 105-acre wooded land along the Nolichucky River includes a museum with exhibits that tell Crockett's story, a short video, and a replica cabin to tour.
Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau
Park the car near here and while at point 191, rent an MP3 player audio tour that takes you to other points on the trail. The 20-foot guitar you see showcases Bristol's musical heritage.
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery - Gatlinburg
Visit Tennessee's first legal moonshine distillery to sample and buy authentic spirits made from recipes 200+ years old. Learn the area's moonshine history and see why this stop was featured on The Today Show.
Outdoor Gravity Park
It is like a spaceship, except its made out of plastic and flies down a hill instead of outer space. It's a smooth ride and although you won’t see stars, you’ll smile the whole way down the 1000ft hill.
This complex is the nation's only registered historical site that was both a stage stop and boatyard. From the 1760s, travelers came to this river bank, built boats and migrated west. Originally built by William King in 1802 for shipping salt, the property was sold in 1818 to Richard Netherland.William Kingestablished this three-story building as an inn and tavern on the Great Old Stage Road, the main route to Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. It was a popular stop and had famous guests including Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk.
RiverStone Resort and Spa
RiverStone Resort’s amenities offer a level of comfort and beauty that creates a satisfying and relaxing vacation experience. RiverStone Resort & Spa is perfect for a weekend getaway, wedding or family vacation.RiverStone Resort & Spa offers Pigeon Forge's only true luxury condominiums, with spacious rooms, designer interiors and quality furnishings.At RiverStone's full-service luxury Day Spa, you'll enjoy a deeply satisfying experience designed to enhance wellness and refresh body and spirit. The central location of RiverStone Resort & Spa offers you the unique opportunity to escape to the edge of the wilderness while staying surrounded by the amenities and conveniences of civilization.Nestled at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and just feet from downtown Pigeon Forge, our vacation rentals provide all the outdoor and in-town activities the area is known for.For more information, visit http://www.RiverStoneResort.com.
River Place on the Clinch
This is the hub of Kyles Ford Wildlife Management Area and Kyles Ford Preserve. It provides outdoor experiences for sportsmen and conservationists alike, and it's the perfect retreat setting with a meeting facility, cabins, canoe, bike, and rafting rentals, and in-season hunting. River Place Market & Café, located in the old Willis family store, serves everything from groceries to gossip to Southern favorites like biscuits and gravy, country ham, chow-chow, and fresh pumpkin pie.
Downtown Johnson City
For more than a century, the heart of old Johnson City has served as a regional epicenter for art, music, theatre and cuisine. That's still true today in this downtown area, which takes its name from the town's first post office, "Blue Plum.""
The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is your one stop shop in Pigeon Forge for affordable family fun all night and day! Explore our terrific new shopping and entertainment complex with more than sixty retail and specialty shops, a number of popular restaurants and eateries, rides and games, dancing fountains, live music, attractions and much more.
The Carousel opened in the summer of 2015 and was a true community effort with each detailed wooden animal, native to Northeast Tennessee. Each of the 32 animals, the two chariots, 24 rounding boards, 24 sweep animals and 24 bird paintings were hand carved and painted.
Said to be Tennessee's oldest pancake house, they've been serving pancakes and other favorites for more than 50 years. Considered a Gatlinburg tradition, if you plan to have breakfast here, make your way early, or expect a short wait.
Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough, has thousands of stories to tell, being known as the Storytelling Capital of the World. The town pre-dates Tennessee's statehood, founded in 1779 as the county seat of Washington County, North Carolina.It is named after Willie Jones, one of the few North Carolina legislators who approved of the state's westward expansion. Tennessee became the 16th state in 1796, 14 years after Jonesborough was established.The town of Jonesborough has worked hard to preserve and restore much of its precious history and was the first town in Tennessee to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
International Storytelling Center
The only facility in the world devoted to oral storytelling and its creative applications. Enjoy the gift shop and learn more about what Jonesborough is known for — the art of storytelling. Teller in Residence storytelling concerts May-Oct.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You've arrived at America's most visited National Park and best of all, it's free. If short on time, at least drive two miles into the park and visit Sugarlands Visitor Center, where a 20-minute movie will give you an overview of this magnificent 800-square-mile National Park.
Head underground to view sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, grottos and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and knowledgeable tour guides make this one of Tennessee's best cavern experiences.
Watauga Lake Winery
This former school is home to an award winning winey where the owners grow their own grapes and bottle selections with names like Doe Mountain Red and Watauga River White, a perfect souvenir!
Wilderness At The Smokies Hotel & WaterPark Resort
Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel & Waterpark Resort has been named Southern Living Magazine’s “Visit the South’s Best Pools,” TotsandTravel.com’s list of “10 Best Indoor Waterpark Resorts,” Aquatics International IT Book’s list of “Top Waterpark Resorts.” Sevierville’s Wilderness at the Smokies has all the amenities for a perfect family vacation, including a fitness center, arcade, restaurants (where kids eat free), shopping, golf, mini-golf, rafting and free attraction tickets.
1424 Old Knoxville Highway
Sevierville, TN 37876
Emerts Cove Covered Bridge
This covered bridge is dedicated to the area's first family of settlers. Frederick Emert was a Revolutionary War soldier who found this haven in 1784, calling it Emerts Cove. Travel another .5 mile to visit the cemetery, where he is buried.
Rocky Fork State Park
Rocky Fork State Park is 2,036-acres of scenic wilderness in Unicoi County, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. The park is approximately 30 miles from Johnson City and 10 miles from Erwin, the county seat.
Down Home Music Room & Restaurant
Founded in 1976, the Down Home draws music lovers from all over the Southeast and beyond. Kenny Chesney played here often when he attended ETSU and is just one of the many quality artists who have taken the stage. Shows start at 9 p.m.
300 W. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
South Holston Lake & Dam & Reservoir
Built in the '40s, this TVA dam reaches 530 yards across the South Fork Holston River, to create South Holston Lake and generate power and flood control for the region. A footbridge from the parking lot below the dam leads to Osceola Island and a one-mile loop wildlife trail.
Cocke County Moonshine Distillery
From the 1920s through the 1960s, Cocke County became notorious throughout the Southeast as a moonshine mecca. Cocke County Moonshine Distillery is devoted to producing 100% authentic recipe moonshine that is true to our Appalachian roots.
City Garage Car Museum
visit website Previous SlideNext Slide City Garage Car Museum has a very diverse collection of cars from a 1914 Ford Brass T Model to a 1969 Excalibur. But, more than just cars fill the museum. Signs, old gasoline pumps, even a stoplight donated by the city create an attractive setting. The museum is divided into sections to give it the feel of "a village". The Texaco Service Station display is so unique with the A Model and T Model service trucks along with the mule drawn Studebaker oil tanker. The NASCAR section includes the car that won the 1994 Daytona 500. The Number 4 Kodak Chevrolet was driven by Sterling Marlin, and Marlin's fireproof driver's suit is on display next to the car. Also on display is a 1964 Rolls Royce formerly owned by Elton John, a 1972 DeTomaso Pantera, a 1981 DeLorean, and numberous other unique automobiles. The museum is located in the original City Garage building, which was built in the 1940s and housed the Plymouth-Dodge dealership for many years. Museum owner Kent Bewley said that the museum's name not only reflects the garage's rich history but also contains a great amount of automobile history.
Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site
Explore Tennessee history from early settlement to the Civil War era. Visit the museum and education center along with 11 outbuildings, a cave where Daniel Boone once camped, self-guided trails and gardens, and part of the Buffalo Trail that later became a wagon road connecting Tennessee and North Carolina. You'll see the home of Colonel Tipton, a prominent backcountry settler, farmer and political leader, serving as an officer in Lord Dunmore's War, the Revolutionary War and the Washington County Militia. He played an important role in bringing democratic government to the country, associating and serving with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and James Madison, among others.You'll also find the home of George Haynes, a slave owned by the property's later owners, the Haynes family.
Clarion Inn Pigeon Forge
Clarion Inn Pigeon Forge is brand new in 2010. We offer quality, comfortable rooms featuring either a single king or double queen beds. Enjoy the view of Pigeon Forge and the mountains from your private balcony. All rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and room safes. We provide free wireless internet service throughout the hotel and also have a Fitness Center and Business Center for your use. We also offer a complimentary hot breakfast each morning of your stay. Join us at the Clarion Inn Pigeon Forge.
A prime example of Federal architecture, the 1821 home was built by Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson. Confederate and Union troops were entertained here and it's where General Morgan spent his last night. Tours leave from General Morgan Inn.
Hale Springs Inn
Built in 1824 by John A. McKinney, this renovated inn has hosted all three of Tennessee's U.S. presidents--Jackson, Polk and Johnson--and remains open as an inn today. McKinney's, the inn's fine dining restaurant, serves contemporary Southern cuisine. Reservations suggested.
Bristol Historic Downtown
This popular mural honors the heritage of the Bristol Sessions, the 1927 musical recording session that spawned a musical genre. The location is also the site of State Street's Farmer's Market (open on Saturday mornings) and outdoor concerts, including Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September.
Amis Mill Eatery
Early settler and Revolutionary War hero Colonel Thomas Amis established this 1781 home and inn on the Great Indian Warpath Trail, later called the Great Stage Road. The inn grew to anchor the community of Amis, the principal settlement for the area.Some of the inn's most famous guests included Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, John Sevier, and Bishop Francis Asbury, founder of the Methodist movement in America.The inn is owned by its founder's' descendants. Tours available.
Once a Southeast chain with more than 30 restaurants, this location is the lone survivor and a local favorite. Despite circle in the name, their famous burgers are square, and they sell about 30,000 a month; that's how delicious they are. Open since June 1964, the original sign still stands. Grab a bag and hit the drive-in, if you want to do what the locals do.
333 Bluff City Hwy.
Bristol, TN 37620
Pal’s Sudden Service
Pal Barger, owner, opened the first Pal's here in 1956. Over 50 years later, the chain has grown to 22 locations. The first drive-thru only concept, it was created on the back of a napkin and is known for "great food in a flash." Pal's is a Malcolm Baldridge National Award winner and the first organization to receive the Tennessee National Excellence Award twice. It features burgers, hotdogs, cheddar rounds and famous iced tea.
Clarion Inn - Willow River
Antebellum luxury and Southern hospitality. Return to Southern traditions. Private balconies, deluxe continental breakfast. Just minutes to Dollywood, outlet shopping, Knifeworks, music shows. The CHOICE place to stay in the Smokies.
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge
Tour 20 galleries filled with authentic artifacts carried from the infamous ship by passengers and crew as it sank into the ocean in 1912. Learn their stories at the world's largest permanent Titanic exhibit.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
Founded in 1937 and thriving 70 years later, this community of artists and craftspeople is the largest of its kind in North America. Over 120 shops feature on-site hand-crafted wares and artistry.
Nathanael Greene Museum
The Nathanael Greene Museum is a Greene County Museum dedicated to preserving our heritage. The museum was begun in 1983 and incorporated in 1986. At present the museum consists of ten galleries and numerous independent exhibits. The Museum is named for the outstanding Revolutionary War general under whom many Greene Countians served, and for whom the town and county are named. Inside you will see the historical and colorful story of men and women who helped shape the history and destiny of Greeneville, Greene County, the State of Tennessee, and even the nation.
101 W. McKee St.
Unicoi Tourism Information Center / Tanasi Gallery
The Town of Unicoi celebrated the opening of the New Tourist and Information Center to promote local tourism, community services, business and the arts by providing public access visitors. The Tanasi Art Gallery is a regional arts and crafts showcase place, created to serve as a vital connecting point for East Tennessee artists in music, dance, drama, literature, food, and other traditional art of the Tennessee Mountains.
106 Unicoi Village Place
Cherokee National Forest/Laurel Falls
Entering this national forest, the 80-foot-high falls are located just off the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Cherokee National Forest
Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau
KCVB is a full-service convention and visitors bureau providing information to visitors, meeting planners and business travelers.
400 Clinchfield St., Ste.
Yoder's Country Market
This Amish store has breads, meats, jams and more. If you're hungry, get a made-to-order sandwich or salad here, or try the "meat-and-three," burger or shake at the Dairy Dream in the same lot.
273 US 11E
This small town outside Gatlinburg covers six square miles and has a population of only 500, but its treasures are plentiful. Its first settler arrived in 1784, but the town remained cut off from the world due to rough topography and poor roads for over 100 years. In the early 1900s, Methodist missionary Rev. Dr. John Sevier Burnett established "Pittman Center," a health and education campus for area residents that included a school, post office, medical clinic, farm, and orchards. It became the center of the community, and the town incorporated in 1974.
2839 Webb Creek Rd
Historic Blountville was the scene of a noted Civil War battle in September 1863. Today, the town boasts five interpretive markers as part of the Tennessee Civil War Trails. The town boasts five interpretive markers as part of Tennessee's Civil War Trails, including: 251 Franklin Dr., Blountville (Confederate Position) 147 County Hill Rd., Blountville (Union Position)
General Longstreet Headquarters Museum
"Billet" means quarters or place to which one is assigned. During the Civil War, Lieutenant General Longstreet's Corps occupied this house in the winter of 1863-64 with the mission of securing East Tennessee for the Confederacy. This site is currently being restored as a museum.
5915 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
The Old Mill Historic District
Pioneer Isaac Love created an iron forge here in 1820 and son, William, built a tub mill 10 years later. This water-powered gristmill was one of the hubs of activity in town, producing meals, flours and even the town's electricity. Today, it is one of the most photographed mills in the country, and it still grinds the flour and meal used every day in the kitchens of The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille. Pick some up at The Old Mill General Store, enjoy a delicious meal at either restaurant, or stroll the shops on the Old Mill Square for area crafts and goodies. Old Mill Restaurant: 865-429-3463 Pottery House Café & Grill: 865-453-6002 Old Mill & General Store: 865-453-4628
175 Old Mill Road
At the Greenbrier entrance of the national park is a community where about 1,000 people lived until the 1930s. When land was designated for the park, residents relocated across the U.S., some staying nearby with family still residing in Pittman Center.
Doe Mountain Recreation Area
Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- an 8,600 acre mountain range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is in a soft-opening phase, with 35 miles of Hiking & ATV riding trails currently available, but with Equestrian, Mountain Biking, and additional trails "˜coming soon"™! Open Daily, 8am-Sunset. Call (423)727-9696 or visit www.doemountain.org for additional information and trail passes. The Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.
1203 Harbin Hill Road
Old Deery Inn and Museum
This 200 year old inn and museum offered lodging for guests both ordinary and famous including Tennessee's three U.S. presidents and the king of France. Also see outbuildings, slave quarters and more. During the Battle of Blountville women and children sought shelter here, dodging bullets and cavalrymen on the way to safety.
Named for the First United Methodist "Church on the hill" located downtown, Church Hill is the largest municipality in the county and the only one officially chartered as a "city."
Bethesda Church & Cemetery
This 1835 church was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, as well as treating patients with smallpox. In 1864, the church was hit by a cannonball, and the patched area is still visible on the eastern wall. The cemetery contains the graves of 80 Confederate soldiers and features a kiosk on the Civil War and local history. The site is a stop on Tennessee's Civil War Trail.
4990 Bethesda Rd.
Pigeon Forge Trolley
Just past the Old Mill Restaurant and across from Old Mill Square,Choose your trolley journey: start your Dollywood adventure; head down the Parkway into Pigeon Forge and on to Sevierville; or travel back to connect with the Gatlinburg trolleys at the beginning of the trail. Behind the station, experience the Patriot Park Walk of Flags and get up-close and personal with a fullsize replica of a Patriot missile.
186 Old Mill Ave.
This historic downtown offers unique shops, galleries, historic sites and eateries all within walking distance. We've featured just a few, so park the car and walk to all of them.
This town found its place on the map in the mid 1800s, with the construction of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad. Henry Johnson built a store, depot and post office (called "Blue Plum") along the rail route and the community grew first to "Johnson's Tank," then "Johnson's Depot" and finally in the early 1900s to Johnson City. By 1930, it was the fifth largest city in Tennessee.
300 E Main St #406
Johnson County Welcome Center and Museum
Stop in for more information about Johnson County.
716 South Shady Street
Countryside Vineyards and Winery / Corey Ippolito Vineyards and Winery
These scenic family wineries are just minutes from one another. They both offer red, white and fruit varieties, with free tastings: The award-winning Countryside Vineyards and Winery offers free tours. Open daily. Relax in the vineyards at Italian-inspired Corey Ippolito Winery. Open Mon. - Sat.
658 Henry Harr Rd.
Named for French immigrant James Surguine/Surgoine, this town is located between Church Hill and Rogersville near the Holston River. Although chartered in 1815, for a time there was no local government.In the early 20th century, citizens restarted the municipality, which is governed by a mayor and aldermen.
Open early spring to Dec., Dollywood features amusement-style thrill rides and celebrates the Appalachian culture and heritage that surround it with craft demonstrations and festivals. And of course, it's only fitting that Dollywood provides live music and entertainment, drawing visitors from around the world, and you can still take a look at the locomotive that inspired it all. See calendar at Dollywood.com.
1198 McCarter Hollow Rd
Pittman Center Heritage Museum
Located in the new elementary school, this museum tells the town's cultural heritage. Open only during school hours, the view from the parking area alone is worth the trip.
2851 Webb Creek Road
Greene County Partnership
Stop in for more information about Greene County
115 Academy Street
ETSU Center for Appalachian Studies & Services
Don't miss the interactive kiosk in the Reece Museum, "The "History of Country Music in the Tri-Cities,"" and the 10-panel bluegrass photomural in Memorial Hall. Both are located on the ETSU campus.
807 University Pkwy.
A pinnacle for exploration, this town has Native American inhabitants as early as 1000 A.D. and expeditions from the 1600s/1700s (including Daniel Boone) noted in its history. In 1836, the town was named Taylorsville after Colonel John P. Taylor but, in 1885, U.S. Congressman Roderick R. Butler urged the name be changed to "Mountain City" to reflect its site as one of Tennessee's highest valleys. Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry
Davidson Farm / Country Store
Stop into the newly reopened Farm Market Store on this working family farm in Rogersville for fresh produce, jams and jellies, family recipes and more. The 1902 store was originally built by the first generation of family farmers here, and today the fourth generation keeps that tradition alive year-round, in addition to fun fall activities.
1006 Carters Valley Loop
This Main Street's unique feature is SkyMart, an overhead sidewalk system, part of a 1969 urban redevelopment project inspired by the walled city of Chester, England. The area features an eclectic mix of specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants to enjoy as you stroll the famous SkyMart.
Gatlinburg / Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcome Center
Stop here for great information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
1011 Banner Rd
As logging dwindled, many area residents turned to making corn whiskey from their crops. Liquor was banned during prohibition and "moonshine" production grew steadily. During WWII, the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge brought in people from all over the U.S., many unaccustomed to Tennessee's dry laws; demand from illegal distilleries grew even higher.For the first half of the 20th century, Cosby was known as "Moonshine Capital of the World."
General Morgan Inn
Built in 1884 as a railroad hotel, it is named after Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, whose raids terrorizedthe Union Army during the Civil War. Legend has that Morgan, the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy," tried to escape and was shot and killed near the inn. Today this conference center is the crown jewel of the historic district, featuring renovated guest rooms and serving as an area information point.
111 North Main Street
Shady Valley Country Store
Founded in the 1920s and moved to its present location in 1948, "The Store," as it is called by motorcyclists, has a distinction of being the epicenter of motorcycling in Northeast Tennessee and makes a great rest stop when driving the "Striped Snake."
110 Hwy 133
Find yourself in 1791 when you explore Rocky Mount. Today, this living history museum interprets life in 1791, with tours led by character guides and exhibits and activities that explore the period, including gardening, sheep for wool and flax, blacksmith and wood shops, and a kitchen shed.
200 Hyder Hill Road
Hwy 70: Alumwell, Eidson & Kyles Ford
Note these small communities as you pass through Hawkins and Hancock Counties: Alumwell, known as Alum Well when it received its first post office in 1870; Kyles Ford, receiving their post office in 1871 and likely named for a ford in the nearby Clinch River; and Eidson, which received a post office (pictured) in 1881.
Rose Center Museum
Located in the 1892 home of Morristown's first coeducational public high school, Rose Center is now a cultural center and museum. This beautifully restored building includes concert and performance space, art classes, art gallery, and a regional history museum including Civil War exhibits.
442 W. 2nd N. St.
First called "White Oak Flats," the town was renamed in 1856 for the post office in Radford Gatlin's general store. By the 1900s, the lodging industry moved into the area bringing jobs and growth. When Great Smoky Mountains National park opened, this sleepy village became a resort town known today for arts, attractions, and its gorgeous scenery that steals the show.
762 Parkway #3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Cosby Campground
This out of the way spot is a favorite of frequent campers, hikers and picnickers. Try the 1.4 mile walk to Sutton Ridge Overlook or the popular 2-mile Hen Wallow Falls day hike, Ambitious hikers can plan for the 12 mile, fairly strenuous round trip hike to Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower via the Low Gap Trailhead; views from the 4,928 foot summit are stunning. You'll see why the lookout was used to spot illegal moonshine activities.
150 Troll Mountain Way
In the early 1900s, when timber harvesting was a primary industry, a 20-foot thick hole had to be blasted through rock to accommodate the railroad. Now known as "the Shortest Tunnel in the World," after the blast and the track was laid, the train engine's smoke stack could not pass through. The tunnel's top had to be hand-chiseled to solve the problem. A recreation area offers camping, fishing, and rappelling, as well as hiking with one trail leading across the top of the rock, and the other taking you to the 45-foot Backbone Falls.
It's delicious food with a twist, served in a unique, funky atmosphere. There's lots of variety, but the pizzas are legendary.
2715 N. Roan St.
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce
Morristown's first European settler was a farmer named Gideon Morris who arrived here during a rapid western movement from the Watauga Settlement, near Elizabethton (featured on trail). In the late 1700s, the "Big Road" stretched from White's Fort (Knoxville) eastward over the old Native American trail, now the basic path of Highway 11E. The road and the 1856 arrival of the East Tennessee Virginia & Georgia Railroad helped to build and grow the community of Morristown. This is the town where Davy Crockett grew up, and the center of strategic Civil War battles. It was and is the "Crossroads of Dixie," where the main routes from Knoxville to Baltimore cross the famous Buffalo Trail from the Cumberland Gap. Today, its downtown area is nationally known for its SkyMart, an overhead sidewalk that creates a "second floor" of pedestrian space and storefronts.
825 W. 1st N. St.
Foothills Parkway (East)
This is the state's oldest unfinished highway project, dating back to 1944. If completed, its 71 miles would run parallel to Tennessee's boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy beautiful mountain views to the south and the valley to the north.
Tusculum College / Doak House Museum / President Andrew Johnson Museum
Founded in 1794, this is Tennessee's oldest college, the nation's 28th oldest, and the oldest co-ed Presbyterian-affiliated school in the world. Samuel W. Doak, son of Presbyterian minister and Washington College Academy founder Samuel Doak, started this 140 acre campus, later named Tusculum College. During the Civil War, its buildings served as barracks for soldiers. Today, this private college has around 1,500 students and in addition to its main campus, maintains a regional center for studies in Knoxville, and satellite campuses across East Tennessee. Visit the Doak House Museum located in Doak's former home and President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library housed in "Old College" (1841).
690 Erwin Hwy
Hwy 33: Sneedville
Hwy 33 takes you to Sneedville, originally called "Greasy Rock"" for a popular spot where hunters dressed skins and piled meat on a large rock. Once the seat of Hancock County, it was named Sneedville to honor W. H. Sneed, a Knoxville attorney who helped establish the county. The town's bluegrass heritage includes legendary pickers Jimmy Martin and Doyle Lawson, who both grew up here.
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 aquarium, this 1.4 million-gallon saltwater aquarium has thousands of exotic sea creatures and amazing 12-foot sharks visible from an underwater tunnel. New in 2010: Penguin Playhouse, a unique indoor/outdoor exhibit of African Penguins.
Carver's Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard
Overlooking 40,000 apple trees, this restaurant is legendary for its catfish and mouth-watering breakfasts. With every meal, you'll enjoy a basket of apple fritters served with apple butter and apple cider. Don't miss the shop where you'll find Appalachian gifts.
3460 Cosby Ave
On Hwy 351, you'll see two historical markers: Ebenezer Methodist Church, the state's oldest Methodist Church, ca. 1795, ordained by Bishop Francis Asbury, one of two U.S. Bishops at the time and Edward Huffaker, an aviation pioneer.
Sneedville/Hancock County Chamber & Community Partners
190 Willow St
It's likely that this town was originally a large burial ground, sacred to the Woodland Indians along the French Broad River.White Pine's first settlers arrived as early as 1780, but it was post-Civil War railroad construction that grew the community. In 1905, eight years after its official incorporation, a fire destroyed almost the entire downtown. It was incorporated again in 1915.
Santa Cruz Woodworks
This custom pine furniture and woodworked treasures spot is sure to surprise.
2766 Cosby Hwy
Warriors Path State Park
Named after the close proximity to an ancient Cherokee war and trading path, this 950-acre area was acquired by TVA in 1952 and is situated on the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake. It is the first state park in the nation to offer a Boundless Playground, where children with and without disabilities can play and learn together. Don't miss the quarter-mile, wheelchair accessible Lions Narnia Braille Trail, featuring eight sensory stations telling the story of Aslan, the lion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia fantasy. Additional amenities include fishing, camping, boating, golfing, hiking, biking and more.
490 Hemlock Road
Vardy / Mahala Mullins Cabin
Pt. 280 has been moved from its original location to the Vardy School Community Historic District. One of the most famous people of Melungeon heritage was Mahala Mullins, a widow who openly sold moonshine from this log home (relocated from Newman's Ridge in 2000 to the Vardy Historic District) to support her family (including 18 children). "Big Haley" weighed upwards of 500 pounds, and when repeatedly confronted with arrest warrants, cheerfully invited lawmen to arrest her, knowing that her size made it impossible to extract her from her cabin or transport her down the mountain. One deputy reported her to be "catchable but not fetchable."
French Broad Baptist Church
The stained glass windows of this 1919 church were imported from Czechoslovakia by Colonel Swann and considered one of the finest works in the South. When TVA made plans to flood this area and create Douglas Lake, Mrs. Swann wrote letters to senators and even poems to Eleanor Roosevelt to stop construction of the dam. Swann's land was not saved, butPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt provided a levee that saved this church, which is all that remains of Oak Grove, the county's earliest settlement.
2117 Oak Grove Rd.
Robert Tino Gallery
Inside the historic Riley Ande's home place, this 1890s house is open daily as the gallery of local artist Robert Tino. View wonderful art and see the home's historical details gingerbread work on the front porch, ornately carved living room mantle and a beautifully crafted end table created by African-American master craftsman Lewis Buckner.
812 Old Douglas Dam Rd.
Mountain Music Museum
The Appalachian Cultural Music Association"™s Mountain Music Museum contains artifacts from the "Birthplace of Country Music" region, Bristol, that highlight the roots of past country and bluegrass music. Displays and memorabilia honor music pioneers such as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline and Tennessee Ernie Ford, along with some current stars from our region, such as Kenny Chesney. The museum"™s mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass, old time, gospel, classic country and Appalachian style music, as well as educating the public through exhibits, jam sessions, instructional workshops, concerts and community festivals. You"™ll find dozens of displays and one-of-kind vintage photographs, musical instruments, LP recordings and authentic stage attire at the museum. The Appalachian Cultural Music Association""a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our Appalachian musical heritage and the continued growth of old time, bluegrass and traditional country music""maintains and staffs the Mountain Music Museum and the gift shop. The museum is open during special events and to groups by appointment so please call in advance before visiting. For more information, please email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
626 State Street
Hwy 31: Treadway, Mooresburg
Returning south on your adventurous and scenic ride, you'll pass through small communities of Treadway and Mooresburg, and catch a glimpse of beautiful Cherokee Lake.
Flat Gap Rd
Glenmore Victorian Mansion
This 1869 historic landmark is a near-perfect example of Second Empire Victorian architecture. Built on land where the Civil War Battle of Mossy Creek was fought, the property still maintains the family/Civil War cemetery. Special heritage events are held during the year, such as gardening, storytelling, and holiday fairs. Tours available, May-Oct.
1280 N. Chuckey Pk.
Built in 1896, the Sevier County Courthouse is the centerpiece of downtown. At a cost of $21,042, this is the fifth one built within 100 years after the others burned at various times.Prominent African American brick mason, Isaac Dockery, was instrumental in the city's post Civil War construction boom and was hired to complete the brick work for the courthouse. Walk to other highlights in downtown including D Garden Floratique housed in historic Sevierville Hardware building, and a photo opportunity at, the bronze statue of hometown girl Dolly Parton.
Stroll the Riverwalk to enjoy the beautiful Pigeon River, then be sure to notice these Cocke County seat historic landmarks (private properties): The former Rhea-Mims Hotel built in 1925 out of native stone. Historic Elm Hill once the vacation home of Governor Ben Hooper. Also explore the town's variety of shops: East Tennessee Coffee Company, known for their "Cocke County Brew" and the best chicken salad around. Ace Antiques, where depression glass and political memorabilia abound! Newport Dry Goods, step back in time at this bargain hunter's dream.
238 E. Broadway Street
Elizabethton/Carter County Tourism Development Council
Young explorers Daniel Boone and James Robertson "discovered" what is now Elizabethton in 1769, and called it "Old Fields" for the existing Native American agriculture they found along the Watauga River. The word Watauga means "the land beyond" in Cherokee, though some translate it to "beautiful water." By the late 1760s, Elizabethton was known as the Watauga Settlement at Sycamore Shoals; the first permanent settlement outside the original 13 English colonies and the first majorityrule system of American democracy. Sycamore Shoals was also the site of the largest private or corporate land deal in American history. With the purchase of 20 million acres from the Cherokee, the Transylvania Purchase marked the beginning of the westward expansion and gave all the lands of the Cumberland Watershed extending to the Kentucky River to the settlers. Today's visitors will find a quaint downtown and so much history to explore, as well as easy access to outdoor adventure on the river.
500 Veterans Memorial Parkway
MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort
This hotel is ranked the No. 1 Marriott in the world for guest satisfaction and is the "Top Hotel Operations of Excellence" winner three of the last four years, the only Marriott property to have ever won more than once. Enjoy a great meal and a round of golf.
1901 Meadowview Parkway
Elrod Falls Near Sneedville
This three-stage waterfall has an unusual flow that includes two small, natural pools for swimming. You'll see stone formation, usually found only in caves, on the rock face of the second fall.
Elrod Falls Rd
Downtown Dandridge Visitor Center
This 1820 coach house should be your first Dandridge stop; pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour, featuring 21 walkable sites downtown as well as 17 driving sites nearby.
137 E. Main St.
Enjoy the view from the 120-passenger aerial tramway that takes you up to year-round ice skating, an alpine slide, snow sports, restaurant, shops and the Smoky Mountain Wildlife Encounter.
Unicoi Tourism Information Center / Tanasi Gallery
The Town of Unicoi celebrated the opening of the New Tourist and Information Center to promote local tourism, community services, business and the arts by providing public access visitors. The Tanasi Art Gallery is a regional arts and crafts showcase place, created to serve as a vital connecting point for East Tennessee artists in music, dance, drama, literature, food, and other traditional art of the Tennessee Mountains.
106 Unicoi Village Place
The Bristol Train Station
When the railroad made Bristol a hub of commerce in the mid-1800s, this passenger depot was a bustling place. It burned during the Civil War and was rebuilt in 1902. When passenger service through town stopped, it served other purposes, then became empty. The Bristol Trainstation Foundation purchased and restored the station, now a downtown centerpiece.
Reedy Creek Winery at Meadowview
Through ancient soils and old-world skill, we're renewing the landscape of North American winemaking. Encircled by the Blue Ridge and Smokies, our farm enjoys the easy rhythm of four temperate seasons. Our fields are infused with million-year stores of just the right minerals, yielding vintages that complement the rich culinary history of the South and tables world-round. Join us throughout the year bud break, harvest or winter to explore the largest vineyard in Tennessee. Visit our award-winning winery, and rejuvenate your senses with vistas and vintages many years in the making.
1901 Meadowview Pkwy
The state's second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.
In the 1800s, long before Dollywood and outlet shopping, the campgournds and lodges here were popular with traveling preachers and city folks seeking curative mountain spring waters. The 1940 opening of Great Smoky Mountains National Park led to improved roads and local businesses really flourished. A commercial boom around the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair helped Pigeon Forge secure its reputation as a resort town. Explore by trolley.
Visitors enjoy bits of Gatlinburg"™s rich and abundant history along with a carefully chosen selection of fine wines made on site. Free samples of all their ward-winning wines are offered daily to all those 21 years and older.
Briarwood Auto Safari
Drive your car or ride the wagon on this 4-mile safari; see animals from around the world.
255 Briar Thicket Road
By the early 1900s this town was a hub for five different rail lines. Today, the buildings that once served railroad passengers invite you to shop, dine and explore local history. The now restored 1934 Capitol Theater was twinned in the late '70's and shows newly released movies. Main Street Mall and Valley Beautiful Antique Mall offer antiques, collectibles and pottery including the highly collectable Blue Ridge dishware, an industry created in Erwin at the behest of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railroad. Pottery creation continues today at Stegall's Pottery and Crafts Gallery where guests can interact with artisans at work.
Historic Downtown Elizabethton
As you drive from the Doe River, notice the beautiful homes. Part of this downtown area, dating to 1772, is listed on the National Register. Elk Avenue, an antique lover's dream, includes multiple shops and eateries.
E. Elk St.
A must visit, iconic and legendary, this eatery serves great hamburgers, home-cooked breakfasts and more.
8 Piedmont Avenue
Bush Beans Visitor's Center
Nestled at the foot of English Mountain in the community of Chestnut Hill, the Bush's Visitors Center is a must-visit. The 12-000-square-foot center features a turn-of-the-century general store, museum, gift shop, theatre and café serving the "No. 1 Baked Beans in the World." A perfect way to finish your Sunny Side Trail adventure, this is your final on-trail stop.
3901 US 411
Town of Parrottsville
You're now in Tennessee's third oldest town. Make sure to see the trail's points, but also note the period-style houses and churches dating to mid-1850s.
Stegall's Pottery & Crafts Gallery
There is an experience in every visit as guests may view day-to-day pottery creation. And artisans gladly answer questions while crafting their pieces.
200 Nolichucky Avenue
This TVA dam extends 900 feet across the Watauga River, forming Watauga Lake and creating electricity and flood control for the region. This site overlooks the lake and overflow from the observation building.
Wilbur and Siam Roads
The King name is significant to Sullivan County and "King's Port" has been attributed to both Colonel James King and William King, both prominent area business men when the town's name changed from "Boat Yard" in the late 1770s. As you explore this historic city on the Holston, take in these highlights: The largest concentration of antique stores within walking distance in the Southeast including Anchor Antiques, Haggle Shop Antiques, Nooks and Crannies, P&J Antiques, Primitive Gatherings, River Mountain Antiques and Primitives and Shakar Antiques. One of a kind workds of art at Main Art Center, Carriage House, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art, Ripper Arts Studio and SuzanneBarrettJustis Studio and Gallery. men's wear from casual to formal at Blakley-Mitchell Co., the latest for ladies' at Caroline's and home decor and gifts at Style.
Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Before driving into town, stop and pay respects to Johnson, the 17th president of the U.S., buried in this historic cemetery. Once you're in downtown, you'll see his home and tailor shop.
121 Monument Ave.
Erwin National Fish Hatchery / Unicoi County Heritage Museum
Built in 1903 as the hatchery's superintendent's residence, this grand house was almost torn down. Today, its nine rooms feature historical exhibits. You can also tour Erwin National Fish Hatchery next door, created in 1894 as a conservation effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It produces 10 million rainbow trout eggs each year.
529 Federal Hatchery Road
Town of Bulls Gap
This town is named for John Bull, a settler who operated the first stage line through this pass in the late 1700s. Later, the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad laid tracks, making the town a strategic location for both armies during the Civil War. The commercial center of town emerged between the two lines, close to the depot.