While you are here, enjoy all that the region has to offer. Take in a Barter Theater production, visit the world’s fastest half-mile, Bristol Motor Speedway and enjoy Roan Mountain State Park, one of the many state parks in the region and Gray Fossil Site and Museum.
The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is Tri-Cities newest attraction and the only late Miocene - early Pliocene terrestrial fossil locality in the Appalachian Mountains. learn more
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson's presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. His presidency shaped the future of the United States and his influences continue today.
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
A 3,000-acre nature preserve with Planetarium located 3 miles off I-26. Eight live animal habitats, hiking, biking, public programs: Sat. & Sun. and daily during the summer. Park hours: 8:30am-5pm. Extended hours during the summer. No pets allowed. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and day, and New Years. Call for more information.
Located 8 miles from I-81. A journey through the caverns will take you through millions of years of timeless beauty. Largest and most beautiful in the Smoky Mountain Region. Guided tours about every 20 minutes. A year-round attraction. Open Mar. 15 -Oct. 31, Mon. - Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 12:30-5pm; Nov. 1-Mar. 14, Mon. - Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. 12:30-4pm. AC. TC & CC accepted. L/HA.
Cherokee Adventures, Inc.
Since 1979, Cherokee Adventures Inc. has provided exceptional whitewater trips on the Nolichucky River. Located in Erwin, Cherokee Adventures is a short trip from Johnson City or Jonesborough. Fleet includes rafts and fun yaks to suit the water level. The trip includes riverside buffet luncheon, equipment, skilled guides and free camping.
Davy Crockett Birthplace
The celebrated frontiersman, warrior and backwoods statesman was born on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Limestone. Visit the cabin that has been restored and furnished in the period style of the late 1700s.
Special Events: Crockett Days (August)
Located 14 miles from I-81 in Historic Downtown Greeneville. "Showplace of East Tennessee." Designed and constructed by two craftsmen from Ireland (1815-1821). The circular staircase, arising three full flights, is the "tour de force" of the builder's art. Built by William Dickson, Greeneville's first postmaster for his only child, Catharine, who married Dr. Alexander Williams. This house served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Tours daily at 1 p.m. limited to 12 people. Advance reservations for groups over 12 people.
Doe River Covered Bridge
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Stretching across the beautifully flowing, clear and cool water of the Doe River, Elizabethton's Covered Bridge is one of Elizabethton's premier and most photographed attractions. It is one of two bridges in Tennessee identified by a Tennessee Historical marker and is included on the National Registry of Historic Sites.
A living history farm, is Kingsport's tonic for today's fast paced life.
The site was once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden's Ridge, TE. Exchange Place -- the Gaines-Preston Farm recaptures life in the early 1800s.
The restored Netherland Inn and section of the Old Boatyard depict an intimate study of a way of life that is intriguing part of America's heritage. A visit to this historic landmark is a real and meaningful experience for young and old.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
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A short drive from Johnson City to Elizabethton places you in the first permanent settlement outside the 13 colonies. Sycamore Shoals served as the muster point for the Overmountain Men on their way to the Battle of King’s Mountain. Visit the reconstruction of Fort Watauga, peruse the museum and enjoy a year-round interpretive program.
- Muster at Fort Watauga (May)
- Sycamore Shoals Native American Festival (June)
- “The Wataugans” Outdoor Drama (July)
- Overmountain Victory Trail March (September)