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Visitors Visitors Guide 2015-2016 Guide 2015-2016 Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association 3211 North Roan Street Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 Phone: (423) 262-0236 E-mail: Web site


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Table of Contents Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 Bed & Breakfast and Inns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Cabins, Cottages & Rental Property . . . . . . . . 24 Calendar of Events (A Regional Sampling) . . 30 Campgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Cultural Arts & Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-20 Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Golf Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Historic Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Hotels & Convention Centers . . . . . . . . . . . 25-27 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Retreats, Guesthouses and Lodges . . . . . . . . 24 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Supporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tours & Special Event Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Visitor Information and Services . . . . . . . . . 4-11

Key To Abbreviations AC ~ F/HA ~ L/HA ~ PC ~ TC ~ CC ~ SCD ~ ~

Admission Charge Full Handicapped Accessibility Limited Handicapped Accessibility Personal Check Travelers Check Credit Card Accepted Senior Citizen Discount Tales & Trails Designated Sites See Pages 4-10 & 16-17

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Barter Theatre It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter! With a rich history, Barter Theatre continues to draw patrons (and artists) from around the globe. Shows range from comedies to dramas, to musicals to world premieres, all on two stages. Barter set the bar for high quality entertainment; which is why it’s not just theatre, it’s Barter.

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering an assortment of activities featuring 39 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake providing a quiet escape to nature, animal habitats, a 300’ zip line, and more.

Bristol, TN/VA

Bristol TN/VA offers the best of two states. Home to Bristol Motor Speedway and recognized as the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol features many activities including: NASCAR races, track tours, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, historic downtown walking tour, premier shopping, sporting events, music year-round, annual music festival and more!

Morristown Area COC Experience Morristown through living history at Crockett Tavern and General Longstreet museums, our vibrant arts community at Historic Rose Center, unique shopping and dining in our historic downtown, great fishing on Cherokee Lake, hiking and camping at Panther Creek State Park and our Mountain Makins Festival in late October.

Scott County, VA

Walk in the footsteps of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone. Take a dip in the Devil’s Bathtub. Visit the home place of the “father” of country music, A.P. Carter and enjoy traditional bluegrass music on a Saturday night at the Carter Family Fold. Fish the Clinch River, one of the world’s most eco-diverse river.s Experience the “Eight Wonders of the World” at Natural Tunnel State Park. You can do all this and more in Scott County Virginia.

Virginia State Park

The Virginia State Parks in Southwest VA are breath-taking; known for outdoor recreation, historic and cultural resources. Scattered throughout Southwest VA, Grayson Highlands, Hungry Mother, Natural Tunnel, New River Trail, and the Southwest VA Museum and Wilderness Road state parks are waiting on you. Accommodations are available at most parks. For more www.


• Variety of Lodging and Dining Options • Unique Antique & Specialty Shops



• Golf, Disc Golf, Hiking, Boating, Fishing along Cherokee Lake • Panther Creek State Park • Live Theatre with Encore and Theatre Guild • Many family-friendly special events including the popular Mountain Makins Festival and Lay’d Out at the Park. • Frightmare Manor Screampark 3

Visitor Information & Services

BRISTOL Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau 20 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620 423-989-4850 •

Birthplace of Country Music Recognized by the U.S. Congress as the official “Birthplace of Country Music,” Bristol pays tribute to the heritage of traditional bluegrass and country music.  Daily concerts, events, and jam-sessions are available year-round at a variety of venues. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival in September hosts more than a dozen stages with over 100 artists. Bristol is also the home place of Tennessee Ernie Ford. Contact the Birthplace of Country Music for a schedule of daily music events. Open M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • 276-645-0111


Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway Get up-close and personal with America’s favorite NASCAR track. The Speedway’s new fan zone provides an intimate look at racing with interactive videos, a replica of the track’s 36 banking, drag-racing simulators, and real cross-sectioned stock cars. Get your taste of the driver’s perspective with a guided track tour, which even includes a ride around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Track Tours Available • Nov.-Feb. M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mar.-Oct. M-S. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sun. Noon-4 p.m. *Tours not given during weeks of major Speedway or Dragway events. 151 Speedway Blvd. • Bristol • 423-989-6960


Bristol Caverns Your imagination will see unique figures in the stalactites and stalagmites created by nature’s hand over the last 400 million years. Once used by Indians as an attack and escape route, the underground river remains an intriguing feature of this beautifully accessible cavern. [1 Hr.], Open Daily-seasonal hrs. 1157 Bristol Caverns Hwy. • Bristol • 423-878-2011


Visitor Information & Services

Visitor Information & Services



Elizabethton/Carter County Tourism Development Council 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, P.O. Box 190 Elizabethton, TN 37644 • 423-547-3850

Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce 100 South Main Avenue, Erwin, TN 37650 423-743-3000 •

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area The first permanent settlement outside the thirteen 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, explore the museum and enjoy the year-round interpretive program. An outdoor drama, “Liberty-The Saga of Sycamore Shoals” is offered in mid-July. [2 hrs.], Tue.-Sat. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sun. 1- 4:30 p.m. 1651 W. Elk Ave. • Elizabethton 423-543-5808


Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens A naturalist’s paradise, rich in plant and animal life, the 6,285-foot peak offers breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountain range. In mid-June the Catawba rhododendron burst into a spectacular display of blossoms covering more than 600 acres—the largest natural rhododendron garden in the world. The Roan Mountain State Park offers cabins, camping, hiking, tennis, swimming and picnicking. Open Daily 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • 1015 Highway 14 Roan Mountain • 423-772-0190 • 1-800-250-8620

Doe River Covered Bridge Heavy oak planks, hand-forged nails and threaded spikes have helped the Covered Bridge remain beautiful and functional. Built in 1882, it is one of the few remaining covered bridges in Tennessee. The Doe River Covered Bridge is recognized by the Tennessee Historical Commission, National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Engineering Record. Located off Hwy. 19E. • Elizabethton 423-547-3850 Designated Sites

The Valley Beautiful Lose yourself in the natural beauty visible from a mountaintop vista or from the warmth of a sun-drenched valley below. Unicoi County is known as The Valley Beautiful for its elegant and divine scenery, which will indulge your senses, enrich your spirit, and enliven your soul. 100 South Main Avenue • Erwin 423-743-3000

Unicoi County Heritage Museum From the turn-of-the-century Main Street representation to the Indian artifacts display…from the Blue Ridge Pottery exhibit to the railroading memorabilia, you will discover the rich variety of the area’s heritage. The museum, located on the grounds of the Erwin National Fish Hatchery, preserves the unique history of this small mountain community. [2 Hrs.], Tues.-Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. May-Oct. Federal Fish Hatchery Rd. • Erwin 423-743-9449

Nolichucky River Spend a day rafting on the churning white water of the river which winds its way through the deepest gorge in the Eastern United States, or relax near one of its forest-crested cliffs and have your five senses soothed by constantly moving waters. 423-743-3000 5

Greeneville,Tennessee’s TOP



Visitor Information & Services

GREENEVILLE Greene County Partnership Tourism Department 115 Academy Street, Greeneville, TN 37743 423-638-4111 •

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park The celebrated frontiersman, warrior, and backwoods statesman was born on the banks of the Nolichucky River in 1786. The cabin has been restored and furnished in the period style. Site includes a large picnic and camping area. [1 Hr.], Museum: M-F 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. • 1245 Davy Crockett Park Rd. • Limestone 423-257-2167

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Experience the Region’s Best from Historic Greeneville GREENE



A Presidential Town with Civil War History

115 Academy Street Greeneville, Tennessee 37743


Trace the life of Andrew Johnson, an industrious tailor who became the 17th President of the United States. The site includes: tailor shop, 1830’s Johnson House, museum, Homestead in which Johnson lived from 1851-1875, and the National Cemetery where he and other family members are buried. [1 Hr.], Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. College & Depot Streets • Greeneville • 423-638-3551

Dickson-Williams Mansion Few homes have any more rich history than the Dickson-Williams Mansion. Built in 1815 as the “Showplace of East Tennessee” the home entertained guests like Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk. During the Civil War it served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate officers. [1 Hr.], Open daily at 1 p.m. • 111 North Main Street Greeneville • 423-787-0500

Niswonger Performing Arts Center 6

The area’s premier entertainment venue hosts national touring productions and concerts in the 1,100 seat theatre. 212 Tusculum Blvd. • Greeneville 423.638.1679

Visitor Information & Services

Visitor Information & Services



Historic Jonesborough Tourism Department 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 866-401-4223 •

Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau 603 E. Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37605 423-461-8000 •

Jonesborough’s Historic District Following a multi-million dollar restoration in 1969, Tennessee’s oldest town became the first Tennessee town to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jonesborough uniquely blends historic sites, distinctive architecture, specialty shops and restaurants to entice visitors. Visitors Center Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 117 Boone St. • Jonesborough 1-866-401-4223 •

Chester Inn Museum & Jonesborough/ Washington County Museum The Chester Inn (CI) Museum along with the Jonesborough/Washington (J/W) County History Museum collect artifacts, documents and photographs to help tell the stories of the land and the people who formed “the mother of Tennessee.” Discover the stories of Tennessee’s oldest town! [30 min.], CI Museum: 116 W. Main Street; open Mar-Dec; free admission. J/W Museum: 117 Boone Street; open daily; free admission. 423-753-9580 •

International Storytelling Center Host to the National Storytelling Festival every October. The only facility in the world devoted to oral storytelling and its creative applications. The Center includes a 14,000 square-foot education building with gift shop and hosts the annual Teller-in-Residence Program, which runs from May through October with daily performances Tues.-Sat. at 2 p.m. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 116 West Main St. • Jonesborough 423-753-2171 • 800-952-8392


Designated Sites

Rocky Mount Living Museum Step back to the year 1791 at Rocky Mount the first capitol of the Southwest Territory where accurately dressed interpreters educate and entertain visitors about Tennessee’s early history and the OVNHT to King’s Mountain. Check the web site for current hours and events 200 Hyder Hill Rd. • Piney Flats 423-538-7396


Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site This 18th century home is the site of the 1788 Battle of the State of Franklin between John Sevier and Col. John Tipton. In the 1840s it was the home of Landon Carter Haynes who became a Confederate Senator. The site is on the Tennessee Civil War Trail. Check the web site for current hours and events 2620 South Roan St. • Johnson City 423-926-3631


ETSU Museum of Natural History and Gray Fossil Site

Watch your entire family dig up some fun with a front row view of a real live fossil dig. Experience the Tapir, Red Panda and Saber-Toothed Cat. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For events 1212 Suncrest Drive • Gray 423-439-3659 • 866-202-6223

Hands On! Regional Museum Families will enjoy making memories together immersed in interactive programs, exhibits focused on science, art, and the humanities. A fun and interactive experience for the whole family! Check out our website or facebook for current hours and latest events. 315 East Main St. • Johnson City • 423-434-HAND (4263) 7


Visitor Information & Services

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Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN 37660 423-392-8820 or 800-743-5282 •

Johnson County Welcome Center & Museum and Chamber of Commerce 716 South Shady St. (Hwy.421), Mountain City, TN 37683 423-727-5800 • Doe Mountain Visitor’s Center 1203 Harbin Hill Road, Mountain City, TN 37683 423-727-9696 •

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Retreat to the 3,550 acre nature preserve featuring 39 miles of trails, a barge ride, wildlife habitats, farmstead museum, interactive ropes course and zip line. Experience the wonders of the universe in their state-of-the-art planetarium. Open year round • 853 Bays Mountain Park Rd. 423-229-9447

Exchange Place Experience a living history farm that recaptures life in the early 1800’s. The site was once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation and relay station along the Old Stage Road. Apr.-Oct. Th.-Fr. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 2 - 4:30 p.m. 4812 Orebank Rd. • 423-288-6071

Netherland Inn Listed on the National Register of Historical Sites, the Netherland Inn rises above the Holston River. The restored Inn faces the Old Stage Road in the heart of Kingsport’s Boat Yard Park, an area along the Holston River that served as migratory spot for settlers to build boats. 2 - 4 p.m. Sat.- Sun. May-Oct. 2140 Netherland Inn Rd. • 423-246-7982

Kingsport Aquatic Center Play and make a splash at the Kingsport Aquatic Center. Open year-round, the 46,000-square-foot indoor area features include three multipurpose, heated pools, including the region’s only indoor Olympic-size pool. Outdoor water park features two water slides, a water playground and a 900-foot lazy river open annually between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. 1820 MeadowView Parkway • 423.343.9758 8

Johnson County Nestled in the heart of the Applachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest lies a paradise for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. From fishing to hunting, mountain biking to camping, and everything in between, you are sure to find something that sparks your interest. Visit their Award Winning Winery, “Watauga Lake Winery,” play a few rounds of golf at the Red Tail Mountain Resort, or visit “The Snake,” a 30 mile thrill ride over two mountain ranges. Visit or call the Welcome Center and Museum, or visit for more information. 423-727-5800

Watauga Lake Enjoy fly fishing, water skiing, sailing, pontooning, or power boating. While taking in the stunning scenery of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in the nation’s 3rd cleanest lake, pristine “Watauga Lake”. Visit for more information. TVA Lakes • 423-467-3800 Visitor Information 423-547-3850 or 423-727-5800


Doe Mountain Adventure Trails Doe Mountain, an 8,600 acre mountain range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is now open, and with over 10 miles of Mountain Biking trails and 45 miles of Hiking & ATV riding trails currently available, Doe Mountain Recreation is quickly becoming the premiere outdoor recreation area in the South! Open Daily, 8 a.m.-Sunset 1203 Harbin Hill Road • Mountain City Call 423.727.9696 or visit for additional information and trail passes.

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ROGERSVILLE Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce 107 East Main Street, Suite 100, Rogersville, TN 37857 423-272-2186 •

Rogersville Historic District Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rogersville’s unique original red brick Main Street is known as the largest collection of Federal style architecture in the state. The district includes the State’s oldest Court House, Hale Springs Inn, the Crockett family’s first Tennessee home, and the site where Tennessee’s first newspaper was printed in 1791, along with five Tennessee state historical markers. Main Street • Rogersville 423-272-2186


Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum

A quaint 1890 Southern Railway Depot contains the state’s only newspaper and printing museum. The award winning museum contains exhibits depicting the printing industry from its beginning in Tennessee until printing became off-set. Also on exhibit are early newspapers of interest. 415 South Depot Street • Rogersville 423-272-1961

Bulls Gap Historic District Grand Ole Opry star Archie Campbell helped put his hometown, Bulls Gap, “on the map” to millions of television viewers. The Archie Campbell Tourism Complex includes 27 structures from the Old Country Store to Gilley’s Hotel, to the Archie Campbell Museum—all tracing the area’s Civil War and railroad history. 1395 South Main St. • Bulls Gap 423-235-5216

Designated Sites

Hale Springs Inn

Cruise-In on Square

Heritage Days

4th of July Celebration

Downtown Main Street

McKinney’s Tavern 423-272-5171 • 1-877-222-1616 110 W. Main St. Rogersville, TN 37857

Miss Bea’s Perks & Pies

Wireless Internet Access • Baked Goods 423-272-6555 • 109 S. Church St. Rogersville, TN 37857

Sunny Side Yarns on Depot

423-272-9276 • 207 S. Depot St. Rogersville, TN 37857 Featuring Floral and Gifts of Distinction and Antiques 423.272-7800 • 122 E. Main St. Rogersville, TN 37857

LuElla’s Gift Market

423-272-7656 • 117 E. Main St. Rogersville, TN 37857


20 Local Artisans 423.921.7656 • 124 E. Main St. Rogersville, TN 37857

Heritage Days October 9-11, 2015 July 4th Celebration


Featuring The Swon Brothers and Big Daddy Weave

Taste of Rogersville May 15, 2015 Cruise-In On Square May-October 2nd Friday

July 4, 2015

Realty, Inc.

Specializing in Historic Properties and all your real estate needs 1012 W. Main St. Rogersville, TN 37857 423.272.4660

Sweet Amis Catering & Café 116 East Main Street Rogersville, TN 37857 423-921-7400

Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce Nancy Barker CTTP, Executive Director 423.272.2186 9

Grayson Highlands • Hungry Mother • New River Trail Natural Tunnel • Southwest Virginia Museum • Wilderness Road

Visitor Information & Services

SNEEDVILLE Sneedville/Hancock County Chamber & Community Partners P.O. Box 594, Sneedville, TN 37869 423-733-2080

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Elrod Falls Consisting of two falls, the upper

cascades more than 100 feet to the lower making this one of the most beautiful waterfalls in East Tennessee. Enjoy a swim in the pools at the base of the falls or take one of the hiking trails. Elrod Falls is one of the hidden treasures of Hancock County. Located off Hwy. 31 Sneedville • 423-733-2080

Photo courtesy of Bill Crabtree Jr., Virginia Tourism Corp.

Melungeon Heritage

800-933-PARK (7275) 10


The name Melungeon refers to a people of mixed descent who, according to one theory, are descendants of early Spanish and Portuguese explorers who made settlements in Georgia and the Carolinas prior to the historic Jamestown establishments of 1567 or 1607. Genetic studies give rise to the belief that the Melungeons were originally from northwest Africa who, known as Moors, moved into Spain and Portugal around 710 A.D. Exiled during the Spanish Inquisition, these people may have come to the New World in the 16th Century. Subsequent generations, apparently unaccepted legally or socially by their new country, retreated to the mountains where today some 500 Melungeon descendants still live where their ancestors settled in Northeast Tennessee and extreme Southwest Virginia. Newman’s Ridge is one of the most famous of Melungeon territories. Visit the Vardy Community to learn more about the mystery of the Melungeons. 423-733-2080

Visitor Information & Services First Tennessee Development District

3211 North Roan Street, Johnson City 37601 (423) 928-0224 Fax: (423) 928-5209 Website: E-Mail:

I-26 Welcome Center Kingsport/Sullivan County 5 Interstate I-26, Mile Marker 5, Kingsport, TN 37664 (423) 246-0214 Fax: (423) 246-0218 E-Mail:

Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce

825 West First North Street, Morristown 37815 (877) 586-6382 Fax: (423) 586-6576 Website: E-Mail: Located between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Clinch Mountains, Morristown is the home of Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park, the Crocket Tavern Museum, and the General Longstreet Museum. Historic Rose Center for the Arts on the north and the Farmers Market on the south anchor Morristown’s historic downtown full of unique shopping and dining options. The elevated sidewalks are a great place to view downtown’s many special events. Disc golfers love our three championship-caliber courses, and the great outdoors can be enjoyed at our many city parks or Cherokee Park. With over 700 hotel rooms, we invite you to rest your head in one of Morristown’s beds.

National Weather Service

5974 Commerce Blvd., Morristown 37814 (423) 586-3771 Website:

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Scott County Tourism

336 Water Street, Gate City, VA (276) 386-6521 Website: E-Mail: Open 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. A “natural” for enjoying history, music and outdoor recreation. Walk the footsteps of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone. Experience life on the great frontier at the Wilderness Road Block House. Visit the home of A. P. Carter, pioneer of traditional mountain sound, known today as Bluegrass. Take a dip in the Devil’s Bathtub, kayak the Clinch River, home to the world’s largest collections of fresh-water mussels. Hike along the Chief Benge Trail, or take a trip to the Eighth Wonder of the World—Natural Tunnel State Park.

Virginia State Parks

(800) 933-7275 Website: If you are an avid outdoor enthusiast or a novice, VA State Parks in Southwest VA have something for you. We are full of history, nature, and adventure. Come on out to see one of these Southwest VA parks: Grayson Highlands, Hungry Mother, Natural Tunnel, New River Trail, Southwest VA Museum, and Wilderness Road State Parks. For more information, visit State Parks Website, Virginia Outdoors Website, Virginia State Parks Blog or Follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Flickr, You Tube. Reservations can be made at 1-800-933-7275 or visiting our website.

Tennessee Highway Patrol

184 Joe R. McCrary Road, P.O. Box 186, Fall Branch 37656 (423) 348-6144 Free emergency cellular call - *THP (*847) Website:

Zane Whitson Welcome Center

I-26, Unicoi County on the North Carolina line 100 Fiddler Lane, Erwin 37650 (423) 743-4146 Fax: (423) 743-4239 Website:


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Tours and Special Event Planning Main Street Tours

310 South Main Street, Greeneville 37743 (423) 787-0500 Website: E-Mail: Two unique guided tours in Historic Greeneville. Dickson-Williams Mansion - Discover arts, antiques and a lot of history. Daily at 1 p.m. Tour limited to 12 people. Advance reservations for groups over 12 people. “A Walk with the President” - 90-minute tour of Tennessee’s second oldest town. Mon.-Sat. at 9:30 a.m. April-Oct. Departing from the General Morgan Inn. AC. PC & CC accepted. L/HA

Tri-Cities Tennessee Travel Connection

P.O. Box 415, Jonesborough 37659 (423) 913-5550 Fax: (423) 913-5555 Website: E-Mail: Visit the Tri-Cities Tennessee Travel Connection – and you’ll discover more than just a few memories. The Tri-Cities include Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport, and each city offers unique things to do for your group tour. Plan your next group tour with us.

Transportation Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA

2525 Highway 75, Blountville 37617 (423) 325-6000 Fax: (423) 325-6060 Website: E-Mail: Located approximately 3 miles from I-81 in the heart of the Tri-Cities. Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) is a full-service, commercial airport that serves as a gateway to East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and parts of Kentucky. TRI offers non-stop service to several major airline hubs, connecting to destinations worldwide.

Attractions Allandale Mansion

4444 West Stone Drive, Kingsport 37660 (423) 229-9422 Fax: (423) 343-9729 Website: E-Mail: Located 3 miles from 1-26. Intriguing history and southern elegance create the romantic setting of Kingsport’s Allandale Mansion, often called Kingsport’s White House. Built in 1950 by Ruth and Harvey Brooks, Allandale still houses their fine furnishings, antiques and art. Today, the mansion and its grounds are open for rental purposes and tours by appointment only. The Allandale barn is a featured stop on Northeast Tennessee’s Quilt Trail, displaying the Stars over Tennessee quilt pattern. Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. AC. L/HA.

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport 37660 (423) 229-9447 Fax: (423) 224-2589 Website: E-Mail: Located 3 miles off I-26. Explore nature’s splendor at a 3,550-acre nature preserve where you can enjoy 39 miles of hiking trails, biking, public programs Sat. & Sun. and daily during the summer. Relax on a 44-acre lake, explore a world beyond our own in a state-of-the-art planetarium, and view native animals up close and in their natural setting. Park hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended hours during the summer. No pets allowed. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Years. Call for more information. AC. TC & CC accepted. F/HA.





Bristol Caverns

Darrell’s Dream “Boundless Playground” Complex

Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway

Erwin National Fish Hatchery

1157 Bristol Caverns Highway, Bristol 37620 P.O. Box 851, Bristol 37621 (423) 878-2011 Website: E-Mail: 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 yearround attraction. Open Mar. 15 - Oct. 31: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 1-Mar. 14: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. AC. TC & CC accepted. L/HA.

151 Speedway Boulevard, Bristol 37620 P.O. Box 3966, Bristol 37625 Ticket Office (423) 989-6900 or Toll Free (866) 415-4158 Fax: (423) 764-1646 Website: or Bristol Motor Speedway is the “Place.” The Place to fire up the grill and enjoy the Tennessee Hills. The Place to enjoy the best short track racing in NASCAR. Get your tickets today at or by calling 423-Bristol. It’s Bristol Baby!

490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport 37663 (423) 239-8531(Contact Pam Fraysier) Fax: (423) 239-4982 E-Mail: Website: Darrell’s Dream is a one-of-a-kind playground and outdoor classroom in the country and is the only Boundless play structure in a state park in the nation. It offers age-specific and developmentally appropriate play equipment for children of all abilities. In addition, the complex hosts a special surface that makes it accessible to all, a Lions’ Narnia Braille Trail, a sand island, an environmental maze with interactive play and learning stations, the Anderson Tree House (fully accessible) with interactive exhibits about Warriors’ Path History and nature, a wildflower walk, an herb garden, the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater and rain gardens. 520 Federal Hatchery Road, Erwin 37650 (423) 743-4712 Fax: (423) 743-9793 Website: E-Mail: Located 1 mile from I-26. The hatchery produces 14 million disease-free eggs annually from four strains of Rainbow Trout broodstock. These eggs are shipped to federal, state and tribal hatcheries all over the United States to support recreational fishing efforts. Guided group tours with advance reservations. The facilities are also open to the public for self-guided tours. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Hatchery Grounds are also open on weekends. F/HA.

Come Experience the Beauty A Walk Through Time!

* 3550 Acre Nature Preserve * Native Animal Habitats * State-of-the-art Planetarium * Hiking Trails/Mountain Biking * Nature & Astronomy Programs * 44 Acre Lake

853 Bays Mountain Park Rd. Kingsport, TN 1-423-229-9447

Premiere Members

BRISTOL CAVERNS 1157 Bristol Caverns Highway Bristol, Tennessee 37620

The Largest and Most Beautiful in the Smoky Mountain Region Gemstone Panning

Year Round Attraction

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Historic Sites Andrew Johnson National Historic Site


TSU & General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at Gray Fossil Site

1212 Suncrest Drive, P.O. Box 9221, Gray 37615 Toll Free (866) 202-6223 or (423) 439-3659 Fax: (423) 439-3658 Website: E-Mail: Located 1.8 miles from I-26, Exit 13, Gray. Explore paleontology at the ETSU & General Shale Natural History Museum at Gray Fossil Site. Get a glimpse of the Miocene Period, when the site was home to rhinos, tapirs, saber-toothed cats, and much more. Open Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

121 Monument Avenue, Greeneville 37743 (423) 638-3551 Fax: (423) 798-0754 Website: Located 14 miles from I-81. This 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. The site includes a visitor center, museum, tailor shop, two Greeneville homes and National Cemetery, the burial site of President Johnson. Visitor Center open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. AC. L/HA.

Exchange Place International Storytelling Center

100 West Main Street, Jonesborough 37659 (423) 753-2171 or (800) 952-8392 Fax: (423) 913-1320 Website: E-Mail: The International Storytelling Center is known for the world’s premiere storytelling event, the National Storytelling Festival, held annually in October, and for its May-October Teller-in-Residence series, Storytelling Live!, which includes daily performances in its state-of-the-art theater. Its beautiful facility is available for rentals and includes a gift shop. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport 37664 P.O. Box 293, Kingsport 37662 (423) 288-6071 Website: Located off Hwy. 93/John B. Dennis Hwy. Revisit the mid-1800s when people lived off the land. Deriving its name from the exchange of currency and of horses when it served as a stagecoach stop, this living history farm strives to teach about agrarian life and showcase heritage arts, crafts and skills of the Appalachian region while continuing to breed animals and heirloom plantings. This site is also a featured stop on Northeast Tennessee’s Quilt Trail, displaying the Cross and Crown quilt pattern. Open 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May - Oct., and specific public events, listed on website.

Kingsport Aquatic Center

1820 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport 37660 (423) 343-9758 Website: Open daily, check the website for hours. The Kingsport Aquatic Center is year-round water fun at the region’s newest and most comprehensive public aquatic facility. The 46,000-square-foot indoor complex features three heated pools, including the region’s only indoor Olympic-size pool, the HMG Competition Pool. A seasonal outdoor water park features pools, water slides and a 900-foot lazy river.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Entertainment Tennessee 88 River Road, Gatlinburg 37738 (Downtown, traffic light #5) (888) 240-1358 or (865) 430-8808 Fax: (865) 430-8818 E-Mail: Website: Explore America’s #1 Aquarium and Top Destination to See Penguins! Experience Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Painting programs! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Family Fun, Interactive, Dive/Feeding Shows!

The Dickson-Williams Mansion

108 North Irish Street, Greeneville 37743 (423) 787-0500 or (423) 639-7102 E-Mail: Website: Located 14 miles from I-81 in Historic Downtown Greeneville. The “Showplace of East Tennessee”, constructed by Irish craftsmen (1815-1821) 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. Closed holidays. AC.

Enjoy live storytelling with tellers from across the nation. Performing 2pm Tuesday through Saturday, May-October.

National Storytelling Festival October 2-4, 2015


Historic Sites Netherland Inn House Museum & Boatyard Complex

2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport 37760 P.O. Box. 293, Kingsport 37662 (423) 335-5552 Website: NETHERLAND INN (1818) - The restored Inn faces the Old Stage Road and Holston River, which served as migratory spot for settlers to build boats for their westward trip during the mid-1700’s. The Nation’s only registered historical site which was both a stage stop and a boatyard. Open 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May 1-Oct. 31.

Rocky Mount Living History Museum

200 Hyder Hill Road, P.O. Box 160, Piney Flats 37686 (423) 538-7396 or (888) 538-1791 Fax: (423) 538-1086 Website: E-Mail: Located 4 miles from I-26 on Highway 11-E. The First Capitol of the Southwest Territory (1790-1792), now a Living History Museum. Interpreters invite you to become a guest of the Cobb family in 1791 and experience everyday life on America’s first frontier. Open Mar.- mid Dec.; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Other times by appointment. Closed Thanksgiving Day. AC. ADA Accessible. Group tour rates available. PC, Visa/Master Card & TC accepted.

Historic Sites Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton 37643 (423) 543-5808 Fax: (423) 543-0078 Website: Located 8 miles from I-26. Sycamore Shoals was the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America outside the 13 original colonies. The Transylvania Purchase, the largest private real estate transaction in our nation’s history, took place here between the Cherokee and European settlers. Sycamore Shoals is also the site of the historic Muster of the Overmountain Men during the American Revolution. Park features a visitor’s center, which houses a museum, theater, gift shop and bookstore. Reconstructed replica of Fort Watauga as it stood in 1776, a 450-seat amphitheater, picnic area and two mile walking trail. Visitors Center is open Tues-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Closed Monday. Grounds are open from dawn to dusk. PC, TC & CC accepted. F/ HA.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

2620 South Roan Street, Johnson City 37605 (423) 926-3631 Website: E-Mail: This 18th century home is the site of the 1788 Battle of the State of Franklin between John Sevier and Col. John Tipton. In the 1840s it was the home of Landon Carter Haynes who became a Confederate Senator. The site is on the Tennessee Civil War Trails. [1.5 Hr.] T-S, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr.-mid Nov. Alternative winter hours for Dec.-Mar. L/HA.



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Attractions 63. Allandale Mansion 64. Appalachian Caverns 65. Barter Theatre 66. Bristol Caverns 67. Reece Museum at ETSU 68. Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens 69. Hands On! Regional Museum 70. Kingsport Aquatic Center 71. Mary B. Martin School of the Arts 72. Niswonger Performing Arts Center 73. St. John Mill 74. Unicoi County Heritage Museum/ Erwin National Fish Hatchery

35. Archie Campbell Tourism Complex/ Bulls Gap Historic District 36. Tennessee Ernie Ford Home 37. Blountville Historic District/ Deery Inn Museum 38. Butler Museum 39. Carter Mansion 40. Country Music Monument 41. Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park 42. Dickson-Williams Mansion 43. Doe River Covered Bridge 44. Downtown Elizabethton Historic District 45. Downtown Kingsport Historic District 46. East Tennessee State University/ Center for Appalachian Studies & Services 47. Exchange Place 48. Greeneville Downtown Historic District 49. Historic Downtown Bristol & Bristol Sign

50. Historic Downtown Erwin 51. Johnson County Museum 52. Jonesborough Historic District 53. Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum 54. Long Island of the Holston 55. Nathanael Greene Museum 56. Netherland Inn 57. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 58. Paramount Center for the Arts 59. President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library/ Doak House Museum 60. Rogersville Historic District 61. Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site 62. Vardy Community


Cultural Arts and Museums

Cultural Arts and Museums The Chester Inn Museum


arter Theatre

127 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212 (276) 628-3991 Website: E-Mail: Located 3 miles from I-81, off exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional repertory theatre, with more than 25 productions this year, and three unique stages: Barter Theatre, Barter Stage II and new of 2015, The Tent on Barter Square. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Group rates and packages with fine Abingdon restaurants and lodging available. Open Feb.-Dec. Call or go on-line for performance schedule. AC. PC, TC, & CC accepted. L/HA.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA (423) 573-1927 Fax: (423) 573-4877 Website: E-Mail: The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells a story of how the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings led to Bristol becoming known as the Birthplace of Country Music. Through a variety of exhibits, including interactive displays, film and audio experiences, and historical objects, visitors gain a greater understanding of the significant role of Bristol in music history. The museum also regularly presents educational programs, concerts, jam sessions, film screenings, guest lectures and additional events. Join us as we explore the birth and evolution of country music and see its impact on music today.

A State Owned Historic Site Operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia 116 West Main Street, Jonesborough 37659 (423) 753-4580 Website: E-Mail: Located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough, the Chester Inn Museum chronicles the history of Jonesborough from its inception in 1779 to the present. The museum is located in the oldest commercial building in Tennessee’s oldest town. Open Jan.-Feb. by appointment only; Mar. 1st-Oct. 31st, Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 1st - Mid-Dec. Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Hands On! Regional Museum

315 East Main Street, Johnson City 37601 (423) 434-HAND Fax: (423) 928-6915 Website: E-Mail: Hands On! Museum is a unique engaging environment for all ages. Slide down the Katie Ellen Coal Mine, fly a real Cessna 150 airplane, see the world’s most powerful bi-polar Tesla coil, and many other one-of-a-kind experiences. Daily programs encourage curiosity, experimentation, and comprehension. Develop a love of life-long learning while creating memories that will last forever. Now through Aug. 2, 2015, Hands On! will host Our Body: The Universe Within, designed to educate all who attend about the complexities of our bodies. View 200 preserved organs, human bodies, and other anatomical specimens and learn about the body’s different systems. (Separate admission fee.) Open: Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (March, Jun.-Aug. only). Closed holidays. AC. PC, TC & CC accepted.

Harry V. Steadman Mountain Heritage Farmstead Museum

853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport 37660 (423) 229-9447 Fax: (423) 224-2589 Website: E-Mail: Located 3 miles off I-26 at Bays Mountain Park, The Farmstead Museum is a showcase for the way of life that existed on and around the mountain from pioneer days to the end of the 19th Century. Tools, machinery and household items are on display to remind us of days gone by. The building itself is of hand-hewn logs to illustrate building techniques of that era. Open weekends 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; daily in summer. AC. F/HA.


Cultural Arts and Museums Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum & Archives

117 Boone Street, Jonesborough 37659 (423) 753-9580 Website: E-Mail: Located 7 miles off I-26. Our collection of artifacts, newspapers and other ephemera focuses on the social, cultural and economic history of Jonesborough and Washington County, creating a fascinating historical record of the region. We invite you to visit our gallery space located in the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. AC. PC, TC & CC accepted. F/HA.

Mary B. Martin School of the Arts

P.O. Box 70730, Johnson City 37614 (423) 439-8587 Website: E-Mail: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University was established in 2009 by James C. Martin in memory of his late wife, Mary B. Martin, who passed away in 2008. The School has since offered six seasons of concerts, lectures, films, stage and dance performances, visual artists and exhibitions, storytelling, literature, illusion and music of all kinds. Call our office at 423-439-8587. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or visit

Museums of Tusculum College

Doak House Museum President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library 60 Shiloh Road, P.O. Box 5026, Greeneville 37745 (423) 636-7348 or (800) 729-0256 ext. 5251 Fax: (423) 638-7166 Website: E-Mail: Located at Tusculum College, founded in 1794, The Museums of Tusculum preserve the home of Samuel W. Doak and the personal library and papers of the President Johnson and his family. Artifacts, tours and changing exhibits are available. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed campus holidays. Call for tours. F/HA.

Cultural Arts and Museums

Niswonger Performing Arts Center

P.O. Box 727, Greeneville 37744 212 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville 37745 (423) 638-1328 Website: The Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) is a regional performing arts center located in historic downtown Greeneville, TN, adjacent to Greeneville High School. Since 2004, NPAC has hosted hundreds of concerts and events in a modern venue with over 1100 seats. NPAC is recognized nationally as a leading regional venue in the entertainment industry with a solid management team and active Board of Directors. The venue was recently voted �Best Performing Arts Venue� in the East Tennessee Division by the readers of The Tennessee Magazine. NPAC serves as a venue for entertainment events and arts education in a region encompassing East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Reece Museum at ETSU

P.O. Box 70660, Gilbreath Circle, Johnson City 37614 (423) 439-4392 Fax: (423) 439-4283 Website: E-Mail: Located .2 miles from I-26 on the campus of East Tennessee State University. An art and history museum with exhibits on Appalachian and regional culture, tradition, history, and contemporary art. Changing exhibits feature the best in fine crafts, regional art of varied media and regional history. Associated programs and events. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.4 p.m.; Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Closed Mon., Sat. & Sun. L/HA.

A richly diverse tapestry of experiences for our region.

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Cultural Arts and Museums Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum

415 South Depot Street, Rogersville 37857 (423) 272-1961 Fax: (423) 272-0146 Website: E-Mail: Located 25 miles from I-26 in a quaint 1890 Southern Railway Depot. Tennessee’s only printing museum displays print shop equipment from the early 20th century, historic newspaper collection and memorabilia from Pressmen’s Home. The museum is a featured stop on Northeast Tennessee’s Quilt Trail, displaying the Star & Cross and Jacob’s Ladder quilt patterns. The Museum is open Mon.- Thurs, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment for groups. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. ** Please call, if possible, to ensure that someone will be in the office. Visitors please call to check current museum hours.

Unicoi County Heritage Museum and Clinchfield Railroad Museum

Federal Hatchery Road, P.O. Box 317, Erwin 37650 (423) 743-9449 or (423) 743-8923 Located 12 miles off I-26 and .5 miles from US 19/23. A 1903 house museum, one room school house and Clinchfield Railroad Museum on the grounds of the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. Display contains vintage artifacts and memorabilia, quilt room, Blue Ridge and Cash Pottery and Main Street area. The museum is a featured stop on Northeast Tennessee’s Quilt Trail, displaying the Crazy Quilt pattern. Open May through Oct. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. AC (donation). L/HA.


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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

416 State Street, Suite A, Bristol 37620 (423) 573-4898 Fax: (423) 573-4877 Website: E-Mail: An award-winning, three-day music event celebrating Bristol’s heritage as the Birthplace of Country Music®. The festival takes place along four blocks of State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, the site of the Bristol Sessions. BRRR’s 22 stages feature hundreds of performances from genres that include Americana, folk-rock, country, bluegrass, old-time, Piedmont blues, and Celtic music. Always the third weekend in September, the 2015 event takes place September 18-20.

Fun Fest

400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100 Kingsport 37660 (423) 392-8806 Fax: (423) 392-8833 Website: E-Mail: Enjoy summer fun and come play with us! Fun Fest features sports, concerts, hot air balloons, fireworks and parade, plus much more. Follow us on FB and Twitter. Festival dates: mid-July. PC, TC & CC accepted.

National Storytelling Festival

116 West Main Street, Jonesborough 37659 (423) 753-2171 or (800) 952-8392 Fax: (423) 913-1320 Website: E-Mail: As the nation’s oldest and most prestigious event dedicated to the oral tradition, the National Storytelling Festival showcases the world’s premier storytelling talent. Peppered with the flare and fun of blues, poetry, ballads, banjo, and more, the Festival encompasses a wealth of cultures, geography, and styles. Located in Historic Downtown Jonesborough. Festival dates: Oct. 2-4, 2015. AC. PC, TC & CC accepted.


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ays Mountain Park and Planetarium

853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport 37660 (423) 229-9447 Fax: (423) 224-2589 Website: E-Mail: One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering activities for all seasons featuring 39 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, a scenic 44-acre lake, native animal habitats, a 300’ zip line and more. Open year-round, the park is a protected haven where native animal life is abundant. Inside the Nature Center is state-of-the-art planetariums that will make astronomy enthusiasts feel they are a part of the show. Exhibits showcasing natural history, early pioneering, a freshwater aquarium and space sciences can also be found in the Nature Center. Native animals including gray wolves, bobcats, deer, birds of prey and otters, are housed within a short, scenic stroll.

Buffalo Mountain Park

570 Highridge Road, Johnson City 37605 Johnson City Parks & Recreation (423) 283-5815 Fax: (423) 283-5829 Website: E-Mail: Located 4.5 miles from I-26. Buffalo Mountain Park is a 725-acre natural resource area obtained in a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service in 1994. The park is located on the North Slope of Buffalo Mountain and consists of steep topography and densely forested land. The park functions as a nature preserve primarily for hiking, picnicking, and nature programs. Guided nature hikes available monthly. Call for schedule. L/HA.

Cherokee Adventures Whitewater Rafting

2000 Jonesborough Road, Erwin 37650 (423) 743-7733 Reservations: (800) 445-7238 Fax: (423) 743-5400 Located 1.4 miles from I-26. Our specialty is the spectacular Nolichucky River. The Nolichucky, winding through both North Carolina and Tennessee, offers a variety of whitewater rapids that cut their way through a beautiful 3000’ gorge. The guided tours include exciting class III and IV rapids or gentler class I to III. We also offer Funyaks, riverside camping, mountain-biking tours, ropes courses, fishing trips, and overnight getaway packages! No experience needed. Operating: Mar.-Oct. AC. PC, TC & CC accepted. L/HA.

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Cherokee National Forest - U.S.D.A. Forest Service Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger District 4900 Asheville Highway, Greeneville 37743 (423) 638-4109 Fax: (423) 638-6599 Website:

Watauga Ranger District

4400 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi 37692 (423) 735-1500 Fax: (423) 735-7306 Website:

Supervisor’s Office

2800 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland 37312 (423) 476-9700 Fax: (423) 476-9791 Website: Cherokee National Forest’s 300,000+ acres in Northeast Tennessee offer picnicking, water play, miles of trails and forest roads, camping and backcountry solitude. Two local ranger stations and the Forest website provide regional outdoor recreation information. Maps, brochures, environmental education materials are available at forest offices. Outdoor kiosks at both ranger stations provide 24-hour visitor information. Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger Station is located 15 miles from I-81. Watauga Ranger Station is located 1/4 mile from I-26. Office hours: Mon. -Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. F/HA. Forest developed sites have limited accessibility.

River Place on the Clinch

2788 TN-70, Kyles Ford 37765 (423) 733-4400 or 877-483-7211 Website: E-Mail: Located on the beautiful Clinch River, River Place is a one-stop shop for both relaxing and exciting vacation getaways. River Place offers six fully furnished cabins which each sleep up to 6 people, one retreat center which sleeps up to 23 people – perfect for company retreats or family events, and four tent-camping locations beside the river. Enjoy delicious home-style cooking and riverside dining at the River Place Café, or drop by for live music Friday and Saturday nights in-season (May – October)! If you’re staying in the summer, River Place offers canoe, raft, inflatable kayak, and tube-tracker rentals for a relaxing float down the Class 1 Clinch River. If you forget something, the River Place Market carries many essentials and beautiful homemade items. MasterCard and VISA accepted.

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone 37681 Office: (423) 257-2167 Campground: (423) 257-4500 Fax: (423) 257-2430 Website: E-Mail: Located 21 miles from I-26. Birthplace of one of Tennessee’s most famous and greatest sons. The museum exhibits tell of the different aspects of the life of David “Davy” Crockett, the hunter, the politician, the businessman, and the legendary hero as portrayed in the Walt Disney movie of the 1950’s. A replica cabin depicts a typical frontier cabin much like the one in which Davy Crockett was born in 1786. 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River with a swimming pool, picnic areas, fishing, hiking, 88 campsites with water, electric, sewer, bathrooms, grills, pay phone. Visitor’s Center (office/ museum) is open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Open year round. SCD. PC & TC accepted. F/HA. 21

Recreation Kinser Park

710 Kinser Park Lane, Greeneville 37743 Office: (423) 639-5912 Golf Course: (423) 639-6406 Website: E-Mail: Public park, outdoor recreation facility and campground. On the Nolichucky River and just 5 miles from Historic Greeneville, near Cherokee National Forest and lake/river/fly fishing. One hour from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Johnson City and Biltmore Estates/Asheville. Along the Sunnyside and Quilt Trails. RV/Tent sites* with water/sewer/ electricity, some primitive. Swimming pool*, water slide*, putt-putt golf course*, 9-hole golf course*, fishing, boat ramp, playgrounds, walking paths, volleyball, hiking/biking trails, open space/picnic areas, baseball fields, horseshoes, reunions/gatherings, pavilions*, festivals, corporate activities (*small fee charged). Walking trails, fishing/boat ramp, picnic areas and 9-hole golf course open all year. Camping and activities open Apr. 1 through Oct. 31. Dogs on leash welcome. Phone answered all year. Office hours change by season. Reservations accepted beginning Feb. 1.

Roan Mountain State Park

1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain 37687 (423) 772-0190 or (800) 250-8620 Fax: (423) 772-0142 Website: Located 20 miles off I-26. 6,285 ft. elevation and the world’s largest natural stand of Rhododendron gardens (600 acres). 30 cabins (1 cabin pet friendly), 87 campsites with water and electrical hookups. 20 tent sites with community water. Dump station, picnic tables, charcoal grills and 6 bathhouses with hot showers, grills, playground, laundromat, pay phone, pets welcome, fishing, swimming pool and tennis. Open year round for self-contained campers, tent camping. Season: mid-Apr. - mid-Nov. PC, TC & CC accepted. L/HA.

Steele Creek Park

20 Little Lane, P.O. Box 1189, Bristol 37621 (423) 764-4023 or (423) 989-5616 Fax: (423) 989-5624 Website: Located 5 miles from I-81. Steele Creek Park is a 2,200+ acre municipal park owned and operated by the City of Bristol, Tennessee. The park features a Nature Center, golf course, a multi-use lodge and shelters available for rent, paddle-boating on our 54 acre lake, 21 miles of hiking trails, soccer fields, disc golf course, picnic tables with grills, and just a great place to bring the whole family! Tennessee’s third largest municipal park. Open: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. AC. L/HA.

Golf Courses Buffalo Valley Golf Course

190 Golf Course Road, Johnson City, TN 37601 (423) 743-5021 Website:

Cattails at Meadowview

1901 Meadowview Pkwy, Kingsport, TN 37660 (423) 578-6622 Website:

Clear Creek Golf Club

732 Harleywood Road, Bristol, VA 242023 (276) 466-4833 Website:

Crockett Ridge Golf Course

4439 L Jack Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664 (423) 279-1700 Website:

The Crossings Golf Course

2585 TN-81, Jonesborough, TN 37659 (423) 348-8855 Website:

Elizabethton Golf Course

185 Buck Van Huss Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643 (423) 542-8051 Website:

Pine Oaks Golf Course

1709 Buffalo Road, Johnson City, TN 37601 (423) 434-6250 Website:

Steele Creek Golf Course

20 Little Lane, Bristol, TN 37620 (423) 764-6411 Website:

Warriors Path Golf Course

1687 Fall Creek Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 (423) 323-4990 Website:

Tennessee Valley Authority - Lake & Dams 106 Tri-Cities Business Park Drive, Gray 37615 (423) 467-3800 or (800) 238-2264 Website:

Boating Regulations: All boats equipped with any type of motor or sail

must be registered. Boat owners from another state can use their vessel on Tennessee waters with their state’s current registration for 60 days.

Winged Deer Park

4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City 37601 Johnson City Parks & Recreation (423) 283-5815 Fax: (423) 283-5829 Website: E-Mail: Located 4 miles from I-26, Winged Deer Park is a 200-acre district park. Amenities include five lighted softball fields, scorer’s tower and restroom, three lighted soccer fields, Batter’s Up batting cages, an 18-hole disc golf course, playground area, soccer concession building with restroom, halfmile walking track and paved fitness trails, which wind through the forested section of the park. The lakefront area features two sand volleyball courts, picnic shelter with restroom, public boating access, green space, lighted handicap accessible boardwalk, amphitheatre, and a Festival Plaza multiuse area with restroom. The park’s historical area features the Robert Young Cabin – one of Johnson City’s oldest dwellings – the Massengil Monument, and the James H. Quillen Historical Tree Arboretum.


Campgrounds Cherokee National Forest - U.S.D.A. Forest Service Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger District 4900 Asheville Highway, Greeneville 37743 (423) 638-4109 Fax: (423) 638-6599 Website:

Watauga Ranger District

4400 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi 37692 (423) 735-1500 Fax: (423) 735-7306 Website:

Supervisor’s Office

2800 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland 37312-5374 (423) 476-9700 Fax: (423) 476-9791 Website: Cherokee National Forest’s 300,000+ acres in Northeast Tennessee offer picnicking, water play, miles of trails and forest roads, camping and backcountry solitude. Two local ranger stations and the Forest website provide regional outdoor recreation information. Maps, brochures, environmental education materials are available at forest offices. Outdoor kiosks at both ranger stations provide 24-hour visitor information. Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger Station is located 15 miles from I-81. Watauga Ranger Station is located 1/4 mile from I-26. Office hours: Mon. -Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. F/HA. Forest developed sites have limited accessibility.

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

1245 Davy Crockett Park Road, Limestone 37681 Office (423) 257-2167 Campground: (423) 257-4500 Fax: (423) 257-2430 Website: E-Mail: Located 21 miles from I-26. Birthplace of one of Tennessee’s most famous and greatest sons. The museum exhibits tell of the different aspects of the life of David “Davy” Crockett, the hunter, the politician, the businessman, and the legendary hero as portrayed in the Walt Disney movie of the 1950’s. A replica cabin depicts a typical frontier cabin much like the one in which Davy Crockett was born in 1786. 105 partially wooded acres of land along the Nolichucky River with a swimming pool, picnic areas, fishing, hiking, 88 campsites with water, electric, sewer, bathrooms, grills, pay phone. Visitor’s Center (office/ museum) is open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., year round. SCD. PC & TC accepted. F/HA.

Campgrounds Roan Mountain State Park

1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain 37687 (423) 772-0190 or (800) 250-8620 Fax: (423) 772-0142 Website: Located 20 miles off I-26. 6,285 ft. elevation and the world’s largest natural stand of Rhododendron gardens (600 acres). 30 cabins, 87 campsites with water and electrical hookups. 20 tent sites with community water. Dump station, picnic tables, charcoal grills and 6 bathhouses with hot showers, grills, playground, Laundromat, pay phone, pets welcome, fishing, swimming pool, and tennis. Open year round for self-contained campers, tent camping. Season: mid-Apr. - mid-Nov. PC, TC & CC accepted. L/HA.

Rocky Top Campground & RV Park

496 Pearl Lane, Blountville 37617 (423) 323-2535 or (800) 452-6456 Fax: (423) 323-2555 Website: E-Mail: 1.2 miles off I-81 at Exit 63. Country setting with 35 level full hook-up sites, pull-thrus, bathhouse, LP, charcoal grills, fire pits, pets welcome, sewer station, TV and WiFi, primitive tent decks in the woods, rec-room, horseshoes, pavilion, dog run, store, laundry, cabins. Escort to site. Open year round 9 a.m.-8 p.m. L/HA

Warriors’ Path State Park

490 Hemlock Road, P.O. Box 5026, Kingsport 37663 (423) 239-8531 Fax: (423) 239-4982 Website: Located 3 miles off I-81. Warriors’ Path State Park was named for the park’s proximity to the ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee. Since that time, the parkland has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. Park features hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, golf course, swimming pool, and pets welcome. 134 campsites, RV, pull-thrus, primitive sites, grills, water, electric, bathhouse and pay phone. Open year round. SCD. L/HA.

Woodsmoke Campground

215 Woodsmoke Drive, Unicoi 37692 (423) 743-2116 Website: E-Mail: Located .10 mile off I-26, exit 32. We offer three tent sites, thirty full hook-up sites with electric, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, plus a bathhouse. Climb the nine-mile Pinnacle Tower Mountain Bike and Hiking zigzag trail adjacent to Woodsmoke campground to see a 360° view of the mountains. 23

Shopping Kingsport Town Center (Formerly Fort Henry Mall)

2102 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport 37664 (423) 246-3871 Fax: (423) 246-1664 Website: E-Mail: Kingsport Town Center features anchor stores Belk, Sears, JCPenney, Frank Theatres, several restaurants and more than 60 national and specialty retailers. Shop, dine or catch a movie! For complete information, visit Located 3 miles from I-26. Shopping hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sun., 1 p.m.–6 p.m. F/HA.


830 Sunset Drive & Knob Creek Road, Johnson City 37604 (423) 282-5413 or (800) 835-5152 Fax: (423) 282-8963 Website: Located 1 mile from I-26, on the corner of Sunset Drive and Knob Creek Road. Tennessee’s premier outdoor sports store. Featuring backpacking, mountain climbing, rafting, firearms, cutlery, reloading, muzzle loading, archery, and more. Complete line of men’s and women’s sports and casual clothing including boots and shoes. Locations in Johnson City and Abingdon, Virginia. Open Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. PC, TC & CC accepted. F/ HA.

The Mall At Johnson City

2011 North Roan Street, Johnson City 37601 (423) 282-5312 Fax: (423) 282-0819 Website: E-Mail: Located 0.25 mile South from I-26 at Exit 20. The Mall at Johnson City is the regions premiere shopping destination with more than 650,000 square feet of shopping and restaurants. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Department store hours may vary.

Cabins, Cottages and Rental Property Roan Mountain State Park Cabins

1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain 37687 (423) 772-0190 or (800) 250-8620 Fax: (423) 772-0142 Website: Located 20 miles off I-26. 30 AAA cabins are situated in the woods of Roan Mountain State Park. Each cabin has a front porch with rocking chairs, fully outfitted kitchen, full bath with tub/shower, wood burning stove and gas/ electric heat. The park provides firewood, bedding and towels. Cabins 2130 have telephones; none of the cabins have televisions. Cabins 1-20 have a private bedroom with a queen bed and an upstairs loft with two twin beds. Cabins 21-30 have a private bedroom with a double bed and a loft with two double beds. All cabins have a sleeper chair. Outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, laundry facility and meeting facility available. Reservations accepted up to one year in advance. Deposit required. PC, TC & CC accepted. F/HA.

Watauga Lakeshore Marina & Resort

2340 Highway 321, Hampton 37658 (423) 725-2201 or Toll Free: 888-423-3785 Fax: (423) 725-2623 Website: E-Mail: Located 17 miles from I-26. One, two or three bedroom cabins and motel units with view of beautiful Watauga Lake. Restaurant and lounge on site with seasonal hours. Heated pool, cable TV, laundry facility. Full-service marina on Watauga Lake with mooring service, live bait, licenses, food store, showers, pontoon boat rentals, and ski boat rentals. CC and TC accepted. L/HA.


Bed & Breakfast and Inns Hale Springs Inn

110 West Main Street Rogersville 37857 Office & Reservations: (423) 272-5171 Toll free: (877) 222-1616 Website: E-Mail: Nestled in the pastoral setting of historic Rogersville is Hale Springs Inn. Originally built in 1824, Hale Springs Inn has served as a resting place for travelers, including three presidents, for over a century and a half. After a 2.5 million dollar restoration, Hale Springs Inn offers nine beautiful rooms, a day spa, a full service tavern, and a restaurant directed by renowned chefs. Located within walking distance of many historic sites, at Hale Springs Inn you can take a step back in time without sacrificing any of the modern amenities.

Retreats, Guesthouses and Lodges Sugar Hollow Retreat

197 Elk Ridge, Butler 37640 (423) 768-3105 or (800) 957-1776 Website: E-Mail: A unique haven of pristine wilderness beauty, Sugar Hollow Retreat is an inn and conference center nestled on a 300-acre nature preserve. With vistas of Watauga Lake where North Carolina meets Tennessee, Sugar Hollow offers delightful accommodations for weddings, family reunions, business retreats, church groups and individuals. Come and visit!

Hotels and Convention Centers AmericInn Lodge & Suites

376 East Jackson Blvd., Jonesborough TN 37659 (423) 753-3100 Reservation: (800) 634-3444 Fax: (423) 753-3993 Website: Located 6 miles from I-26. When staying at the AmericInn of Jonesborough, Tennessee, for business or pleasure, you can expect the very best: the best quality, the best service and definitely the best nights sleep with Quiet Nights. 60 rooms over looking the oldest town in Tennessee. Offering a continental breakfast area, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, free high speed internet, cable TV with HBO, guest laundry, exercise room and meeting facilities to accommodate 35-50. Join us and make your vacation one to remember.

Carnegie Hotel & Spa

1216 West State of Franklin Road, Johnson City 37604 (423) 979-6400 or (866) 757-8277 Fax: (423) 979-6424 Website: Located within 2 miles of I-26. Carnegie Hotel is East Tennessee’s premier AAA 4 Diamond Hotel. Providing full-service, luxurious suites, and indulgent amenities - an enchanting experience, business, or pleasure. 137 over-sized guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, exercise facility, outdoor heated pool, room service, award winning Wellington’s Restaurant, Austin Springs Spa and Salon, airport transportation, and 5,000 sq. ft. meeting & banquet facility. PC, TC and CC accepted. F/HA.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johnson City

211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City 37604 (423) 929-2000 or (800) 222-Tree Fax: (423) 929-1783 Website: Located 1 mile off I-26 exit 20. Within walking distance to the area’s largest mall, specialty shops, theaters, and nationally known eateries. Our centrally located property offers 184 guest rooms and suites, each equipped with complimentary wireless high speed internet access, cable TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. On-Site Restaurant, Lounge, Room Service, Meeting and Banquet facilities, & the area’s only Indoor/Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Business Center and Fitness Center. PC, TC & CC accepted. SCD. L/HA.

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423-929-2000 211 Mockingbird Lane Johnson City, TN 37604

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Hotels and Convention Centers Fairfield Inn & Suites

3285 West State Street, Bristol, TN 37620 423-574-4500 Fax: 423-574-4501 Website: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott® provides outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable. We are always ready to welcome you with many complimentary amenities and we are here to help you get it done when you travel.

General Morgan Inn & Conference Center

111 North Main Street, Greeneville 37743 (423) 787-1000 or (800) 223-2679 Fax: (423) 787-1001 Website: Located 12 miles from I-81. 52 rooms. Resting in the heart of Greeneville’s Historic District, the inn offers newly renovated guest rooms, including the Morgan Suite, fine dining, state of the art banquet facilities, and beautiful outdoor garden terrace. Spacious meeting and banquet areas available on-site. Restaurant, lounge, cable TV, wireless internet, room service, continental breakfast, and tours leaving daily from lobby. PC, TC & CC accepted. SCD. F/HA.

Hotels and Convention Centers Hampton Inn - Johnson City

508 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City 37604 (423) 929-8000 or (800) Hampton Fax: (423) 929-3336 Website: Located 3 miles from I-26. 77 rooms with 9 king study Jacuzzi rooms, Complimentary “On the House™” hot breakfast, free local calls, complimentary wireless high-speed internet access, digital HD TV, fitness room, outdoor pool and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. TC & CC accepted. SCD. F/HA.

Hampton Inn - Kingsport

2000 Enterprise Place, Kingsport 37660 (423) 247-3888 or (800) Hampton Fax: (423) 247-2684 Website: Located at I-26 and John B. Dennis Highway, exit 4 near the Kingsport Aquatic Center. 115 rooms including 26 suites, business center, HD cable TV with HBO, FREE high-speed wireless internet access, exercise room, outdoor pool, and FREE hot breakfast buffet. TC & CC accepted. SCD. F/HA.

Hampton Inn - Bristol

3299 West State Street, Bristol 37620 (423) 764-3600 or (800) Hampton Fax: (423) 764-9010 Website: Located at exit 74A on I-81. As the Official Birthplace of Country Music, you can be sure Bristol has a rich history that you’ll love exploring. Free continental breakfast, complimentary local calls and free HBO. We also have a fitness center, cable TV and an outdoor pool, and as always 100% satisfaction guaranteed. TC & CC accepted. SCD. F/HA.

• Free On the House Hot Breakfast • Near the Kingsport Aquatic Center • Free Wireless Internet Access • Meeting Space for 40 • Outdoor Pool • Fitness Center

Located Near Interstates

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Hotels and Convention Centers LaQuinta Inn & Suites

10150 Airport Parkway, Kingsport 37663 (423) 323-0500 or (800) 531-5900 Fax: (423) 323-0582 Website: Located at exit 63 on I-81. 118 rooms. New 32-inch HDTV, wireless high-speed internet, outdoor pool, continental breakfast, free local calls, exercise facility, and courtesy airport shuttle. 1250 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space for up to 75. Pets welcome. TC & CC accepted. SCD. L/HA.

MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center

1901 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport 37660 (423) 578-6600 or (800) 820-5055 Fax: (423) 578-6630 Website: Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center provides a magnificent resort setting, featuring on-site Reedy Creek Winery, property wine tasting room, 305 deluxe guest rooms, full service restaurant, and 18-hole championship golf course, Cattails. Book your vacation at MeadowView today!

The Millennium Conference Centre

2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City 37604 (423) 232-2001 Fax: (423) 232-2002 Website: The Millennium Centre serves as the region’s premier meeting & special event location in northeastern Tennessee, through top-notch meeting space and exquisite food & beverage choices. The Millennium Centre is conveniently located across from the campus of East Tennessee State University and features 16-specifically designed meeting rooms with ergonomic furnishings and professional surroundings. We are connected with the Carnegie Hotel, the region’s finest 5-star accommodations.

Restaurants The Captain’s Table at Lakeshore

2340 Highway 321, Hampton 37658 (423) 725-2201 or (888) 423-3785 Fax: (423) 725-2623 Website: E-Mail: Located 17 miles from I-26. Experience the breathtaking view of beautiful Watauga Lake while enjoying a great meal. We serve seafood specialty dishes, steaks & well as several delicious side plates. Lounge and banquet facilities available. The Captain’s Table is open March through October, Wednesday through Sunday. We are closed Monday and Tuesday. Call for hours. TC & CC accepted.

Stir Fry Cafe

125 Broad Street, Kingsport 37660 (423) 343-9424 Website:

The Label Restaurant

112 Tipton Street, Johnson City 37604 (423) 631-0505 Website:

620 State Street Restaurant

620 East State Street, Bristol 37620 (423) 652-0314 Website: In 1992, the first Stir Fry Café was opened in Knoxville, Tennessee. Stir Fry Café evolved into three hip, downtown locations: Label Restaurant in Johnson City, Stir Fry Café in Kingsport, and 620 State Restaurant in Bristol, Tennessee. At 620 State we take pride in our roots and in being unique. Take a look at the modern refurbishment of our antique building, which was the H.P. King department store & is now The Foundation Event Facility. Peruse our menu, which boasts Asian fusion and southern charm alike. As a part of the Stir Fry Restaurant Group, 620 State Restaurant is proud to carry on the tradition of serving classic Stir Fry Café entrees, with a bit of quirky style. That’s how we do things here, and we hope you enjoy the exceptional ambience, service, and food!

Located 3 miles from 1-26. 77 rooms with 9 King Bed Jacuzzi rooms, Free On the House Hot Breakfast, Wireless High-Speed Internet Access, Coffee Makers, Iron & Ironing Boards, Hair Dryers, Free Local Calls, 32” LCD Cable TV, Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool and 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. TM

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Supporters Certified Public Accounting Firms and Financial Institutions Eddy & Eddy CPA’S PC

4718 Lake Park Drive, Suite 1, Johnson City 37615 (423) 283-0777 Fax: (423) 283-7165 Website: E-Mail: We are a full accounting service provider including corporate taxes, individual taxes, bookkeeping services, payroll services, municipal audits and non-profit audits. We have been in business since 1973. We strive to meet all our client’s needs in a professional and personal manner. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

First Tennessee Bank

2112 North Roan Street, Johnson City 37601 (423) 461-1200 or (800) 382-5465 Website: With 15 financial centers and over 50 ATMs in Northeast Tennessee our hours and locations are convenient. First Tennessee offers a wide array of financial products and services. Banking Online, Mobile Banking, Mobile Deposit and other services make First Tennessee a smart choice.

Newspapers and Publications The Greeneville Sun

121 West Summer Street, Greeneville 37743 P.O. Box 1630, Greeneville 37744 (423) 638-4181 Fax: (423) 638-3645 Website: Greeneville’s DAILY newspaper, Monday through Friday evenings and Saturday morning. Serving Greene County and surrounding area since 1879. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Printing and Advertising

Absolute Communications

1880 N Eastman Road, Suite 130, Kingsport 37664 (423) 246-0336 Fax: (423) 246-2188 Website: Helping customers achieve their marketing goals for over two decades, Absolute Communications is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm that has earned international acclaim. From strategy to execution, the Absolute team knows tourism marketing and can work with you to generate results!

Chocklett Press

2922 Nicholas Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 345-1820 or (800) 533-4146 Fax: 540-342-6526 Website: Chocklett Press is a leading printer with over 76 years of printing experience. We address complex printing needs with creative, cost effective solutions that always exceed your goals.

High Road Digital

127 Bob Fitz Road, Suite 6, Johnson City 37615 (423) 900-8424 Website: High Road Digital is a full service digital marketing solutions firm serving the needs of businesses in Eastern Tennessee and beyond. Our mission is to deliver results for your business by targeting your message in a digital world. Call us today and start driving new customers to your business tomorrow.

Miles – Marketing Destinations

477 Steadman Road, Blountville 37617 (941) 361-1605 Fax: (423) 323-4689 Website: E-Mail: Publisher of Tennessee’s “Official” Vacation Guide. In the 60 years since the company was founded, Miles has grown to become the largest publisher of tourism information both in print and on the internet in the United States. We market destinations. Our team service and advise DMOs and hospitality clients to captivate, inform and engage travelers seeking unique leisure and conference experiences. Miles builds programs that result in increased visitation, industry participation and measurable results by using the appropriate mix of forward-thinking interactive and print marketing.


Printing and Advertising

Corporate Cumulus Tri-Cities


rint Distribution Service, LLC

P.O. Box 355, 1903 Highway 11-E South Jonesborough 37659 (423) 753-8191 Fax: (423) 753-6900 Website: E-Mail: Print Distribution Service, LLC serves the tourism industry with over 500 brochure racks located throughout the region. We offer seven individual systems of brochure distribution uniquely tailored for each area. Our brochure racks direct the tourist and traveler to the best attractions, the best places to shop and dine, and the best places to visit that our wonderful region offers. Brochures often lengthen the stay of our visitors and encourage a return trip…Our displays are located in the finest hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions throughout northeast Tennessee, southeast Kentucky, northwest North Carolina, and southwest Virginia. Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.…”Brochure distribution is simple and effective…Take one to ‘go’!”

Steve Dixon Business Solutions

3802 Deepwood Drive, Johnson City 37601 (423) 282-6188 Mobile: (423) 341-1796 Fax: (423) 282-4069 Website: E-Mail: Located 2 miles from I-26. Studio and onsite location photography for business and family photo, transfers and sublimation screen-printing, and embroidery promotional and advertising items available. Call for an appointment. PC & TC accepted.

P.O. Box 8668 162 Freehill Road, Gray 37615 (423) 477-1000 Fax: (423) 477-4747 Web site:,,,,, Cumulus Tri-Cities is one of the leading broadcasting outlets in the TriCities market consisting of five radio stations. WQUT 101.5 FM is one of the nation’s leading Classic Rock stations; WJCW AM 910 is the Tri-Cities Talk Radio; Channel 104.9 WKOS features Tri-Cities Hit Music now; WXSM AM 640 is the Xtreme Sports Monster; WGOC AM 1320 is Business Talk Radio.

Food City (K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.)

P.O. Box 1158, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 623-5100 Fax: (276) 623-5440 Website: Twitter: @FoodCity K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is the corporate name of a supermarket chain operating in three states under the name Food City. This privately held family-owned company is a 107-store chain that also operates 75 pharmacies and 56 fuel stations. Food City serves a current trade area population of nearly 3 million people and over 1 million households.

The Tombras Group

630 Concord St. Knoxville TN 37919 (865) 524-5376 Website: Tombras is a 130+ employee, full-service agency with a digital mindset. We are one of the top 35 independent agencies in North America. Our clients are national and global. Advertising Age and Adweek have recognized our creativity multiple times on their top-10 lists. We are united by a philosophy that manifests itself through our work: connecting data and creativity for business results.

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Calendar of Events For a comprehensive listing of Northeast Tennessee events visit

A Regional Sampling

SPRING (March, April, May) April Ford Fan Friday and Food City Family Race Night, Bristol NASCAR Nationwide Series Race, Bristol NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, Bristol May

Iris Festival, Greeneville Jimmy Martin Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Sneedville

SUMMER ( June, July, August) June

Native American Festival, Elizabethton Covered Bridge Festival, Elizabethton Blue Plum Festival, Johnson City NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol Rhododendron Festival, Roan Mountain Historic Blountville Craft Fair

July Pepsi Independence Day Celebration, Johnson City Rogersville’s Fourth of July Celebration, Rogersville Historic Jonesborough Days, Jonesborough Fun Fest, Kingsport “Liberty - The Saga of Sycamore Shoals” Tennessee Official Outdoor Drama, Elizabethton Annual Quiltfest, Jonesborough August

AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals, Bristol Appalachian Fair, Gray Food City Family Race Night, Bristol NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bristol NASCAR Nationwide Series Race, Bristol NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, Bristol Umoja Unity Festival, Johnson City


FALL (September, October, November) September

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol Super Chevy Weekend, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Historic Blountville Battle Reenactment Bluegrass Half Marathon


Heritage Days, Rogersville Cranberry Festival, Shady Valley National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough Unicoi County Apple Festival, Erwin Hancock County Fall Festival, Sneedville

November Festival of Trees, Greeneville Speedway in Lights, Bristol Winterfest, Elizabethton

WINTER (December, January, February) December Christmas Progressive Dinner & Tour of Homes, Jonesborough Speedway in Lights, Bristol January

Niswonger Indoor Track & Field Invitational, Johnson City Speedway in Lights, Bristol


Antique Appraisal Fair, Greeneville

Index of Advertisers


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