Mountain City - Tennessee
Mountain City, Tennessee, with a population of 12,474, is located in Johnson County, TN and 22.7 miles from Bristol, TN.
The closest airport is Elizabethton Municipal Airport (0A9).
Mountain City was established around 1835.
Main Attractions in or near Mountain City:
Appalachian GhostWalks is a full service tour company which offers walking history and ghost tours that bring our region’s Cherokee Indian, Frontier, and Civil War history to life for the younger generation. These “lantern-led” guided ghost walks are operated by professionally certified ghost hunters with a unique blend of science, history, and folklore while maintaining a strong committment to historical accuracy.
Boone Reservoir features a swimming area above the dam and a boat ramp including a courtesy pier for safe, convenient boat launching and retrieval. Water skiing and fishing are popular pastimes at Boone. The reservoir is operated for a number of purposes, including power production, flood control, water supply, water quality, and aquatic ecology. Compared with similar reservoirs on tributaries of the Tennessee, Boone generally maintains more stable water levels through the summer season.
Bristol Motor Speedway
The Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway are both located in Bristol TN about 35 miles from Erwin.
Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee National Forest stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee. It lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, one of the world's most diverse areas. These mountains are home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals. Because of the Cherokee's majestic mountains, tumbling streams, and diverse vegetation, recreation opportunities are plentiful. There are 30 developed campgrounds, 30 picnic areas, 700 miles of trail, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, seven whitewater rivers, thousands of acres of dispersed opportunities, and an abundant populations of wildlife.
Warrior's Path State Park
Warrior's 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 park land has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre area was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority is 1952, to serve the people who live in or visit this section of Northeast Tennessee. It is situated on the shores of TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.
Bays Mountain Park
Bays Mountain Park facilities include the 3500 acre outdoor classroom, a 44 acre lake, and a nature center/museum, inside of which is a planetarium with a 40 foot diameter dome. The park is nestled in the northeastern end of the Bays Mountain formation only a few miles from downtown Kingsport. Framed on all sides by mountain ridges, much of the park lies in a natural basin and is a protected haven for wildlife.
Gentry's Creek Falls
Gentry's Creek Falls is one of the most beautiful and most photographed waterfalls in northeast Tennessee. It is a short drive from Laurel Bloomery. Follow this trail 2 1/2 miles to the end where you will find two 30 to 40 foot waterfalls at the end of the trail. Gentry's Creek Rd. Laurel Bloomery, TN.
The Old Butler Museum
The Old Butler Museum offers a depiction of life in the 1940s before the Tennessee Valley Authority released enough water to cover an entire town. More than 400 families were forced to pack up their lives and literally move their homes three miles away. The townspeople of Old Butler saved what they could and through their tireless work, the 200-year-old history of the Watauga River Valley has been preserved in this wonderful museum. In August, the town that wouldn't drown is celebrated with music, games, exhibits, and food. Festival-goers can learn why the town was moved and even meet some of the former residents. 123 Selma Curtis Rd. Butler, TN.
Roan Mountain State Park
Roan Mountain State Park encompasses 2,006 acres of southern Appalachian forest at the base of 6,285 foot Roan Mountain. Park elevation ranges from 3,000 feet in the valley to around 3,700 feet on surrounding ridges. Rich hardwood forests allow for a great diversity of life and a wide range of outdoor activities. Park guests have opportunities to hike along creeks and ridges, fish for trout, play tennis, swim, tour a century old farmhouse, join rangers and naturalists for educational programs, and enjoy mountain music concerts.
Thirty 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. Firewood, bedding and towels are provided by the park.
All of the park's 107 family campsites have a grill and picnic table and are located near a bathhouse with hot showers. A dump station is located at the campground check-in. The campground has 87 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 20 tent sites that are served by two community water spigots. The tent camping area does not have electric or water hookups. All 107 campsites are available on a first come/first served basis only.
There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails in Roan Mountain State Park and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous. Hikers can stroll along the Doe River or take a challenging trail up to a ridge with a great view. Trail users should wear appropriate footwear and clothing and carry drinking water.
The park's swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend to mid-August. A wading pool is available for small children.
Festivals in or near Mountain City:
• Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival - The festival features an eclectic lineup of country, bluegrass, gospel, old-time, roots, Celtic, rock n’ roll and Cajun music to the streets, pleasing even the pickiest ears.
• Blue Plum Festival - The Blue Plum Festival is a free, outdoor, downtown art and music festival.
• Cranberry Festival - Celebrate the remaining small natural and non-commercial cranberry bogs. Held at Shady Valley School in Shady Valley TN.
• Covered Bridge Festival - The Doe River Covered Bridge in Elizabethton spans 134 feet across Doe River. The 124-year-old white-painted bridge stands as this picturesque city’s main attraction.
• Kingsport's Fun Fest - Twelve new events join the fun this year: the Blue Lizard/Foot Rx Crazy Mile; Family Movie Night; Glass Fest; Up to Par "Glowball" Night Golf Tournament; Hands On With Zig; Lagers, Ales and Food; Fun Fest Giant Screen Movie; Page to Stage Playwright Festival; Tri-State Singles Inc. Singles Dance; Xtreme Showdown skateboard and BMX bike exhibit; a CareerBuilder.com exhibit; and the WCQR Christian Concert featuring Chris Rice.
• Native American Festival - Tennessee Powwow
• Old Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival
• Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival - The festival began in Jonesborough in 1996 and moved to Sycamore Shoals in 2000 where it could be held for two days rather than one. We treasure our heritage in the Appalachian Mountains and those who claim Celtic ancestry yearn to know more. It is the desire of the Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival to share living, belonging and life with all kindred Celtic spirits through food, fun and frolic.
• Unicoi County Apple Festival - The festival, consistantly named one
of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast and
a two-year winner of a Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award, is a premier two-day event that features handmade crafts, a variety of unique foods, two entertainment stages highlighting local, regional and national talent, a large children’s area, a Blue-Ridge Pottery Show and Sale, an Apple Festival Pageant, tennis tournament, a cooking contest and much more. The festival has over 300 vendors.
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