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hiking

find your new favorite trail

Laurel Fork Falls is a majestic waterfall within the Pond Mountain Wilderness. The area is crossed by the Appalachian Trail and offers a rugged experience....
Located at the base of Holston Mountain, this series of three waterfalls is a local favorite and just a short hike from the parking area. Access it easily from TN-91....
Looking for a beautiful and short hike? Try heading north toward the spectacular bald of Roan Mountain where on a clear day you can see into NC and VA....

biking

rails-to-trails and Mountain Biking

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...
This 10 mile crushed gravel rail-trail between Johnson City and Elizabethton is a favorite of walkers, runners and cyclists. It honors the history of the ET&WNC Railroad, also known as...
The Watershed Trails are a series of of easy, intermediate, and difficult singletrack located in Hampton, just off HWY 321 and 19E. The trails offer a variety of beautiful views...

Water Sports

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, and More

The Watauga River flows westward from Grandfather Mountain, NC into Tennessee, providing world-class trout fishing as well as rafting and kayaking opportunities before emptying into Boone Lake near Johnson City....
Watauga Dam, completed in 1948, created a reservoir which is used for fishing, boating, swimming, and other recreational activities in addition to flood control and hydroelectric power through the TVA....
The Doe River flows from Roan Mountain to Elizabethton, offering abundant fishing and kayaking opportunities along the way....

fishing

pristine waters and a trophy trout stream

The Watauga River flows westward from Grandfather Mountain, NC into Tennessee, providing world-class trout fishing as well as rafting and kayaking opportunities before emptying into Boone Lake near Johnson City....
The Doe River flows from Roan Mountain to Elizabethton, offering abundant fishing and kayaking opportunities along the way....
Wilbur is a hidden gem for fisherman, paddlers, and anyone looking for a quiet spot to relax. Formed by the tailwater of Watauga Dam and impounded by the smaller Wilbur...

History

Experience the past

Sabine Hill, also known as the General Nathaniel Taylor House, is a historic house in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The two-story Federal style building was listed on the National Register of Historic...
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...
The oldest frame house in Tennessee, the Carter Mansion, was the home of pioneers John and Landon Carter. Built between 1775 and 1780, this home is the site of several...

Birding

wildlife viewing in beautiful landscapes

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), an approximately 2,190 mile footpath that follows the Appalachian range from Georgia to Maine, winds through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in...
Managed by the US Forest Service, the Pond Mountain Wilderness is a rugged area that contains a number of streams, waterfalls, and trails. The Appalachian Trail crosses the area with...
Wilbur is a hidden gem for fisherman, paddlers, and anyone looking for a quiet spot to relax. Formed by the tailwater of Watauga Dam and impounded by the smaller Wilbur...