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hiking

find your new favorite trail

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....
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....
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....

biking

rails-to-trails and Mountain Biking

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...
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...
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...

Water Sports

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, and More

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...
The Doe River flows from Roan Mountain to Elizabethton, offering abundant fishing and kayaking opportunities along the way. ...
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....

fishing

pristine waters and a trophy trout stream

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...
The Doe River flows from Roan Mountain to Elizabethton, offering abundant fishing and kayaking opportunities along the way. ...
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...

History

Experience the past

This self-guided walking tour will take you on a stroll to see landmarks that have played a significant role in Elizabethton’s rich history and learn the stories behind them. Guide...
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...
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...
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...