Your Northeast Tennessee Vacation: Things to Do

While you’re on a Northeast Tennessee vacation, you're never far from the Appalachian Mountains and kayaking, hiking, back-road cycling, and trophy trout fishing. You can also experience a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, golf on rolling hills, and shop for whatever catches your fancy.

Make your Northeast Tennessee vacation something to remember - visit hands-on museums, hear master storytellers and experience a place of great history by visiting the site of the first permanent American settlement outside the 13 original colonies. And festivals are everywhere! One celebrates the gorgeous rhododendron, another the humble apple. And most include some of the nation’s finest Americana, old-time, celtic, country, bluegrass, and gospel music. After all, this is Northeast Tennessee, a land where country music was born, mountain music thrives, and vacation memories are made.

The following listings are official members of Northeast Tennessee Association.

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Located 3 miles off I-26. A 3,550-acre nature preserve with state of the art planetarium, 44-acre lake, live animal habitats, 36 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking and much more. Public programs each Sat. & Sun., and daily during the summer. Park hours: 8:30am-5:00pm. Extended hours during the summer. No pets allowed. Closed Thanksg ...

Buffalo Mountain Park

Primary Image:  Located 4.5 miles from I-26. 725-acre nature preserve. 15 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables and is a great place for wildflower, bird and tree identification. Guided nature hikes available monthly. Call for schedule. L/HA. Address Block ...

Cherokee Adventures Whitewater Rafting

Primary Image:  Located 1.4 miles from I-26. Our specialty is the scenic Nolichucky River. The Nolichucky, winding through both North Carolina and Tennessee, offers a variety of whitewater rapids (guided class III and IV) that cut their way through a beautiful 3000' gorge. We don' ...

Cherokee National Forest - U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Primary Image:  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 ...

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

Primary Image:  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 Davy Crockett, the hunter, the politician, the businessman, and the legendary hero as portrayed in the Walt ...

Roan Mountain State Park

Primary Image:  Located 20 miles off I-26. 6,285 ft. elev. and the "world's largest natural stand of Rhododendron gardens" (600 acres). 30 AAA cabins, 87 campsites with water and electrical hookups. 20 tent sites with community water. Dump station, picnic tables, charcoal grills a ...

Steele Creek Park

Primary Image:  Located 5 miles from I-81. Over 2,000 acre park, picnicking, grills, fishing, hiking, golf course, nature center, paddleboats available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tennessee's third largest municipal park. Open: 9am-9pm. daily. AC. L/HA. Address Block ...

Tennessee Valley Authority - Lakes & Dams

Primary Image:  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. Address Block ...

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency

Primary Image:  Fishing Regulations: Non-resident licenses: Junior (ages 13-15) $9.00; Adult (no trout) 3-Day $16.50; 10-Day $25.50; or Annual (no trout) $41.00; Adult All fish including trout: 3-Day $33.50; 10-Day $50.50; or Annual $81.00; No licenses needed for children under 12 ...

The Snake Ride

Snake through the Tennessee mountains, through “Stoney Creek” and across into the pastoral Shady Valley. From there, it’s on up to the extraordinary Backbone Rock, with outcroppings, hiking trails, and beautiful photo ops. Continue into Damascus, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and return through peaceful Mountain City, beside the beautif ...

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