Fun in the Outdoors!

outdoorsWithin a few miles of Johnson City and Kingsport there’s outdoor recreation for any enthusiast! Want to hike? The Appalachian Trail is nearby, as are many other easier hikes. Whitewater rafting? It’s available with professional guides. Fishing or hunting? The lakes operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority offer miles of shoreline. Four lakes are within an hour’s drive. These same lakes offer opportunities for boating and water skiing during the summer months, with both commercial and free docks. If snow skiing is your interest, a short drive to Gatlinburg or across the state line into North Carolina will give you ample choice of slopes. Just want to hang out, relax, and enjoy nature? Then one of the nearby state or national parks is the perfect place! Camera buffs will find waterfalls, wildflowers, landscapes, wonderful fall color and other opportunities for fabulous shooting. With our four season climate, there’s always something to enjoy outdoors!

Regional Parks

    Tennessee State Parks
    Kingsport Parks and Rec
    Johnson City Parks and Rec
    Carter County Parks and Rec

Ski Slopes

    Ober Gatlinburg
    Sugar Mountain
    Beech Mountain

Mountains and Other Outdoors

    Bays Mountain
    Blue Ridge Parkway
    Roan Mountain


    The Tweetsie Trail
    Virginia Creeper Trail
    Kingsport Greenbelt

Area Lakes and Marinas

    Fish Springs Marina
    Watauga Lake Marina
    Sonny’s Marina
    Marker Two Grill
    Sportsman Sports Dock
    TVA Lakes