Trade Gristmill

The milling tradition in Trade goes back to at least 1802 when Thomas Jones homesteaded on nearby Roan Creek and built a mill. Pleasant May and his wife Callie bought the property sometime after 1850. A grim event in that mill’s history occurred in 1892 when Callie May got her dress caught in the mill’s […]


Heritage Hall

Armed with a vision of restoration, in seven years a small group of volunteers raised the money, organized labor and oversaw a top-to-bottom renovation breathe life into a 1923 high school auditorium. In September, 2005, the facility reopened as Heritage Hall Theatre, an intimate, warm, community-based theatre suitable for a wide range of performances and […]


Welcome Center & Museum

Johnson County welcomes travelers with the warm embrace of our beautiful log “Welcome Center & Museum”. Here you will find incredible historic artifacts donated from residents of Johnson County Tennessee as well as a full assortment of brochures and area information about all our lodging and local attractions. Photo Gallery Contact Information and Location Address: […]


The Butler Museum

While visiting Johnson County, visit Watauga Lake and learn the history of Butler TN. The best way to do this is to walk through the Butler Museum. It is an adventure into the past lives of those that made the Watauga valley and surrounding area their home. There is much history in this part of Tennessee dating […]


Watauga Lake Winery

“Watauga Lake Winery” won the coveted “William O. Beach Award”, for the BEST WINE in Tennessee- made entirely from Tennessee grapes, in Knoxville, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016- beating out all other Tennessee wineries~ The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce joins the community in ‘Congratulating’ Linda and Wayne Gay, owners of “Watauga Lake Winery”, for this […]


Red Tail Mountain Resort

The 18-hole “RedTail Mountain” course at the RedTail Mountain Club facility in Mountain City, Tennessee features 6,884 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 72.3 and it has a slope rating of 126.  Designed by Dan F. Maples, ASGCA/Ellis Maples, ASGCA, the RedTail Mountain golf […]


Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail runs over 2100 miles from Georgia to Maine. Thirty miles of this trail is in Johnson County. It enters Johnson County on top of Iron Mountain and runs north to Cross Mountain, where Iron Mountain and Holston Mountain intersect. At that point it crosses over to Holston Mountain and follows it to […]


Backbone Rock

This famous Johnson County landmark, Backbone Rock which is known as the world’s shortest tunnel, is a great destination for a day hike. Created in 1901 out of necessity for the railroad to transport timber, a hole was blasted through Backbone Rock. Today, this recreation area provides hiking trails, fishing in Beaverdam Creek, a day use […]


Watauga Lake

Watauga’s surface covers 10.05 square miles of two mostly-rural Tennessee counties: Johnson County and Carter County. Started in 1942 and finally dammed on the last day of 1948, Watauga Lake is the TVA’s highest-elevated reservoir in Tennessee. It is surrounded by densely forested mountains in the “high country”, Watauga Lake sits 1,959 feet above sea level […]


Doe Mountain Adventure Trails

“Now Open” “Doe Mountain Adventure Trails” over 8,600 acres of hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and OHV. For additional information visit the Doe Mountain Official Website. DOE MOUNTAIN RECREATION – Tennessee’s #1 Destination for ‘Outdoor Adventure Tourism’. With miles of hiking, mountain biking, horseback and OHV riding trails, this 8,600 acre mountain range nestled in the heart of the […]