Recreation


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 […]

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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 […]

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Red Tail Mountain

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 […]

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Ralph Stout Park

This community park located in Mountain City has something for everyone. Enjoy a day at the park and you will find playground equipment for the little ones, walking trails, a skateboarding park, a beautiful pond with many resident geese and ducks, the Johnson County Memorial Wall, baseball field, outdoor music & events stage, frisbee golf […]

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Hiking Trails – Johnson County

You are looking for the best hiking trails that the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. Johnson County, TN has an abundance of scenic trails for all levels of experience. We are lucky enough to have in our back yard a 30 mile section of the Appalachian Trail and the Iron Mount Trail that offers over […]

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Cherokee National Forest

For those seeking outdoor adventure you are going to love the Cherokee National Forest. Twenty-six percent of Johnson County or a total of 49,512 acres is in the Cherokee National Forest. The forest provides great recreation as well as timber for the lumber industry.  The Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee’s only national forest, stretches along the state’s eastern […]

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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 […]

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