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Desaree’s Guidebook

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Desaree’s Guidebook

Waterfalls
The hike is more like a climb. So wear good shoes. There’s no phone service except in the parking area. Look up directions and screenshot them in case you lose service. We love this place! It is so worth the climb!!
Twisting Falls
The hike is more like a climb. So wear good shoes. There’s no phone service except in the parking area. Look up directions and screenshot them in case you lose service. We love this place! It is so worth the climb!!
Laurel Falls is a great hike! There are two ways in. One from Hwy 321, and one from Dennis Cove Road, Hampton Tennessee.
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Laurel Falls Trailhead
U.S. 321
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Laurel Falls is a great hike! There are two ways in. One from Hwy 321, and one from Dennis Cove Road, Hampton Tennessee.
This is a great place to explore.
Backbone Rock Campground
10585-10711 TN-133
This is a great place to explore.
This is in Dungannon, Va...just about a 30 minute gorgeous, scenic drive through Shady Valley. You will actually cross part of the famous Appachian Trail on your way. You can rent bicycles or take your own. They will transport you to the top of the mountain trail and you get to ride back to town, exploring many different areas as you go. The trail is 12-17 miles long. A great all day outing! Pack a picnic or backpack with snacks and water.
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Virginia Creeper Trail
331 Douglas Drive
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This is in Dungannon, Va...just about a 30 minute gorgeous, scenic drive through Shady Valley. You will actually cross part of the famous Appachian Trail on your way. You can rent bicycles or take your own. They will transport you to the top of the mountain trail and you get to ride back to town, exploring many different areas as you go. The trail is 12-17 miles long. A great all day outing! Pack a picnic or backpack with snacks and water.
Roan Mountain has the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden on the very top of the mountain. The Appalachian Trail crosses here also. The views are spectacular! At “The Balds”, there are actually wild goats that help keep the grassy balds “eaten off”. The state park campground hosts different hikes and programs throughout the summer and fall months. They also have a small river running through the park for great rainbow and native trout fishing! “Horney Head” fishing is great in the Spring months when they are “running”. You’ll need to get a fishing license at an area store like Walmart in the hunting/camping section or at The Hampton Bait Shop just up the road toward Roan Mountain in Hampton. There are mountain bike trails here also. You’ll need to bring your own bike. Check it out!
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Roan Mountain State Park
527 Tennessee 143
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Roan Mountain has the world’s largest natural rhododendron garden on the very top of the mountain. The Appalachian Trail crosses here also. The views are spectacular! At “The Balds”, there are actually wild goats that help keep the grassy balds “eaten off”. The state park campground hosts different hikes and programs throughout the summer and fall months. They also have a small river running through the park for great rainbow and native trout fishing! “Horney Head” fishing is great in the Spring months when they are “running”. You’ll need to get a fishing license at an area store like Walmart in the hunting/camping section or at The Hampton Bait Shop just up the road toward Roan Mountain in Hampton. There are mountain bike trails here also. You’ll need to bring your own bike. Check it out!
The Blue Hole Falls is a set of waterfalls. It is a local favorite!
Blue Hole Falls
The Blue Hole Falls is a set of waterfalls. It is a local favorite!
They have live reinactments throughout the summer months. A great historic park with beautiful walking trails.
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 W Elk Ave
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They have live reinactments throughout the summer months. A great historic park with beautiful walking trails.
A very interesting place of historic animals that roamed our area.
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Gray Fossil Site
1212 Suncrest Drive
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A very interesting place of historic animals that roamed our area.
During the winter months, you can go ice skating, visit Santa Village, see the drive through light display, and drive on the worlds fastest half mile racetrack!
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Bristol Motor Speedway
151 Speedway Boulevard
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During the winter months, you can go ice skating, visit Santa Village, see the drive through light display, and drive on the worlds fastest half mile racetrack!
This is a great walking or biking trail that goes from Elizabethton all the way to Johnson City. There are many gorgeous scenic spots along the way. Bike rentals are at the Johnson City trailhead, along with food. The trailhead in Elizabethton is only 2 miles from us!
Tweetsie Trail Trailhead
This is a great walking or biking trail that goes from Elizabethton all the way to Johnson City. There are many gorgeous scenic spots along the way. Bike rentals are at the Johnson City trailhead, along with food. The trailhead in Elizabethton is only 2 miles from us!
This is one of our favorite local places! Throughout the summer months, they have family weekend visit days. There’s so much to do here! Our kids have attended their summer camp since they were small. They have some pretty intense activities, or you can lay on the beach around the lake. You can even take a train ride on the historic Tweetsie Railroad. There’s “The Blob” in the lake (giant pillow in the lake that you jump onto from a raised platform), and you can ride one of my favorites, the zip line off a platform into the lake!
Doe River Gorge Ministries, Inc.
220 Doe River Gorge Rd
This is one of our favorite local places! Throughout the summer months, they have family weekend visit days. There’s so much to do here! Our kids have attended their summer camp since they were small. They have some pretty intense activities, or you can lay on the beach around the lake. You can even take a train ride on the historic Tweetsie Railroad. There’s “The Blob” in the lake (giant pillow in the lake that you jump onto from a raised platform), and you can ride one of my favorites, the zip line off a platform into the lake!
The Appalachian Trail can be accessed from several places in our area. A gorgeous trail for exciting adventures!
Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail can be accessed from several places in our area. A gorgeous trail for exciting adventures!
Watauga Lake is ranked as one of Tennessee’s top cleanest lakes! There’s access from both sides of the lake, and an observatory that shows and tells the history of the lake. There is a whole town, Old Butler, sitting on the bottom of the lake.
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Watauga Lake
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Watauga Lake is ranked as one of Tennessee’s top cleanest lakes! There’s access from both sides of the lake, and an observatory that shows and tells the history of the lake. There is a whole town, Old Butler, sitting on the bottom of the lake.
We love the USO Christmas Show in November and December! It’s an awesome show! Keeps you entertained! It’s in Tennessee’s oldest town!
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre
125 W Main St
We love the USO Christmas Show in November and December! It’s an awesome show! Keeps you entertained! It’s in Tennessee’s oldest town!
We absolutely love going to the drive in to watch movies! Tonight, we’re seeing a classic...E.T.
State Line
2306 State Line Rd
We absolutely love going to the drive in to watch movies! Tonight, we’re seeing a classic...E.T.
The “bathtub” isn’t that big, but it is so beautiful! And the swimming hole is absolutely gorgeous! Coldest water ever! So refreshing!! There’s two trails in. Be sure to take the lower trail. The higher trail is a lot longer. 🌟🌟BE SURE to eat at “The Front Porch”! Best homemade burgers around!!!
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Devil's Bathtub
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The “bathtub” isn’t that big, but it is so beautiful! And the swimming hole is absolutely gorgeous! Coldest water ever! So refreshing!! There’s two trails in. Be sure to take the lower trail. The higher trail is a lot longer. 🌟🌟BE SURE to eat at “The Front Porch”! Best homemade burgers around!!!
Blue Hole Falls
Food scene
The best home cooked meals around! The best gravy and biscuits, just like Grannie used to make, and more breakfast items. On Wednesday’s, they have the home style bbq boneless ribs special. They are amazing!! Tell Lisa the Gentry’s sent you!
Laurel Fork Restaurant
201 U.S. 321
The best home cooked meals around! The best gravy and biscuits, just like Grannie used to make, and more breakfast items. On Wednesday’s, they have the home style bbq boneless ribs special. They are amazing!! Tell Lisa the Gentry’s sent you!
This place is AMAZING!!!! The BEST home cooked food around! They serve it family style, so you can eat all you want! Try their cornbread salad! Yum!!!! Everything is home cooked!
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Shirley's Home Cooking
3266 US-321
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This place is AMAZING!!!! The BEST home cooked food around! They serve it family style, so you can eat all you want! Try their cornbread salad! Yum!!!! Everything is home cooked!
Great bbq!!!!!!
Big Dan's BBQ
Great bbq!!!!!!
By far, the best and freshest salad bar in the country! The pizza is amazing and our favorite is “The Gobble”! A thick handcrafted turkey sub!
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Jiggy Rays Downtown Pizzeria
610 E Elk Ave
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By far, the best and freshest salad bar in the country! The pizza is amazing and our favorite is “The Gobble”! A thick handcrafted turkey sub!
THE ABSOLUTE BEST Thai food you will ever eat!!
Thai-Am
5925 US-19E
THE ABSOLUTE BEST Thai food you will ever eat!!
The very best hamburger you’ll ever eat at a restaurant!!!
Cook Out
509 West Elk Avenue
The very best hamburger you’ll ever eat at a restaurant!!!
Pal’s is a local establishment that has awesome fast food!
Pal's
413 West Elk Avenue
Pal’s is a local establishment that has awesome fast food!
Horseback Riding
Call David Mull (828-260-0947) at Roan Mountain Riding Company to make reservations for horseback riding in our gorgeous neighboring mountains at Roan Mountain! It’s only 25 minutes up the road from us! You will need to make reservations at least two days in advance. It’s $50 per person. There’s a 250 pound limit and a card is required up front. The ride is an hour and twenty minutes long. The age limit is 6 years old. No experience required. The address of the store is 8713 Hwy 19E and the address to the barn is 8806 Hwy 19E, Roan Mountain Tn 37687.
If you want to explore our mountains the old timey way, horseback riding is it! Roan Mountain Riding Company caters to the inexperienced or experienced riders.
Roan Mountain Riding Company
8267 U.S. 19E
If you want to explore our mountains the old timey way, horseback riding is it! Roan Mountain Riding Company caters to the inexperienced or experienced riders.
Sightseeing
This is a gorgeous area! When you reach the top, you are looking down over all the mountains. You can see Tennessee and Bakersville, NC from here.
Beauty Spot
This is a gorgeous area! When you reach the top, you are looking down over all the mountains. You can see Tennessee and Bakersville, NC from here.