Welcome to Washington County!

This is a fantastic place to live if you enjoy the great outdoors, thanks to our beautiful weather and opportunities to be active. Here, we’ll take a quick look at several different ways to be active around the surrounding area.
Buffalo Mountain
Buffalo Mountain Park began operating as a city park in 1986 as part of a Tennessee homecoming project through the special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. The property become city owned through a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service involving land in Unicoi County. The park is located in South Johnson City near Pine Oaks Golf Course and Tipton-Haynes Historical site. The trails consist of a variety of climbs ranging from 406 to 1,354 feet in elevation gain. There are at least eight great trails for walking and walking with beautiful views.
570 Highridge Road, Johnson City — 423-283-5815
Tweestsie Trail
As a rails-to-trails project, the Tweetsie Trail encompasses the former East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. The gradually packed rock makes a great surface for walking, running and biking through a gorgeous nature setting. The main entrance begins at the corner of Alabama and Legion streets in Johnson City. The Tweetsie Trail extension connects to the overflow parking at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark, which also connects to city sidewalks. The trailhead includes paved parking, benches, water fountains, a bike repair station and a portable restroom. There are many points of interest along the trail that are easily accessed. The trail is managed by nearby Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.
Tweetsie Trail Trailhead Corner of Legion Street and Alabama Street, Johnson City —  423-283-5815
Husky Mtn. Adventures
Jon and his family have always enjoyed the outdoors. He is now helping others find the joy in outdoor activities. Husky Mtn. Adventures provides guidance in hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, etc.  East Tennessee provides hundreds of waterfalls and natural areas to enjoy, and these customized adventures always meet the needs and interests of the family or business clients.
Highway 75, Blountville — 423-646-2297
USA Raft Adventure Resort
This resort area is perfectly set along the Nolichucky River, surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and directly bordering the Appalachian Trail. In this setting, a whole spectrum of activities includes rafting adventures, fishing, tubing, caving and paddleboarding.
2 Jones Branch Road, Erwin — 800-USA-RAFT

Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park
Tannery Knobs is located less than a mile from the newly constructed Tweetsie Trail and is within riding distance of downtown. From the top, the site offers wonderful mountain views of Johnson City. The park covers over 40 acres of heavily wooded topography.   Tannery Knobs is designed for novices to hone their skills, progressing to medium to advanced riders. All trails and features have been carefully planned and built, ensuring enthusiasts and beginners alike will find the perfect ride. Tannery Knobs is not just for bikes.  The amazing views are also suited for both hiking and trail running, so the entire community may enjoy the park.
18 Tannery Knob, Johnson City — 423-283-5815