Loading
The Holston River meanders through a section of Kingsport, Tennessee in the footholls of the Smoky Mountains. This view is from the old Public Works fire tower erected on Bays Mountain in the 1930's.

From Cornfield Mazes to Skiing, or Camping and Hiking... the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains Offers Much to Do

From the cornfield mazes and pumpkin farms in the fall, to skiing and snowboarding in winter, the foothills of the Smoky Mountains offer many activities for everyone. Additionally, camping, fishing and hiking take place in the spring, summer and fall. Also, look for the fireflies or lightning bugs on a summer’s night as you gaze at the numerous stars in the vast sky.

Wildlife abounds in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, so be on the lookout for bears, deer, turkeys, wolves and coyotes. The cute chipmunks and fleet-footed squirrels learn fast not to zig and zag. Deep crimson Cardinals, Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Hummingbirds and Eagles are just a few of the numerous flocks of birds in the Smoky Mountain foothills.

The Passion of Fly Fishing and Hiking to Local Fire Towers are Local Attractions

One favorite pastime, fishing is a local passion. Some folks keep their rods and reels handy in their vehicles, just in case they find an ideal fishing spot while driving down the road. There are Catfish, Bass, Rainbow Trout, Bluegills and Crappies. Some of the best fly fishing is found right here in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Northeast Tennessee.

Hike along some of the area’s numerous trails to the fire towers, even the one built in the 1930’s. There are numerous waterfalls and even more state parks in the Smoky Mountains in Northeast Tennessee. All sorts of hiking trails are common around here. Check out all the wildflowers in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains too, as you hike. Asters, Violets, Black-eyed Susan flowers, Buttercups, Daisies and Goldenrod are a few of our luscious wildflowers.

Come for a drive or a hike… camp overnight or lodge in a hotel over the weekend. Go fishing, hunting or just take walks. The foothills of the Smoky Mountains offers a lot to everyone. Visit any time of the year and stay as long as you like. There’s much to see and do in our foothills here in Northeast Tennessee.

This is a view of Bays Mountain in Kingsport, Tennessee from atop the Fire Tower that was erected n 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, part of President Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal Program. This looks like a glass-paned window, but there's no glass... it's an open-air window. Bays Mountain is part of the Smoky Mountains, too.
Shopping Basket