Recreation in Historic Jonesborough

Jhikingonesborough and its surrounding areas have all there is to offer in recreation. Nestled in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee along the Appalachian Trial, there is a world of opportunity for outdoor recreation.

Camping, hiking, fishing, white-water rafting and biking are all within reach while visiting Jonesborough. With many public golf courses in the area, this region has been recognized as one of the premier places for hitting the greens by Golf Digest Magazine.

Historic Jonesborough also has several parks, walking trails, and youth sports and recreational opportunities. Stage Road Park is located just a block from downtown and offers walking trails, basketball court, playgrounds and a pavilion. Come have a picnic at Mill Spring Park and relax by the creek. This park is a famous wedding location with its picturesque setting and gazebo.

Depot Street, also near downtown, offers a basketball and volleyball court with a playground and pavilion. And don’t forget, Wetlands Water Park is located just one mile from downtown in Persimmon Ridge Park. With swimming, three water slides and a lazy river, fun for all ages is just around the corner.

Want something a little more thrilling? NASCAR is just minutes away at the Bristol Motor Speedway, which always has events to offer. Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol are just minutes away from relaxing Historic Jonesborough and offer even more recreational activities.

Known as a tourism destination, Jonesborough has everything - history, fabulous restaurants, award-winning bed-and-breakfasts and recreational activities of all kinds. East Tennessee is a real gem when it comes to the outdoors and what better place to visit and stay than Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town.


Catch the fish of your dreams in Northeast Tennessee, from giant strippers, bass, crappie, catfish, trout or panfish. Rivers and streams run deep with opportunities for beginners to even the most avid fishers.


Northeast Tennessee plays host to some of the most stunning views and scenery in the country.  In the mecca of mountain biking, you will experience track and road trails for beginners and advanced riders complete with technical rock sections to fast flowing roads.


Totaling nearly one thousand miles, Tennessee State Parks' trails mirror the state’s great diversity and offer an incredible mixture of outdoor recreational opportunities.  Northeast Tennessee serves as home to several of these trails and parks.  Step inside a virtual paradise full of adventure, nature and breathtaking scenery with hiking and walking trails ranging from well marked lines to opportunities to create your own adventure.

picWetlands Water Park

One of the only water parks of its kind, Wetlands keeps the family entertained and cool from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.  The park features slides, a lazy river, wading pools, recreational areas and much more


Bristol Motor Speedway is home to the world’s fastest half mile, known for its adrenaline pumping nonstop action, the speedway hosts two of the most popular NASCAR races in March and August each year.  In addition to the speedway, there is a quarter mile dragstrip nicknamed Thunder Valley due to its location and surrounding scenery.

picHorseback Riding

Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery while riding the trails through wide open fields as well as forests and the Appalachian Mountains. Take a short guided ride or embark for a weekend trek through the woods, horseback riding facilities are available for every type of rider encompassing every skill level.

picJonesborough Parks

Kick back and take the time to relax in one of Jonesborough’s four parks complete with children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, nature observatories and other additional facilities as you discover what makes Historic Jonesborough so unique.


Tee up to some of the best golf venues in the state of Tennessee complete with panoramic views of the mountains of East Tennessee. Several convenient and accessible courses are near Jonesborough, just minutes away in Bristol, Johnson City, Elizabethton or Kingsport.