Journals

Panning for Golden Memories

 People in the tiny town of Blountville, Tennessee use to shout “there’s gold in them there mountains!” and now visitors of all ages can travel to Cooper’s Gem Mine and experience there own gold and jewel rush.  Established in 1991, owners Amy and Johnny offer various buckets and packages for parties, groups and individuals seeking to discover their own “hidden treasures.”  For m

Bear Paw Adventures Are One-of-a-Kind!

 Tucked into the heart of the North Carolina Mountains, in between Seven Devils and Valle Crucis, Bear Paw State Natural Area offers tranquility to all her guests.  Officially authorized in 2005, Bear Paw is located just north of Grandfather Mountain, and is managed by Elk Knob State Park.  The 325 acres is also home to many rare plants and the Hanging Rock Ridge.

A Zoo Never Looked So Bright

 Privately owned Brights Zoo, located in Eastern Tennessee, is home to many animals including rare and endangered species.

Tall Tales from Jonesborough, TN

 In the beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, located in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, the National Storytelling Festival takes place the first full weekend in October as it has every year since 1973.  The festival features storytellers from all walks of life, and the stage at Jonesborough is home to famous storytellers such as Andy Offutt Irwin and Kathryn Tucker Windham.  For more information about the festival, please call 1-800-952-8392 or visit the website at http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/