Journals

Cooper's Gem Mine: Uncover Buried Treasure!

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 more information about visiting Cooper’s Gem Mine, please call (423) 323-5680 or visit their website at http://www.coopersgemmine.com/index.htm.

Spring Fun at Tweetsie Railroad!

 Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tweetsie Railroad offers guests of all ages a chance to explore the historic “wild west.”  The park is geared toward children and families and features a 3 mile train ride on an authentic steam locomotive.

Watauga Lake

 Covering 10 square miles of Tennessee’s high country, Watauga Lake sits as the highest-elevation reservoir in the state.  A hidden treasure only accessible via winding mountain roads and trails, the lake is surrounded by mountain forests and scenic mountain views.  The lake is private and breathtaking, and stands as a stunning landmark that offers tourist a chance to see the country as it was before settlers claimed it.  To find out more information about visiting Watauga Lake, please check out the website at http://www.wa

Sycamore Shoals State Park

 A rocky stretch of roaring rapids along the Watauga River, known to the locals as Sycamore Shoals, has been a significant historic landmark for more than four hundred years.  The National Historic Landmark is home of numerous critical events forming the American frontier.  The beautiful park was once home to Native Americans and today features historic milestones such as Fort Watauga.  For more information about visiting Sycamore Shoals State Park, please call 423-543-5808 or visit the website at http://tn.gov/en