Visitor Guide: Kingsport

Kingsport was developed after the Revolutionary War, at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Holston River. In 1700’s it was known as “Salt Lick” for an ancient mineral lick.

Top Attractions of Kingsport, Tennessee and Surrounding Area

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium in Kingsport Tennessee

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, located in beautiful Kingsport, Tennessee, is a 3,750 acre nature preserve and the largest city owned park in the state of Tennessee. The Park features a picturesque 44 acre lake, a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art Planetarium Theater, and Animal Habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles.

Downtown Kingsport Tennessee

Downtown Kingsport has much to offer, from restaurants and antique shops, theatre, and sweet treats, the downtown area is for everyone to explore. Come on down and see it for yourself!

The ETSU Gray Fossil Site & Museum! Together with our partner, the Hands On! Discovery Center, we are a dynamic hub for science and education in northeastern Tennessee. The world-class paleontological site in our backyard preserves a one-of-a-kind window into the Appalachian Highlands five million years ago and makes our museum an invaluable resource for paleontology research and education

The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel located inside the temperature controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN (at the corner of E. Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport). We are open 5 days a week all year long. ALL rides are $1. Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Warriors’ Path State Park was named for the Great Cherokee War and Trading Path. Since that time, the park land has known a long history of travelers and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre park is located on the shores of the Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.

The park is home to premier boating and fishing activity, hiking trails, an internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system (which is a designated National Recreational Trail), an award-winning nature education program and a nationally recognized golf course.

Family Fun

Introduction to Kingsport

In the heart of the Appalachian foothills, where the Holston and Clinch rivers weave their watery threads, lies Kingsport, Tennessee. A city with a melody in its name and a history etched in stone and steel. Let’s journey through its timeworn tales and vibrant offerings, a tapestry woven from industry, artistry, and the untamed spirit of the mountains.

Our narrative begins in the whispers of prehistory, when Native American tribes danced under the painted sky, leaving cryptic petroglyphs on Bays Mountain’s rugged shoulders. Fast forward to the 18th century, and we find settlers carving homesteads from the wilderness, their axes ringing against virgin timber.

The 20th century saw Kingsport’s pulse quicken. Iron and coal kissed fire in hulking furnaces, birthing an industrial giant. But beneath the smoke and clang, a different heartbeat thrummed. The Tennessee Eastman Company, a chemical colossus, brought not just jobs, but a vibrant community spirit. Music filled the air, from the soulful strains of the Clinch Mountain Boys to the Carter Family’s Appalachian ballads echoing from Hiltons, just across the border.

Today, Kingsport’s story unfolds like a well-worn map, sprinkled with landmarks that whisper of its past. Take a step back in time at the opulent Netherland Inn, where presidents once slumbered. Or delve into the industrial saga at the Bays Mountain Planetarium, where constellations dance above blast furnaces long dormant.

But Kingsport isn’t just a museum of bygone days. It’s a canvas splashed with the colors of the present. Hike hidden trails in Bays Mountain Park, where waterfalls tumble and ancient cedars whisper secrets. Paddle the Holston River, its mirrored surface reflecting the sky’s kaleidoscope. Feel the pulse of downtown, where art galleries pulse with creativity and craft breweries brim with laughter.

For the thrill-seeker, Kingsport revs its engines at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway, where stock cars roar like metal beasts. And for the soul-searcher, moments of quietude await in the Sunsphere, a futuristic beacon overlooking the city, and the Kingsport Greenbelt, a verdant oasis weaving through the urban heart.

Whether you’re drawn to the echoes of history or the whispers of adventure, Kingsport welcomes you with open arms. Come, trace the footprints of pioneers on Bays Mountain, savor a melody born from Appalachian roots, and discover the vibrant tapestry woven from the threads of time. In Kingsport, Tennessee, past, present, and future find harmony, inviting you to write your own verse in its ever-evolving story.

So, pack your curiosity, lace up your hiking boots, and let Kingsport serenade you with its enchanting blend of history, nature, and heart. This city in the Tennessee Valley isn’t just a destination, it’s an experience waiting to be unraveled, one chapter at a time.

Morbi vitae purus dictum, ultrices tellus in, gravida lectus.
History of Kingsport

In the mid-18th century, Daniel Boone and his axe men left an area known as the Boatyard District and Long Island on the Holston River to mark a trail through the unexplored Cumberland Gap. This was America’s frontier, a bustling center of activity and a source of relaxation for three American presidents, Daniel Boone, David Crockett and other frontiersmen.

Weather & Best Time to Visit

Due to its overall mild climate in summer and winter, There really is never a bad time to visit Rogersville; However, many people enjoy the beautiful spring burst of color across it’s landscape in April. Also, throughout the summer months from May – October, Rogersville hosts a number of events and festivals. These include Cruise-In’s on the Square and in October their biggest festival – Heritage Days.

Weather Forecast Every Month

Month High / Low(°F)Rain
January 46° / 26° 8 days
February 51° / 29° 7 days
March 61° / 36° 8 days
April 70° / 44° 8 days
May 77° / 53° 8 days
June 84° / 60° 8 days
July 87° / 64° 8 days
August 86° / 63° 6 days
September 81° / 57° 5 days
October 70° / 45° 5 days
November 59° / 36° 6 days
December 49° / 29° 7 days

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