East Tennessee History Tour

East Tennessee History Tour
East Tennessee History Tour


East Tennessee History Tour

East Tennessee History Tour

Twist the throttle and travel back in time! Explore scenic roads and be led to the historical Rocky Mount and Tipton-Haynes sites, and the Sycamore Shoals Fort—where you may even be able to catch a historical reenactment, workshop, or other event steeped in regional history. Next to see is the Carter Mansion—the oldest mansion in East Tennessee, dating back to 1775. When you arrive at the Doe River, you’ll see one of the country’s last remaining covered bridges, which dates back to the early 1880s. Relax and listen to the river flow as you bask in the region’s rich history.


  1. Turn left at light US11EN/US19WN, 5mi
  2. Turn right on Hyder Hill Rd., 300 ft
  3. Bear right to Rocky Mount
  4. Turn left Hyder Hill Rd., 300 ft
  5. Turn right on US11EN/US19WN, 4.3mi
  6. Turn right on US 19E S, 8.8 mi
  7. Turn left on Broad St., 0.2 mi
  8. Turn left on Carter Mansion Historic Area
  9. Turn right on Broad St., 1.2 mi
  10. Continue straight – W. Elk Ave., 1.6 mi
  11. Turn right to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
  12. Turn right on US 321 S, 6.1 mi
  13. Turn left on S. Roan St., 1.0 mi
  14. Turn left on Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site
  15. Turn right S. Roan St., 2.0 mi
  16. Turn right on Okolona Rd., 200 ft
  17. Turn right on I-26W/US23N/US19WN, 6.3mi
  18. Turn right on Exit 20B, Roan St.



  1. Rocky Mount – Experience the Living History Museum
  2. Off The Grid – Adventure off your bike
  3. City Market – Try some of the best burgers and chicken salad
  4. Downtown Elizabethton – Antiquing abounds, what will you discover?
  5. The Coffee Company – Bakery, roastery and restaurant all in one
  6. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area – Enrich your historical knowledge
  7. Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site – Enrich your historical knowledge
  8. Downtown Johnson City – Enjoy downtown’s resurgence with dining, music, breweries, parks, and shopping
  9. Ridgewood Barbecue – Satisfy your tastebuds with a local favorite
  10. Main Street Pizza – Find foodie satisfaction with a tasty slice