Tennessee is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations, and the Morristown/Hamblen County area features some of the most scenic views in the state. Here are several specialized trails designed to take you off-the-beaten-path so you can explore the beauty, history, and uniqueness of E. Tennessee. Click the links for detailed information about each trail, or stop by the Chamber’s Welcome Center at 825 West First North Street for printed guide-maps for the trails.
White Lightning Trail
Here on the Sunny Side of Tennessee, it’s hard not to notice a wealth of natural beauty, rich history, and southern hospitality. From charming sidewalk shops to mountaintop adventures to world-changing stories of determination and perseverance, there’s excitement around every corner.
Sunny Side Trail
The White Lightning Trail is peppered with moonshine exhibits, Victorian Homes, Civil War sites, scenic overlooks, famous factories and post-prohibition stock car speedways. There’s something worth seeing at every turn of the White Lightning Trail.
The Appalachian Quilt Trail
Slow down and take the road less traveled. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the back roads in our region while embarking upon this fun and entertaining self-guided tour of beautiful quilt squares that are prominently displayed on a backdrop of historic barns and structures. Using traditional quilt patterns as a guide, these colorful squares are filled with a rich history where every stitch tells a story. You will find many interesting shops, restaurants, galleries and other off-the-beaten-path treasures along the way. Stop by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, 825 West First North Street, to get your copy of the trail map-guide.
Tennessee Civil War Trails
The Tennessee Civil War Trails program is part of a five-state trails system that encourages the exploration of both well-known and less-familiar sites associated with the Civil War. The Tennessee map-guide journeys across the state with several of the designated locations situated within Morristown and the surrounding area. In total, there are approximately 200 trail markers. Each site can be explored at one’s own pace, and many offer other historical and recreation opportunities. Hundreds of antique and specialty shops can be found on the trails, in addition to taverns and restaurants, preserved battlefields and much more.
East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway
Explore one of America’s newest National Byways, the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway. Beginning at Cocke County at the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line, the byway meanders through Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson and Claiborne counties. There is something for everyone along the byway. World-class fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, Civil War history, golf, camping, boating, museums, country music, farm-fresh produce, arts and crafts, historic downtown and great food and lodging are waiting for you.