The AQT is a celebration of all things local! Communities everywhere are falling in love with quilts and barns and the idea that the small act of hanging a wooden quilt square on one building has grown into an international movement. The AQT is a collaboration among several groups and trails to connect local trails so your excursion will be easier and more rewarding. Simply put, we want you to be able to find all the wonderful works of art and discover all the hidden ... and not so hidden .... treasures along the way. There are seven quilt squares in Hamblen County. See if you can find them all.
Explore one of America’s newest national byways, the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway. Beginning in Cocke County at the Tennessee/North Carolina border, the byway traverses through Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson and Claiborne counties. Along the by-way you’ll find world-class fishing, hiking, Civil War history, golf, camping, boating, museums, music, farm-fresh produce, arts and crafts, historic downtowns and great food and lodging.
Make Sunny Side your next road trip: a drive through Smoky Mountain backroads and lush Appalachian countryside, through small towns brimming with history and attractions bursting with adventure. Maybe you find your thrills at amusement parks, or maybe it’s the thrill of a shopping hunt that gives you a charge. And if you love exploring the unique, one-of-a-kind places and roadside attractions that make up the fabric of Tennessee, you’ll love finding gems like the childhood home of Dolly Parton or an authentic drive-in movie theater. It’s all here - all you need is a full tank of gas.
The Tennessee Civil War Trails program is part of a five-state system that encourages the exploration of both well-known and less-familiar sites associated with the Civil War. The Tennessee trails journey across the state with several of the designated locations situated within Morristown and the surrounding area. Each site can be explored at your 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. The Bethesda Church and the General Longstreet Museum are part of the Civil War Trail in East Tennessee.
The Long and Winding Road Motorcycle Trail offers five popular back-road motorcycle tours. The Morristown area is included in the “Stillwater to Whitewater” trail which includes a nice tour of our historic district and some of the most picturesque scenery in our region. The beauty of the drive along the banks of Cherokee Lake to the Clinch Mountain Overlook is breathtaking.
Get ready for White Lightning - 200 miles of unique American stories told every day through Appalachian arts and crafts, preserved buildings and sites, historic town squares and the tales of legendary characters. The trail gets its name from the area’s history as a prohibition-era, moonshine-running corridor. Rebels careened around the curves of "Thunder Road," transporting illegal, homemade corn whiskey under the cover of darkness.