My trip to Johnson City, Tenn., was a quick one. I did not get to visit Pal’s, as I had hoped. By the time I got to the hotel, settled in, and found where I needed to be the next morning, I didn’t have any light left for wandering around.
I spent most of my time up and down State of Franklin Road. This area of Tennessee used to be called State of Franklin in the last 1700s.
Johnson City is much larger than I expected it to be. The population is more than 60,000. There are lots of big box stores, so if you like shopping you’ll feel right at home. The area also has lots of trails and outdoor activities. Asheville and Boone, N.C., are just over an hour away. That means Pisgah National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the AT are all nearby.
Some of the places I would recommend visiting are Warriors’ Path State Park, Historic Jonesborough, which is Tennessee’s oldest town, and the International Storytelling Center, where the National Storytelling Festival is held every year. If I make it out that way again, I wouldn’t want to miss them. Chris has always wanted to visit Warriors’ Path. He couldn’t come with me on this last trip.