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Southern Dozen riders in Johnson City, Tennessee
Brought to you by Johnson City, Tennessee Convention and Visitors Bureau
Start your adventure by visiting Johnson City, Tennessee! Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, it’s home to many unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as breathtaking natural beauty and one-of-a-kind historic sites.
The best way to plan your adventure is to choose one or more of the “Southern Dozen Rides.” The Southern Dozen were initially mapped out for motorcycle enthusiasts, but since the 12 scenic rides take you past the best aspects of the area, motorists of all kinds have found the routes are the perfect way to experience the area.
“These twelve different routes are really a sampling of the best our region has to offer,” says Brenda Whitson, Executive Director of the Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’ve gotten tremendous response from people around the world who plan their trip via our website, at www.southerndozen.com, where you’ll find descriptions of the routes and GPS directions, as well as videos and pictures of what you can expect to find along the way.”
The most popular ride is ride #1, The Snake Ride.
Starting from Johnson City, the ride takes you through slithering curves on Highway 421, where you can stop at the Shady Valley 421 Country Store, which has been serving customers in this pastoral setting since the 1920s. Stop for a spell for a meal, gas or souvenirs.
Continue on toward Backbone Rock and you’ll see the world’s shortest railroad tunnel over Beaverdam Creek. The waters are great for fly-fishing and trout. Hiking trails, rock-climbing and picnicking are just a few of the activities you can do there.
Next stop (if you so desire) is across the state line in Damascus, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail. This quaint town has several roadside restaurants and shops.
The route continues as you re-enter Tennessee through peaceful Mountain City, and drive over the spectacular Butler Bridge. The old town of Butler was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1940s to form Watauga Lake, and there is a museum dedicated to “old” Butler nearby. They call Butler, “The town that won’t drown.”
The last leg of your journey takes you through historic Elizabethton, where you’ll find antiques shopping, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and one of the country’s oldest covered bridges.
The ride ends back at Johnson City, where the 11 other Southern Dozen rides await!
“The beauty of the Southern Dozen rides “The beauty of the Southern Dozen rides is that no matter how many times you travel these routes, you may notice something different each time. And as the seasons change, the views change, and so it’s great to do them at different times during the year,” says Whitson. “We welcome all visitors to our area and know that once you come, you’ll want to come back.”
Southern Dozen riders
in Johnson City, Tennessee
Photo Courtesy of Kenny Thacker
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