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Big-Sandy is a tiny town of approximately 500 residents, located in Benton County, in northwestern Tennessee. This small, quiet community is situated on beautiful Kentucky Lake about 16 miles from Paris, Tennessee and less than 100 miles from Nashville. The town was named for the Big Sandy River - the first building was erected in 1871 and it incorporated as a town in 1903. The area is well known for its fishing and duck hunting and Big Sandy is host to an annual Water Fowl Festival, where thousands come each year to win a chance at the duck blind drawing. Other nearby towns include Camden and Holladay. Attractions near the town of Big Sandy include the Patsy Cline Memorial, the Tennessee River Folklife Center and the Tennessee Boat School/Sandra Lynn Boat Works. Visitors can rent a cabin or a pontoon boat at the Birdsong Resort, Marina and Campground and also go swimming, hiking and picnicking. The Fresh Water Pearl Museum is also located at the Birdsong Resort, which offers tours of the pearl farm and a gift shop where visitors can purchase fresh water pearl jewelry. The Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is also located near Big Sandy, situated on the western bank of the Kentucky Lake and featuring primitive camping, hiking trails, picnicking areas, fishing, boating and skiing.

Surrounding areas: Jonesborough, Tennessee (6.4 mi), Englewood, Tennessee (11.4 mi), Johnson City, Tennessee (12.1 mi), Boone Lake, Tennessee (12.3 mi), Erwin, Tennessee (15.0 mi), Kingsport, Tennessee (16.0 mi), Greeneville, Tennessee (16.3 mi)

Big Sandy Vacation Rentals

Big Sandy Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americinn Lodge & Suites376 E Jackson BlvdJonesborough, TN6.9 mi.(423) 753-3100
Jameson Inn119 Pinnacle DrJohnson City, TN9.9 mi.(423) 282-0488
Hampton Inn508 N State Of Franklin RdJohnson City, TN11.1 mi.(423) 929-8000
Comfort Suites3118 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN11.2 mi.(423) 610-0010
The Jam N'jelly Inn1310 Indian Ridge RdJohnson City, TN11.4 mi.(423) 929-0039
Holiday Inn-johnson City101 W Springbrook DrJohnson City, TN11.7 mi.(423) 282-4611
Ramada Limited2606 N Roan StJohnson City, TN11.9 mi.(423) 282-4011
Super 8 Motel108 Wesley StJohnson City, TN11.9 mi.(423) 282-8818
Days Inn2312 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN12.0 mi.(423) 282-2211
Garden Plaza Hotel211 Mockingbird LnJohnson City, TN12.1 mi.(423) 929-2000
Red Roof Inn210 Broyles DrJohnson City, TN12.1 mi.(423) 282-3040
Quality Inn & Suites207 E Mountcastle DrJohnson City, TN12.5 mi.(423) 282-3335
Comfort Inn South4624 Fairlane DrKingsport, TN12.8 mi.(423) 239-7447
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN13.0 mi.(423) 915-0081
Charray Inn121 Serral DrGreeneville, TN13.1 mi.(423) 638-1331
Jameson Inn - Greeneville3160 E Andrew Johnson HwyGreeneville, TN13.3 mi.(423) 638-7511
Hampton Inn3130 E Andrew Johnson HwyGreeneville, TN13.4 mi.(423) 638-3735
Hampton Inn-Kingsport2000 Enterprise PlKingsport, TN13.6 mi.(423) 247-3888
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN13.7 mi.(423) 928-9600
Meadowview Conference Resort1901 Meadowview PkwyKingsport, TN13.9 mi.(423) 587-6520
Holiday Inn1790 E Andrew Johnson HwyGreenville, IN14.6 mi.(423) 639-4185
Comfort Inn Greeneville1790 E Andrew Johnson HwyGreeneville, TN14.6 mi.(423) 639-4185
Holiday Inn Express2002 Temple HL RdErwin, TN14.8 mi.(423) 743-4100
Days Inn935 East Andrew Johnson HwyGreeneville, TN15.2 mi.(423) 639-2156
La Quinta Inn #935-kingsport10150 Airport PkwyKingsport, TN16.4 mi.(423) 323-0500
Best Western Colonial Inn4234 Ft Henry DrKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 239-3400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1217 Stewball CirKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 723-2300
Jameson Inn - Kingsport3004 Bays MeadowKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 230-0539
Ramada Inn Kingsport2005 Ln Masa DrKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 245-0217
Sleep Inn & Suites200 Hospitality PlKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 279-1811
Andrew Johnson InnHwy 321 & 11 E BypGreeneville, TN16.9 mi.(423) 638-8124
General Morgan Inn111 N Main StGreeneville, TN16.9 mi.(423) 787-1000
Econo Lodge1704 E Stone DrKingsport, TN16.9 mi.(423) 245-0286
Microtel Inn1708 E Stone DrKingsport, TN16.9 mi.(423) 390-2110
Comfort Inn100 Indian Center CtKingsport, TN17.0 mi.(423) 378-4418
Super 8700 Lynn Garden DrKingsport, TN17.5 mi.(423) 246-5515
Days Inn Kingsport805 Lynn Garden DrKingsport, TN17.6 mi.(423) 246-7126
Cleeks Motel2760 East Stone DrKingsport, TN18.0 mi.(423) 228-9996
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN21.1 mi.(423) 542-4466
Comfort Inn & Suites128 James Richardson LnRogersville, TN24.3 mi.(423) 272-8700

Big Sandy Weather & Climate

The climate of the northeastern Tennessee mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; as there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year, but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes it seem hotter than it actually is. Snow is minimal in Tennessee except in the higher mountain regions. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 24°F 3.39 in. -
February 51°F 27°F 3.41 in. -
March 59°F 34°F 4.07 in. -
April 68°F 41°F 3.71 in. -
May 75°F 49°F 5.47 in. -
June 82°F 58°F 4.81 in. -
July 85°F 62°F 5.82 in. -
August 85°F 61°F 3.74 in. -
September 79°F 55°F 3.39 in. -
October 69°F 42°F 2.16 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 2.74 in. -
December 50°F 27°F 3.13 in. -

Big Sandy Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 15 miles northeast of Big Sandy in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located approximately 15 miles southwest of Big Sandy in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located roughly 44 miles west of Big Sandy in Morristown, Tennessee, the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located around 60 miles south of Big Sandy in Asheville, North Carolina, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 61 miles west of Big Sandy in Sevierville, Tennessee, and finally the Morganton Lenoir airport (MRN) located approximately 64 miles southeast of Big Sandy in Morganton, North Carolina.

Big Sandy Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC61.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN62.4 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN64.9 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN64.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC70.6 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC70.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Graysburg Hills Golf CourseChuckeyTN8.6 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseChuckeyTN8.6 mi.
Pine Oaks Golf ClubJohnson CityTN12.1 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN16.0 mi.
Cattails at Meadowview Golf CourseKingsportTN16.0 mi.
Crocketts Ridge Golf ClubKingsportTN16.0 mi.
Warriors Path State Park Golf CourseKingsportTN16.0 mi.
Silver Lake Golf ClubChurch HillTN16.1 mi.
Andrew Johnson Golf ClubGreenevilleTN16.3 mi.
Baileyton Golf ClubGreenevilleTN16.3 mi.
Kinser Park Golf CourseGreenevilleTN16.3 mi.
River Trace Golf CourseGreenevilleTN16.3 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN21.1 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN21.3 mi.
Scott County Park & GolfGate CityVA22.2 mi.
Camelot Golf CourseRogersvilleTN23.8 mi.
McDonald Golf Club & Driving RangeRogersvilleTN23.8 mi.
Finley Golf ClubChapel HillNC26.2 mi.
Preserve At Jordan Lake Golf ClubChapel HillNC26.2 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseChapel HillNC26.2 mi.
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN28.2 mi.
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC33.4 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC41.1 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC41.1 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC43.2 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC61.6 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC98.5 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV108.5 mi.
State Parks
Warriors Path State ParkTN13.9 mi. 
Natural Tunnel State ParkVA27.7 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN13.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN13.0 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC48.9 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN78.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC101.2 mi.

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