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Mountain-City is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in the extreme northeastern corner of Tennessee, near the North Carolina border. The town serves as the county seat for Johnson County, which is the eastern-most county in the state. Mountain City is a beautiful little town, with a population of around 2,400 residents. It is near the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway and the ski slopes of Boone, North Carolina. Hiking is a common activity along the wooded mountain trails, and fishing in the rivers, streams and lakes near Mountain City is especially popular. Watauga Lake is the closest to Mountain City and is well stocked on a yearly basis. Watauga, which is a Native American word for "beautiful waters," is the highest reservoir in the Tennessee River system at 1,900 feet above sea level. Aside from excellent fishing, other activities on and around the lake include swimming, boating, water skiing and camping. Mountain City is also an easy day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cherokee, Tennessee. The Johnson County Welcome Center & Museum is located in Mountain City and other nearby attractions include Backbone Rock Recreation Area and Gentry's Creek Falls. The latter is one of the most photographed waterfalls in northeast Tennessee, where a two and a half-mile trail leads to two waterfalls (30 and 40 feet high.)

Surrounding areas: Butler, Tennessee (14.3 mi), Watauga Lake, Tennessee (20.5 mi), Bristol, Tennessee (22.8 mi), Roan Mountain, Tennessee (24.3 mi), Bluff City, Tennessee (25.3 mi), Hampton, Tennessee (26.1 mi), Johnson City, Tennessee (33.0 mi)

Mountain City Vacation Rentals

Mountain City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn Abingdon340 Commerce DrAbingdon, VA18.2 mi.(276) 619-4600
Holiday Inn Express940 E Main StAbingdon, VA18.2 mi.(276) 676-2829
Quality Inn & Suites930 E Main StAbingdon, VA18.2 mi.(276) 676-9090
Super 8 Motel298 Towne Centre DrAbingdon, VA18.4 mi.(276) 676-3329
Jefferson LandingJefferson, NC18.8 mi.(336) 982-4449
Comfort Inn170 Jonesboro RdAbingdon, VA18.9 mi.(276) 676-2222
Comfort Suites Abingdon1093 Ole Berry DrAbingdon, VA18.9 mi.(276) 698-3040
Martha Washington Inn150 West Main StAbingdon, VA18.9 mi.(276) 628-3161
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC19.2 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC19.2 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC19.2 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC19.2 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC19.2 mi.(828) 264-8413
Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza840 E King StBoone, NC19.3 mi.(828) 266-1100
Country Inn And Suites Boone818 E King StBoone, NC19.3 mi.(828) 264-4100
Best Western Eldreth Inn829 E Main StJefferson, NC19.8 mi.(336) 246-8845
Quality Inn Appalachian Conference CTR949 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC20.0 mi.(828) 262-0020
La Quinta Inn #933 - Bristol1014 Old Airport RdBristol, VA20.5 mi.(276) 669-9353
Travelodge Glade Spring12412 Maple StGlade Spring, VA20.5 mi.(276) 429-5131
Courtyard By Marriott Bristol3169 Linden DrBristol, VA20.7 mi.(276) 591-4400
Holiday Inn Of Boone710 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC20.8 mi.(828) 264-2451
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites3005 Linden DrBristol, VA21.0 mi.(276) 466-4100
Holiday Inn Express1943 Blowing Rock RdBoone, NC21.1 mi.(828) 264-2451
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC21.8 mi.(828) 898-9784
Comfort Inn2368 Lee HwyBristol, VA21.9 mi.(276) 466-3881
Super 8 Motel Bristol2139 Lee HwyBristol, VA22.1 mi.(276) 466-8800
Regency Inn975 Volunteer PkwyBristol, TN22.5 mi.(423) 968-9474
Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol131 Bristol East RdBristol, VA22.9 mi.(276) 669-8164
Econo Lodge912 Commonwealth AveBristol, VA23.4 mi.(276) 466-2112
Howard Johnson Inn2221 Euclid AveBristol, VA24.0 mi.(276) 669-7171
Knights Inn2221-2 Euclid AveBristol, VA24.0 mi.(276) 669-7171
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN24.2 mi.(423) 542-4466
Alpen Acres156 Old US Hwy 321 SBlowing Rock, NC24.5 mi.(828) 295-7981
Chetola Resort & Conference CenterBlowing Rock, NC24.5 mi.(800) 243-8652
Chetola Resort & ConferenceBlowing Rock, NC24.5 mi.(828) 295-5500
Days Inn Blowing RockHwy 321 BypBlowing Rock, NC24.5 mi.(828) 295-4422
Ridgeway Motor InnHwy 221Blowing Rock, NC24.5 mi.(828) 295-7321
Hampton Inn3299 W State StBristol, TN26.3 mi.(423) 764-3600
Bristol Lodging Services LLC111 Holiday DrBristol, TN26.6 mi.(423) 968-1101
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC28.4 mi.(828) 733-4311

Mountain City Weather & Climate

The mountainous Northeast region of Tennessee has a temperate climate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year so there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is 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. 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 43°F 19°F 3.85 in. -
February 47°F 22°F 4.08 in. -
March 55°F 29°F 4.68 in. -
April 64°F 36°F 3.99 in. -
May 72°F 45°F 5.23 in. -
June 79°F 53°F 4.22 in. -
July 82°F 58°F 4.25 in. -
August 81°F 56°F 3.87 in. -
September 76°F 50°F 3.57 in. -
October 66°F 36°F 2.80 in. -
November 56°F 29°F 3.13 in. -
December 47°F 22°F 3.84 in. -

Mountain City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 33 miles west of Mountain City in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located approximately 43 miles southeast of Mountain City in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 55 miles south of Mountain City in Hickory, North Carolina, and finally the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located around 59 miles west of Mountain City in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Mountain City Attractions

Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC108.9 mi.
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC115.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN 
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN8.4 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA11.1 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC15.7 mi.
Mountain Aire Golf ClubWest JeffersonNC16.7 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC19.7 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC19.7 mi.
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC22.1 mi.
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA22.3 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC22.5 mi.
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN22.8 mi.
Scenic View Golf CourseChilhowieVA22.9 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN24.4 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC27.6 mi.
Saltville Golf CourseSaltvilleVA28.1 mi.
Holston Hills Country ClubMarionVA28.8 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN28.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC21.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC21.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC21.9 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC61.1 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV86.1 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV94.7 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC97.9 mi.
State Parks
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC19.9 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA20.2 mi. 
Hungry Mother State ParkVA32.2 mi. 
Rendezvous Mountain State ParkNC33.6 mi. 
Warriors Path State ParkTN37.5 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN32.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN32.5 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC57.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC73.5 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC116.8 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA116.8 mi.

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