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Fall Adventures Await On Johnson City Area Back-Roads

The mountains of East Tennessee are known for its beautiful fall foliage, and there's no better way to see a variety of colors and spectacular scenery than to travel "The Southern Dozen."

The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has mapped-out twelve routes that take you along some of the most picturesque spots and interesting historical sites the area has to offer, all beginning and ending in Johnson City. The rides were initially designed with motorcycle enthusiasts in mind, but are perfect half day or full-day adventures for anyone on any number of wheels.

"These routes are perfect for families who want to get away for a few hours and take in the sights, have some great food and maybe see a part of the region they hadn't been to before," says Brenda Whitson, executive director of the Johnson City CVB. "The roads are easy to navigate and there's just the right amount of local establishments for stops along the way. In between is some beautiful countryside where you're sure to see the best fall colors in the area."

The routes range in distance from a short 30 mile trek that takes you to nearby historical sites including a revolutionary war-era fort, one of the country's last remaining covered bridges and a "living history" museum to where it's always 1791 ¾ to longer rides that are up to 150 miles in length where the views and the heights might make you breathless.  Routes travel from Northeast Tennessee to Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

The peak colors can usually be seen around mid-October, but the lakes and mountains along the way are visually stunning any time of year.

The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) provides a sneak peak at the routes at The website includes GPS directions and maps to make travel even easier.

To plan your adventure, visit