There Is Always Something to Do in Roane County

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Watts Bar Lake, bluegrass music, an agricultural expo center, authentic general store, pioneer fort, 1950s-era drive-in, summer camps, and AAA 4-Diamond inn and spa, plus unique family festivals, historic towns and museums, lakeside camping and dining, world class fishing, live music and movies on the water - this is Roane County.   There is always something to do - why not see for yourself...

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  Bradbury Community Club is your place for authentic Bluegrass music - every week (on Tuesday nights) and every 3rd Saturday. Roane County has many outdoor live music venues - to find more <click here>.
  Camp Buck Toms provides one of the finest summer camp programs around for scouting and venturing, as well as short-term camping during off-season.  373 Camp Buck Toms Rd, Rockwood
  Caney Creek RV Resort, voted Tennessee's Campground of the Year in 2007 & 2008, is a year-round full-service resort featuring lakeside swimming pools, a large outdoor pavilion, recreational rentals, and on-site boat slips.  Right next door is Caney Creek Marina, a full-service marina providing boat rentals, store, and restaurant - Caney Creek Grille - that offers all-you-can-eat catfish on Thursday nights and live music most summer weekends.
  The Cornstalk Heights Historic District in Harriman, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes homes built in the 1890s that were of "superior refinement and of abiding quality." Take the self-guided walking tour to view these magnificent homes. Tour select homes during the Historic Harriman Christmas Tour the 2nd weekend in December and hear "ghostly tales" from homeowners during the Haunting of Harriman (held in October) - if you dare!
  Historic Downtown Rockwood is a great place to spend an afternoon - or the whole day.  Antique and specialty shops, diner, a park in the downtown square, and an old-fashioned ice-cream soda fountain - all within a city block.  And coming October 2014 - a museum and visitors center.  201 W. Rockwood St, Rockwood
  Fort Southwest Point, is the only pioneer-era fort in Tennessee reconstructed on its original foundation - complete with a working cannon. Tours are free, including the annual Colonial Christmas Candlelight Tour held the 2nd Saturday in December and special reenactment events during the summer. 1225 S. Kentucky Street (Hwy 58 South), Kingston, 865.376.3641
  Harriman Carnegie Library is one of the few remaining buildings in the country originally funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  Walking tour guide for Cornstalk Heights can be picked up at the library.  601 Walden St, Harriman, 865.882.3195
John Knox Center provides summer camp opportunities for kids and year-round events for adults such as A Day in the Trees, Sewing and Scrapbook Retreats, and a Women's Retreat - the four miles of shoreline and spectacular views come at no extra cost.  591 W. Rockwood Ferry Rd, Ten Mile, 865.376.2236
 
Kingston City Park offers recreational fun for the entire family.  The Kingston City Park is a perfect place for a picnic and includes two playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, sand volleyball, picnic tables, grills, restrooms and a new large covered pavilion.  The park has a boat launch, parking and dock available.  339 W. Race Street, Kingston, 865.376.1356
  Kingston's Waterfront includes a paved 3-mile walking trail along the water from Kingston City Park to several other parks including the Gravel Pit, 58 Landing, and Southwest Point Park. There are picnic tables, covered pavilions, water  fountains, fishing piers, and even a pioneer-era fort, Fort Southwest Point along the way.  
  The Midtown Drive-in is open during the spring, summer and fall, with first-run double features every weekend beginning at dusk. This 1950s-era drive-in still has the original marquee, ticket booth, and 50s to 60s atmosphere.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a feature film under the stars!  It has also been known to have flea markets set up in the fall during the day.  Concessions are available onsite. 2728 Roane St. Hwy, Harriman, 865.882.6119

  The view from the Mount Roosevelt State Forest Overlook is well worth the short trip up Hwy 70 from Rockwood. From here you can view the Tennessee Valley, Watts Bar Lake, the Smoky Mountains, and the TVA windmills on Buffalo Mountain to the north. <location map>
 
The Princess Theater returned to crown-jewel status on March 22, 2012 during a grand re-opening celebration.  The regional arts, education and conference facility provides a venue for concerts, movies, dance performances, community events, education and more!  The theater can also be rented. 421 N. Roane Street, Harriman, 865.882.4463

  Paddelboarding, or SUPs as they are called, is the new craze seen all over the lake.  Try it out before you buy - rent a paddleboard at Emory River Outdoors, 102 Court Street in Kingston or look for Knoxville Paddelboard set up in the park most sunny days during the summer.
  Riley Creek Campground has 45 RV sites with full hookups on the Tennessee River part of Watts Bar Lake. Two swimming areas, tent camping allowed.  615 Anglers Cove Rd, Kingston, 865.717.4198
Harriman's Riverfront Park, located on a shady bank along the Emory River, is home to a walking trail, playground, covered pavilion and gazebo, memorials, a Farmers Market during the summer on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, and the Tennessee Polk Salad Festival100 Emory Drive, Harriman, 865.882.8867 (Rocky Top General Store is contact to reserve the pavilion or gazebo).
 
   
The Historic Roane County Courthouse (c.1853-1854) in Kingston is one of only seven remaining antebellum courthouses in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the state's "capital for a day," the courthouse is home to The Roane County Museum of History, a transportation museum and Roane County Archives Library. 119 Court Street, Kingston, 865.376.9211

Roane County Park is one of the premier parks in the county, with many fun things to do inside the park.  Located on Watts Bar Lake, the park is now home to the Roane County Splash Pad and 18-hole Disc Golf Course.   A swimming area (no lifeguard on duty), canoes, playgrounds, fishing pier, and walking trail also make this park a favorite among locals.  Covered picnic pavilions and indoor meeting facilities are available for rent.  It was recently voted #1 on an East Tennessee news website. 3515 Roane State Hwy, Harriman, 865.882.8640
The Roane State Expo Center hosts a variety of events from barrel racing to horse and dog shows to tractor pulls - all under one roof.  Many of these events are free and perfect for the entire family.  The Expo Center is located on the Roane State Community College campus in Harriman. 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, 865.882.4590 <Expo Center Events>
Rocky Top General Store is a wonderful, authentic general store.  Part retail store - part museum, with a little bit of everything in between. Browse nostalgic merchandise, enjoy free popcorn, sit a spell and enjoy the wonderful tales of days past as only David Webb, the owner, can tell them! Want a peek inside?  View the video from Tennessee Crossroads on PBS. 316 Ruritan Rd, Harriman, 865.882.8867
   
   
The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train turns back the clock to yesteryear and the heyday of passenger railroading.  This is the only train in the world that goes through a Manhattan Project site. Enjoy beautiful scenery featured in the movie October Sky while riding in a 1940's-era air-conditioned coach and dining car pulled by a 1950's vintage Alco diesel locomotive. Ride the train the 1st and 3rd Saturday in April through September, every weekend in October, and special excursions during holidays. Enjoy a night out on the dinner train the 3rd Saturday of each month.  2010 Highway 58, Oak Ridge, 865.241.2140
   The Tennessee Highway Patrol Building in Rockwood is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses a museum. On the corner of Kingston Avenue and Nelson St, Rockwood (off Hwy 27)
  Tennessee Lakefront Cottages also provides lakeside relaxing at its best - with spectacular sunsets from your dock included! Home locations vary - call Linda at 423.334.3377. <More Lodging>
Watts Bar Lake is one of the south's largest lakes. With 39,000 acres of water there is plenty of room to enjoy any water sport or find a secluded cove just to relax.  Camping, dining, live music - these are all favorite activities on Watts Bar Lake, with an upscale RV resort and a number of full-service restaurants right on the water. <more>
   For the equestrian enthusiast there is Winding Creek Stables, offering guided horse trail rides, boarding and more.  427 Poplar Springs Rd, Kingston, 865.376.9787

Whitestone Country Inn, voted ‘Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in America,' is a AAA 4-Diamond bed & breakfast, restaurant and spa on 600 secluded acres. Truly a place to get away and relax - complete with views of the Smoky Mountains.  1200 Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston, 865.376.0113