There Is Always Something to Do in Roane County

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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Bluegrass Music can be heard many nights of the week.  In fact, barber shops, community parks, and the porch of the local general store, have all been spontaneous stages for local musicians just wanting to play.  Don't miss the weekly shows at Bradbury Community Club, every Tuesday and 3rd Saturday. Visit our calendar for <more events>.

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 that offers live music many weekends. <more campgrounds & locations>

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, the 2nd weekend in October - if you dare!

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 the Living History Days at the Fort held on certain Saturdays in the summer. There are picnic facilities located outside the fort.  Location: 1225 S. Kentucky Street (Hwy 58 South), Kingston, 865.376.3641.

Historic Downtown Harriman is experiencing a revitalization and has a number of antique shops, historic buildings, homes, and a bakery - not to mention the opening of the historic art deco Princess Theater this summer! Harriman's Historic ‘Carnegie' Library is one of the few remaining buildings in the country originally funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The magnificent Temperance Building houses Harriman's Heritage Museum and takes center stage during the Lighting of Historic Harriman held annually Thanksgiving weekend. It is also home to several events including Cruisin' in Harriman held the 2nd Saturday each summer month and the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival. Location: Roane Street/Highway 27 North

Historic Downtown Rockwood Rockwood is a great place to spend an afternoon - or the whole day. Find antique and specialty shops, home-cooking and fine dining, a park in the downtown square, foot-stompin' live bluegrass shows, and an old-fashioned ice-cream soda fountain - all within a city block. Rockwood is also home to the Rockwood Christmas Home Tour held annually the 1st weekend in December, the Thunder Road Festival, and a fall festival. The Tennessee Highway Patrol Building located here, and housing a museum, is now officially named on the National Register of Historic Places. Location: Rockwood Street, Rockwood

John Knox Center
591 W. Rockwood Ferry Rd, Ten Mile, (865) 376-2236
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.

Camp Buck Toms
373 Camp Buck Toms Rd, Rockwood
Provides one of the finest summer camp programs around for scouting and venturing.

The Kingston Waterfront 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. For the  boaters there is a boat launch and dock available. This park is home to the Smokin' the Water July 4th Festival and Movies in the Park.  Right across the street from the park is Redbones on the River, a full-service restaurant with an outdoor patio and deck with great  views of Watts Bar Lake plus live music most weekends. From the City Park follow the paved 3-mile walking trail along the water to several more parks including the Gravel Pit, 58 Landing, and Southwest Point. There are picnic tables, covered pavilions, water  fountains, fishing piers, and a fort along the way - but be sure and take time to enjoy one of the many park benches for a spectacular view, especially at sunset. <List of Parks>

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!  Concessions are available onsite. Location: 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.

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, and the Tennessee Polk Salad Festival & Pageant the 2nd Saturday in May. Location: 100 Emory Drive, Harriman.

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 and Roane County Archives Library.  <details>

Roane County has lots of great parks and with a couple of new additions, Roane County Park has become an attraction all its own. Located on Watts Bar Lake, the park is now home to the Roane County Splash Pad, an 18-hole disc golf course, and primitive camp sites. A swimming area, 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. The annual Summer Fest is held here every June.  <Complete list of Parks>

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. Location: 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. Location: 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.  Location: 2010 Highway 58, Oak Ridge, 865.241.2140.

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.  Tennessee Lakefront Cottages and Woodland Cove Bed & Breakfast provide lakeside relaxing at its best - and don't miss the spectacular sunsets from your dock! Location: 1200 Paint Rock Ferry Road, Kingston, 865.376.0113 <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>

Equestrian activities are popular in Roane County because we are not only home to the Roane State Expo Center but also because of our beautiful setting in the Tennessee Valley.  There are several stables available that provide boarding, lessons, and trails: click here for Blue Point Stables, 865.376.9312 and also for Winding Creek Stables, 865.376.9787.