Kyles Ford, Tennessee
Kyles Ford has nine stops along the Appalachian Quilt Trail. There are many more to be seen if you continue traveling Haley's Loop of the Quilt Trail. Haley's Loop takes you right through the heart of Appalachia to the Historic Vardy Community: Vardy Church & the Haley Mullins Homestead.
Be sure to eat at River Place Cafe during your stay at one of River Place's new cabins or restored historical properties or at the Clinch River Conservation Center & Retreat.
Situated between Powell and Clinch Mountain, between River Ridge and Newman's Ridge, and right alongside the meandering Upper Clinch River, Kyles Ford provides many opportunities for outdoor adventures. River Place on the Clinch offers camping, Bike, Canoe, and Raft rentals during warm months.
Kyles Ford Wildlife Management Area offers hunting in season.
In the Kyles Ford Area:
Bristol | Jonesborough/Johnson City | Rutledge | Norris | Gray | Smokies | Whitesburg
Rogersville, Tennessee11 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Rogersville, Tennessee is one of the oldest towns in Tennessee and contains a beautiful Historic District. Tennessee's first newspaper was printed at Rogersville, the beginning of a long tradition of printing based in the Rogersville area.
Rogersville attractions include: the Tennessee Newspaper & Printing Museum, Heritage Days, Shakespeare & Friends Renaissance Festival, Rogersville Artists Gallery/ Clinch Appalachian Artisans Cooperative, Rogersville City Park, & Crockett Spring Park.
Big Stone Gap, Virginia37 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: River Place on the Clinch is located on Hwy 70, also known as the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine", which continues north to Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It's named after a book by Big Stone Gap resident, John Fox, Jr.
Other attractions in Big Stone Gap include the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, the Harry W. Meador, Jr. Coal Museum, the June Tolliver House, and the John Fox, Jr. House .
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee / Middlesboro, Kentucky50 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Cumberland Gap, TN /Middlesboro, KY are the locations of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and the Wilderness Road State Park.
The Wilderness Road was blazed in 1775 by Daniel Boone and fellow Longhunters. It was the first route west for pioneer settlers to travel through the Cumberland Mountains into Kentucky.
Greeneville, Tennessee50 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Greeneville is the location of the annual Iris Festival. Also in Greeneville is the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Old Greene County Gaol (Jail), Doak House Museum, President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Tusculum College (Tennessee's Oldest College), and James-Ben Studio and Galleries.
Ritters Farms in Rutledge is a great example of successful agritourism. In addition to having a popular Country Market throughout most of the year and hosting a gospel radio show, Ritters Farms hosts ongoing events such as regular country music and bluegrass concerts, has twice hosted the Battle of Bean Station Reenactment in May and in 2008 will host their sixth annual October Harvest Celebration.
With over 500 farms in operation, Grainger County also has many farms off the beaten track that qualify as "Century Farms", meaning they have been in operation by the same family for over a hundred years.
Morristown, Tennessee45 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Morristown, Crockett Tavern & Museum, The Rose Center, The Mountain Makins Festival, The Historic Morristown Tour, Encore Theatrical Company, The Citizen Tribune / Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre, The Morristown Theatre Guild, Panther Creek State Park, & Cherokee Park.
55 miles from Kyles Ford: Gray, Tennessee, in Unicoi County, fifteen miles south of Kingsport, is the location of the fall Appalachian Fair.
St. Paul, Virginia57 miles from Kyles Ford: In early summer, St. Paul, Virginia celebrates the Clinch River and Appalachian culture in all their diversity. "Every year on the first Saturday in June, the town of St. Paul, Virginia comes alive with the flavors of the region during Clinch River Days Festival ." The 2008 festival will be held on May 30, May 31, and June 1, 2008.
Jonesborough/Johnson City, Tennessee60 miles from Kyles Ford: Jonesborough is the oldest city in Tennessee and contains the International Storytelling Center & Historic Jonesborough. The first abolition publications were printed in Jonesborough: the Manumission Intelligencer and the Emancipator.
Johnson City is the home of the annual Blue Plum Music Festival & the Blue Plum Animation Festival.
Bristol, Tennessee70 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Nascar at Bristol Motor Speedway & the Tri-cities airport
Whitesburg, Kentucky - The Appalshop
75 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Whitesburg, Kentucky - The Appalshop - Appalshop is a multi-disciplinary arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia producing original films, video, theater, music and spoken-word recordings, radio, photography, multimedia, and books related to the Appalachian region and culture.
85 miles from Kyles Ford: Norris, Tennessee, just north of Knoxville, is the Museum of Appalachia.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee/Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville & Pigeon Forge
80 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Sevierville, Tennessee the hometown of Dolly Parton.
85 miles from Kyles Ford, TN: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood, Dollywood's Splash Country, and other tourism attractions.