Quality of Life
Resorts, recreation and rugged beauty.
Johnson County is located entirely in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Consequently, it natural beauty and unsurpassed outdoor recreation bring new residents and tourists here each year. The scenic beauty, strategic location and mild climate make Johnson County an excellent choice for businesses and residents alike.
Because Johnson County is located in one of the highest valleys in Tennessee, both luxury resorts and upscale campgrounds have breathtaking views. Almost every kind of outdoor adventure is here. Golfing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, “glamping,” and ATV trail riding are just a few of the options.
Doe Mountain Recreation Area has 8,600 beautiful acres for outdoor recreation. With historic logging roads and trails crisscrossing the mountain range, the area is a popular spot for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and ATV riders, with breathtaking views from the top. The Doe Mountain range runs from Mountain City to the headwaters of Watauga Lake.
A portion of the Great Valley Wine Trail winds through Johnson County. Watauga Lake Winery, which is open to the public, offers both red and white wines. The winery recently won the William O. Beach Award for the best wine in Tennessee, made entirely from Tennessee grapes.
Enjoy beautiful lake and mountain views and great fishing on Watagua Lake, TVA’s highest-elevated reservoir in Tennessee, With three marinas in Johnson County, Watagua Lake will satisfy the water sport enthusiast looking for thrills or just a relaxing day on the water.
Taking advantage of the spectacular views of Watauga Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains, RedTail Mountain Club, once a small golf course community, has become a high-end resort, with 3,000 acres of trails, guest rooms, rental units, a Dan Maples-designed golf course and two restaurants with an acclaimed young chef at the helm.