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Before The White Man
The Pioneers
Early Settlements
The Forming of Johnson County
Johnson County and the Civil War
The Twentieth Century
The Story Behind the Name
The Town of Butler
Nick the Hermit
Tom Dula
Why you should Visit

Johnson County Trails Association
MainStreet Tenneessee
NorthEast Tennessee Tourism Association
Sunny Side Trail
Tennessee Vacations
TN 3 Star Community
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Natural Attractions

Physical Features
The Appalachian Trail
Backbone Rock


Johnson County is in the Appalachian Mountain chain. The elevations in the county range from 1800 to 5000 feet above sea level. The elevation of Mountain City is 2350 feet above sea level. Mountain City has the highest elevation of any city in Tennessee. The highest point in Johnson County is Snake Mountain at an elevation of 5574 feet above sea level. Snake Mountain is located in the Stone Mountain Range which parallels the eastern border of the county. Two other prominent ranges run in a northeast to southwest direction through the county. One is the Iron Mountain Range. The Iron Mountain Range enters the county at the northern boundary line next to Virginia and continues through Johnson County to Watauga Lake. It divides Carter and Johnson Counties in the southwestern part of the county. Holston Mountain Range is the other large range in the county. It is the northwestern boundary between Sullivan and Johnson Counties. Three smaller ranges in our county are Dry Run, Doe, and Forge. These are all between the Stone and Iron Mountain Ranges. The Doe Mountain Range in completely in Johnson County and is approximately 12 miles long.