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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
TN Trails and Byways

Natural Attractions

Physical Features
The Appalachian Trail
Backbone Rock

Physical Features

Johnson County has many springs and streams. The five major streams are Doe, Roan, Laurel Fork, Beaverdam, and Forge. Roan and Beaverdam are the largest of these. Roan Creek is a tributary of the Watauga River and Beaverdam Creek is a tributary of the South Fork of the Holston River. Watauga River is also in Johnson County.

Watauga Lake is in the south of Johnson County. It is 1,960 feet above sea level. This makes Watauga Lake the highest lake in the Tennessee Valley Authority System. There are 106 miles of shoreline. Watauga Lake is 19 miles across.

Johnson County has some rich farming land. The most fertile land in the county is along the Little Doe and Roan Creeks. Shady Valley also had some rich farming land.

You can find 20 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail in Johnson County. It comes into the county at Watauga Lake and runs along the top of the Holston Mountain Range.