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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 located in the extreme northeastern corner of Tennessee. It is shaped like an ancient arrowhead pointing in a northeastern direction. Virginia is to the north and North Carolina is to the east of Johnson County. Mountain City is the county seat. It is located in the center of the county in a large valley between the Iron and Stone Mountain Ranges. The Doe and Dry Run Ranges are to the southwest of Mountain City, and the Forge Mountain Range is to the northeast. You may reach Mountain City by taking Highways 421, 91, or 67. Mountain City is approximately 3 1/2 miles across at its extreme.

The land of Johnson County varies between flat valleys and steep mountains. The county has 249,600 acres or 273 square miles of land. The extreme dimension of Johnson County is 24 miles. The Watauga River is the dividing line from a short distance between Johnson and Cartier Counties in the south. The Watauga Lake is also a boundary line in the southern part of the county. The Iron Mountain divides Johnson and Carter Counties in the southwest. In the west Johnson County is divided from Sullivan County by the Holston Mountain Range. Virginia is to the north, The Forge Mountain Range divides Johnson County in the northeast. Stone Mountain is the boundary between Johnson County and North Carolina.