Show your love for Johnson City by voting in the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine's top adventure town contest

Mackenzie Moore • Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 3:36 PM

Whether you enjoy spending your nights downtown sipping a local brew or prefer meeting friends at Founders Park at midday to soak in the sun, Johnson City offers a variety of recreational activities — and it’s all just a short drive away from mountains, lakes and rivers.

Now you can help share the fun by voting in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s online contest for best adventure town.

Dianna Cantler, director of downtown development at Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, cherishes the city that lies in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, and continuously works to advocate and provide events for residents and newcomers alike.

“Johnson City is the best of both worlds,” Cantler said. “We’ve got this incredible 200- to 300-degree view of the mountains we have here in the foothills. In 15 minutes, you could be hiking in the mountains. You could be in the lake. You could be rafting in the river. We really have that connectivity to so many outdoor recreation opportunities.”

Sometimes Johnson City residents wish to expand their horizons with traveling, but the close proximity to other mountain towns makes a spontaneous rendezvous both affordable and easy.

“We are right here in the heart of these mountains,” Kayla Carter, the partnership’s outdoor development manager, said. “We have quick access to Asheville, North Carolina; Abingdon, Virginia; Damascus, Virginia. Johnson City is just a really good central location.”

One way the partnership is supporting recreational activity in Johnson City is by hosting the first Meet the Mountains festival Aug. 24-25 in Founders Park, with the motto, “Adventure for Everybody.”

“The mission behind this festival is to showcase our outdoor recreation assets and also to promote healthy, active lifestyles,” Carter said. “We are trying to bring together our outdoor community.”

With the creation of an outdoors festival and Johnson City’s divergent terrain, Cantler and Carter deem voting for Johnson City as the best adventure town as a way to show appreciation for our diverse surroundings.

“There are people outside this region that don’t realize everything that we have going on here,” Cantler said. “Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has a large audience, and if we could get that designation as the best adventure town, that actually helps us to attract young professionals to move to Johnson City.

“We want people to choose Northeast Tennessee and Johnson City because we know we have great things going on. We have great employers. We have a great community. We have great surroundings. Come be a part of it.”

Round three of the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s adventure town online contest lasts until Aug. 30 at noon, and the final round will begin at 5 p.m. that day.

You can vote at contests.blueridgeoutdoors.com/Johnson-City-tn/.

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