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Meet the Mountains festival kicks off this weekend, Tannery Knobs Bike Park opening temporarily

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- A new festival kicks off this weekend in downtown Johnson City. "Meet the Mountains" aims to showcase outdoor activities throughout the whole region.

"Base camp" will be set up at Founders Park. There will be information sessions, music, food trucks, a kid zone, and outdoor movies. You will also find a variety of hands-on activities offered by vendors and shop owners from across the region. You can ride different brands of mountain bikes, try out paddle boards in a demo pool, test out fishing poles in Brush Creek, or climb on a ropes course.

"This will be a one-stop-shop, you'll be able to find the people and resources to navigate through a lot of those opportunities that you'll find here in Northeast Tennessee," Kayla Carter, Outdoor Development Manager with the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, said.

Carter said by bringing the region's outdoor attractions together, they hope to put Northeast Tennessee on the map as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The festival is free and will include activities for all ages and skill levels.

One outdoor attraction that will draw lots of people downtown this weekend- Tannery Knobs Bike Park is temporarily opening on Saturday.

Organizer and owner of Trek Bikes Chad Wolfe said the family-friendly mountain bike park is the first of its kind in our region and has something for all skill levels.

Wolfe said there is nothing like it on the East Coast, especially not one that's accessible from town. Tannery Knobs is just minutes away from the heart of downtown.

"It's the public's first chance to see what Tannery Knobs is, ride the trail systems, and of course anyone with a mountain bike will be capable to do that and even if you don't have one, of course, you can come down to Founders (Park) and demo those free bikes that'll have access to downtown," Wolfe said.

  • The bike park will open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Check-in is at Founders Park
  • From there you can either bike or take a shuttle

Wolfe said they still have to pave the access road to Tannery Knobs and plan to open permanently in the coming weeks.

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