Springtime in East Tennessee is a beautiful site. Flowers blooming, warming temperatures and activities galore. Here are some of our favorite ways to experience springtime in Anderson County.
Wildflower hikes at Norris Dam State Park. Join park staff for a guided wildflower hike along the cool Clinch River, one of the most diverse pathways of wildflower concentrations in the region. The guided hike is offered the last Saturday in March and the first Saturday in April at various times, so be sure to visit the website for a time that works for you.
If you prefer to explore on your own, visit the Appalachian Outdoor Center for bike or kayak rentals. You’ll be able to explore over 50 miles of trails throughout the Norris Watershed and Norris Dam State Park on bike or rent a kayak and float down the beautiful Clinch River (shuttle service provided). Be sure to stop in the Clinch River Brewery for a bite to eat and a craft beer!
Museum of Appalachia Sheep Shearing – We recommend a visit to the Museum of Appalachia any time of year, but in springtime visitors can attend their Sheep Shearing event! Trimming the winter’s heavy growth of wool from their flock of sheep is a pioneer tradition and a must see. Guests will also get to enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations, Appalachian music, blacksmithing and more! Sheep Shearing takes place on April 13th, 20th and 21st from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Clinton! Downtown Clinton offers small town charm packed with unique antique and specialty shops. Rated in the top ten antiquing districts in the country, you are sure to find a one of a kind treasure. In spring, the downtown district holds their annual Clinch River Spring Antique Fair with over 100 antique dealers lining the streets of downtown. This year the fair takes place on May 5thand will have a ton of antiques, food and live music. There is no admission fee and free parking is available.
Visit the Little Ponderosa Zoo, a small zoo and exotic animal rescue showcasing a variety of wildlife including a petting zoo. The zoo is a fun place to visit for all ages. Be sure to stop by and see Carl the Camel, but be careful, he likes to steal the whole of bucket of treats!
Windrock Park Spring Jamboree is a must do in the spring. Windrock Park is the largest privately owned off-road park in the country with over 72,000 acres to explore. Their Spring Jamboree, April 19th – 21st is a weekend full of fun, competitions and off road adventure. This year, new to the jamboree is the Windrock Shindig, a huge concert that promises to be a blast! You don’t want to miss this country line up – Morgan Evans, Michael Ray and headliner Jon Pardi! Get your tickets today for a weekend of mud, music and fun!
The Nine Lakes Wine Festival will hold its second annual Wine Festival on May 19th. There will be dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines to taste, great food, live music, chef demonstrations and more. Seating and shade is available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair to enjoy an evening beside beautiful Melton Lake!