Nestled in the western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Preserve at English Mountain exists away from it all but not too far away from it all. The East Tennessee region includes the major cities of Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Johnson City. Home to numerous attractions, the region is a rich tapestry of nature, history, arts, sports, and culture.
Arts and Culture
In addition to annual city events, several colleges & universities in the area provide diverse opportunities for music, theatre, art, and literary experiences. Nearby Knoxville hosts an array of arts festivals including the Greek Fest, the Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair, and the Dogwood Arts Festival. The Big Ears Festival, one of several music festivals throughout the year, has received national recognition for its quality and diversity of music. The Knoxville Museum of Art offers many exhibits including Higher Ground, the first permanent exhibition devoted to East Tennessee’s artistic achievements. Asheville, North Carolina — one of the most artistic cities in the area — is located about an hour away.
If you’re looking for sports, you won’t have to look far. Sevierville is home base for the Tennessee Smokies AA baseball team, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville has several nationally recognized sports teams. The Ice Bears, a professional ice hockey team, are one of many good reasons to visit downtown Knoxville.
East Tennessee’s temperate weather and pristine scenery will make staying indoors difficult. The region is entirely located within the Appalachian Mountains where the landforms range from densely forested mountains to broad river valleys. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy countless trails from novice to expert level. Fans of water recreation will find a vast array of options on rivers and lakes from Chattanooga to Bristol and several places in between.
Rising to an elevation of 3,629 feet, English Mountain was most likely named after an early settler, James English. From the ridgeline of English Mountain you can see Douglas Lake, a TVA reservoir that covers the French Broad River Valley. The forest is a mix of pines, oaks and other trees with an understory of mountain laurel, blueberries, and huckleberries. In 2015, the English Mountain Fire Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places.