JOHNSON COUNTY


A visitor to the Butler Museum says hello to a former resident of Butler

County Seat: Mountain City

Johnson County contains Butler, which is know as the "town that wouldn't drown."

Butler was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority when Watauga Lake was created in the late 1940s. However, the story of the town is wonderfully told at a small museum. Click
here for a virtual tour of it.


The view from below Backbone Rock Tunnel
Not far from the Virginia-Tennessee border in Johnson County is Backbone Rock--sometimes referred to as the "shortest" tunnel in the world.

The tunnel, between Shady Valley, Tennessee, and Damascus, Virginia, was originally blasted through for the railroad. Today, Tennessee State Route 133 passes through it...

The view from atop Backbone Rock Tunnel
...and a short hiking trail passes over it.
The Grinstaff Monument is one of the better known stops on the Appalachian Trail in Johnson County
Finally, Johnson County is one of seven east Tennessee counties that contains parts of the Appalachian Trail.

The trail runs 2,175 miles through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. There are people who have hiked the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail; it takes about four to six months.


And here's a picture of the Johnson County Courthouse.