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Old 01-10-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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Hey everyone,

My family and I planning a trip to check out JC and the Tri-cities. Any suggestions on what to see or do in order to sell my wife on JC. We have a 2yr old so seeing some parks would be good. Also any new housing communities/construction? Anything/where to avoid?

Just for info, we are checking out JC, Knoxville, and Murfreesboro. My vote is JC but I only get 1 vote and my wife gets her vote and the tie break.

Thanks
Tony
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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As for parks, definitely stop by Willow Springs Park off West Walnut and Antioch Rd in South JC, as well as Winged Deer Park on the Bristol Hwy in JC.
Be sure to take the little one to the Hands on Museum on Main St JC too.
As far as housing you can check out Telford, Boones Creek, Gray and a few others for some newer housing areas.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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mbmouse,

Thanks for your quick response. I cannot wait!
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Depends on what you/your wife want. Evidently new construction, but how far out of the city? Telford is definitely rural. Gray is like a mini bedroom community. Boones Creek is on the edge of the city. There's tons of new development there, and around State of Franklin. For a full flavor of the city itself, drive her on North Roan St., State of Franklin, Browns Mill Road, Knob Creek Road and the Bristol Highway. Also you might want to go downtown but stick to the area around the Hands On! Museum as the other side(s) of downtown are ugly/creep and scary at night.

You should also drive down the 11E to Jonesborough and check out its downtown. About ten minutes away from the western side of Johnson City and a very nice asset to the community.

Do you or your wife enjoy nature? Like, not parks, but real nature. If so you could drive up I-26 and get off in the Rocky Fork area and do some hiking. Or drive up Roan Mountain and do the same.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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jabogitlu,

Thank you for the info. I do not mind being outside the city as long as it is safe and the schools are good. My wife will be working in probably a combo of JC, Kingsport, Bristol and maybe Erwin. As far as nature...I love to get out into it. I would hike or bike like crazy but here in Florida it is just to hot for me most of the year. So a move to the mountains would be great. We will check out everything we can in the time we will have. Really good info.

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tony
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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you tell a man to go hiking with his two year old? yeah right!
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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I used to take my boys at young ages like that trail hiking, what's wrong with that? They loved it! It is very good for kids to be out in nature on several levels.
Bay's mountain is a great example of a really good place to take the little ones. There are animals for them to see and trails along the water to see all kinds of birds, water lilies and such.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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Default Hiking....

My two year old likes to hike and walk.....you just have to make sure that he doesn't want to be carried once you are at the farthest point possible from your car! ha, ha!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Tony, If you can get to Kingsport and see Bays Mountain. Abingdon, Virginia isn't too far away and they're right by the beautiful Virginia Creeper Trail.

Good Luck!
I too hope to call the Tri home someday.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: northeast PA
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Check out Elizabethton, too. It's a nice little town just a few miles from JC. Sycamore Shoals Park near the hospital has a nice walking trail, and a recreated fort that your 2 year old would love exploring.
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