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A Zoo Never Looked So Bright

 Privately owned Brights Zoo, located in Eastern Tennessee, is home to many animals including rare and endangered species.

Tall Tales from Jonesborough, TN

 In the beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, located in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, the National Storytelling Festival takes place the first full weekend in October as it has every year since 1973.  The festival features storytellers from all walks of life, and the stage at Jonesborough is home to famous storytellers such as Andy Offutt Irwin and Kathryn Tucker Windham.  For more information about the festival, please call 1-800-952-8392 or visit the website at

Peaceful Surroundings of Elk Knob State Park

 One of the newest North Carolina state parks, Elk Knob State Park spreads over 1,800 acres in Watauga County, and was established to preserve the natural state of the second highest peak in the county, Elk Knob.  The Park is expanding and provides several recreational opportunities for visitors including ecology, hiking and picnicking.  For more information, please call (828) 297-7261 or visit

Catawba Rhododendrons Festival - Roan Mountain

 Nestled along the Tennessee-North Carolina border and deep in the heart of Carter County, the Roan Mountain State Park preserves 2,006 acres of woodlands and grassy balds.  The park is home to a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking, hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, fishing and much more!  The park offers adventures for guests of all ages and features the Catawba Rhododendron Festival in June for guests to experience the beauty of the park.  To find out more information about Roan Mountain S