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  • Writer's pictureAnne Hartley

Shady Valley

Hello friends, hope all is well with you. Every time I write this article I try my very best to provide my readers with something they will enjoy reading. This time I am going to write about the little community my man Pork and I live in with our two dogs Whiskey and Ozzy.  

Shady Valley is an unincorporated community in Johnson County, in the northeastern corner in the state of Tennessee. It is just outside Cherokee National Forest. After the Pleistocene ice ages, species and ecosystems that had shifted southward often survived in local refugee. As a result, cold-adapted ecosystems, such as cranberry bogs, remain in Shady Valley, far south of their usual range. Shady Valley once contained an estimated 10,000 acres of boreal cranberry bogs. Shady Valley is also the name of the valley in which the town is located, between Holston Mountain, "the twin city of Mountain City, Tennessee, on the northwest, and the Iron Mountains to the southeast. At 2,785 feet, it is the second-highest community in Tennessee. Shady Valley has one small general store that is a must, a U.S. Post Office. The town holds its annual Cranberry Festival the second weekend in October with food, a parade, and auctions. There are several Bed and Breakfast places to rent in you want to just stay the weekend to ride the roads, go fishing, hunting, or go to the Drags or Nascar Races or Rhythm and Roots music festival.

The roads that run in and around the town are popular among motorcyclists since nearby mountains provide nearly 500 pigtail curves to navigate. The most popular road for motorcyclists is US-421 The Snake, which offers many challenging curves. Shady Valley is well known for The Snake US 421. Whether you’re looking for heart-pumping curves, or breathtaking scenery. This is the road you want to ride over. The Snake will make you want to slow down and soak up the scenery before you twist the throttle, gliding through banked turns, roller-coaster dips and cool mountain air before roaring into the valley to rolling farms lands and roar your way up to the extraordinary Backbone Rock outcroppings, hiking trails, and beautiful photo ops and Holston Lake for photos ops and the Shady Valley Country Store for some good home cooking and fellowship. Continue into Damascus, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and return through peaceful Mountain City, beside beautiful Watauga Lake.


Local Events:

1. Copperhead Road Landmark unveiling Watauga Winery May 24th 12-3p

2. 4th Annual Bugtussle Bash May 31st – June 1st

3. Twilight Alive May 31st Kingsport, TN 7pm

4. Thunder Valley National Drags June 7th – 9th

5. Twilight Alive June 14th Kingsport, TN 7pm

6. 3rd Annual Fiddler’s Convention June 21st – 23rd Washington County VA Fairgrounds

7. Twilight Alive June 21st Kingsport, TN 7pm

8. Twilight Alive June 28th Kingsport, TN

Bike Nights:

Wednesday: 19E Pit Stop

Wednesday: Jonesborough VFW

Thursday: Darrell Waltrip

Thursday: Old Town Tavern

Friday: Tulips

June 22nd Biker Wear Bike Night at Wild Wings Café 7pm


1. 4th Annual Bryan K. Loan June 1st 9am KSU 10am at Botetourt Funeral Home

Bike Rallies:

1. True Sons Pow Wow May 31st – June 2nd

2. Boone Bike Rally May 31st – June 2nd

3. 22nd Junebug Boogie Bike Rally June 20th – 23rd Telco, TN

4. Thunder in The Smokies June 28th – 30th


3. Flower Moon on Thursday, May 23 - 9:55 am

4. Strawberry Moon on Friday, June 21 - 9:10 pm

5. Buck Moon on Sunday, July 21 - 6:19 am

6. Sturgeon Moon on Monday, August 19 - 2:28 pm

7. Harvest Moon on Wednesday September 18 - 10:36 pm

8. Hunters Moon on Thursday October 17 -7:27 am

9. Beaver Moon on Friday November 15 - 4:29 pm

10. Cold Moon on Sunday December 15 - 4:02 am

Useless Facts:

1. Did you know the first European person to set foot in the area known as Tennessee was Hernando de Soto? His expedition landed at Tampa Bay in 1540.

2. Before the arrival of the Europeans in the state, the land was settled by the Cherokee and Chickasaw Native American tribes.

3. Due to poor living standards in Tennessee from 1915 to 1930, many people migrated to other areas of the country. In history, this time was known as the Great Migration.

4. According to some sources, Tennessee was named after the Tennessee River, which was named for the Indian word “Tanasie,” the name of a Cherokee village.

5. Did you know Nashville, the largest city in Tennessee, was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779?


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