Introduction to Kingsport, Tennessee
Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan county, is 20 miles NW of Johnson City, Tennessee and 132 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is located in the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol metropolitan area. Kingsport has a population of 44,905.
Kingsport was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. It was first chartered in 1822 and became a major shipping port on the Holston River. The city was named after William King, who constructed a boat yard along the river. It was re-chartered in 1917 and was designed as a garden city by John Nolen of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kingsport and nearby Attractions
- Kingsport Mall Shopping Center
- Meadow View Golf Course
- Bays Mountain Park
- Warriors Path State Park
- Allandale Mansion
- Natural Tunnel State Park
Things To Do In Kingsport
Bays Mountain Park, the Eastman Recreation Area, J. Fred Johnson Park, Cloud Park, Riverfront Park and Centennial Boat Yard Park are all located in Kingsport. The Green Acres Shopping Center, Midtown Shopping Center, Southland Shopping Center, Fort Henry Mall Shopping Center and the Kings Giant Plaza Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The Meadow View Golf Course and the Ridgefields Golf and Country Club provide facilities for local golfers. Local festivals include the Folklife Festival, the Old Tyme Fiddlers & Bluegrass Festival, the Fall Folk Arts Festival and the Fun Fest.
McGhee Tyson is the nearest major airport.
Kingsport Higher Education
Northeast State Technical Community College, Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University provide programs for higher studies.