©

Mountain City trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Mountain City

Trip Planner USA  /  Tennessee  /  Mountain City
Mountain City is a town in Johnson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,383 at the 2000 census and 2,531 at the 2010 census. Mountain City is the county seat of Johnson County. It is the northeasternmost county seat in Tennessee.HistoryWhen the first Euro-American explorers arrived in what is now the Mountain City area in the late 17th-century, well-worn Native American trails passed through the area. In 1949, workers at the Maymead quarry (just south of Mountain City) discovered a cave with several early Mississippian-era (ca. 1000 A.D.) burials inside. The Needham and Arthur expedition of 1673 is believed to have passed through the area, making use of the gap at Trade to the south. Explorer Daniel Boone made use of the same gap on an expedition to what is now Kentucky in 1769, and today part of the Daniel Boone Heritage Trail— which follows Boone's route— passes through Mountain City.The first permanent Euro-American settlers arrived in the Mountain City area in the late 18th-century, among them Leonard Shoun and Revolutionary War veteran Alexander Doran. The area was initially part of Carter County, but the difficulty of reaching Elizabethton (the county seat) led to the creation of Johnson County in 1836. That year, a county seat for the new county was platted on land purchased from William Vaught, and named Taylorsville after Colonel James P. Taylor. The name of the town was changed to "Mountain City" in 1885, presumably at the urging of Roderick R. Butler (1827–1902), a prominent citizen and U.S. Congressman, who wanted the town's name to reflect its situation amidst one of the highest valleys in Tennessee. Butler's mansion, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still stands near the center of the town.
Explore the family-friendly attractions of Mountain City and add them to your vacation plans using our United States holiday planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Mountain City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Places to visit with Mountain City

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Best for: Nature, Trails, Wildlife Nashville Best for: Nightlife, Museums, Historic Sites Gatlinburg Best for: Breweries, Zoos & Aquariums, Fun & Games Pigeon Forge Best for: Theme Parks, Nightlife, Fun & Games Memphis Best for: Historic Sites, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums

Where to stay in Mountain City

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor