Johnson City Roundtrip The Southern Dozen Ride 04 The 8th Wonder of the World
Bridge across Clinch RIver
The Southern Dozen are twelve rides based in Johnson City that travel all around the region.
Each one is an adventure in itself that will take you through winding curves, breath taking natural scenery, historic landmarks, local points of interest, and fun attractions. Whether you feel like exploring caves, seeing wolves, touring historic sites, leaning into heart-pounding curves or just taking in the views, you’ll find a ride that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

This is part 4, called the “8th Wonder of the World” by William Jennings Bryan will take us to the Natural Tunnel State Park.
The Natural Tunnel is more than one million years old, and has been attracting visitors for more than two centuries. Ride the chairlift down to hiking trails, picnic tables, and, of course, the incredible tunnel itself.

The ride is officially 66 miles round-trip from Johnson City to the Natural Tunnel State Park and mainly Highway. To make the ride and the day more interesting we will ride through Blackwater and take some interesting country roads on the way back to Johnson City.

The first section of the trip we’ll ride on the Highway to the Natural Tunnel State Park (RP2). After we enjoyed all the nice attractions in the park we will take the Dry Creek Road to Blackwater, this is a nice scenic route with a lot of curves through a beautiful scenery.
On the way back you can visit the Natural History Museum in Pleasantville (RP15).
Dinner at RP21 Cootie Browns Diner.

I rate this route with 4 stars because of the nice scenery and twisty roads
Road to Blackwater
Mountain View Road in Rogersville
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Promotional Video of the 8th Wonder of the World
Source of the 8th Wonder of the World
Natural Tunnel State Park
Cootie Browns

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The Southern Dozen; hit the throttle and hold on tight!

There’s no better place to leave the daily grind in the dust than roaring around the curves of the Southern Dozen! Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the country, you’ll find the freedom of exhilaration as you wind through the foothills and mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.

Whether you’re looking for heart-pumping curves, breathtaking scenery, historic landmarks, local gems, or nearby attractions, the Southern Dozen has rides worthy of even the most seasoned road warrior. Explore the Original Southern Dozen and see all that Johnson City and the surrounding region have to offer.

Johnson City is a regional gem where big-city amenities meet small-town Southern charm. Here you’ll have access to everything you could want or need and more! Perfect for the casual rider and those who “live to ride,” Johnson City hosts numerous bike rallies each year. So plan your trip and book one of the many biker-friendly accommodations.