Whether you’re looking to hike a more rugged terrain, enjoy a leisure walk on a paved path, or take the little ones to a park, Jonesborough has you covered! 


Jonesborough has nine town parks featuring playgrounds, walking trails, picnic facilities and recreational activities such as an 18-hole disc golf course and basketball courts! Our flagship park is the 130-acre Persimmon Ridge Park which also houses Wetlands Water Park 

Jimmy Neil Smith Park

Jimmy Neil Smith Park is located in downtown Jonesborough behind the International Storytelling Center and is a local favorite spot for catching a Yoga session during the summer months or enjoying a picnic beneath the shade trees. 

Golden Oak Park

Golden Oak features a playground for children ages 2-12 years old, a walking trail part of the Lost State Scenic Walkway, restrooms, and a pavilion that can accommodate up to 40 people. Golden Oak Park is popular for birthdays and special events. The pavilion, located within the park, is available on a “first come, first serve” basis. Golden Oak Park is located just north of Persimmon Ridge Park at 277 Goldenrod Drive. 

Stage Road Park

Located about 1 mile from downtown, Stage Road Park is 3.5 acres of landscaped playgrounds, gardens, and walking trails. The Park features a playground for children ages 2-12 years old, a basketball court, and a pavilion, popular for birthday parties and special events, that accommodates up to 50 people. The pavilion is available on a “first come, first serve” basis. There is also a tennis court located within the park and The Lost State Scenic Walkway meanders through the park. 

Mill Spring Park

At Mill Spring Park you can enjoy the gazebo and calming waters along the creek bank. The gazebos doubles as a rental venue is available to rent by contacting amberc@jonesboroughtn.org or calling 423.753.1012. Mill Spring Park also houses the Storytelling Resource Place, where you can view books and artifacts related to the beloved art of Storytelling. On occasion, the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will host live storytelling events in the park and during the warm months, you can take part in yoga classes held on the grounds. 

Depot Street Park

Depot Street Park offers a horseshoe pit, basketball court, pavilion, restrooms and playground for children ages 5-12 years. The pavilion is available on a “first come, first serve” basis and can accommodate up to 40 individuals. This is a perfect area for birthday parties and letting the children play within a fenced area.

Persimmon Ridge Park

Persimmon Ridge Park is Jonesborough’s flagship green space featuring over 130 acres, biking and hiking trails, the Lost State Scenic Walkway, baseball fields, a basketball court, a playground for children of all ages and a family-friendly Water Park. An 18-hole disc golf course is a popular feature of the park. Located just 1 mile from downtown Jonesborough, Persimmon Ridge Park is a great place to enjoy a beautiful weekend with your friends or a picnic with your family.

Wetlands Water Park

Wetlands is Jonesborough’s very own water park. There is no better way to cool down on a warm, summer day! Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Wetlands offers fun for the whole family! Enjoy water slides up to 200 feet long, a relaxing lazy river, a kid-friendly zero depth wading area, water bubblers, tumble buckets and much more! Wetlands also offers a full-service café and volleyball court, shower and restroom facilities, picnic and pavilion areas, and lounge chairs.

Veterans Memorial Park

At Veterans Memorial Park, you can pay your respects to and view the honorary bricks placed for residents of Washington County who veterans of the Armed Forces. This Park is located adjacent to the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center. You can find a directory of the dedicated bricks available at the host desk inside the Visitors Center. This will give you guidance of where to find bricks dedicated to family members and friends. 

All of our Town parks are open dawn to dusk, all year long.

Paved Walking Trails 

Be sure and explore the walking trails in and around downtown Jonesborough. 

The Lost State Scenic Walkway 

The Lost State Scenic Walkway is perfect for exercise or leisure, and passes the along WC Rowe Park and the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum. 

The Lost State Scenic Walkway spans approximately 4 miles of trail that begins in downtown Jonesborough at Mill Spring Park and ends at Golden Oak Park within the Meadows and Mill Creek subdivisions. The multi-use trail, perfect for walking, biking or running, is moderately hilly in some areas and provides a scenic view of the many facets of Jonesborough. 

Hiking Trails 

The perfect place to go for a quick hike in Jonesborough is at Persimmon Ridge Park. You’ll definitely want to check out Luke’s Trail. It’s a can’t miss! As you reach the ridge while on Luke’s Trail, you’ll come to a clearing where you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of the mountains and the park. 

Bring your furry friends and we’ll see you soon! 

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