Location & Region

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Milligan's 181-acre picturesque campus is located in beautiful Northeast Tennessee, minutes from Elizabethton and Johnson City in the dynamic Tri-Cities region (Johnson City Kingsport Bristol, TN/VA).

The Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia region is an area of natural beauty and rich history. The National Civic League named the Tri-Cities the first All-America Region, where you can enjoy historical locations, theaters, parks, restaurants, shops and more! There are also many recreational opportunities in this part of Southern Appalachia, including boating, water skiing, snow skiing, white water rafting, fishing, jogging, and hiking. See our list of "47 Things to Do" in our region and our Activity Guide.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) where Milligan is located has a population of around 500,000. It ranks in the top 20% of 354 metropolitan areas, based on cost of living, job outlook, climate, crime, transportation, education, the arts, health care, and recreation. It has been named one of the Top 100 Cities for Relocation by Forbes, the Top 40 Hottest Small Cities by Inc., and among the Top Ten Midsized Markets of the Decade by Southern Business & Development magazine. 

We're also only an hour from Asheville, NC, and less than two hours from Knoxville, TN. 

Things To Do

Within 20 minutes of Milligan’s campus:

51 Things To Do Before You Graduate
When you come to Milligan, come prepared to explore, experience, and discover our region.
Activity Guide
Download an area activity guide with detailed information about the best hikes, waterfalls, caverns, historic sites, and unique places to visit in the Tri-Cities TN/VA region and western NC!

Local Links

Appalachian Treks Blog
A neat website featuring photographs, information, and directions to local parks, historical sites, and recreational opportunities.
Tri-Cities Online 
Tri-Cities Online is a website that tells you virtually anything you would like to know about the Tri-Cities. Find everything from movie listings to local weather. 
Tri-Cities Regional Airport 
The Tri-Cities Regional Airport is the official airport for the Tri-Cities region. American Airlines Connection, Delta Airways Connection, Northwest Air Link, and US Airways Express all service this airport.
Go Tri-Cities Network 
GoTri-Cities.com offers you a very good look at what is going on in this area at any given time. You can find out information and times for historical sites, arts and craft shows, local church events, entertainment, outdoor recreation and so much more!
Elizabethton/Carter County Tourism Association 
People around here say Elizabethton/ Carter County, Tennessee, is "Naturally Nice." 
JohnsonCity.com offers you news and information about local events! 
Johnson City Chamber of Commerce 
Lots of new things are happening in this city, and the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce will help you to stay informed about the community.
Bristol Motor Speedway 
Have a need for speed? Check out the Bristol Motor Speedway website. Not only is it the home of the NASCAR Sharpie 500, but it's also home to all the drag racing you can handle. 
Historic Jonesborough 
Historic Jonesborough is the place you want to be if you like history. Even if you aren't looking for a blast from the past it is a beautiful town full of shopping, local arts and crafts stores, and lots of great restaurants! 
TVA Lakes 
The Tennessee Valley Authority system of lakes provides not only electric power for the area but recreation as well. Hundreds of miles of shoreline and thousands of acres of water await the fisherman, hunter, boating enthusiast, camper, and nature lover. 
State Street, Bristol, VA/TN 
Looking for a something to do? Have you ever been in two places at the same time? State Street divides Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA. Come on out to State Street and enjoy a great selection of restaurants, coffee houses, shopping and much more! 
Bays Mountain Planetarium and Park 
Bays Mountain is home to the Milligan telescope. There is an observatory, wild animals and beautiful scenery here. It's a great place to go to relax and enjoy nature. 
USA Raft 
USA Raft is located on Jones Branch Rd. Their mailing address is Box 2, Erwin TN, 37650. You can call 423-743-7111, and toll free 1-800-USA-RAFT to make reservations. Visit them on the web at www.usaraft.com. Their specialties are Canoes and guided whitewater raft trips They are open March thru October.
Watauga Kayak 
Watauga Kayak is a local Whitewater Rafting, Lake and River Kayaking Outfitter in Elizabethton, TN. They are open year round for tours and rentals. The retail shop is open April - December, 6 days a week, and January - April, Saturdays only. For more information, call 423-542-6777, or visit wataugakayak.com and trouttown.com
Roan Mountain State Park 
Roan Mountain is one of the taller mountains in our area. The mountain offers something different during each season. Roan Mountain is great for hiking and picnics. The view from the summit is breathtaking, and well worth the hike!
Beech Mountain 
If you're looking for the perfect place to relax and enjoy all of the beauty and splendor of the North Carolina Mountains, then you should visit Beech Mountain!! 
Sugar Mountain 
With its 1,200-foot vertical, Sugar Mountain Resort is the largest ski area in North Carolina, and one of few resorts breaking a 1,000-foot vertical south of New England.

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