Serenity of the mountains and streams just
north of Roan Mountain State Park off US Highway 19. Big Bear
Crossing is quiet and peaceful, a place where you can enjoy nature and
see the stars at night. Only nine miles from Roan Mountain
State Park and 12 miles from Elizabethton Tennessee. Elizabethton
has shopping and restaurants, including several major grocery stores, a
super Wal-Mart and Lowe's. Most of U.S. Highway 19E is four lanes
to the north, and follows the Doe River gorge to Elizabethton.
From there, you can continue north to Bristol and Interstate 81 or
follow U.S. Highway 321 to the west to Johnson City and Interstate 26.
U.S. 19E to the south is a nice two lane road to Roan Mountain and then
to the ski areas of North Carolina. U.S. 321 heads east to Boone
North Carolina. Actually, U.S. 321 is a north-south highway.
An interesting note is that the junction of 19E and 321 in Elizabethton
is the northernmost point of U.S. 321 so it is south in both directions.
You can travel 321 south to Boone or 321 south to Johnson City.
That bit of information might win you a prize on a game show but if you
ask for directions at one of the merchants on that corner, be sure they
point in the direction you need to travel.
Turn off 19E south of Elizabethton TN
onto Tiger Creek Road to Big Bear Crossing.
This is high country in Tennessee. Only a few
miles from North Carolina and in the same Blue Ridge Mountains. We
didn't want to spoil the mountain and views so utilities are underground
and the roads are well constructed to high standards but are unpaved to
maintain the mountain atmosphere.
The climate is relatively mild. The temperature is
generally about ten degrees cooler than the Tri-Cities area but is not
as cold as the higher mountains to the south. James "Tiger" Whitehead used to live in this area and
was a legendary bear hunter. He reportedly took many bears (99)
and many of them were off this property and back toward Ripshin Mountain
to the east. Bears still roam these hills but not like they did
back in Tiger's day.
Snow on Ripshin Mountain, Tax Day, 2008
A stream runs through the length of the property, and
provides pleasant building sites with a natural water feature. We
strictly follow all Tennessee conservation rules to protect the stream,
Tiger Creek and the surrounding land. Our objective is to use the
land but leave it in better condition than when we arrived.
You can own a piece of paradise, high on the ridge,
or down in the valley by the year round brook, out in the boondocks but
not far away.
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