Harriman, TN

Things To Do

1. Play a round of Golf at Emory Golf Course: Emory is the oldest 9 hole golf course in East TN celebrating 100 years in 2023. ADDRESS: 201 Westbury Heights Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE 865-882-9977
2. Play Disc Golf at Roane County Park : This 18-hole disc golf course (c. 2009) is located in Roane County Park on the banks of Watts Bar Lake.  This course has rolling hills and mature trees.  Accuracy is needed, with the 1st hole having a long water carry (or drop zone for the faint of heart) and the lake is also in play on #2 and 13. Elevation, gullies, large trees and OB are some of the challenges. Bring your own discs. The park is open from dusk to dark.  Take the 1st left inside the park to find the 1st tee by the lake beyond the playground.
3. Catch a movie or play at the Princess Theatre – ADDRESS 421 N. Roane Street Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE: (865) 437-9194. Courtney Minton, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Manager of RSCC Theatres
EMAIL: mintoncl1@roanestate.edu WEBSITE: http://www.princessharriman.org/ 

The Princess Theatre was returned to crown-jewel status on March 22, 2012 during a grand re-opening celebration. The regional arts, education and conference facility provides a venue for concerts, movies, dance performances, community events, education and more!  The theater can also be rented and is home to the Harriman Heritage Museum.
4. Harriman Heritage Museum – The Harriman Heritage Museum is housed in the Princess Theater. You’ll find a wide assortment of artifacts, photos and memorabilia to help you get a glimpse into Harriman’s past. The museum is open each Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm for visitors. 
5. Listen to the Babahatchie Community Band – Local show band providing free concerts during the summer months at Riverfront Park, including the popular Music & Melons Concert in August.  The first Saturday in December the band sponsors the nationwide Merry TubaChristmas at the Harriman High School auditorium – encouraging tuba and euphonium players of all ages & levels to participate.
6. Visit Cornstalk Heights Historic District – ADDRESS 601 Walden Street Harriman, TN 37748 WEBSITE https://cornstalkheights.org/

Cornstalk Heights is a neighborhood in Harriman, Tennessee, United States. Platted in the early 1890s as a residential area for Harriman’s upper and professional classes, the neighborhood contains over 100 buildings added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 as a historic district for their architectural and historical significance. The neighborhood is named for the home of Harriman founder Frederick Gates, which once stood near the eastern end of the district.

Harriman was envisioned as a large-scale industrial center where the application of late 19th-century social reform principles, namely prohibition, would create an ideal living environment. The East Tennessee Land Company, led by Gates, designed the city in late 1889, including in the design several larger, more expensive lots in what is now Cornstalk Heights. Most of the district’s earliest houses cost over $3,000 apiece, with some as high as $10,000— enormous sums for the period. Throughout the 1890s and early 1900s, Harriman’s affluent residents built dozens of Victorian homes, most of which are still standing. In 1990, the Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization was formed to prevent the district’s Killeffer Park from being converted into a housing development.

7. Take a stroll at David Webb Riverfront Park – ADDRESS: 301 Emory Drive, Harriman, TN 37748

This park lies along the banks of the Emory River in downtown Harriman.  Enjoy walking trail, playground, pavilion and gazebo, fountain, and memorials.

The Ahler Gazebo, the centerpiece of the park, was built as a nod to a gazebo that used to be in the center of town and where many events were held.   The park holds many events that includes the Babahatchie Band’s summer concerts on the lawn, movie nights, and more.

Memorials honor the military, firefighters, police and other heros in the area.  The park includes a full size replica of ‘The Three Soldiers’ memorial to honor the county’s vietnam veterans and when erected in 2014 was believed to be the only full size replica in the state or outside Washington, D.C..  And one of the newest added in 2018, a bench honoring hero Robert Underwood, who saved friends and neighbors during the 1929 flood by using his wagon to get them to higher ground.

8. Play some arcade games at Downtown Pizza: Locally-owned busy pizza spot in Downtown Harriman. Customer favorites: Cheese Bacon Sub and Bacon Cheddar Cheese Pizza. Entertainment for all, arcade room, live music twice a month. Catering is offered. Fun, laid-back environment for the entire family. Hosting all types of events and more!
9. Bring your binoculars and a camera to the Gupton Wetlands – The Gupton Wetlands is located in TVA’s Lakeshore Park.  There are several accesses to the trail and this is the closest parking to the wetlands.  To find this parking area pass the Kingston TVA Steam Plant entrance and stay on Swan Pond Road (do not turn right onto Swan Pond Circle Rd).  The parking lot is on the right.
10. Check out the Seasonal Events – Harriman Christmas Home Tours, Merry Tuba Christmas, Harriman Farmers Market, Hauntings of Harriman, Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival, TN Medieval Faire, TN Pirate Fest
11. Cool off at the Harriman Splash Pad – City of Harriman’s Splash Pad located at the Community Center. The Splash Pad is FREE for everyone to enjoy. ADDRESS 630 Clinch St. Harriman, TN 37748
12. Visit Harriman’s Carnegie Library – Harriman’s Carnegie Library is one of the few remaining buildings in the country originally funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. ADDRESS 601 Walden Street Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE 865-882-3195 WEBSITE http://harrimanlibrary.org/

13. Lakeshore Park – ADDRESS Lakeshore Drive off Swan Pond Circle Road
Harriman, TN 37748 This park opened in 2014 in the Swan Pond community of Harriman.  Located on a peninsula on the Emory River, this park offers lots of recreation fun for the entire family and is home to the Gupton Wetlands area, one of the most coveted bird-watching areas in the region.  Bring your bikes, kayaks, fishing poles or just drive on over and enjoy the scenery! 

– miles of paved walking/biking trails along the lake
– several piers and a pedestrian bridge for fishing
– several kayak launches
– boat ramp and dock
– picnic areas & convenience station (restrooms)
– acres of natural landscape, vegetation & wetlands areas
14. Find a gem at a local antique store – Out of the Past Antiques ADDRESS 1310 S. Roane Street Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE 865-882-9756
Superlative vintage & antiques – ADDRESS 426 N. Roane Street Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE865-469-9267 EMAIL superlativeantiques@gmail.com WEBSITE http://superlativevintage.com
15. Watch a rodeo or dog show at the Roane State Expo – ADDRESS
276 Patton Lane Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE (865) 354-3000 ext. 4726 EMAIL coxdm@roanestate.edu WEBSITE http://www.roanestate.edu/?6477-Expo-Center

From barrel races to rodeos and dog shows to tractor shows – the Expo Center plays hosts to an event nearly every weekend.  And many of them are free admission.

The Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center is located on the Roane State Community College campus in Harriman.  The facilities include a 72,000 sq ft indoor arena, a covered outdoor arena, warmup arena, barn with stalls, campground with full hookups, conference room and office available for rent.  

In addition to a variety of agriculture events through the year, open ride nights are scheduled during the winter in the indoor arena.  Horse stalls can also be rented nightly through the week for travelers.  Email or call Diane Cox at 865-882-4590 to reserve.


16. TAMKE-ALLAN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC STAR GAZING – Amateur astronomers come to Tamke-Allan Observatory the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month and the public is always invited to join them to observe the stars. The Gate usually opens at 7:30 pm. Roane State Community College manages the TAO. TAO is located off Caney Creek road at coordinates 84.618w, 35.8325N.

Directions: The TAO is located on Caney Creek Road – turn left onto Keller Road (near the TWRA boat launch area) and the road to the observatory is on the left.


ADDRESS Caney Creek Road Harriman, TN 37748 PHONE 865 498 9319 EMAIL fieldsde@roanestate.edu WEBSITE https://www.roanestate.edu/pages/obs/index.htm


17. Emory River Fun – boat, fish, swim, paddle the emory river.