Milligan’s 235-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). We are also only an hour from Asheville, NC, and less than two hours from Knoxville, TN.
The Tri-Cities 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 Things to Do in our region.
The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) where Milligan is located has a population of around 500,000. It ranks in the top 20 percent 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. There are so many things to do and so much to explore!
- Blue Hole
- Twisted Falls
- Buffalo Mountain
- Grandfather Mountain
- Grayson Highlands State Park
- Roan Mountain
- The Devil’s Bathtub
Coffee shops are some of the best places to study, schedule a meeting, or just hang out off campus. You can always see plenty of local culture and connect with some pretty awesome people. Each coffee shop is unique.
- The Corner Cup
- The Willow Tree
- Dos Gatos Coffee Bar
- Open Doors Coffeehouse
- The Coffee Company
- Renewed Brew Coffee
Downtown areas are the best places to relax, support local merchant and artisans, and spend an afternoon or day. Below are the major nearby cities with links to the downtown area websites and distances from Milligan.
- Johnson City (10 minutes)
- Elizabethton (10 minutes)
- Erwin (20 minutes)
- Jonesborough (25 minutes)
- Kingsport (30 minutes)
- Bristol (45 minutes)
- Abingdon, VA (1 hour)
- Asheville, NC (1 hour)
- Boone, NC (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Knoxville, TN (1 hour 45 minutes)
- Gatlinburg, TN (2 hours 20 minutes)
We live in an area with all four seasons. We have sun and snow, colorful leaves, and sprouting flowers. There are so many ways to enjoy them all! We highly encourage you to get outside and be active in nature. There are many ways to do this, but here are a few suggestions.
- Tweetsie Trail
- Tannery Knobs
- Sycamore Shoals
- Winged Deer Park
- Warriors’ Path State Park
- Watauga Lake and river
- Beech Mountain Ski Resort (1 hour)
- Sugar Mountain Ski Resort (1 hour)
There are a few local semipro sports teams. Join in the pride and enjoy the competition!
There are so many wonderful places to eat including chain restaurants and local spots. There are way too many to list, but here are a few recommended places to start. Check out their menus then give them a shot.
Visit here to see more about our area and find a list of things to do before you graduate. There are so many adventures. Pick one and go for it!