Kingsport is located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, just a few miles from the Virginia border and only 45 minutes from North Carolina. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains at the intersection of Interstate 81 and Interstate 26 - Kingsport is an ideal business location. Home to the global headquarters of several corporations such as Eastman Chemical Company and AFG Industries. Officially chartered in 1917, Kingsport received its name from an early boat yard known as William King's port.
Kingsport's population is just over 53,000. The city is part of Sullivan County, the state's sixth largest county, with a population of 156,000.
Temperatures are mild year round. Kingsport boasts an average annual temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit with an average rainfall of 54 inches and average snowfall of 16 inches per year. Relative humidity ranges from 72 to 90 percent.
The timeless beauty of the Appalachian mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop for the rapid development of the city.
Bays Mountain Park
near Kingsport, TN
Just six miles from downtown Kingsport, 3,000 acres of unspoiled wooded parkland framed by mountain ridges beckons visitors to Bays Mountain Park. A scenic refuge ideal for getting back to nature, it is a protective haven for many species of birds and mammals and other forms of wildlife. Outdoor activities include river barge rides and guided tour that permit visitors to observe animals in their natural habitat.