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The Tennessee hills are marked with hay bails and horses spread across farmland stretching for miles. The Arney Family Farm was no different. A working farm for over thirty years, the land would later be purchased by the city. The 200-acre lot was transformed from a functioning farm into a charismatic park open to the public. During the transformation, certain elements remained to preserve the history of what once was. The old farmhouse is now serving as the Parks and Recreation Administration Office.
Winged Deer Park is now the hub for all things sports, with frequent softball games. The park features five softball fields, three soccer fields, batting cages, an 18-hole disc golf course, a playground area, a half-mile walking track, and paved fitness trails through the forested area of the park. The fitness trails are great for anyone looking to get into hiking but not quite ready to take the full plunge. They also offer a great way to get some rigorous exercise while enjoying some fresh air and sunshine.
Winged Deer also features a lakefront area with two sand volleyball courts, a picnic shelter with a restroom, public boating access, a handicap accessible boardwalk, an amphitheater, and a Festival Plaza multi-use area. Throughout the park, there are many public restrooms available.
Administrative Office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 15 – March 1: 7 am – 7 pm (Winter Hours)
March 2 – November 14: 7 am – 10 pm (Summer Hours)
**Park hours may vary for scheduled activities.**
The park’s historical area features the Robert Young Cabin (one of Johnson City’s oldest dwellings), the Massengil Monument, and the James H. Quillen Historical Tree Arboretum.
Located on the northern side of Johnson City, this park offers the perfect spot to spend the day. Whether it's a family picnic, a quick walk during lunch, a place to walk the dog, or a weekend softball tournament, there is much to love about this farmland-turned public park.
To learn more about Winged Deer Park check out the Johnson City, Tennessee website by following this link: https://www.johnsoncitytn.org/residents/parks_and_facilities/residents/winged_deer_park.php
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