Families can play, fish, boat, bike, hike and picnic at Steele Creek Park, Sugar Hollow Park, and South Holston Lake. Special nearby attractions include the 35-mile long Virginia Creeper Trail and the challenging Appalachian Trail. If you love to venture underground, don't miss Bristol Caverns and Appalachian Caverns.
There are more than 40 square miles of inland lakes and freshwater streams nearby including the South Holston Lake. The 7,580 acre reservoir is known for its small-mouth bass fishing. With sixty percent of its shoreline bordering the Cherokee National Forest, you are sure to find numerous fishing holes. Camp sites and boat ramps for South Holston are available at Observation Knob Park.
The 640,000 acre Cherokee National Forest provides one of the world's most natural diverse areas, while the famed Appalachian Trail lies minutes east of the city. Additional outdoor opportunities include whitewater rafting on the nearby Nolichucky River or golf at one of our six public golf courses.