With more than 40 miles of trails throughout Bristol hikers and bikers have plenty of scenic areas to enjoy and explore.
Steele Creek Park covers over 2,100 acres and features hiking trails around the lake, paddleboats, a nature center, picnic areas and golf course. Just a few miles away is Sugar Hollow Park with picnic areas, walking trails, Wetlands preserve, sport complex, swimming and camping.
Also a must-see for any nature lover in the region is the Creeper Trail and the world famous Appalachian Trail.
Bristol is situated in the foothills of the magnificent Southern Appalachian Mountains, which includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee National Forest and other wilderness areas. The region is unsurpassed for beauty, as well as biological diversity with more than 20,000 species of plants and animals.
Steep mountains, rock outcrops, and waterfalls create a stunning landscape that harbors gorgeous arrays of springtime wildflowers, caves that provide habitat for endangered bats and rare salamanders, and dense forests filled with vast numbers of migrating songbirds.
The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest forms the largest tract of public land in Tennessee. It offers an endless supply of opportunities for camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, rafting, and hiking.
The famed Appalachian Trail crosses the Cherokee National Forest just a short distance east of Bristol. Numerous other trails in Bristol offer opportunities for day hikes or overnights.