Bristol, TN Trails and Parks

Bristol has 11 trails in the vicinity, including 6 hiking trails and 2 for mountain biking. These trails range from 1 to 20.9 miles in length. The most popular trail is Backbone Rock and Flint Rock from Holston High Knob. Trails.com member Paul A. recently completed Gentry Creek Falls.
  • Lakeside TrailView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This scenic hike at Steele Creek Park has two distinct parts. Enjoy aquatic beauty as you fi rst walk a nearly level track along Steele Creek, ...

  • Beaver Creek Knobs LoopView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 hours
    •  7.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Steele Creek Park presents some challenging and lovely terrain for hikers. This circuit starts along playful Steele Creek, passing near the park ...

  • Flint Rock from Holston High KnobView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Start high on the Holston Mountain Trail. First, follow a fi re tower access road; then join a remote ridge-running footpath, dropping to Flint ...

  • Cross Mountain HikeView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This Appalachian Trail hike starts above bucolic Shady Valley. Th e highlights come early as you trace the AT across the open fi elds of the ...

  • Gentry Creek FallsView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike takes you through a remote valley of the Cherokee National Forest to a lesser-visited double-decker falls. From the trailhead, hike ...

  • Backbone RockView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This short hike packs a lot of punch. Start at Backbone Rock, a historic recreation area developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Walk hand-laid ...

  • South Holston RiverView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing  
    •  6 hours
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    This tailwater paddle is a long one, but the current is good and the streamside scenery better. Mostly easy shoals keep you moving on this nationally ...

  • Backbone Rock CampgroundView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Campgrounds  
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    Backbone rock is a narrow, tall sandstone spine around which Beaverdam Creek flows. The rising mountain ridges, geologic beauty, and mountain ...

  • Little Oak CampgroundView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Campgrounds  
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    Lakeside camping is a breeze at Little Oak. It is sizable and well laid out, lying atop the remnants of Little Oak Mountain after the Holston ...

  • McQueen GapView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  3.25 hours - intermediate level
    •  20.9 miles
    •  Guide

    On this route, you ride almost to Virginia before turning up Holston Mountain to McQueen Gap just short of the Appalachian Trail. It's a wilderness ...

  • FlatwoodsView Trail Details

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    Bristol, TN

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  2.25 hours - intermediate level
    •  18.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Flatwoods, squeezed between Holston Mountain and Holston Lake, are only somewhat flat. This route rolls along the edge of the mountain, making ...