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Want to Fall into Fun – Head to Bristol!

Because of its location in the foothills of the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains, the scenery in Bristol is always worthy of a visit, but when fall rolls around, it reaches its peak.

Whether you’re more of a leaf-looker or someone who loves to enjoy other outdoor activities during the autumn months, Bristol offers an abundance of sites you can visit to enjoy the area’s vibrant colors.

South Holston Lake is one of the premier spots in Bristol to enjoy autumn – and for a breathtaking view of the fall foliage, head up to South Holston Dam. From that viewpoint, you’ll be surrounded by pristine water and hundreds of miles of untouched shoreline filled with a kaleidoscope of trees dressed in brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. Fall at the Lake also means plenty of boating and kayaking activity, as well as fishing, camping, hiking, and biking.

South Holston River

Steele Creek Park, which encompasses more than 2,200 acres and is Tennessee’s third-largest municipal park, takes autumn awesomeness to an all-new level. The popular park features a 52-acre lake surrounded by knobs and hills that turn into an artist’s palate in late October and November. The autumn scenery is also the perfect backdrop for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, golf, disc golf, biking, or hiking.

The picturesque 400-acre Sugar Hollow Park also offers more incredible fall foliage views. Whether playing soccer, enjoying some fall baseball, disc golf or camping, biking or hiking, the park is picture perfect and a beautiful spot to grab some time with Mother Nature as she shows off her fall colors.

Sugar Hollow Park

The Mendota Trail, a 12.5-mile hiking and biking recreational corridor, is another stunning location to enjoy autumn’s vibrant hues. One of the prettiest spots along the trail features a beautiful trestle known as “Abrams Creek Crossing.” When the colors of autumn are at their peak in Bristol, the trail is an ideal photo location. 

Mendota Trail

And if you’re looking for a family-fun adventure, look no further than The Stickley Farm featuring a corn maze (this year is a tribute to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion), inflatables, petting zoo, haunted attraction and more! 

Stickley Farm

While you’re in Bristol breathing in the beauty of autumn, there are plenty of awesome attractions you should visit on your fall adventure.

Be sure to stop by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a Smithsonian Institute affiliate, which tells the history of Bristol’s place in music history. If you’re into NASCAR or NHRA racing, a trip to Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway is a must so you can check out two of the most revered racing facilities in the world.

One of Bristol’s newest and most exciting ventures is the Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock Hotel. Visitors can enjoy more than 900 slot machines, 29 tables, and a sportsbook. By next summer, the casino will have more than 1,500 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, a poker room, and a 300-room hotel.

While taking in the beauty of Bristol during the autumn months, also be sure to visit The Pinnacle, the region’s largest outdoor shopping center, historic Downtown Bristol, which features more than two dozen locally owned restaurants, breweries, shopping, etc., and The Falls, home of several recently opened restaurants and shopping opportunities.