Local Attractions

Creation Kingdom

Creation Kingdom is a zoo. Believe it or not Snowflake has its own zoo now.

Country Directions:

It is located between Gate City and Nickelsville on Highway 71. You will see the Snowflake sign. The road is across from the auction and is a bridge across the creek.

Kilgore Fort House

The Kilgore Fort House is one of the 12 original forts left from back when indians were a problem.

It is located on highway 71 between Gate City and Nickelsville.

The property is now privately owned but you can still get tours from what I understand.

Bush’s Mill

Located just outside of Nickelsville this is a working mill. They grind some corn meal for sale to visitors.

You can ask anyone in town for directions.

Gate City Flea Market

Located on the back street fo Gate City in the public parking lot is the Gate City flea market. Come by on Friday mornings for the best bargains around.

Weber City Flea Market

Located in the old tobacco warehouse there are usually quite a few bargains.

Just go to weber city and follow the sign.

Carters Fold

A. P. Carter, Sarah Carter, and Maybelle Carter are given credit for the commercialization of country music. Now, they repay the public with music performaces by various groups at the Carter Fold.

Directions:

Traveling northbound on I-81 take the Kingsport exit onto I-26; follow I-26 until it ends. Take highway 23 north toward Gate City. There are green highway markers directing you to the Carter Fold. Follow the signs, turn right at the fourth traffic light onto highway 224. Take the first left onto highway 58 east (toward Bristol). Follow Highway 58 to Highway 709 and turn left in Hiltons. Follow Highway 709 to Highway 614, then turn right on Highway 614 to Mendota. This part of the road has been designated the A.P. Carter Highway. Follow this road for about three miles, when you’ll see the Fold on your left.

Coming from I-81 south, take Exit 1 (Bristol, Gate City exit). This will put you on Highway 58. Stay in the right lane to Gate City, then follow 58 to Hiltons (about 25 miles).

Turn right on Highway 709 at the store; follow Highway 709 to Highway 614, then turn right on Highway 614, the A.P. Carter Highway. Follow Highway 614 for three miles. You’ll see the Carter Fold on your left.

Natural Tunnel State park

Called the 8th wonder of the world, Natural Tunnel was carved from the earth by erosion. It is so large than the railroad has used it for a tunnel for trains to pass through.

Now there are cabins and a campground being built.

LOCATION:

Natural Tunnel State Park is in Scott County, about 13 miles north of Gate City and 20 miles north of Kingsport, Tenn.. To get there, from I-81, take U.S. 23 North to Gate City (about 20 miles). The turn-off to the park is at mile marker 17.4 on Rt. 23. Take Natural Tunnel Parkway about one mile east to park entrance.

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Outdoor play that is held throught the summer months. Located in Big Stone gap, VA.

Amphitheatre & Box Office

June Tolliver Playhouse

518 Clinton Avenue East

Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

June Tolliver House & Folk Art Center

Another interesting site in Big Stone Gap, Va is the June Tolliver House. There are lots of antiques and other history here.

522 Clinton Avenue East

Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

Bristol Caverns

Bristol Caverns is a longtime attraction in Bristol. The caverns are spectacular and well worth the trip to see.

Directions:

From VA. I-81, take exit 3. Go to 6th traffic light and turn left onto Anderson Street. Anderson will become 421 South. Follow 421 South. When it becomes a four lane highway, turn left at traffic light onto state route 435 (Bristol Caverns Highway). Go 2.5 miles to caverns on left.

North bound traffic take exit 69 off of I-81. At end of ramp turn right onto 394E. Stay on 394E past Bristol Motor Speedway. Approximately 6 miles past speedway go straight through traffic light onto highway 435N also called Bristol Caverns Highway. We are located 2 1/2 miles on the left.

From 11E, take Bluff City / Blountville exit. Turn right onto 394 East. Go past Bristol Motor Speedway for 6 miles. Cross 421S and follow state route 435 (Bristol Caverns Highway). Go 2.5 miles to the caverns on the left.

Tri City Flea Market

There are a number of flea markets and other types of sales in Bristol but the one place that will stand out is the large flea market just outside of Bristol.

Just head towards Johnson City on highway 11-E and you will see it on the left.

4571 Hwy 11 E
Bluff City, Tennessee 37618

Appalachian Caverns

Another great cavern to see is the Appalachian Caverns. This cave has actual bats that you can see in their natural habitat.

There is also a lot of other history here, including some Civil War finds.

They also have a gem mine!

Located outside of Bristol but not too far away.

420 Cave Hill Road
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 323-2337

Gray Fossil Museum

Want to see real live dinosaur bones? You are close to the right place.

Gray, TN is the place to go and it not very far from Bristol.

1212 Suncrest Drive
Gray, TN 37615

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

Located just outside of Kingsport is Bays Mountain Park. It is within easy driving distance from Bristol.

There are wild animals to see, a museum, and also picnic facilities.

Directions from Bristol:

On I-81 take Exit 57-B “Kingsport” onto I-26N(old I-181). Exit at Meadowview Parkway, Exit 3(old Exit 52). Turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit ramp. This road turns into Reservoir Rd. Continue on Reservoir Rd. for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Rd. Stay to the left at the fork in road for the Park entrance.