Local Attractions

Bristol Caverns

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


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.

Traders Village

Traders Village is a local indoor flea market located on 11w  from Kingsport to Bristol. They have a variety of indoor shops and the Kingsport Times News even has consignments.