As Spring gets closer and closer, it's a great time to break out the fishing poles and take your children on a camping trip. Bristol, VA, is one of the best towns in America for taking advantage of the warm weather and heading out into the wilderness. From majestic mountains, to vast caverns, thousands of miles of hiking trails, and many different inland lakes and freshwater streams to fish in, Bristol will make a dream camping trip for anybody looking to crawl out of hibernation and get back outdoors.
1. Sugar Hollow Park
Sugar Hollow Park may be the most well known campground in Virginia and TN. Sugar Hollow Park is absolutely loaded with different amenities for your family to enjoy such as playgrounds, softball fields, soccer fields, walking trails, an 18 hole disc golf course, mountain biking trails, walking trails, and a nature area with wetlands. Sugar Hollow Park does not require a reservation for most of the year and accommodations are only $20 per night.
2. Cherokee National Forest
If you are looking for a place to camp and fish that is a little bit more out of the way and wild, Cherokee National Forest is the spot for you. As the name states, it is not a camping ground with other campers and vehicles around, but a 650,000-acre piece of public land available for you and your family to explore.
Starr Mountain Zone
Coker Creek Zone
Hiwassee River Zone
Bald Mountain River Zone
French Broad River Zone
Unaka Mountain Zone
Citico Creek Zone
Ocean River Zone
While these are only a selection of a few favourite zones, all zones have miles upon miles of hikeable trails, river that are great for fly fishing, and beautiful areas to set up camp. Regarding the fishing specifically, it really has everything to offer, from lakes and ponds with beautiful bass, to rivers and streams that offer you a chance to land a fantastic trophy trout.
3. Bristol/Appalachian Caverns
For a more unconventional camping trip, you could take your family out to the Bristol and Appalachian Caverns. The caverns stretch for miles along the banks of an underground river that was carved out over 200 million years ago. In addition to the history of these caverns, they are also extremely breathtaking, as they contain many different arches, rooms, columns, and stone formations. Due to the minerals trapped in the walls of the caverns, they retain various beautiful colors such as brown, red, blue, sparkling white, and brown. While the caverns could be just a mere stop on a larger camping trip, they are magnificent enough on their own to visit and explore.
Take a trip to one or all of these three beautiful places and it will be an experience that you and your family will never forget.