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Steele Creek Park

4 Little Lane

Steele Creek Park is a regional park encompassing more than 2,200 acres. The park’s main entrance is located at 4 Little Lane. The park was originally planned as a state park (Watauga) dating back prior to 1936. The planned state park was abandoned in 1945 and the property that had been purchased by the department of the interior was deeded to the State of TN.

In 1961, Mayor Stacy Grayson announced plans to construct a park at Steele Creek. A 99 year lease was approved by the State and later the property was deeded to the City of Bristol. Steele Creek Park opened to the public on June 6, 1964. 


Jamie Kaminski

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
This park was tucked back behind a golfing neighborhood. I was a little worried at first. Once I paid the $2 and was in the park, I drove to the back and was surprised to see a train ride, boat rides, several playgrounds along the road, along with a nature center. There was alot of great information inside of there along with visual aids and live animals. This park was beautiful and exceeded all of my expectations. Upon leaving we stopped at the splash pad for some cooling down fun before heading home. The kids had a blast as did the adults. A must go back to place for my family.

Autumn Foster

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
You have to pay a small fee per car to enter this park (I paid $2), but it is well worth it since there's so much to do! They have a lake that you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats, a train for kids, several hiking and walking trails, a splash park, playground, picnic areas, and more! I spent about 3 hours here and I followed the hiking trails and the lake trails. I LOVE hiking and this was nice for me because I was alone but felt completely safe. The hiking trails were strenuous (if you're out of shape and not expecting a real hike- aka me), but they also have a nice paved trail around the lake that would be perfect for strollers or dogs. They also have public restrooms that are clean and great parking. I'm definitely going back and dragging my friends here with me! Definitely worth a visit if you don't have time to go hike a "real" mountain, if you just want a nice park trip, or if you have kids!

Donna Ballew

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Nice place for a family picnic/ reunion, you can rent covered shelters, indoor or outdoors, they have a playground for the kids, a small train they can ride, they can fish, they're ate trails to hike or just take a leisurely walk. The is a golf course, a creek, a water- splash section, paddle boats. It's just a beautiful place to go. The are also ducks you can feed.

Evan Beall

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Before I say anything, I would like to say that is actually a nice park and is very scenic. However, I am going to rate on the fishing since it is like the only "pond" in the area. First thing you need to know is that you have to pay 2$ to get in. However, if you go beyond the park, their is a trail head that connects to the park so you can go hiking, biking and fishing after about 5 minutes of easy hiking without paying the fee. As far as fishing goes, it is just bad. Their are bass in the lake, but they are so shy that as soon as your lure lands remotely close to them they are spooked. The bluegills will bite willingly if you use a small hook. There are also TONS of common carp and some big Grass carp in the lake as well. They can be caught with European style carp fishing tactics, but they are still very shy from fishing pressure. Finally, there are catfish in the lake but I don't know much on their whereabouts. So in conclusion, it is a good park, but the only fish you can really catch are finicky bluegill and carp. And for how long it takes us to drive there, it just isn't worth it.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hiking, pedal boats, train rides, golf and a nature center. $2 admission per vehicle to park. Shelters available for rent starting at $35. Edit: we rented a shelter from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and was told that all the attractions was open till 9 p.m. but everything was closed by 5:30 on a Saturday except for the splash pad, so be aware that if you rent a shelter that what they tell you is not the truth. I definitely would not recommend renting a shelter at all, just take your chances on getting one of the free tables.

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