Steele Creek Park
2,200+ acres, 52 acre lake, 9 rental shelters, the lodge, party room and conference room, 20 picnic tables throughout the park, large multi-use field with soccer goals, 9 hole disc golf course, exercise trails and stations, playground, paddle boat rentals, walking/hiking/biking trails
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.
Many changes have occurred over the years but many of the original features have remained. As you enter the park you drive under the original gateway. The Lodge and several of the shelters were present in 1964.
Steele Creek Park (Stacy Grayson Memorial Park)
4 Little Ln. Bristol, TN 37620 / Nature Center (423) 989-5616 / Parks & Recreation Department – (423) 764-4023
Hours: Everyday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Steele Creek Park Nature Center is a 2 story (2,600 square foot) educational facility which showcases the natural history and beauty of Steele Creek Park! Inside you will find live animals and educational displays about the natural world inside Steele Creek Park. They offer guided hikes and educational public programs year-round and also offer specialized programming to non-profit groups (schools, churches, scouts, home-school co-ops, etc.) free of charge! We can create or enhance almost any science curriculum for your group!
The wood structure was built by park maintenance staff using materials from the park. Located around the Center is a wildflower garden and bird viewing area. Admission to the Nature Center is free with park admission.
The Nature Center hours are:
In-Season (May 30, 2016 – Sept. 4, 2016):
Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 6 p.m.
Off-Season (September – May):
Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.