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Most NASCAR fans love to spend time outdoors.

Not only do fans enjoy the sun while watching their favorite riders on the track, but they also enjoy spending time outdoors to set their own pace on hiking and biking trails, or just to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

Fans visiting Bristol Motor Speedway for the Easter weekend dirt race have a wealth of activities to explore when it comes to outdoor recreation.

STEELE CREEK PARK

4 Little Lane, Bristol, Tennessee.

More than 24 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails are available at Steele Creek’s 2,220-acre park, which also includes a 54-acre lake and 150 acres of developed recreation area for children of all ages.

The 20 different trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert and range in length from the 454-foot Overlook Trail to the 3.13-mile South Ridge Trail.

SUGAR HOLLOW PARK

23261 Sugar Hollow Road, Bristol, Virginia

Sugar Hollow is a 400-acre park that includes several athletic fields and picnic areas with several miles of trails open for walking, running, and biking.

SOUTHERN HOLSTON LAKE

The 7,580-acre lake stretches from Tennessee to Virginia and is operated by the TVA.

About 60 percent of the shoreline is covered by the Cherokee National Forest, with approximately 182 miles of shoreline open to recreational boating and fishing.

A footbridge from the parking lot below South Holston TVA Dam leads to Osceola Island along a 1 mile nature trail.

The area also includes two mountain bike trails — the 3.1-mile Dam Builders Loop Trail and the 1.1-mile Yelling Loop Trail.

WHITE PEAK CREEK PARK

310 Sportsway Drive, Bristol, Tennessee.

Located across Hwy 394 from the Bristol Dragway entrance, White Top is best known for its softball and soccer fields. However, with easy access to the BMS, the park also has a 1.6 km hiking trail and a 1.5 hectare pond.

CEDAR VALLEY PARK

405 Cedar Valley Road, Bristol, Tennessee.

For the true nature lover, Cedar Valley, spread over approximately 3 acres, offers nature walks along tranquil Cedar Creek.

MENDOTA PATH

Mendota Trailhead, 2421 Mendota Road, Mendota, Virginia.

The Trail is a 12.5 mile cycling and walking trail between Bristol and Mendota.

VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL

300 Green Spring Road, Abingdon, Virginia.

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One of the country’s most well-known hiking trails, the Creeper Trail is a rail-to-recreation trail that stretches a little over 34 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop Station in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

TWEETSIE TRAIL

Crossroads of Legion and Alabama streets, Johnson City

The trail is open for walking, hiking, running, and biking traverses between Johnson City and Elizabethton.

Future plans include expanding the trail to 10 miles, making it the longest rail-to-trail in Tennessee.

KINGSPORT GREEN RIBBON

The Greenbelt spans the entire city of Kingsport and features 18 miles of hiking trails as well as bike trails throughout the model town.

SYCAMORE SHOALS STATE PARK

1651 West Elchalle, Elizabethton

The park offers various hiking trails dotted with signs explaining the importance of different places in the park.

WARRIORS PATH STATE PARK

490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport

The 950-acre park offers 12 miles of hiking trails through cliffs and waterways.

The park has over 12.5 miles of scenic and challenging bike trails that are also accessible to hikers. The bike path is part of the National Recreational Trail.

WINGED DEER PARK

4137 Bristol Highway, Johnson City

The primarily amusement park includes a 800m walking trail and a paved fitness trail that meanders through the wooded section of the park.

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN PARK

570 High Ridge Road, Johnson City

The park has eight hiking trails for the serious outdoor enthusiast who doesn’t mind a challenge.

The 725-acre park includes 40 acres of wooded terrain for hiking and trail running.

NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK

1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, Va.

The park has seven hiking trails, the longest of which is 2.1 miles.

Most trails in the park are open to mountain bikers.