It's Bristol Baby!

Bristol Motor Speedway, nestled in the picturesque mountains of northeastern Tennessee, isn't just a racetrack—it's a coliseum of speed, an arena where legends are made and dreams are shattered. What sets Bristol apart is its unique configuration: a high-banked, half-mile concrete oval that tests the skill and bravery of even the most seasoned drivers.

Nicknamed "The Last Great Colosseum," Bristol is famous for its electrifying atmosphere and nail-biting action. With seating for over 150,000 passionate fans, the thunderous roar of engines reverberates through the grandstands, creating an unmatched sensory experience.

The track's tight turns and short straightaways demand precision and aggression, leading to intense battles for position and frequent clashes of metal. Known for its trademark bump-and-run maneuvers, Bristol often produces edge-of-your-seat moments and unforgettable finishes.

Whether you're a die-hard racing fan or just looking for an adrenaline rush, Bristol Motor Speedway delivers an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter its hallowed gates.

Track Tours available during normal NASCAR Season. Bristol Motor Speedway is 13 minutes (7.7 Miles) from Pappaw's Fishing Pad.

Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee, stands as a tribute to the rich heritage and pivotal moments in the history of American music. Located in the heart of downtown Bristol, this museum commemorates the famous Bristol Sessions of 1927, which are often regarded as the "Big Bang" of country music.

The museum offers an immersive experience, taking visitors on a journey through the roots of country music and its evolution over the years. Exhibits showcase original recordings, instruments, photographs, and multimedia displays that highlight the contributions of artists like the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and others who recorded during those historic sessions.

Visitors can explore the cultural significance of Bristol as a musical crossroads, where the sounds of Appalachia blended with influences from blues, gospel, and folk music to create a distinctive new genre. Interactive displays and listening stations allow guests to engage with the music firsthand, gaining a deeper appreciation for its enduring impact on American culture.

Beyond its exhibits, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum hosts live performances, educational programs, and special events that celebrate the ongoing legacy of country music. It serves as a gathering place for music lovers, historians, and enthusiasts to come together and explore the rich tapestry of sounds that continue to resonate from this historic region.

Located in Downtown Bristol TN/VA The Birthplace of Country Music explores how evolving sound technology shaped the success of the 1927 Bristol Sessions that featured the first recordings of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Bristol TN/Va was designated by United States Congress in 1998 as the "Birthplace of Country Music". The Birthplace of Country Music is 17 minutes (9.6 miles) from Pappaw's Fishing Pad>

Bristol Casino (Coming Soon Hard Rock Casino Bristol)

The transformation of Bristol Casino into the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Bristol, VA, is a monumental shift in the city's entertainment landscape. Currently known as Bristol Casino, the rebranding to Hard Rock will bring with it an infusion of excitement, style, and world-class entertainment.

The exterior of the Bristol Casino undergoes a dramatic makeover, with the iconic Hard Rock logo adorning the entrance, signaling to visitors that they are about to experience something extraordinary. The sleek and modern design of the building reflects the Hard Rock brand's rock 'n' roll heritage while incorporating elements that pay homage to Bristol's unique culture and history.

Upon entering the casino, guests will be greeted by the pulsating energy of the gaming floor, which features an extensive selection of slots, table games, and poker rooms. The atmosphere is electric, with live music performances from local and international artists adding to the excitement.

The dining options at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel will be nothing short of spectacular. From gourmet restaurants serving up mouthwatering dishes crafted by world-renowned chefs to casual eateries offering classic comfort food with a twist, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Visit Bristol Casino for information about Virginia's first Casino. Located 23 minutes (11.5 miles) from Pappaw's Fishing Pad on the Virginia side of Bristol. 

Bristol Ryhthm & Roots Reunion

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is an annual music festival held in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, USA. It celebrates the rich musical heritage of the region, particularly focusing on roots music genres such as bluegrass, country, Americana, blues, and folk. The festival usually takes place over a weekend in September and features multiple stages hosting performances by a diverse lineup of musicians in a four block area.

Some past performers at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion have included well-known artists such as:

  1. Emmylou Harris
  2. Jason Isbell
  3. Old Crow Medicine Show
  4. The Avett Brothers
  5. Taj Mahal
  6. Steve Earle
  7. Marty Stuart
  8. The Carolina Chocolate Drops
  9. The Steep Canyon Rangers
  10. Shovels & Rope

These are just a few examples, as the festival typically boasts a wide range of both established and up-and-coming artists each year, making it a vibrant celebration of roots music. The festival usually attracts around 30,000 people from all over.