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When originally established in 1779, Sullivan was a North Carolina county; from 1784 to 1788 it was part of the extra-legal State of Franklin. Its county seat is Blountville. Sullivan County offers a storehouse of opportunities and beauty for every eye. Starting with the court house which has been in existence since 1850, history abounds. It is located next to historic Deery Inn which is surrounded by a walking trail fit for all seasons.
With a population of over 156,000, there are several parks for vacation and entertainment. Warriors Path State Park, Observation Knob and Steel Creek are three parks that you will have to visit. The county consists of over 430 square miles, 17 of which are water. Camping, boating, hunting, hiking, fishing, trail walking, and swimming are just a few activities that the area has to offer.
Bristol is the twin city of Bristol, Virginia, which lies directly across the state line between Tennessee and Virginia. The boundary between the two cities is that of the States, which runs along State Street in their common downtown district. Bristol is probably best known for being the site of some of the first commercial recordings of country music, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, and later a favorite venue of the mountain musician Uncle Charlie Osborne. The U.S. Congress recognized Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music" in 1998. Bristol is the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Sullivan County is also home to the Bristol Motor Speedway, the world's fastest half mile track that normally sells out more than 160,000 seats twice annually.
Also stop by the Bristol Caverns. Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.