Wednesday, May 27, 2009

peace like a river

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
Lao Tzu

The Weir Dam south of Bristol is one of the most unique sights (and sounds) in East Tennessee. The zig-zag dam serves a couple important functions. It keeps the water above the dam at a constant level for fish and birds and its thundering water aerates the South Holston River below the dam. During the drought of the last three years, this sight wasn't as common because South Holston Dam (a mile upstream) didn't generate electricity as often. Still, check with the TVA website to find out when they're generating, because then you'll know when to visit to see the water flowing over the Weir.

Directions: From the intersection of routes 394 and 421 south of Bristol, continue 2.9 miles south on 421 (toward Shady Valley). Turn right at Shelley's Chicken House onto Emmett Road/Holston View Dam Road. Continue for 1.6 miles (bear right at the fork) to the recreation area on your left. After taking in the sights and sounds at Osceola Island, continue on Holston Dam View Road 2 more miles to the top of the dam. Here you will see a beautiful view of South Holston Lake.


  1. Can you please Email me at and let me know more about this place and if its in TN or VA?

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    Again, great stuff!

  3. photography was nice....

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