Keep Bristol Beautiful

Mark your Calendar!
The South Holston Lake and River Cleanup

is set for Saturday, August 8

8 a.m. registration, noon celebration at Observation Knob.

Looking for something fun and worthwhile to do this summer?

Bring the kids and enjoy a fun day at the lake and support our effort to improve the quality of life in our community through participation in the Annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup.

Registration begins at 8 am at any of the following Zones:

Observation Knob (lake cleanup headquarters) • Weir Dam (river cleanup headquarters)
Highway 421 Ramp, Little Oak Ramp, Washington County Park Ramp, and Bluff City Boardwalk.

Cleanup Celebration Party • 12-3 p.m. at the Observation Knob Pavilion

Collect 3 + bags of litter for a free t-shirt and admission to the celebration

Free t-shirts, great food, door prizes, and live music.


The Annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup has approximately 500 volunteers that remove more than 20 tons of litter from our beautiful lake and river in each year. 

South Holston Lake is located along the border of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The lake covers 7,580 acres with 168 miles of shoreline.  The Cherokee National Forest borders much of the lake along with The U.S Forest Service Campgrounds, Girl Scouts Campgrounds, private campgrounds and Sullivan County Campgrounds.  South Holston Lake provides drinking water to 73,000 people and recreation such as boating, fishing and swimming for an average of 4,000,000 people each year. 

Keep Bristol Beautiful has coordinated the annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup for 22 years.   More than 18,400 community volunteers have participated in the cleanup and more than 650 tons of litter have been removed from the lake, river and surrounding area. Our ultimate goal is to not have to do this cleanup every year because people stop littering. To reach that goal we strive to educate the public on the effects of littering by showing them what actually comes out of the lake and river they play in and get their water from.

This cleanup works to improve the quality of life in our community and bring together the community and lake and river users.  This is our largest cleanup, and one of the largest cleanups in the Southeast. This cleanup makes the lake and river more beautiful, but more importantly, safer for the residents, community and tourists that use them. With the number of people enjoying the lake and river, the impact is huge to the region.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:  Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Compressors Inc., Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, BVU Authority, City of Bristol TN, City of Bristol VA, Eastman Credit Union, Ecological Energy Systems, Food City, Jacobs Creek Job Corps, Laurel Marina, Painter Creek Marina, Republic Services, Sexton’s Marine Service, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, The Robinette Company, Trout Unlimited, Waste Industries USA, Waste Management

Thanks also goes to our contributors:

Abingdon Cinemall
Barter Theatre
Bella's Pizza, Abingdon
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bone Fire Smokehouse, Abingdon
Bristol Motor Speedway
Cheddar's Bristol
Chili's, Bristol
Cook Out, Bristol
Coca Cola
Cracker Barrel
Darter's Store
Eastman Credit Union
Five Guys, Bristol
Golden Corral, Bristol
Harbor House, Abingdon
JJ's Restaurant & Sports Bar
Long John Silver's, Abingdon
Macado's, Bristol
Olive Garden, Bristol
O'Reilly Auto Parts, Abingdon
Pizza Inn, Abingdon
Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe, Abingdon
Quaker Steak & Lube, Bristol
Rhythm & Roots
River's Way
Sam's Club
Shoney's, Abingdon
Steph & Andy's Pizza Plus
Stir Fry Restaurant Group
Tinseltown Bristol
Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop



Keep Bristol Beautiful

Keep Bristol Beautiful (KBB) was developed by the Chamber to meet the environmental needs of the Bristol community and to promote “green” initiatives and sustainability within the region. KBB is certified by Keep America Beautiful, Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  KBB’s mission is to enhance the beauty and quality of life in the Bristol community through beautification projects, litter cleanup events and environmental education. KBB activities include South Holston Lake & River Cleanup, Great American Cleanup, Regional Public Lands Day, Conservation Camps for 3rd and 4th graders in Bristol, Sullivan County and Washington County, Northeast Tennessee Environmental Conference, and various other recycling, environmental education and beautification activities. These activities reinforce a sense of pride in Bristol, making it a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.


2015 Events:

South Holston Lake & River Cleanup

August 8, 8 am to 3 pm: Registration begins at 8 am, celebration party begins at noon, door prizes drawn at 1:30

Conservation Camp

September 2-4 at Sugar Hollow Park for Bristol, VA and TN students, and Washington County, VA students.

America Recycles Day

Nov. 14, 10 am to 1 pm


Special Thanks to our 2014 Members

Advanced Disposal
Alpha Natural Resources
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Arnold
Arrington, Schelin and Herrell, P.C.
Atmos Energy
Ball Corporation
Jim Bowie
Bristol Compressors
Bristol Herald Courier
Bristol Host Lions Club
Bristol Mall Associates
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Regional Medical Center
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
Burke, Powers, and Harty
BurWil Construction Company, Inc.
James. P. Callahan
Citizens Bank
Lois Clarke
Comfort Systems USA
James Daniel
Dent K. Burk Associates, P.C.
Eddie's Trophies & Gift Shop
Raymond & Margaret Feierabend
First Tennessee Bank
Dr. David W. Fletcher
Food City 821/822/617
Frizzell Construction
Goodpasture Motor Co.
Fred Guthrie, DDSPC
Prentiss & Marjorie Hallenbeck
Heritage Homes
Highlands Union Bank
Hill & Dale Garden Club
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Jones Animal Hospital
Betty Jones
King University
Ken King
Dr. Fred Knickerbocker
Massengill, Caldwell, P.C.
Jeff McMillin Family Dentistry, P.C.
Bill McRee
Mountain Air Compressors, Inc.
Nash & Powers Insurance
Rob Nicar
Linda Parker-Browder
John C. Patty
Pratt (Triad Packaging), LLC
Jack Presnell
Dr. Michael Rowell
Seaman Corporation
Severn Trent Environmental Services
Kim Sproles
Tri-City Blueprint
United Southeast Federal Credit Union
Vulcan Materials
Wal-Mart Super Center - Bristol #620
Waste Management of Tri-Cities
Wise Recycling, LLC