Virginia Slope Flying Sites
Bristol, VA – Sugar Hollow Park
The park has a man-made dike that is very flyable. Facing southeast, the dike is about 120′ high and at least 300′ wide, with a 20′ flat area on top before descending about 50′ down the back. Maybe there is some DS potential here, I never tried it myself! Only flew there once, very clean and smooth lift with 10-15 mph wind easily lofted my Zagi to “thumbnail” size.
Notice that hikers share the top of the dike as part of a hiking trail, so choose your landing area carefully! As of 12/26/01, there was no water behind the dike.
Directions: From I-81, use exit #7 (northbound turn left, southbound turn right), then turn right onto US Highway 19 north. The park is 1/2 mile on your left on Hwy 19. There is paved parking at the base of the slope. You definately don’t have to “rough it” to get to this slope!
There are several ballfields there as well, so weekend sports might make parking tight.
Seasonal camping and picnic areas are available on site, but you can tailgate in the lot. Historic Abingdon,VA is just 10 minutes away as well as a little ol’ racetrack (Bristol Motor Speedway) if you need some other distractions. Sugar Hollow Park is a municipal park, so no alcohol allowed at all.
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I?d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!
Regarding “Sloping in Bristol at Sugar Hollow Park”, is this site still a viable flying location? I ask because changes in FAA rules are causing some sites to close to RC flying. I’m interested in making a 1-2 day trip to fly at the park, so I’d appreciate knowing if slope soaring is still allowed. I live in Northern VA so I’m about 6.5 hours away.
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