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Welcome to Bulls Gap

In 1792 John Bull, a gunsmith from Pennsylvania, received a North Carolina land grant for 55 acres of land on Bays Mountain. Bull settled in the area and operated a trading post and stage line through the natural passageway which became known as Bulls Gap.

In 1857 the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad began construction of a rail line from Bristol to Knoxville which made use of the gap. During the Civil War the gap and rail line were important to armies on both sides.

Annual Historic Steam Train Excursion

Scenery, history and nostalgia are just around the bend in two spring steam train excursions offered by Norfolk Southern Corp partnering with Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum has been given a rare opportunity for steam train excursions through East Tennessee. Since the citizens of our area do not have the opportunity to ride a train in our region, this will be a chance for the young and old to ride behind a steam locomotive which was recently restored.  These trips were operated last year and over 2400 people were turned away since tickets sold out so fast.

Bulls Gap Railroad Museum

The Bulls Gap Railroad Museum has an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia in East Tennessee. They have model trains, newspaper articles, photos, and many articles that came mostly from the people in this area that made their livelihoods working for the railroad.

The Museum will be relocated at the old Gilley's Hotel that was generously donated by James Walls to the association so that efforts could begin to restore the national landmark.


Meeting Info

The regular meeting of Bulls Gap's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is held the third Monday of every month at 5:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap.  The public is invited to attend.

The regular meeting of the Bulls Gap Regional Planning Commission is held the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap. The public is invited to attend.

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Bulls Gap Events

December 2nd – Christmas Parade
Archie Campbell Days – Every Labor Day Weekend - - The citizens of Bulls Gap celebrate their most famous son, the comedian from CBS's variety-comedy show Hee-Haw, with this street festival in downtown Olde Bulls Gap on Labor Day Weekend. Vendors, live music, and much more. Off of Highway 11E on South Main Street. All day, Saturday thru Monday, free event.

Bulls Gap Utilities

  • Holston Electric: (423) 272-8821
  • Hawkins Co. Gas Utility: (423) 272-8841
  • Water - Russellville/Whitesburg Utility District
  • 5935 East Andrew Johnson Highway
    Russellville, TN 37860 (423) 586-2232

Bulls Gap Restaurants

Yoder’s Country Market - This Amish store has breads, meats, jams, sandwichs, salads or try the “meat and three.
273 Highway 11E

Morelia Mexican Grill
401 Highway 11 E
(423) 235-6844

Dairy Dream
273 Highway 11 E

Sandy’s Diner
401 Highway 11 E

Bulls Gap Drug Grille
412 Highway 11 W

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