Tweetsie Trail

Tweetsie Trail, Johnson City: Address, Tweetsie Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Tweetsie Trail
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AliciaM
Minneapolis, MN196 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We started at the trailhead in Johnson City and took the trail almost 6 miles, ending in Elizabethton near Sycamore Shoals. The path is clear and has lovely historic markers along the way. Plenty of benches are available as are mile markers about every 0.2 miles.

The only issues are access to restrooms/porta potties are limited on the trail. Lighting is also an issue if you are planning to go in the evening.

The trail currently spans 9.6 miles. I would love to see this finished at 10 miles as the course would make an excellent 10 miler run course.
Written January 6, 2020
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Russ W
12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Come from western NC regularly to walk this 10-mile stretch. The Johnson City trailhead is THE place to start as the Johnson City to Elizabethton stretch is the most scenic and really gives you a feel for the well-loved old Tweetsie Railroad and it narrow-gauge path. Read the educational graphics.
Written March 15, 2020
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Auntie J
Johnson City, TN12 contributions
Jun 2020
Total trip from the very beginning is 19 miles. Since it was a railroad at one time, any climb is super gradual, so it’s easy! For walking, we park in Elizabethton at the baseball park and walk about 2 or 3 miles up and back. Mostly shade so it’s great.
Written June 20, 2020
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KentuckyTravelBug80
Pikeville, KY2,450 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Wow, this trail was amazing! We walked four miles roundtrip and had the best experience. Trail is well maintained with alot if interesting structures and information markers to see. We can't wait to go back! We loved it because it was stroller accessible and our one year old daughter loves stroller rides in nature!
Written May 16, 2021
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Mary L
Johnson City, TN10 contributions
May 2019
This is a nice walking/biking trail. Gently slopes as it follows old RR bed. Nice and wide. Nice shaded areas and some open areas. Beautiful scenery, sitting benches along the way. Good parking at either end.
Written March 6, 2020
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Thomas R
Johnson City, TN62 contributions
May 2015
My wife and I started walking the trail on the Johnson City side soon after it opened. They seem to continually be attempting improvements which is a good thing with benches, portable restroom facilities and safety measures. It is quite beautiful and we enjoyed the exercise and our time together a great deal.
The down side is not long after the trail opened graffiti, gang signs, and profanity soon appeared spray painted on available surfaces. They are soon removed by trail maintenance only to resurface again within a few days. As a result the trail is now closed after dark with the police handing out fines to those law abiding citizens like us who walked late in the evening due to my work schedule. I understand the reasoning behind it, limiting the exposure of the public to possible criminal altercations, but now the only people on the trail after dark are the criminals. I work until 8pm so I guess I am just out of luck.
Written July 8, 2015
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Tennbengal
Johnson City, TN18 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
An excellent, very level, non strenuous hiking or biking trail made from the former Tweetsie Railroad tracks. Good for a short leg stretcher or to work up a good sweat! 2 things to look out for. 1. Many people walk their dogs on this trail, so, watch where you step and 2. Some of the bikers think they are training for the Tour De France, so, look out for them or they will run over you!!!
Written April 13, 2017
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NancyRNfit
Knoxville, TN6 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Wanted to do the Tweetsie, since we would be in Johnson City anyway. Starting from Johnson City, the trail is picturesque for about the first 4.5 miles, then it starts getting into the town of Elizabethton. My suggestion would be to bike the 5.8 miles to the Sycamore Shoals Historical Park, where there is a good place to cross the road. At the park, there is a nice visitor center, with nice bathrooms and water fountain. Tour this park, then head back to Johnson City. Note: there are only 2 porta potties from JC to Sycamore Shoals--no real bathrooms. Unlike the Virginia Creeper and the New River rail trails, Tweetsie would not be a destination trail, but something to do while in town for other reasons.
Written March 27, 2017
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janetjordan
Georgia277 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
This is an awesome crushed gravel travel that goes at a slight decline from Johnson City to Elizabethton. We ran 7 miles and turned around; the trail kept going. The first part was country scenes and beautiful. The second part going into Elizabethton was along side the road going into town. Great trail!
Written February 11, 2015
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Jill C
8 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a great trail and not too many hills. There have been some incidents there, so people should be careful going on this trail alone. It is beautiful. Just remember how far you go out is how far you have to come back. This isn't a loop.
Written June 26, 2019
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