The Tweetsie Trail is a rails-to-trails project currently under construction, traversing former ET&WNC (“Tweetsie”) railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. The trail will provide opportunities for walking, hiking, running, biking, etc. on a relatively flat grade in a beautiful, natural setting. When complete, the 10-mile trail will be the longest rails-to-trails project in Tennessee!
Construction of the first section – 4.5 miles – is underway now, restoring bridges and pathways, installing benches and signage. This section, between the trailhead at Alabama Street in Johnson City and Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, is slated to open with an inaugural Walk/Run/Bike on Saturday, August 30, 2014 (Labor Day weekend) Section II of the trail will begin at Sycamore Shoals State Park and proceed to downtown Elizabethton. Section III will continue to the end of the line, near the Betsytowne Shopping Center.
The Tweetsie Trail is a fitting legacy of our railroading heritage, and it will be enjoyed by many generations to come. One of the most surprising facts is that the Trail is being built without any federal or state funding. Rather, it’s the result of generous donations from individuals, businesses, and local governments. A huge “Thank You!” to those who have brought us this far! There’s still more work to be done, so click here if you’d like information on how you can “get on board.“ 100% of your donation will go directly to the Trail.
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