The Tweetsie Trail is a rails-to-trails project traversing former ET&WNC railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. Because of the unique sound of the locomotive whistle, the railroad and its trains became unofficially yet affectionately known as the “tweetsie.” The trail provides 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!
Click here to open our new interactive map. It includes information about parking, mile markers, historical sites along the trail, and more.
Section 1 between Johnson City and Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton was completed in the summer of 2014 and opened on August 30 with the inaugural Tweetsie Trail Trek.
Section II of the trail will begin at Sycamore Shoals State Park, proceed to downtown Elizabethton and 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.