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 the second and third phase are complete, the 10-mile trail will be the longest rails-to-trails project in Tennessee!
You can access the trail in Johnson City at two locations: For a longer ride, park in the public lot at Cherry Street off State of Franklin Road. There is a trail head spur on Cherry Street. The official trail head is at the corner of Alabama Street and Legion Street. Limited parking is available there, with additional parking down Legion Street at the Johnson City Cardinal Ballpark.
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!
While on the Tweetsie, you will find spots to stop and enjoy the lovely views of Upper East Tennessee, friendly neighbors who will offer a wave from their front porches all on a trail through the woods, over creeks and alongside the Watauga river.
Enjoy the trail, then come back downtown and enjoy a refreshment or meal in one of our many restaurants.
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.