A newbie's guide to the Tweetsie Trail


Let's say you're itching to get outside and take a run with your pup, or simply want to go for a leisurely bike ride.

You've heard people talk about the Tweetsie Trail, and you're ready to check it out.

Here's everything you need to know to get started.

What is the Tweetsie Trail?

The Tweetsie Trail is a 10 mile trail stretching from Johnson City to Elizabethton. It's a rails-to-trails project, which means old train tracks were removed to create the trail.

What can I do on the Tweetsie Trail?

Most people hit the Tweetsie Trail to run, walk or bike. Pets are welcome. Horses are not.

What will I see on the Tweetsie Trail?

The views along the Tweetsie trail are some of the most spectacular (and at the same time, some of the best-kept secrets) you'll find in Johnson City. You'll see meadows and farmland, gorgeous mountain views, creeks and streams, an old quarry, and perhaps even some of the area's wildlife.

How do I find the Tweetsie Trail?

In Johnson City, the trailhead is at the intersection of Legion Street and Alabama Street, just outside downtown. Parking is available at the trailhead.

Do I have to pay to use the Tweetsie Trail?

No. The Tweetsie Trail is funded through the Tweetsie Trail Conservancy, which means the public can use the trail for free.

What's the best way to try the Tweetsie Trail for the first time?

If you want to go on foot, you can walk one mile from the Johnson City trailhead to the Catbird Creek Crossing bridge, then turn around and head back to your car. That's an easy two mile stroll.

If you want to see more of the Tweetsie Trail, bring your bike and ride 2.5 miles to the Milligan Depot. You'll find a scenic overlook and shaded benches for a brief rest. From there, it's a nice flat 2.5 miles back to your car. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one from Local Motion bike shop at the Johnson City trailhead.

Now you're ready to hit the trail!

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