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Who doesn't love the wind in their hair as they cruise down a scenic bike path?!  With the Tweetsie trail less than a mile from downtown Johnson City (and all the other awesome shopping, eating, and drinking downtown has to offer), and the one of a kind Creeper Trail in our backyard, even the most fun demanding greenbelt enthusiast will find the perfect ride here.

Tweetsie Trail

Less than a mile from downtown Johnson City, 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.  The 10-mile trail is the longest rails-to-trails project in Tennessee!

Creeper Trail

The Va Creeper Trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down thru the lovely town of Damascus, Va (known as the Heart of the Va Creeper) along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point Whitetop Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, Virginia. The Va Creeper Trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

A vast majority of riders choose to book a shuttle in downtown Damascus and ride, nearly completely downhill, the 19 mile section between White Top and Damascus.

Erwin Linear Trail

The Erwin Linear Trail runs parallel to Interstate 26, along the North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways in the town. The greenway was designed by Tysinger, Hampton & Partners to help protect and enhance the environment and provide recreation to the community.

The Linear Trail includes wooded areas, natural ponds, wetlands and mountain views. Trails wander around and through the ponds for recreation and fishing. It also provides instructional wetlands areas for local shcool programs. Throughout the year on the Linear Trail you can find hikers, dog walkers, bicyclers, joggers, adults, children and families from the entire region.

In recent years, the Erwin Kiwanis Club has built an age-appropriate and special needs play and learning park along the trail. Other amenities on the Linear Trail including night lighting, restrooms, benches and docks for fishing – all in a family-friendly area.

Kingsport Greenbelt

The Kingsport Greenbelt is a scenic fitness trail that stretches across Kingsport. A project developed and maintained by Kingsport Parks and Recreation, this historic and beautiful scenic trail serves the citizens of Kingsport. With access points all across the city of Kingsport, this paved and peaceful trail is 8 miles long and is a favorite destination for walkers, runners, bicycles and peaceful moments.

Maryville - Alcoa Greenway

The 9-mile Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with the Bicentennial Greenbelt and Sandy Springs Park in Maryville. The greenway starts near the swimming pool in Alcoa's Springbrook Park, passes the schools, crosses Springbrook Road near Edison Road, then follows Pistol Creek to Maryville.

Laurel Creek Trail

The Laurel Creek Trail takes travelers into the Cherokee National Forest in Johnson County. There is no shortage of scenery in this wildlife rich-haven, where rushing waters slice through the serene Appalachian forest. It’s built on the former Pea Vine Railroad, a narrow gauge railroad built to ship lumber and manganese ore more than a century ago. Very little evidence of the original railroad can be seen today – the train ceased operations and the rails were removed back in the mid 1920’s, when the metal and timber began to be depleted. But that route has received another lease on life, enhancing the economy and overall quality of life of the community of Laurel’s Bloomery.  

Veterans Boulevard Greenway

This dedicated off-street pathway runs parallel to Veterans Boulevard connecting Sevierville to Pigeon Forge. The trail heads south to Goldrush Road, across from the Dolllyworld Splash Country. It is a multipurpose path for walking, riding or rolling. 

Boone Greenway

Boone Greenway is a hidden gem in the town of Boone, and each step traveled takes to across different settings, with nature, history and culture all on display. The trail traverses the town, winding, curving and looping as it follows the course of the New River.

Guest River Gorge Trail

The Guest River Gorge Trail meanders along 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs that plunge 400 feet to the pristine waters below. The deep gorge was created as the Guest River, now designated as a state scenic river, tunneled through Stone Mountain on its way toward the Clinch River.

The grade of this trail and its crushed stone surface make for a comfortable walk or bike ride downhill, and a real challenge heading uphill. Benches along the route offer more than a place to rest; they yield stunning views of crystal-clear currents that, when interrupted sporadically by boulders, turn into impressive rapids.

Knoxville City Greenway

The city of Knoxville has an extensive and growing system of greenways, including the Holston River Greeway. The greenways follow natural water courses, traverse open spaces and parklands, and link neighborhoods and business districts.

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