Tweetsie Trail

Tweetsie Trail 19.6 miles, 175’ elevation gain

  • start/end at parking lot (portable restroom) near south end of Tweetsie Trail in Elizabethton, at intersection of Blue Ridge Dr. and Stateline Rd. (near Snap-On Tools)

The Tweetsie Trail is a ten-mile long bicycle/pedestrian path connecting Elizabethton and Johnson City. It is the longest rail-trail in Tennessee, built on the bed of the famous East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (Tweetsie) Railroad.  Cyclists can choose from a number of start/end points within Carter County.  Listed here are several with parking:  Lions Field, Ingles Market, Betsy Bikes, and downtown Elizabethton.  This particular mapped route and cue sheet begins at the Blue Ridge Drive parking lot south of town near Snap-On Tools. This is an awesome crushed gravel trail situated on a relatively flat grade in a beautiful, natural setting, perfect for a family outing on comfort bikes, but just as enjoyable on a road bike (28 mm tires recommended, but OK with 25s or even 23s with caution).

Cue Sheet: Tweetsie Trail

Miles     Action and Landmark/Road

0.0       start/end at Blue Ridge Dr. and Stateline Rd. parking lot (near Snap-On Tools)
0.0       head north on Tweetsie Trail towards town of Elizabethton
1.8       E. Elk Ave. (downtown restaurants and shops)
3.1       Elizabethton H.S.
6.1       still on Tweetsie Trail, cross US-321
6.6       Lion’s Baseball fields
7.1       Milligan Depot (rest area)
9.6       Johnson City entrance to Tweetsie Trail (and parking)
9.6       Return to Elizabethton via same trail route
19.4       Hatcher Lane and end of trail
19.6       return to and end at Blue Ridge Dr. and Stateline Rd. parking lot