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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 for a great article on The Tweetsie Trail by Rails to Trails Conservancy. It was named their October 2020 Trail of the Month.

tweetsie trail entrance
Credit: Tweetsie Trail entrance in Johnson City | Courtesy Carter County Tourism

The Tweetsie Trail is owned by the City of Johnson City. Any thoughts or ideas pertaining to the trail must be approved by Johnson City first. The portion of the trail that runs through Elizabethton is maintained by the Elizabethton Street Department. 

Tweetsie trail signage

Credit: Tweetsie Trail signage | Courtesy Carter County Tourism

For more information on The Tweetsie Trail CLICK HERE

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