Elizabethton, TN Birding Trails and Maps

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Surfaces
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Boone Greenway Trail

4.75 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Catawba River Greenway

3.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

City of Lenoir Greenway

7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Devil's Fork Loop Trail

7 mi
State: VA
Dirt

Guest River Gorge Trail

5.8 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Kingsport Greenbelt

10 mi
State: TN
Asphalt

Mendota Trail

12.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Point Lookout Trail

3.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Powell River Trail

1.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Gravel

Tweetsie Trail

10 mi
State: TN
Crushed Stone

Erwin Linear Trail

4.5 mi
State: TN
Asphalt

Peavine Trail

1.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone, Grass

Railroad Grade Road

10.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Fork New River Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Salt Trail

8.5 mi
State: VA
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Beaverdam Creek Trail

0.75 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Laurel Creek Trail

3 mi
State: TN
Gravel

Wes Davis Greenway (Bristol)

0.5 mi
State: TN
Asphalt
Accordion

Yadkin River Trail

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview Following and crossing the winding route of the South Fork of the New River in the Blue Ridge Mountains community of Boone, the Boone Greenway Trail features a mix of open meadows and...
NC 4.75 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Catawba River Greenway meanders, along with its river namesake, through the historic town of Morganton, North Carolina. The trail encompasses wooded areas, open meadows and the quaint commercial...
NC 3.8 mi Asphalt
The City of Lenoir Greenway is a system of several loops and endpoints meandering through an urban landscape of parks and open areas, recreation centers, the library and wooded tracts. For more...
NC 7 mi Asphalt
Cautionary Note: This trail is challenging, with multiple unimproved stream crossings that require visitors to wade through water and a 1,200-foot elevation change. There are also no facilities (such...
VA 7 mi Dirt
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...
VA 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The Kingsport Greenbelt runs 8 miles along the Holston River and Reedy Creek through the city of Kingsport. About the Route The Kingsport Greenbelt is touted as both a historic and...
TN 10 mi Asphalt
If you're looking for an easy trip, the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Jefferson National Forest is the perfect alternative to the nearby Devils Fork Loop Trail. Devils Fork Loop is...
VA 2.8 mi Dirt
Overview The Mendota Trail stretches the entire length of the former Southern Railroad corridor between Bristol and Mendota. This 12.5-mile rail-trail became fully connected in September...
VA 12.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Overview Located approximately 25 miles east of the vibrant city of Asheville, the Point Lookout Trail offers visitors the opportunity to be enveloped by nature as they travel through the dense...
NC 3.6 mi Asphalt
The Powell River Trail is a 2.4-mile out-and-back trail in Appalachia, southwestern Virginia. The trail sits on the former Louisville & Nashville Railroad bed, which was used to haul coal from...
VA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Nestled into the recreational playground of northeastern Tennessee, a homespun pathway connects two charming towns in the Appalachian foothills. The Tweetsie Trail links Johnson City, home to East...
TN 10 mi Crushed Stone
Inducted into RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2014, the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail offers scenic wonders ranging from dense forests, open fields, and lush waterways to railroad relics...
VA 34 mi Gravel
Overview The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4.3 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the...
TN 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Peavine Trail runs for 1.5 miles from State Street in downtown Marion, North Carolina to just south of the First Christian Church on Rutherford Road. Construction of the crushed gravel and grass...
NC 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
Overview The Railroad Grade Road is a 10.8-mile road built on an old railroad grade that was once part of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad (Virginia Creeper). This part of the Virginia Creeper line...
NC 10.8 mi Asphalt
The South Fork New River Greenway offers a winding, paved pathway through the town of Boone, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Brookshire Park is at the northern end of the trail...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt
Virginia's Salt Trail runs for more than 8 miles between the small community of Saltville and the larger borough of Glade Spring. The trail is popular with equestrians and can get muddy and eroded in...
VA 8.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Beaverdam Creek Trail gets its name from the circa-1905 Beaver Dam Railroad, which it follows through the southwestern Virginia town of Damascus. A highlight of the route is the trail's...
VA 0.75 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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 serene...
TN 3 mi Gravel
The Wes Davis Greenway follows a portion of abandoned rail line that once ran from Bluff City, TN, to Mendota, VA. The greenway crosses Beaver Creek at two points. This linear park features the...
TN 0.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The multi-use Yadkin River Trail accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers in the beautiful Happy Valley area of Caldwell County. The 2-mile trail is paved and includes a walking loop near the...
NC 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt

Recent Trail Reviews

Mendota Trail

25 mile round trip

July, 2024 by dirtyspokesadventures

I would highly suggest unless you are an avid cyclist, to start on the Mendota side. From Mendota toward Bristol is about an 8 to 10 mile gradual climb. If you get the climb out of the way you can enjoy a very nice beautiful ride back into Mendota with a little effort. It’s a very scenic trail and shaded 90% of the time. I’ll ride a lot of rail trails, other than the steep climb, that which is a great workout, this trail is among the best.

Mendota Trail

rough 1st mile

July, 2024 by jadams9

We rode from Mendota to about mile marker 4 and back on July 4th. Thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Beautiful beginning from Mendota but the surface was rough for about the first mile. Better after that. Beautiful the whole way. I felt like I had stepped back in time. I wish I had worn my swimsuit to swim in the river. Nice swinging bridge at the beginning too. Highly recommend.

Boone Greenway Trail

Nice Urban - Suburban Trail, confusing connection to New River

June, 2024 by normanbowers

Nice easy trail to ride, good for kids, but not very long for more serious riders. I missed the connection to the New River Greenway at the east end. The connection is really a road and looks like a road as far as I could see.

Accordion

Boone Greenway Trail

FYI Watauga HS head entrance to the Greenway will be closed from mid June to September 2024

June, 2024 by rkellyshopping

Repairs are being made to the creek and collapsing asphalt. So the Greenway doesn’t go all the way through.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Fun for all

May, 2024 by harmobm2

The is a fun trail but you need to be careful going on and off the bridges. Not rode bike friendly. Well worth the Hall of Fame statue.

Mendota Trail

Beautiful Area

May, 2024 by michael.cassity

Rode from Hiltons Va on the Hiltons Highway to the Mendota Trail, very scenic Valley, rolling hills with limited traffic. Highly recommend.

I rode about 5 miles (out and back) on the Mendota Trail. The trail was way too bumpy for a Trek hybrid with no shocks. Would recommend the Trail but you definitely need a bike with shocks.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

By far my favorite trial

May, 2024 by tayyarahdavidson

Beautiful scenery, great hangout spots along the river, mostly downhill.

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Still a favorite trail despite tree barrier

May, 2024 by bsnicholson63

Rode an out and back from Damascus to ABD Trailhead. Trail was in great shape except for a large oak tree blocking the entire trail at approx the 6.75 mile point from ABD. A challenging social path has formed on the river side of the trail. The smart move is to just turn around and ride back the way you came. We weren’t that wise today so we bushwhacked around the tree and did our out and back. The trail surface was in great shape and obvious trail maintenance is keeping the “Creeper Trail” at its “creepy” best. At least the stretch we rode today.

Mendota Trail

Trail is now complete

March, 2024 by hippykamp

Wonderful trail that still isn’t super crowded yet like the Virginia Creeper trail is. Nice trailhead in Bristol with plenty of parking. The Mendota trailhead is an open field so parking is not a problem. We like to ride from Mendota to Bristol to get the climbing over first. It is a drive to Mendota from the interstate but it is a pretty drive. Well worth the trip. You won’t regret it

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

Loved Abingdon to Damascus

March, 2024 by dh676x6zw2

I am training for the Virginia Creeper Marathon https://www.creepermarathon.org/ on 4/7/24 and love this section of the trail. It is through woods and farmland, along a river, and over more than a dozen trestles. There are good parking and restroom facilities along this route. Looking forward to the marathon!

Tweetsie Trail

Johnson City to Elizabethton is 5 stars!

March, 2024 by dh676x6zw2

But going through Elizabethton is noisy next to the main thoroughfare. The trail is well maintained over the full 10 miles. If you go and the Johnson City Trailhead lot is full, there is a second parking lot a 1/4 mile away on the other side of Legion Street.

Kingsport Greenbelt

Wet trail made it treacherous

March, 2024 by dh676x6zw2

I went to the trail after having rain and before the trail was dry. Unfortunately, some sections had been flooded and, although there was no standing water, the mud on the trail was slick making it dangerous. This was around mile marker 3. Also, there is a section on the Cleek Road extension that looks like drainage is an ongoing problem. Some parts make me nervous in the downtown area. It looks like there is a homeless problem with deterrents on the park benches. The trail has the potential to be very nice, but not until some issues are dealt with.

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