Erwin Linear Trail


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Erwin Linear Trail Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Unicoi
Length: 4 miles
Trail end points: S. Industrial Drive and Old Fishery Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6453557
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Erwin Linear Trail Description

The Erwin Linear Trail (a.k.a. the Erwin Greenway) parallels I-26 along North Indian Creek and Nolichucky waterways for 4 miles. The trail is paved and mostly flat, coursing through the Cherokee National Forest northwest of Banner Hill.

It winds through wooded areas and past natural ponds and wetlands lakes, as well as past light industrial areas on the western edge of the town of Erwin.

Parking and Trail Access

The linear trail is accessible from 3 exits off of I-26, including both ends (Industrial Dr. and Harris Hollow Rd.) and 2nd St./SR 102. For more information, contact:

Town of Erwin
211 North Main Avenue

Erwin Linear Trail Reviews

Son and I got off at exit 40 and parked at the parking lot at the industrial park. We rode to the end and back which is roughly about 8.5 miles. Very easy ride, nice scenery with bridges, benches, picnic areas, etc. Close to the other end, there's a McDonalds and convenient store you can easily access for whatever you may want to rehydrate with. Yes, a decent amount of it gets close to I-26, but it doesn't seem obtrusive to me. Plenty of trees, streams, birds, and it wasn't crowded even on a Sunday afternoon. Great for biking, walking, and running.

This small town made the most of a wetland adjacent to the highway. It is mostly shady with benches, ponds or creeks alongside. Many gaggles of goslings and loads of turtles to watch. Excellent leg-stretching break when traveling through the area!

This is a walking/biking trail. If you are walking with friends you can easily have a conversation as it is primarily flat. Mostly you will enjoy a natural setting of ponds, streams and woods. There are short stretches where you will walk behind homes, next to fast food joints and past light industrial areas. No problem it is a short time. The park is 4 miles from one end to another.


If you are browsing the TL maps and info for places to ride, then you will want to ride this one. This trail offers 4 miles of shear pleasure. We loved the areas of wetland scenery and the shaded woodland areas (reminded us of the Hilton Head S.C. trails). Directions in the description are a little confusing. Traveling I-26 north, take exit #36, then turn right off the ramp, then the first road on the right. There is a small parking area designated for bikers. You can also connect at the South end of the trail with a much larger parking area by taking exit #40. ENJOY!

This trail is shady most of the way, and peaceful. I enjoy it walking and biking on it.

The First mile ( starting off exit 36 ) is walking behind peoples houses. Travels the Interstate so don't expect any quiet time. Unless you are looking to go running this trail I would not suggest it

Something for all ages and all fitness levels. Beautiful views.

Trail is suitable for walking or biking. With outstanding scenery and views of Appalachian mountains. It is lit by traditional style lamp posts with benches throughout. About half way thru there is a comfort station complete with a playground and picnic tables. You may also park across from the local mc donalds for an ice cream after your walk. A certain destination if traveling near area. Also river rafting and tubing, camping and cabins within 5 miles. Bike rental at nearby outfitters.

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