Eureka Trail

Tennessee

Eureka Trail Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: McMinn
Length: 4.6 miles
Trail end points: Highway 39 / New Englewood Road (Englewood) and Highway 307 / East Madison Avenue (Athens)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7457928
Trail activities: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Eureka Trail Description

The Eureka Trail begins in the southeast Tennessee city of Athens, about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville (about an hour's drive from either). Gardens, benches, and other amenities can be found nearby in Prof Powers Park, named for a longtime Athens resident and elementary school principal.

Following a former railroad bed, the gravel trail winds nearly 5 miles southeast through woodlands, rural landscapes, and the community of Mashburn before ending at the outskirts of Englewood. The trail's name comes from the Eureka Hosiery Mill, which was located near the future site of the Englewood trailhead; eventually, the trail will stretch another mile and a half into downtown Englewood.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the western trailhead at 1300 East Madison Avenue (Highway 307) in Athens, about a mile north of Prof Powers Park directly across from Fairview Road.

Eureka Trail Reviews

I walked the entire trail to New Englewood Road & back on a Monday afternoon. Did not encounter any other trail traffic, not even a stray dog. The trail surface was well maintained and easy to walk. It had been recently dragged with a box blade.

This trail is almost completely shaded so a great ride even on the hottest days. Gravel on the last third of the trail can get a bit large so don't take a road bike unless you like fixing flats. Has just enough grade to keep you pedalling most of the way. If you're on a bike be aware some people on horseback will be on skittish horses.

I noticed that about 10 weeks ago (05-10-2017) some type of grader was run along the surface. It dislodged all of the larger rocks that had been tamped down into the bed of the track. It is now very rough and unpleasant to ride. Leave it alone!!!

Accordion

During frequent trail walks I've encountered agressive Dogs on this trail around the intersection of the Route 439 (Fairview Rd) intersection with the trail. Dogs chase bicycles and other "leashed" animals. The dogs always appear to be in the same location so I suspect they belong to residents who live nearby. If this situation continues to go unchecked I suspect trail users will begin to avoid the trail or begin protect themselves and their pets.

Trail Managers need to resolve this problem as quickly as possible to avoid a potential incident that is just waiting to happen.

The Eureka Trail is lovely. I have walked and biked the entire trail which is mostly shaded. Great for all ages of walkers and riders (bikers and horseback!). I'm looking forward to the next phase of the trail being completed!

On May 10, 2016 a friend and I hiked this beautiful relatively flat trail starting at its current Englewood trail head off of Highway 39 and continuing for its full length to the transformed lumber yard in Athens that now serves as the Athens trail head. Our hike took less than 2 hours. The trail is breathtakingly verdant as it cuts through majestic woodlands and rolling farmlands, and crosses over a clear creek. The base is hard packed, and is a perfect wide trail for mountain bikers and hikers of all ages. This new Rails to Trails project is a huge quality of life gem for the Englewood & Athens communities and will surely become a go to destination for outdoor lovers in the region and beyond.

We biked this trail before the road graders smoothed the surface. It is gravel and has not compacted in some areas. Wide tires are best, but my narrow tires managed. The trail construction currently ends before reaching Englewood. This is going to be a very nice local trail for walking or biking, especially in the evening after work. Rural and quiet and level.

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