South Carthage Rail Trail


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South Carthage Rail Trail Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Smith
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: South Main Street & TN Hwy 53 and South Main Street & US 70N
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6622667

South Carthage Rail Trail Description

The South Carthage Rail Trail begins at the Smith County Agricultural Center and makes its way north toward downtown along Old Highway 53. It follows the former Carthage Branch of the Tennessee Central Railroad, built in 1888, and offers scenic countryside views. The path is wide and paved with an easy grade.

Parking and Trail Access

Paved parking lots are available at each trail endpoint. Take Exit 258 from I-40; travel north on TN Hwy 53 for approximately 3 miles. The trailhead will be on the left.

South Carthage Rail Trail Reviews

Good for wheels but find better walks elsewhere

May 2015

Carthage is one of the most charming towns in Middle Tennessee, but this trail--lacking views of the river--wasn't much to talk about it.

The trail is paved with no steep grades, and I think it would be a great place to roller blade or for kids to bike. We walked it in May, and the honey suckle and other flowers made it a delight to our senses.

We began at the Save-Way and walked south. There is a street to the west side of the trail, but the left is meadows and woodland. I spotted a bluebird, but not many other signs of fauna.

I can't wait to get back to Carthage again, but I hope to hike along the river--or kayak it. I can't think of a reason why I would take this trail again.

Carthage trail

May 2013

Rode our bike there today. very short and easy . Good smooth trail bit boring, hopeful it is the beginning of something larger and nicer down the road.

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