Saturday, June 2, 2007

Elizabethton Linear Path

In recognition of National Trails Day (which is today), I thought I'd write about a trail I recently discovered. The plans for the Elizabethton linear path are quite ambitious. Eventually the path will stretch from near the covered bridge downtown to Sycamore Shoals Park on the west side of town. A one mile section of the path following the Watauga River has already been completed running from the Old Bristol Highway Bridge near McDonalds to an area behind the new Lowe's store. I love that communities across our region are developing linear trails and greenways. They unite far-off corners of a community, draw attention to a city's natural beauty (like the Doe and Watauga Rivers in Elizabethton) and encourage citizens to get out an exercise. For more information about greenways in Tennessee, click here. Read read about Erwin's linear trail, click here.

Directions: The access point for the path is not especially well-marked. From Elk Avenue (aka Routes 67/91/321) turn north between the Rite Aid and the Krystal onto W. Mill St. After passing the Elizabethton Twins baseball stadium, turn left onto Ash St. After 1/10 mile, turn left onto W. Riverside Street.

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