Tweetsie Historic Trail Association: Lots of Links

Johnson City's Master Plan Website
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The Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization's website on the master plan and trail progress.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy
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The Rails to Trails Conservancy works nationally to convert unused rail lines to recreational trails.

Virginia Creeper Trail
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One of the nation's premier rail-trails, attracting over 100,000 people every year, is the Virginia Creeper from Whitetop Mountain to Abingdon, VA.

New River Trail
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The New River Trail in southwest Virginia is a beautiful 57-mile meander along the world's oldest river.

Bike Walk Tennessee
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Bike Walk Tennessee promotes bicycling and walking in Tennessee for the benefit of health, recreation, tourism and a cleaner environment by advocating for safety, facilities and increased government and public relations.

The Cy Crumley Scrapbook
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Little is left of the ET&WNC (Tweetsie) Railroad except photographs and the memories of its employees. Here is a fine example.

Southern Appalachian Greenways Alliance

SAGA advocates and provides technical assistance for the establishment of trails and greenways throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

American Trails
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American Trails works to create a national network of interconnected trails for a wide variety of uses. Many, many useful links.

Appalachian Resource Conservation & Development Council

The Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council’s mission is to conserve natural resources and to improve rural economies through community leadership and enhanced educational opportunities in Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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The Appalachian Trail is the nation's premier foot trail, and its most beautiful (and some of its most challenging) sections are right here along the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

TriCities Road Club
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The road bike racing club of Northeast Tennessee.

Southern Off-Road Biking Association - TriCities
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Formerly the Northeast Tennessee Mountain Bike Association. Everything to do with mountain biking in Northeast Tennessee.

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Find the perfect hiking trail in our area and around the country at Local

Johnson's Depot
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This website is dedicated to past, current, and future residents of Johnson City, Tennessee and folks who are fans of the city's local history. The site documents the early history of Johnson City, its railroad roots, and current restoration efforts.

Back Country Horsemen of East Tennessee
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Back Country Horsemen work to preserve wise, responsible, common-sense access to public lands for horsemen by assisting the various government and private agencies in the establishment, maintenance and management of trails and other back country resources.

Pedestrian & Pedaling Network
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A community website from Columbia, Missouri. PedNet is dedicated to creating and promoting the use of a pedestrian and pedalling network to provide health, quality-of-life, economic, and environmental benefits. See what a community trail can be!

TDEC Greenways & Trails
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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is working to develop greenways and trails throughout the state.

Planning and Designing Rail-Trails

An article in Road Management & Engineering Journal on the engineering of rail-to-trail conversions.

The Economic Benefits of Open Space
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The Trust for Public Lands is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Integrating Rail-Trails into Transporation Planning
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This paper has been developed for transportation planners and policymakers who are engaged in intermodal, multi-modal, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. This document outlines the goals, policies and ongoing planning activities that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recommends be included in every state and metropolitan Long Range Plan.

Video on the Tweetsie Trail
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Right now the Tweetsie Trail is a dream, but you can see the potential from this video.

Johnny Molloy, Outdoor Writer
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Johnny is the author of 48 books on the outdoors and a supporter of the Tweetsie Trail. Check out his website.

Johnson County Trail Association
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Trails extend all over these hills, not only in Johnson County, but also in our neighboring counties and states. We're connecting up with other trails and trail systems. The JCTA has a long range plan which includes as a primary objective the development of an 87-mile multi-use trail network.

Kingsport Greenbelt
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The Kingsport Greenbelt is a linear park that connects residential neighborhoods, traditional parks, downtown, commercial districts, schools and activity centers. A special feature of this unique park is a pathway for pedestrian and bicycle use. The pathway meanders through marshlands, glides across open meadows, and passes by sites of historical and aesthetic value.

Elizabethton/Carter County Tourism Association

Much of the Tweetsie Trail would pass through Elizabethton and Carter County, which is rich in history and scenic beauty. Come visit its friendly people, the "beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War",a trophy trout stream, great outdoor activities of all sorts, and the world's largest natural rhododendron garden on one of the Southeast's highest mountains.

American Hiking Society
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For the past 30 years, the American Hiking Society has worked vigorously on behalf of the nation’s trails and all the hikers who enjoy them. As a recreation-based non-profit organization, American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds partnerships between public and private stakeholders, and provides critical resources to plan, fund and develop foot trails.

Great Eastern Trail
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The Great Eastern Trail provides a premier hiking experience on a series of existing trails that are being linked to each other into a long-distance footpath in the Appalachian Mountains stretching ultimately from Alabama to the Finger Lakes Trail in New York.

The Salt Trail
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The Salt Trail connects Saltville and Glade Springs, Virginia

Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club
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The Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (TEHCC) has been providing adventures for outdoor enthusiasts of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia since 1946. The TEHCC’s objectives are to provide hiking and paddling opportunities for its membership and to maintain the local hiking trails for which it has responsibility.