The Watershed Trails are a fun network of easy, intermediate, and difficult singletrack tucked away in the middle of Hampton, TN. The trails traverse dramatic terrain through beautiful forest with both mountain and river views. The lower loops are great for beginner to intermediate riders, while experts can enjoy themselves on the challenging upper loop known as The Cat's Pajamas.
ETSU XC Trail Loop, Johnson City, TN
This ride combines great sections of trail located right in the heart of Johnson City on the campus of ETSU. They are open to anyone, not just students.
This featured ride is the typical XC loop that is just a bit below six miles long. The terrain is rolling with some short climbs and fun downhills. The trails have plenty of rocks and roots to keep things interesting and also have a few small rock drops thrown in at a couple places, but all the rock drops dohave ride-arounds.
The trails snake their way around the property so there are many cut-throughs that allow you to skip sections, but keep an eye out, as some of these can cause some confusion your first time out.
Tweetsie Trail, Johnson City, TN
The Tweetsie Trail traverses along a former ET&WNC railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. It is the longest rails-to-trails project in Tennessee and connects downtown Johnson City to downtown Elizabethton. Using trail connectors on the Johnson City side, it provides access to Tannery Knobs Bike Park (opening summer of 2018) and the ETSU Trail System.
The trail surface consists of crushed gravel and is as wide as typical doubletrack trails. There are several stopping points along the trail that include historical sites, scenic farmlands, and Sycamore Shoals State Park. There are several road crossings on the trail where traffic lights exist so use caution. The grade is relatively gentle overall.
Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TN
This loop ties together several trails that were hand-built for bicycles. Compared to many other rides in the Tri-Cities, TN area, this is about as easy as it gets, with smooth trails and easy climbing.
Some sections of this ride do have some stout climbs though including the top of Azalea Trail and some pitches along River Mountain Rd. Those segments are worth doing, however, because they take you to the highlight of this ride and the highest elevation at the Garden Mountain Lookout Tower. This old firetower sits on the Holston River Mountain side of the Park at 2405 ft., and provides an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of Kingsport and the surrounding mountains.
Warriors Path State Park, Kingsport, TN
Variety is the spice at Warriors Path where multiple stacked trails offer something different around every turn. Designed and built by mountain bikers, the thoughtful layout gives way to numerous alternate lines and plenty of challenge.