South Holston Multi-use Trails

Location: Bristol, Tenn.
Reservoir: South Holston
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 6 miles total
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587
Amenities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Parking
Description:

These family-friendly trails wind through pine and hardwood forests which are steeped in local history. The 1.1-mile Yelling Trail and 1.3-mile Pemberton trails get their names from Revolutionary War events and figures. The Yelling Trail name originated from American Revolutionary War soldiers who were known for shouting during battle, while the Pemberton trail is named after Col. John Pemberton, a Revolutionary War hero who lived not far from the trail location. Soldiers gathered (mustered) at Col. Pemberton’s property before meeting other troops at Sycamore Shoals and then marching to Kings Mountain, SC. The longer 3.1 mile Dam Builders trail is located on land that was excavated for materials (dirt and rock) to build the earthen South Holston Dam. Last but not least, the .5 mile Powerflite trail is a connector trail linking the Pemberton and Yelling trails. This trail was named after a relic of the past which you will encounter along the trail - an antique car. Use your imagination and be taken back through history while enjoying this trail system. All trails are multi-use but bike-optimized, offering an easy ride with some optional features for more advanced mountain bikers. To get there take South Holston Dam Road off Hwy. 421 south of Bristol.

Dam Builders Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.1 miles
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587

Yelling Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.1 miles
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587

Powerflite Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: .5 mile
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587

Pemberton Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.3 miles
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587

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