South Holston Multi-use Trails

Location: Bristol, Tenn.
Reservoir: South Holston
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4.2 miles
Coordinates: 36.536337, -82.106587

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Parking

These two family-friendly trails through pine forests with limestone features are steeped in local history. The 1.1-mile Yelling Trail gets its name from Revolutionary War soldiers from the area known for shouting during battle. The longer Dam Builders trail is built on land that was excavated for materials to build the earthen South Holston Dam. Both 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

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History on Wheels

Two new multi-use, bike-optimized trails near South Holston dam offer fun the whole family can enjoy. Check them out.

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