South Holston Tailwater Trails

Location: Blountville, Tenn.
Reservoir: South Holston
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5.1 miles
Coordinates: 36.523980 -82.109772

  • ADA Accessible
  • Bathroom
  • Hiking
  • Parking

Most of these trails started out being foot paths made by anglers seeking water access to fish in the trout-rich tailwaters. The footpaths were improved and are now trails well used not only by anglers but also by dog walkers and families. These trails are on the South Holston Dam Reservation, which is located about 5 miles south of Bristol, Tennessee. Take Hwy. 421 south to Emmett Road.

Bouton Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.5-mile loop
Coordinates: 36.510735 -82.114319

Emmett Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.1 miles
Coordinates: 36.51785 -82.12029

Tailwater Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 0.5 miles
Coordinates: 36.5216 -82.11106

See also Osceola Island Trail.

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