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The Eureka Rail-Trail ~ Connecting Athens & Englewood, TN

The Eureka Trail is a 4.3mile hard-packed gravel trail (8.6 miles round trip) that follows the path of a former rail line and connecting the communities of Athens and Englewood, Tenn. Named for the Eureka Cotton Mill that once operated near the Englewood trailhead, it can be enjoyed for walking, running, bicycling, and horseback riding. 


The primary access point is the Athens trailhead on Highway 307. There is ample parking, including a designated horse trailer parking lot for equestrians.


As would be expected of a former railway, the trail is fairly level, with only gentle inclines. Much of the trail is shady as it passes through a mixture of forest and farmland. After crossing the highway near the trailhead, there are two country road crossings along the way.


At one point, the trail passes a wooded area damaged by a tornado a few years ago. The square white marker posts left over from the days of the railroad have been preserved. A series of mileage signs scattered along the way are labeled “Find it! Eureka Trail,” with each one featuring something to look for, such as “Find chirping crickets,” “Find wildflowers,” etc. It’s a good possibility you may spot a variety of wildlife along the way.


Athens Trailhead:  GPS: 35.455987,-84.571383

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Englewood Trailhead:  GPS: 35.425892,-84.519254

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Article by Bob Butters, The Nickajack Naturalist

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