APPALACHIA — Looking for a day trip? The Powell River Trail in Appalachia can be a quick and fun choice.
Built on the bed of a former section of L&N Railroad line, the Powell River Trail combines a fully accessible, paved 2.4-mile round-trip walking or cycling destination. The trailhead is along Main Street in Appalachia and has parking. The route offers plenty of shade and views of remnants of the trail’s former use.
One can see the occasional rail telegraph/telephone pole along the trail, and two rail tunnels offer shade and a bit of history. Marker signs also give more information about the tunnels and bridges along the trail. Benches and trash cans are placed along the trail.
Walkers and cyclists are advised to keep an eye out for bears, but plenty of visitors seem to keep bear sightings infrequent during the trail’s sunup-to-sunset operating hours.
For more information, visit the trail’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AppalachiaTrails/