ET&WNC in the Gorge



Following the track of the old ET & WNC Rail Road through Doe River Gorge is a fine hike, except in winter.  If there’s been some snow or freezing rain, getting across the derelict bridges can be dangerous.

This card was published by the American News Company of New York, but it was printed in Germany before the start of WWI.

I can’t read the place name on the postmark, and I’ve tried.  All I can see if the final “…ONE”.

I hope Dolly got home okay, though.

4 thoughts on “ET&WNC in the Gorge

  1. JB March 9, 2021 / 9:46 am

    1918. The Flu.

  2. Rick Wilkins May 25, 2022 / 8:35 pm

    Bob – thank you for the wealth of information.
    Recently moved from Florida to JC and love hiking. My daughter and I have hiked to/through tunnels #1,2&3 and want to find #4 & #5. You included the coordinates for #4 – where do you access the bridge to crossover for #4? How did you reach it?
    Do you have the coordinates for #5? You mention Railroad grade road but that’s a long road- not sure where you see or access the tunnel. Any additional help would be appreciated.

    • Bob Lawrence May 26, 2022 / 7:47 am

      Thank you for checking in! Here’s a way in: take 19E from Hampton. Go past Whitehead Hill Christian Church and take a left onto Bear Cage Road. Stay on this road, cross the river (it’s Hershel Julian Road at this point). Stay on the road and it will become Old Railroad Grade Road. Follow it to the end, where you can park and then hike in to Doe River Gorge. Tunnel 5 is barely discernible, but you’ll see it if you look carefully. The trail in is the old Tweetsie railbed. Be very careful of the old bridges; they’re deteriorating. Enjoy the hike!

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