7 trails across Alabama awarded $2M in grants—here is the list [MAP]

(Chief Ladiga Trail Facebook page)

Thanks to grant funding made available by the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program, Governor Kay Ivey awarded today nearly $2 million to help build, restore or improve trails at seven locations in Alabama.

Administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), this year’s grants support a wide variety of projects—including the nationally recognized Chief Ladiga Trail in Piedmont, Alabama.

7 Alabama trails, from Piedmont to Covington County

Below is a description and map of the trail projects.

Camden– $184,368 to construct a 5,600-foot-long walking trail with water fountains and rest areas at Bridgeport Landing Park on the eastern shore of the Dannelly Reservoir (Alabama River). 

Jackson – $350,000 to build a 1,000-foot-long, eight-foot-wide multi-use boardwalk at Kimball Lake. The boardwalk is the first phase of a plan to connect Kimball Lake RV Park with Parker Lake RV Park, both located near the Tombigbee River. 

Montgomery – $350,000 to extend the Riverfront Greenway multi-use Trail from Riverfront Park to near Shady Street. The trail will run almost parallel with the Alabama River and Lafayette Street. 

Piedmont– $350,000 to repave a portion of the Chief Ladiga Trail within the Piedmont city limits and improve signage at road intersections. The Chief Ladiga Trail, a rails-to-trails project completed in 1998, is a 33-mile trail that links the cities of Weaver, Anniston, Jacksonville and Piedmont. It also connects with Silver Comet Trail at the Georgia state line, which continues to Atlanta. 

River Falls – $90,857 to construct a multi-use trail at the River Falls Pavilion and property adjoining the River Falls Cemetery in Covington County. The 0.3-mile concrete trail will be eight feet wide.  

Troy – $322,253 to construct a walking and biking trail and additional parking along with installing picnic tables and benches at Hubert Maddox Washington Park. The 1,320-foot-long asphalt trail will be eight feet wide to accommodate both pedestrians and riders. 

Shelby County – $350,000 to construct approximately 12 miles of trails to connect existing trails at Double Oak Park. The new trail is part of the second phase of the Shelby County Commission’s plan to provide a recreation venue on the 750-acre site atop Double Oak Mountain north of U.S. Highway 280. 

Alabama trails – scenic beauty

“Trails are the ideal invitation to get people outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and Alabama’s scenic natural beauty. I am pleased to announce these projects which will provide even more opportunities for Alabamians to enjoy outdoor recreation.”  Governor Kay Ivey

Have you visited any of these trails? Tag  us on social media @thebamabuzz about your favorite experience.

Pat Byington
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