UT program planning 652 mile multi-modal trail system along entire Tennessee River

  A group of University of Tennessee students have been working on a massive project to make the entire Tennessee River more accessible. It’s a multi-modal trail system that will stretch from Knoxville to Paducah, Kentucky.

This is a product of two years of hard work done by students and professors in UT’s School of Landscape Architecture. The vision for the Tennessee River Studio class is to create a trail system that stretches 652 miles long.

“The vision is a multi-modal trail system that you could bike, hike and paddle all the way from Knoxville to Paducah,” UT School of Landscape Architecture Sam Irwin said.

The department is now working to turn the vision to reality. The support is there. “We are assembling a list of partners who can provide additional capacity,” Professor Collett said.

The national Park Service, TVA, Tennessee State Parks and are just three of the groups who are in full support of the trail system and Professor Collett said this group of supporters will help get the word out and encourage others to stand behind the vision.



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