Ground Broken for 8-mile Joe Wheeler State Park Scenic Trail
Officials on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Joe Wheeler State Park Scenic Trail were, from left, Lauderdale County Commissioner Chairman Danny Pettus, Lauderdale County Commissioner Brad Holmes, Rogersville Mayor Richard Herston, Joe Wheeler State Park Superintendent Chad Davis, Rogersville Police officer Morris Barnes, Alabama State Parks Division Assistant Director Rob Grant, State Parks Trails Coordinator Ken Thomas and TVA Recreation Agreements Specialist Derek South. (State Parks Photo)
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – Joe Wheeler State Park officials joined representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority at the First Creek Boat Launch to break ground for a new 8-mile bike and hiking trail at the park.
The Joe Wheeler State Park Scenic Trail will be built using $105,000 in grant money from the Recreational Trail Program and the TVA. Several bridges will be constructed...
... along the east bank of First Creek inside the park.
Wheeler staff will handle most of the construction of the trail.
“The Alabama State Parks Division appreciates the cooperation of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the TVA in helping us make this new amenity available for our visitors,” said Rob Grant, assistant director of the Alabama State Parks Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Mountain bikers and hikers have found our state parks to be great places to enjoy the outdoors and we’re sure this new trail will attract lots of visitors who haven’t been to Joe Wheeler State Park.”
The new trail will increase the park’s hiking and biking network to more than 12 miles. Joe Wheeler State Park has two hiking/biking trails, both approximately 2.5 miles. One is located between the Day Use Area and Resort Lodge with another 2.5-mile loop at the Southside Cabin Area, accessed from Alabama Highway 101 near Wheeler Dam.
Joining Grant for the ceremony on Thursday were TVA Recreations Agreements Specialist Derek South, Rogersville Mayor Richard Herston, Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus, Lauderdale County Commissioner Brad Holmes, Joe Wheeler State Park Superintendent and Parks Northwest District Superintendent Chad Davis and Alabama State Park Northeast District Superintendent and Parks Trails Coordinator Ken Thomas.
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Joe Wheeler State Park
4403 McLean Drive Rogersville, AL