Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Progress Continues On Local Rail Trail

A first-year operating budget for the Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail has been approved by the Rail Trail Authority.  The $29,000 in one-year expenses now goes to four governmental entities -- Putnam County and the cities of Algood, Cookeville and Monterey. According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, the four all make annual contributions to the trail under a 2005 agreement.  The Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail is a planned 19-mile hiking and biking path that will run alongside refurbished railroad tracks from Cookeville to Algood and Monterey. Supporters hope that it will ultimately develop into a tourist attraction similar to the trail between Abingdon and Damascus, Virginia.