Legacy Parks Executive Director Carol Evans recently announced a new three-mile multi-use trail to be built along the G&O Railway in South Knoxville from Chapman Highway to Mead’s Quarry and the South Loop Trails of the Urban Wilderness.
“Just like New York’s High Line and Atlanta’s BeltLine, this trail can be just as iconic for Knoxville,” she said.
Working with Pete and Linda Claussen of Gulf & Ohio Railways, the new trail will run adjacent to the working tracks – a ‘Rail with Trail’ as opposed to a ‘Rail to Trail’ – which turns abandoned railways to trails. The G&O trail will provide both a commuter and a recreational route and is another key connection in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.
In addition to the recreation benefits, the new trail should revitalize some areas that have been vacant and underdeveloped. “What we’re going to see is neighborhoods connected, businesses connected, businesses that incubate along the rail line because people will love to sit on a patio and bike from spot to spot,” Evans said.