What to Know about the Tennessee River Trail

"North America's Next Great Regional Trail System"


There's a new trail system coming to town, connecting four states along the entire length of the Tennesee River. The regional trail system will utilize existing greenways and trail systems, and will fill gaps by investing in new trail infrastructure for multi-modal use. Conceptually, the trail system will represent a strategic, regional investment in social and environmental infrastructure with the potential to catalyze new business development and outdoor recreation along the riverfront. 

The Tennessee River...

  • spans 652 miles along the Tennessee River, from Knoxville, TN to Paducah, KY

  • touches four states: Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky

  • watershed encompasses 41,000 square miles and is home to more than 4.5 million residents

The Tennessee River Trail...

  • is a contiguous, multi-use, experiential trail system that follows all 652 miles of the river

  • celebrates the natural beauty, historical and cultural heritage, and biodiversity of the Tennessee River Valley

  • catalyzes economic growth, community vibrancy, social wellness, and ecological stewardship among millions of citizens that live in the watershed

This trail needs a name!

The Tennessee River Trail Blazers - a growing partnership of organizations, agencies, and impassioned individuals - invite you to vote on a name for this regional trail system. Click here to review the options and vote, or, submit your suggestions by May 28!