Roane County Applied to Be a Pilot Community for the Tennessee RiverLine 652 Project Grant

{Mike Beard, Director of Roane County Parks and Recreation}

The Tennessee RiverLine is a vision for a continuous system of hiking, biking, and on-water experiences along the 652-mile reach of the Tennessee River from Knoxville, TN, to Paducah, KY.  The system will serve as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental impact in the four states and dozens of cities, towns and rural communities along the Tennessee River, as well as the more than 4.5 million residents who call the Tennessee River Valley home.  Beyond recreational, environmental and economic potential, the project embodies the spirit of innovation and regional collaboration that is our legacy in the Tennessee River Valley.

A Tennessee RiverLine Pilot Community is a community with immediate or proximate physical access to the main stem of the Tennessee River’s 652-mile reach as well as its major coves and embayments.  We seek participation from a diversity of communities: large and small, urban and rural, those with established river access programs and those who need help getting started. All are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given equal consideration.

An excerpt from our Pilot Community Application….

It is our belief that Roane County already has the raw material needed to become an outdoor adventure lover’s dream. Home to 43 miles of the Tennessee River, Roane County is already positioned to become a destination for TN RiverLine enthusiasts as they explore all of Watts Bar Lake via canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and other watercraft. Our vision is to see Kingston and Rockwood become to the RiverLine what Hot Springs, NC is to Appalachian Trail hikers. We envision busy downtowns…

To learn more contact Jamie Kinard, Mike Beard or Ron Woody