Singing River Trail

Connecting the past, present, and future of North Alabama

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Heart of Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville to Botanical Garden

Tracing the Heart of Huntsville from the city center to re-invented textile mills to beautiful botanical gardens.

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Health + Economic Benefits

The Singing River Trail will Benefit the Health and Economies of Madison, Morgan, and Limestone Counties


Health Benefits

The implementation of a well-designed, connected trail system in Madison, Morgan, and Limestone counties would encourage a shift from inactive modes of transportation such as cars and trucks to active modes such as bicycling and walking that help promote active lifestyles. It will also provide free opportunity for recreation and exercise.

Alabama is in the bottom five states in terms of the overall health of it’s residents


of residents in the three counties reported that they are physically inactive


report that they do not have access to exercise opportunities


of adults report that they are obese

The proposed trail would contribute to 8,174,000 new minutes of physical activity annually.


Economic Benefits

The Trail will provide direct economic impact such as tourism/recreation spending and job creation. Other impacts include property value increases, quality of life improvements that attract future employers and residents, and indirect spending and employee earnings.

410,000 non-local trail users (estimated) would use the proposed trail each year ESTIMATED ANNUAL INDIRECT $23,631,000 $7,079,000 INDIRECT SPENDING Trail-related spending from non-local users is expected to circulate through the economy, providing a multiplier effect. TRAIL-RELATED SPENDINGFROM NON-LOCAL TRAIL USERS $10,890,000 $508,000 $1,599,000 $2,378,000 $6,298,000 $107,000 ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL LODGING FOOD/MEALS BICYCLE RENTALS ESTIMATED ANNUAL DIRECT SPENDING *Excludes transportation EARNINGS CAPTURED BY EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE REGION

non-local trail users (estimated) would
use the proposed trail each year

Estimated annual direct spending

Estimated annual indirect spending

*Excludes transportation

Connecting to North Alabama's Heritage

The Singing River Trail will weave through North Alabama as an educational
experience, telling the story of our past, present, and future.

Native American History

The history of Native Americans in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties dates back to around 11,000 years. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 set the stage for Cherokee removal from the tri-county area. The round-up commonly known as the Trail of Tears began in 1838. The inspiration behind the Trail’s name and logo comes from the Yuchi Indian tribe, who lived along the Tennessee River. They called it the “Singing River” because they believed a woman who lived in the river sang to them. The Trail will tell the history of its native peoples.

Natural History

North Alabama is blessed with natural beauty. The region is composed of diverse natural areas, with an abundance of caves, sinkholes, mountains, waterways, plants, and wildlife unique to the region. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, a centerpiece to the Singing River Trail corridor, is a 35,000 acre refuge attracting thousands of wintering waterfowl each year. The Refuge manages and protects habitat for 12 federally listed endangered or threatened species. The Trail will traverse diverse habitats and treat visitors to one-of-a-kind nature experiences.

Agriculture to Industry

Alabama became known as “The Cotton State” with almost four million acres planted to cotton in 1914. In the twentieth century, Alabama’s economy also gradually changed from agriculture to industry. In Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal was established in 1941 and is now a major research, engineering, and test center that houses the Army’s critical missile defense and aviation programs.

In 1950, the U.S. Army moved rocketry pioneer Wernher von Braun and his team of German scientists to Redstone to develop missiles for national defense. Von Braun and his team transferred from the U.S. Army to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center, established in July 1960 at Redstone. There, von Braun and other scientists developed space flight that carried astronauts to the moon. The Singing River Trail will connect the US Space and Rocket Center, Redstone Arsenal and the area’s burgeoning new industries.

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What's Next

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John Allen, Huntsville Committee of 100 and part of Launch 2035 team.