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Old 08-28-2007, 10:06 PM
 
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An engineering company has submitted a master plan to the City of Cookeville for the Rails With Trails Project. It is a multi use hiking and bike path between Cookeville and Monterey. See the story by clicking on the link below.

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:27 AM
 
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An engineering company has submitted a master plan to the City of Cookeville for the Rails With Trails Project. It is a multi use hiking and bike path between Cookeville and Monterey. See the story by clicking on the link below.

This is really a great plan. It's somewhat patterned after the Virginia Creeper in SW Virginia. However, the 18-mile trail between Cookeville and Monterey is going to be built alongside existing railroad tracks, not built on abandoned railroad tracks.

Plus, it'll start at the old depot museum in downtown Cookeville, go by the farmers' market, then by the university, then by some nice residential neighborhoods and into downtown Algood before going up the mountain, and eventually end up by a new depot museum being built in Monterey. So a large chunk of it is going to be in town.

Actually, I guess since most people are going to go DOWN the trail instead of UP, it would be more appropriate for me to say that the trail will start in Monterey and end up in Cookeville. I, for one, will gladly pay an enterprising businessman to transport my bike back up the mountain after I ride down.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Cookeville,TN
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I'm gonna buy a truck & do that JMT,that's a great idea!

I can't wait to see construction start on it!



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Old 08-29-2007, 12:00 PM
 
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I wouldn't pack the bike just yet. The last information I saw indicated that some sections of the railroad easement were determined unsuitable due to width or grade meaning that adjacent private property will need to be donated/purchased/condemned to complete the trail.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Cookeville, TN
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I think the Rail with Trails concept is EXCELLENT. Looking forward to the day where my bride, our daughter, and our newest daughter (will be born in October) will get to enjoy the trail!!
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:58 PM
 
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Lots of work going on in Monterey on the tracks and on some buildings nearby.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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Actually, I guess since most people are going to go DOWN the trail instead of UP, it would be more appropriate for me to say that the trail will start in Monterey and end up in Cookeville. I, for one, will gladly pay an enterprising businessman to transport my bike back up the mountain after I ride down.
HA HA, yeah and down they would go at the speed of sound too! For a person to ride a bike up the path that those tracks is on from Cookeville would take a tri-athlete. I think it is on like a 5% grade for quite a few miles, that is tough but it would be a great way to make dual use of it.

They may want to consider ending that trail in the parking lot of Walmart in Algood so that you can buy new brakes for your bike that just wore out on the way down!

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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They may want to consider ending that trail in the parking lot of Walmart in Algood so that you can buy new brakes for your bike that just wore out on the way down!
I love it! I think that's a great idea! I can see a young entrepreneur setting up a stand at the bottom of the mountain, but instead of selling lemonade, s/he could sell bicycle brakes.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:16 PM
 
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Default Funding rolling in for Rails With Trails project

The City of Cookeville has been awarded a $700,000 grant that will help fund the Rails with Trails project, a multi-use hiking and bike path planned alongside the railroad tracks between Cookeville and Monterey. See the story by clicking on the link below.

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Old 07-29-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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I just heard about this a few weeks ago and I am ready for this. I may never actually use it but it goes close enough to my house in Algood, that it should make it eaiser to sell. :-)
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