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Old 10-12-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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We all have our criteria for what we need in a place that we relocate to. Some I find won't move someplace if there isn't a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes around. Well what I want is places to get out and walk around. I want to relocate to the southern USA in an area that has developed a park and trail system. Systems much like the colder northern states have developed in cities and towns. Trails where people walk, jog, bike. I have visited in past years, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta, the Tampa Bay area. I saw some of what I mentioned, but it is very limited except for the Pinellas Trail in St Petersburg. When I ask people in southern states about this many have said it is limited to non existant. Some told me they walk in malls or find a main street and walk there. Some said there are intermittent greenways here and there. What scared me the most, was the amount that said they just drive and looked like they had no interest in physical activity. There has to be more to the south for exercise than driving to a health club, or from ones home to the car. So if anyone knows what communities in southern even mid atlantic states have develped such systems where are they? It can be cities or towns, I am getting to retirement age, don't need to live in Atlanta. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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We all have our criteria for what we need in a place that we relocate to. Some I find won't move someplace if there isn't a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes around. Well what I want is places to get out and walk around. I want to relocate to the southern USA in an area that has developed a park and trail system. Systems much like the colder northern states have developed in cities and towns. Trails where people walk, jog, bike. I have visited in past years, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta, the Tampa Bay area. I saw some of what I mentioned, but it is very limited except for the Pinellas Trail in St Petersburg. When I ask people in southern states about this many have said it is limited to non existant. Some told me they walk in malls or find a main street and walk there. Some said there are intermittent greenways here and there. What scared me the most, was the amount that said they just drive and looked like they had no interest in physical activity. There has to be more to the south for exercise than driving to a health club, or from ones home to the car. So if anyone knows what communities in southern even mid atlantic states have develped such systems where are they? It can be cities or towns, I am getting to retirement age, don't need to live in Atlanta. Thanks.
i know you mentioned The Mid-Atlantic or Southern states but have you thought of the the Eastern Midwest like Indiana or Ohio? where i live i indiana the state and local communities are adding on to their greenways systems by leaps and bounds! alot of people inmy town are surprised to know that we have had a Greenway since the late 80's but it didnt significanlty expand to the late 90's/early 2000's.The Indianapolis area has more than 160km(100miles) worth of greenways. the Monon trail is the longest it stretches nearly 32km(20miles) The state is considering building the "Heritage trail" atleast thats what i thought the name was that will strectch the entire length of indiana from east to west.
besides the the Indianapolis area has been ranked among the 100 most best cities for retirees for years now.




as far as temperatures the winters arent that usually that bad for people who are used to winter. but if you havent experienced "Winter" then you may have problems. the winters are usually arent that bad hardly dips below 10 degrees.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Thank you for all the information you provided about your region. No I had not considered that region, actually I had never even thought of it. It really does sound nice, and is definitely worth looking into. I am from Massachusetts originally,and I want to retire closer to New England. Where you mentioned is really no further than many of the southern states are to New England. Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Thank you for all the information you provided about your region. No I had not considered that region, actually I had never even thought of it. It really does sound nice, and is definitely worth looking into. I am from Massachusetts originally,and I want to retire closer to New England. Where you mentioned is really no further than many of the southern states are to New England. Thanks.

if you would like anymore information about the indiana-ohio region just send me a message and i will do my best to provide you with information.

Your Welcome and i hope you are happy with where you ever end up.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I have visited in past years, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta, the Tampa Bay area. I saw some of what I mentioned, but it is very limited except for the Pinellas Trail in St Petersburg. When I ask people in southern states about this many have said it is limited to non existant.
Check out Asheville, NC. It is the outdoor recreation mecca of the southeast. Plenty of hiking, biking, and kayaking opportunities in and around the city. Be warned, though, it has gotten expensive (relative to other southeastern cities) because many people like yourself move there looking for the same things.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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There are a fair number of greenways in Knoxville. Call the visitor's bureau and ask them to send you a map or you can find it online.

Nothing like Indy though. 100 miles, wow.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Indianapolis is in the beginning stages of building the cultural trail and is in the early early stages of building its section of the National Road Heritage Trail and the Raymond Street Trail.The town i live in which is West of indianapolis according to the Comprehensive Greenway Master Plan it calls for the addition of 3 new parks and 4 more miles worth of trails by the end of 2011. by the way the town i live in has more than 16 miles of Greenways.
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In Atlanta:

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