(photo: Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Campbell-Nixon signs easement documents, Monteagle Courthouse. Photo by Dede Clements.)
Together with the Town of Monteagle, we recently announced the conclusion of right-of-way approvals for the Sewanee-Monteagle portion of the trail, as well as the submission of final design plans to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. After final design plan approval, construction bidding for the section can begin.
Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Campbell-Nixon said, “I am pleased to sign the last easement documents and help make the next part of the Mountain Goat Trail come to fruition. The residents of Monteagle, Sewanee, and the rest of the Mountain, as well as visitors, will benefit from this resource.”
Janice Thomas, our board president, added, “It is truly exciting to be so close to construction of the next part of the Mountain Goat Trail. The Alliance especially wants to thank our former board members, Monteagle’s Chamber of Commerce, former Mayor Rollins, Nate Wilson, and our easement and financial donors and volunteers, without whom we would never have reached this point.”
The planned section will link the existing two miles of the paved trail, which ends at Highway 156, to Monteagle at the Dollar General store, adding approximately three miles. The trail will largely follow the bed of the Mountain Goat Railroad, constructed in the 1850s and decommissioned in the 1980s.