The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) and The Land Trust for Tennessee (LTTN) have successfully collaborated to complete the 2013 capital campaign. As a result, 22 acres of the former Mountain Goat Railroad bed between Monteagle and Tracy City are now owned by the MGTA.
“The acquisition of this important section of railroad bed puts us closer to our ultimate goal: a multiuse path from Cowan to Palmer. We are so grateful to the Land Trust for Tennessee for collaborating with us on this effort,” said Janice Thomas, board president of the MGTA.
“The Mountain Goat Trail is an excellent economic development opportunity for the South Cumberland region.” said Jeanie Nelson, Executive Director of LTTN. “It also connects several amazing cultural and natural resources that are so important to the area.”
The acquired property, which was purchased from Mechelle Worrell, constitutes approximately 60% of the rail bed between Monteagle and Tracy City. When constructed, the trail between Monteagle and Tracy City will be approximately 5.6 miles long. Construction is due to begin this year on a 3-mile section between Sewanee and Monteagle as well as two one-mile sections between Tracy City and Palmer.
The campaign raised over $83,000 to acquire the property and to fund other ongoing programs of MGTA. Challenge gifts from the Cammack Family Foundation and Doug Ferris were instrumental in reaching the campaign goal.
Special thanks go to Lynn Stubblefield, agent for the acquisition, for her work on behalf of the Mountain Goat Trail.