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TVA partners with UT and commits $1.2 million for 652-mile RiverLine trail system

The Tennessee Valley Authority is working with the University of Tennessee to make the RiverLine project a reality.

Tennessee may soon have a new recreational trail system that can bring explorers all across the state.

The Tennessee Valley Authority partnered with the University of Tennessee to make the RiverLine project a reality. Officials announced Tuesday that they would commit $1.2 million to the project over the next three years.

“TVA has been supporting the RiverLine since soon after it was established in 2016,” said Rachel Terrell, TVA Natural Resources Public Outreach manager. “This is part of TVA’s commitment to making life better for the people of the Tennessee Valley, by boosting public health, economic investment and environmental stewardship all along the way.” 

Officials said they expect the Tennessee RiverLine to become the next big regional trail system in North America. It is expected to run the entire 652-miles of the Tennessee River.

Officials said they expect the project to bring economic, social and environmental benefits for towns and cities along the river, according to a release. Trails will provide opportunities for hiking, biking and for on-water experiences.

The system is expected to run from Knoxville, Tennessee to Paducah, Kentucky. More than 60 students from UT were involved in the trail system's design and planning since 2016.