Alabama Scenic River Trail designated a National Recreation Trail

The Alabama Scenic River Trail was designated as a National Recreational Trail this week by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. The announcement of the national designation came Friday at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the scenic river trail at Montgomery’s Riverwalk. The Alabama Scenic River Trail was recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as “the nation’s longest one-state river trail” stretching approximately 631 miles from the Coosa River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking at the opening ceremony were Kathy Johnson from the Office of
Governor Bob Riley, Dr. Jeff Duncan with the National Park Service,
Alabama Scenic River Trail President Fred Couch, State Representative
John Knight, Alabama Association of Resource Conservation Councils
Noopie Cosby, William W. Fuller with the US Army Corps of Engineers,
and Ken Coleman vice president of Alabama Power Company.  Over 50
kayakers celebrated the opening by paddling down the Alabama River from
the Montgomery Marina to the ceremony.
Grey Brennan and Tommy Cauthen with the Alabama Tourism Department
coordinated the tourism promotion of the river trail and designed the
trail brochure.

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