Red Rock Trail System Master Plan featured in Rails to Trails magazine
June 23, 2023 · Projects
The Red Rock Trail System master plan has been featured in the Rails to Trails Spring/Summer 2023 magazine, published by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Jefferson County, Alabama lies within a dramatic geography of 1,119 square miles made up of the southern extension of the Appalachian Mountains. The valleys and ridges of the area create a drainage system of several rivers and creeks, such as the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, the Cahaba River, Turkey Creek, Five Mile Creek, Village Creek, Valley Creek and Shades Creek. The Red Rock Trail System master plan—led by design firm Goodwyn Mills Cawood, who organized dozens of stakeholder meetings throughout Jefferson County to discuss prospective trail routes—is organized into seven corridors that parallel those ridges and valleys. Freshwater Land Trust hopes that the project will not only reconnect neighborhoods but also help people get reconnected with nature.
In addition to leading the master planning design team, GMC has been part of numerous projects over the last several years that were identified through the Red Rock Trail System master plan, helping to bring the vision for this monumental trail system to life.