Hampton Watershed Trails receives grant and donation

Published 11:33 am Monday, July 27, 2020

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A local gem to many regional mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts, the Hampton Watershed Bike and Hiking Trails received some great news recently. This 3.5 mile scenic trail system, which offers great mountain biking and beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains and Doe River, was recently awarded grant funding from the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation.
The grant, which was applied for by our friends of SORBA of the Tri-Cities, will help purchase a bike repair station for the facility. This particular grant was made possible through the support of the Tennessee Share the Road license plate which is administered by the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation; a statewide, non-profit agency dedicated to making Tennessee a bicycle friendly place to live, work and play. “We greatly appreciate the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation and the wonderful gift they provided,” said Mike Mains, Parks and Recreation Director. “Their commitment to promote cycling and to do so in this way is such a great benefit for this recreational facility and the citizens who use this fantastic trail system.”
The Hampton Watershed Trails also received a kind donation from Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA donated a critter proof trash receptacle which will greatly benefit those that use and maintain this facility.
“We greatly appreciate the support we have received and the kind donations. We are also thankful for all the hard work by our local mountain biking friends and of course, SORBA of the Tri-Cities as they continue to volunteer hours of trail maintenance and seek important funding needed to make this facility a popular regional destination,” said Mike Mains.
The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation, SORBA of the Tri-Cities and the Carter County Parks and Recreation Board continue to work on an expansion plan that could increase the trail system from 3.5 miles to close to 12 miles of new progressive trails with elevation gain of over 1,300 feet.
For more information about the Hampton Watershed Trails please call the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department at 423-547-6441.

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