TVA Celebrates National Trails Day With Enhancement Efforts

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Authority will be making improvements at six trail locations in Tennessee and Alabama on Saturday, June 1, to celebrate National Trails Day and is encouraging volunteers to participate.

Among the projects is the 1.5-mile Buck Island Trail on Guntersville Reservoir in Alabama. Partially destroyed by a tornado in spring 2011, the trail will be rerouted and improved with updated signage and a litter cleanup.

At Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tn., volunteers will help TVA staff install a new kiosk at the scenic Watauga Overlook Trail. The kiosk will direct visitors with a large, color map at the trailhead near the Visitor Center.

Other projects are planned at Wilson Dam Trails in Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Hemlock Bluff Trails in Norris, Tn.; Whites Creek Trail in Rhea County, Tn., and Hiwassee River Blueway in Reliance, Tn.

For project details, including hours, directions and contacts, please see the TVA Trails webpage at or contact the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263. Some events are weather-dependent.

TVA is the steward for the 137 miles of trails located on 293,000 acres of TVA property.  TVA’s trails are managed for public recreation and enjoyment, with the help of many volunteer groups across the Valley.

The public is welcome to join in the many activities planned for National Trails Day. Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, gloves, closed-toe shoes and long pants. TVA will provide all hand tools. Work will be performed over a variety of terrain.

National Trails Day, a registered trademark of the American Hiking Society, is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail stewardship projects.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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