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Economic Impact

Connecting Communities Through Economic Growth

Singing River Trail provides a direct economic impact to communities in the Tennessee Valley area. Our 200+ mile greenway strengthens regional bonds and creates new health and wellness, educational, economic, tourism, and entrepreneurial opportunities for residents and visitors across the region.

Through our efforts, we are building upon and sustaining rich communities, creating a shared space for people to come together across the Tennessee Valley region.

Our Economic Impact

Based on initial 70-mile study

in Total Annual Direct Benefits


Seasonal Jobs


Permanent Jobs


Potential Increase in Property Value with Adjacent Properties


in Transportation Benefits Annually


in Health Benefits Annually

Property Value

The Singing River Trail will contribute to increased property values for homes and businesses. By investing in a 220+ mile greenway system, we are directly contributing to the appreciation of property values along the Trail.


The Singing River Trail is securing transportation alternatives across the Tennessee Valley. We’re expanding our infrastructure to include more walkways, bike paths and bike parking, off-road trails, and pedestrian bridges to connect travelers to destinations throughout North Alabama and surrounding areas.


Increased tourism is a major benefit of the Singing River Trail, leading to more money being spent in rural towns. Hikers and bikers seeking to explore our greenways are more likely to dine at restaurants, visit local shops, and lodge in communities along the trail.


Through Singing River Trail’s Launch Tank initiative, over a dozen small businesses in the Tennessee Valley region have flourished. Because we have contributed $40,000+ to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, we’ve helped to create more employment opportunities in the area.

The Launch Tank competition is an annual event that continues to offer entrepreneurs the chance to kick-start and expand their businesses along the Trail.

Meet Mike & Meeka Fellows – the first Launch Tank Grand Prize Winners! Since winning the competition, they’ve successfully opened the Selah’s Acres RV Resort in Madison County, Alabama.

“They are part of our story, a part of our journey. They helped launch us out and take what we had as an idea and concept and make it into reality,” said Mike Fellows.

Economic Growth Throughout Northwestern Alabama

The SRT Western Route, connecting Downtown Decatur to the Shoals, will provide more economic development opportunities in Northwest Alabama and make the region even more accessible.

The Western Route Plan provides our vision for a direct route that connects over a dozen communities: Decatur, Trinity, Hillsboro, Pond Spring, Courtland, North Courtland, Town Creek, Leighton, Ford City, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Florence.

Federal leaders have already invested millions of federal dollars to support the design, planning, and construction of new Singing River Trail sections in Courtland, Town Creek, and Leighton.