Summer is just around the corner and Hopkinsville residents will have a number of new outdoor recreational amenities to enjoy. Not the least of which is phase one of the Hopkinsville Greenway System, more commonly known as the rail trail. The 3.15 mile/5K project spans from existing Riverwalk trails along Riverside Drive and winds south near Little River. Easily accessible parking will be located at trailheads on North Drive, Faulkner Drive, and Pardue Lane.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp remarked, “We are just thrilled to see what a big hit the trail is becoming evidenced by the number and variety of people already seen regularly using it. We simply can’t say thanks enough to Hopkinsville City Council and the private donors who made this project a reality.”
Walkers, runners, bikers, and other non-motorized vehicular traffic will enjoy the scenic routes and bridges showcased along the trail. Another soon-to-be adjoining feature of the trail is the newly renovated amphitheater space at the Public Library.
The city continues to work toward the official trail opening and ribbon cutting upon construction completion and sponsorship signage installation scheduled in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, the public is reminded to be mindful of these common sense safety tips.
- Trail hours will be from dawn to dusk.
- Trail access is free so you are encouraged to leave your valuables at home.
- Be sure to keep your pets on short leashes.
- Remember the buddy system and enjoy the trail with a friend.
- The trail will be regularly patrolled by the police department with trailhead parking lots and select trail locations under video surveillance.
For updates or more information about the Hopkinsville Greenway System, call (270) 890-0200 or visit www.hoptown.org/railtrail.