The newest section of the Multiuse Trail gave bikers and walkers something to cheer about. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday, January 21, 2011 at 11:00am along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The National Park Service, the City of Ridgeland, and Federal Highway Administration jointly opened the new section of the Multiuse Trail at Reservoir Overlook, Milepost 105.6 along the Parkway. The public were invited to attend.
The Multiuse Trail is perfect for biking, jogging and walking. Nature-lovers can appreciate the beautiful plants and greenery that surround the path. Weekends and warm weather make a popular time for friends and family to enjoy the trail. Strollers and pets are welcome, as well. You’ll be so pleased with your time on the Multiuse Trail, you’ll forget you’re getting exercise with such a graceful scenery. Citizens of all ages can experience the beauty of the Natchez Trace. The trail is 10-feet wide, allows access for wheelchair users and is designed to preserve the scenic cultural landscape of the Parkway.
“The completion of this segment represents another great partnership effort between the National Park Service, the City of Ridgeland, and the Federal Highway Administration,” said Parkway Superintendent Cameron Sholly. “Current and future segments of the Multiuse Trail will continue to enhance the quality of life for visitors and residents of this entire area.”
The Multiuse Trail projects are funded through the Park Roads and Parkways program within the Federal Lands Highway Program. The National Park Service recently completed two sections of multiuse trail. The segment between Highland Colony Parkway and Livingston Road included three miles of trail and the section between Old Canton Road and the Reservoir Overlook included 2.3 miles of trail and three bridges. The new segments connect to 2.1 miles of trail already completed by the City of Ridgeland from Highland Colony Parkway to Old Canton Road.
Construction on new segments of the Multiuse Trail continues, providing opportunities for safe and enjoyable recreation along the Natchez Trace Parkway in the Jackson Metropolitan Area.
Photography by: Sandi Kavanaugh and Bob Felker