WHAT IS THE
The Johnny Ray Rail Trail is a citizen-led initiative to bring a regional rails-to-trails project to eastern Alabama. Our goal for the Johnny Ray Trail is to develop 37 miles of ADA-friendly, non-motorized, multi-use trail connecting Chambers, Lee and Randolph counties. We propose using a decommissioned passenger rail line, historically known as the Johnny Ray Line, as the bedrock for the project.
A CONCEPT THAT WORKS
Many communities across the USA enjoy the benefits of rail trails.
We are excited to bring this growing concept to our area.
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TURN THIS RAIL INTO A TRAIL
WHERE WOULD THE TRAIL BE LOCATED?
Once completed, the trail could span East Alabama and West Georgia and could cover:
Once completed the Johnny Ray Trail will be the 2nd longest Rails-to-Trails project in the State of Alabama.
The trail will provide a connective thread through the region and could extend beyond its boundaries towards the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad rail in Valley, AL, the Thread in LaGrange, GA, or the Dragonfly trail In Columbus, GA.
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
The Johnny Ray Century Ride is an annual charity bike ride to raise awareness and support for the trail. It will be on May 6, 2023 and will begin and end in downtown Opelika. We need volunteers to help with the event.
Contact Shirley Lazenby for more information.
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