Input for River Recreation

FLORENCE — An open community meeting on the proposed Tennessee RiverLine will be 5-7pm on Thursday, July 18 in the Singing River Room at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

Everyone in Colbert and Lauderdale counties is invited to the meeting. Participants will learn about and give input on the Shoals section of the trail system, a series of paddling, hiking and biking experiences along the Tennessee River’s 652 miles.

The idea for the RiverLine began with the University of Tennessee’s School of Landscape Architecture in 2016. The Tennessee RiverLine Partnership and UT, which manage the project, recently named the Shoals one of five pilot communities along with Roane County, Tennessee; Bridgeport, Alabama; Benton County, Tennessee; and Paducah-McCraken County, Kentucky.

Attendees to the Shoals meeting, called 652 to YOU, will share feedback and ideas on river access in the community through fun and interactive activities. Those unable to attend can comment using an interactive survey at

The Tennessee RiverLine team is visiting and holding community meetings in all five pilot communities this summer. Team members in the Shoals will tour the area, meet with community leaders and advocates, and host a community river clean-up from 9am-noon on Thursday, July 18 at Sheffield Riverfront Park.

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