River Region Trails, Inc. is committed to developing a network of pedestrian greenways, parks, and outdoor resources in the River Region. The organization will coordinate the efforts of citizens, corporate partners, and local governments to plan, fund, and develop natural space for public use, which will invariably have a positive impact on community health, quality of life, economic development, transportation, and neighborhood connectivity.
About the Project
An exciting new project is now underway in the Capital City. River Region Trails is developing a network of recreational trails throughout Montgomery. These trails will join points throughout the city, making safe places to walk, jog and bike.
In phase one, a 30-mile connected loop of pedestrian trail will link downtown to east Montgomery, including many neighborhoods in between. It will follow existing and abandoned rail lines, creek beds, streets and sidewalks with surfaces chosen for the needs of the neighborhoods it touches.
At the same time, we will build a trail system, nature center and boardwalk through the beautiful 260-acre Cypress Nature Preserve near downtown. This will provide opportunities for schoolchildren and other visitors to learn about the park and its inhabitants.
Shapard Ashley – President
John Steiner – Vice President
Sandy Coaker – Treasurer
Shady Street Trailhead and Park
Shady Street Trailhead and Park is a new urban park developed by the City of Montgomery north of downtown to serve as a unique environmental experience as well as the northern trailhead of the Riverfront Greenway. Located in what is now an industrial setting, the park provides a spark of revitalization via new green spaceRead More
Old Cloverdale Urban Trail
The Old Cloverdale Urban Trail is a 2 mile loop route consisting of shared use lanes marked on College Street and Cloverdale Road that are connected on the north and south by sidewalks along Fairview Avenue and Felder Avenue. Originally created by River Region Trails in 2021 as “pop-up trail”, this project will become permanentRead More
Young Meadows Park Trail
The Young Meadows Parks Trail is a new section of trail recently completed by the City of Montgomery Department of Public Works in partnership with River Region Trails. This route consists of new sidewalk along Bell Road, bike lanes added alongside the sidewalks on Young Meadows Road, and a new section of multi-use path alongRead More
Once completed, The Riverfront Greenway will form a continuous multi-use trail connection from Maxwell Air Force Base to the west all the way to the Shady Street Park to the northeast, with Montgomery Whitewater, Wright Brothers Park, EAT South, Riverfront Park, and Riverwalk Stadium along the way. Major sections of this 2.5 mile greenway alreadyRead More
Positive Impact on Property Value
Studies show that trails and greenways can typically increase residential urban and suburban property values from 2 to 5 percent.
Montgomerians will have safe, inexpensive and ready access to nature, with its known mental and physical benefits—including regular exercise.
The trails will help attract and retain businesses by providing workers with a premium city amenity.
Community Health and Wellness
Readily accessible green spaces allow Montgomerians to become more physically active outdoors.
Quality of Life
Safe, interconnected trails provide opportunities for recreation and connections with nature, while engaging the community.
With a trail system that attracts so many visitors, our entire region benefits, including underserved communities.
For the first time, Montgomery will be able to offer a wide infrastructure to enable safe walking and biking options across long distances.
Tourism and Recruitment
River Region Trails creates even more reasons for people to visit—and stay to live and work—in our communities.
More than simply physically connecting neighborhoods, the new trail system will encourage people to come together as proud citizens.
The former Cypress Nature Park will host a dedicated nature center and boardwalk, allowing visitors to learn about our local ecosystem.
Frequently Asked Questions
P.O. Box 1884
Montgomery, AL 36102