OverviewStretching 14 miles, the Maryville-to-Townsend Greenway is part of an effort to connect with the existing Maryville/Alcoa Greenway and extend that connection as a larger connector from Knoxville, Tenn., to the Smokies.
It is designed to be constructed in two phases, 1) Maryville to Heritage High School and then 2) Heritage High School to Townsend, which ultimately will connect Maryville to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The proposed Blount route for the Greenway utilizes existing transportation corridors – an abandoned rail line and the right-of-way along U.S. Highway 321.
Public and private funding opportunities are currently being explored for this project as well as alternative construction materials to keep costs as low as possible. The estimated fiscal benefit to Blount County is $65 million over 10 years, not to mention the health benefits to Blount County citizens and visitors to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.
Most importantly, the Greenway will bring community cohesion, connecting areas all over Blount County to one another. This initiative is housed from the Blount Partnership / Blount County Chamber of Commerce.