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Walton Road Scenic Byway Meeting

On January 26, community leaders from Roane, Cumberland, Putnam, and Smith counties came together to jump start the planning process for the Walton Road Scenic Byway that brings new hopes of increasing regional tourism in the Cumberland Plateau region. The meeting included a presentation by the planning consultants on similar projects and a preliminary survey of ideas on key interpretive themes that the Walton Road will promote.

The consultant facilitating the planning process for the byway is Lardner & Klein, a Landscape Architectual firm based in Alexandria, VA that boasts a vast array of byway accomplishments in Virginia and Delaware. Given their experience in developing plans for other nationally significant and historic roads, the Walton Road Scenic Byway project will fit nicely into their resume of accomplishments

A project managed by Randy Williams, the Cultural Resources Management Director of the Upper Cumberland Development District, the Walton Road Scenic Byway is just one of the byways that the Alliance for the Cumberlands is promoting in its long term vision to develop the eco-hertiage tourism resources of the plateau region. Other byways initiatives in progress include the Sequatchie Byway and the North Cumberland Byway, both of which have received funding to complete a managment plan that will make them eligible for designation as National Scenic Byways.

The Alliance's project, Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau Nature, gives a great perspective on this byway vision by using these routes as the wayfinding medium for all the nature sites in the plateau corridor.

For more information on the Walton Road Scenic Byway Project contact Randy Williams of the Upper Cumberland Development District at 931.432.4111.

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