can Town Branch Trail benefit our community?
Health and Alternative Transportation
• Envision a shady scenic trail
where people of all ages can take in fresh air and exercise at their
own pace. A pastoral greenway free of the hazards, noise, or pollution
of automobile traffic. A pleasant route where commuters can enjoy their
trip to work or school on foot or bicycle.
to History and Education
• Envision standing
at the banks of a spring
where settlers gathered during the American Revolution and named this
frontier land for the Battle of Lexington. Admire National Historic
Landmarks built by pioneer Kentuckians. Take a walk with your children
and learn first hand about Lexington’s past. Dry-laid stone settlers’
houses (circa 1790), an old stone mill (circa 1820), an historic rail
line (circa 1830), an historic farmstead (circa 1850), and a former
bourbon distillery are all still present beside the creek. The trail
will reconnect Lexingtonians with the rich and varied history that still
remains along the banks of Town Branch.
Benefits to Environment and Education.
• Envision yourself listening
to the soft gurgle of Town Branch as it winds through
healthy masses of native vegetation. Enjoy watching for birds and other
native wildlife that have returned to their restored habitat. Follow
interpretive signs that explain the natural history and ecolo gy of
the creek corridor. Town Branch Trail will help us all to restore Town
Branch Creek. When the creek becomes a popular public asset, the pollution
that has made the Town Branch one of the state’s most degraded
waterways will no longer be tolerated. With everyone working together,
we can restore the creek to better serve wildlife, water quality, and
Benefits to Community and Economic
• Envision shopping in a creek-side
market filled with the goods of local artisans
and farmers. Imagine dinner at an outdoor café beside restored
dry-laid stone creek banks. Town Branch Trail will provide a scenic
venue for shopping, dining and entertainment, fostering a more vibrant
pedestrian tourism in Downtown Lexington. The trail will attract visitors
and local citizens, providing a vital component in Lexington’s
urban renaissance. The trail will help to transform urban industrial
areas and older neighborhoods that have witnessed decades of decline.
By investing in an attractive shared-use greenway trail, Lexington will
provide the necessary catalyst for the reinvestment and redevelopment
that much of the creek corridor needs.
along Town Branch Trail
TBT 4-page Guide (1.6 Megabyte PDF)