The Oak Ridge Greenways project is an effort to weave natural
corridors through the City to community resources such
as parks, schools, cultural centers, shopping areas, and areas
The greenways are founded on three principles.
First, where possible, the greenways follow natural corridors
such as floodway zones or existing right-of-ways thus reducing
conflicts with private land holdings.
Second, the greenways are conceived as interconnected loops.
Finally, the greenways are conceptually designed to connect those
areas and resources which are of value to Oak Ridgers and which
distinguish Oak Ridge as a special place in which to live.
These areas include the striking natural landscape of the city,
its neighborhoods, schools, parks, cultural facilities, and places
of work and commerce.
Greenways history and organization
In July, 1992, Oak Ridge City Council authorized a citizens
group to create a concept for City greenways.
The task force was to determine the need, feasibility, and funding
strategy for a system of greenways in Oak Ridge.
A formation meeting was held in August, 1992, with area residents
and representatives from the City and conservancy groups.
Over the next year, numerous volunteers developed a greenways report.
A Task Force Report was presented to City Council in September, 1993.
The Council adopted the report by unanimous vote with resolution 9-154-93.
A state grant of $8,000 was used to open the Cedar Hill trail on
September 18, 1994.
The Greenways committee consists of a dozen or so volunteers,
with additional assistance from neighborhood groups, clubs, civic
organizations, and the City.
The Greenways committee meets the second Wednesday of each month
at 7 pm in the Training Room at the Oak Ridge City Building.
Guests are welcome.
See D. Ray Smith's Oak Ridger articles on history of Oak
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
Greenways Oak Ridge
Greenway Length(miles) Status
Cedar Hill 2.5 OPEN, completed 1994
Melton Lake 5.6 OPEN (5.6), completed 4/12
Emory Valley 3.2 OPEN (3.2), completed 8/05
Pine (Elm) Grove 1.3 OPEN, completed 1994
Turtle Park 0.8 OPEN, completed 11/98
Gallaher Bend Rd 2.3 OPEN, completed 12/97
North Boundary 14.0 OPEN, completed 3/00
South Hills 0.8 OPEN, complete 1999
Worthington Tract 0.8 OPEN, complete 1999
Wildflower Trail 0.8 OPEN, complete 4/26/02
Wheat District Trail 1.2 OPEN, complete 2007
Black Oak Ridge 11.7 OPEN, in process 10/3/07
42.6 miles OPEN as of 10/2010
Tuskegee Drive 0.9 approved, awaiting construction
Jackson Crossing 1.0 approved, awaiting construction
Old Bethel Valley Rd 4.5 approved, deferred 9/11/01
Melton Lake Greenway Phase IV 2.2 $650K federal grant, 2009, map
East Fork Poplar Cr. in our dreams
Ernie's Creek in our dreams
Mississippi in our dreams
Middle Boundary Rd in our dreams
Haw Ridge exisiting 28+ miles bike/hiking trails
North Ridge Trail exisiting 7.5+ miles hiking trail
Greenways Oak Ridge in the news
In August 1996, the City began considering DOE's offer of the
Gallaher Bend Rd
(west of Clark Center Recreation Park) as a Greenway trail.
Also, being considered is the North Boundary
May 1997 Oak Ridger
article describing new Gallaher Bend greenway and
July 1997 Oak Ridger
article describing Oak Ridge greenways project.
September 1997 Oak Ridger article on $125,000 grant for phase II of
Melton Lake Greenway.
- June 1998 Oak Ridger
article on Melton Lake Greenway dedication.
- August 1998, Bob Ogg
- August 1998
article on $303,000 Phase III award for
Melton Lake Greenway.
- July 1999
article on grant for greenway along Emory Valley Road.
- September '99 greenways articles:
in Oak Ridger along with
- March 2000 North Boundary Greenways dedication
- June 12, '00 -- construction continues
on phase II of
Melton Lake greenway
- April 26 '02 --
wildflower greenway dedication
- Community link
Greenways Oak Ridge
- February 2003 News Sentinel
article on Haw Ridge Park
- May 14, '03 Oak Ridger
article on Haw Ridge trail school
- October 16-17, '04 Secret City Hiking Days (poster pdf)
- April 14, 2005 Black Oak Ridge Conservation easement
- August 9, '05, $650K grant for phase IV of Melton Lake Greenway,
Oak Ridger article
- Oct 22, 2005, Emory Valley Greenway dedication,
Oak Ridger article
- July 19, 2007, North Ridge signs
- October 3, 2007, Black Oak Ridge Conservation easement opening,
Do you know these facts?
Oak Ridge city intern Sharon Ho-My recently collected information about the amount of sidewalk, greenway, trail and park space in Oak Ridge.
The information was presented to the
Environmental Quality Advisory Board.
Amended by Tom Dunigan in 2008.
- Projected 1996 population: 27,742.
- 104 miles of sidewalk.
- 3.6 miles sidewalk per 1,000 people.
Greenways and trails in OR
Area of Open Spaces and Greenbelts in Oak Ridge
- Parks -- 1,282 acres.
- UT Arboretum -- 260 acres.
- Greenbelts -- 1,336 acres.
- Total area -- 4,877 acres.
- 176 acres per 1,000 people.
- GPS data for Oak Ridge Greenways trailheads and junctions (latitude/longitude)
plus links to road and topo maps
- Also see Ken Warren's tour guide.
- a bit of history of Emery Road and
the Emory Valley greenway (2/06) and see the 1890 TN
How you can help
- The success of the greenways depends on volunteers.
If you have suggestions for greenways or can help with trail maintenance
(adopt a greenway),
please contact a greenways member or the Oak Ridge
Recreation and Parks office.
If a greenways trail needs some maintenance work, please
fill out this maintenance request form.
Ecology of Greenways : Design and Function of Linear Conservation Areas
Greenways : A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development
Greenways : A Guide to Planning, Design, and Development : The
Greenways for America
Greenways for America (Creating the North American Landscape)
Greenways : The Beginning of an International Movement
The Economic and Social Benefits of Off-Road Bicycle and
How hiking trails benefit your neighborhood (pdf)
The Trust for Public Land
Research Triangle greenways
and Appalachian Trail Conservancy ATC
Benton MacKaye Trail
greenways and urban trails links
rails to trails
Trail design & maintenance
trail construction manual
trail design and construction
AT trail work manuals
constructing trail bridges
US DOT trail contruction and maintenance
trail blazes guidelines
Oak Ridge has over 40 miles of shoreline, see
proposed Pellissippi Blueway Clinch River
Haw Ridge Park canoe trail -- Paddle the Park
scenic rivers Clinch River at Melton Hill Lake
NPS rivers, trails and conservation
City's greenways page
Oak Ridge Visitor Bureau
Recreation and Parks
USGS new and old topos 1940's quads of Oak Ridge
USGS topos or
Oak Ridge walking trails in
the Oak Ridge
Friends of Haw Ridge
Oak Ridge Rowing Assocation
and marina webcam
and NOAA weather
Tennessee Greenways & Trails TDEC
TennGreen.org greenways and parks
Knoxville greenways and maps,
and Will Skelton greenway
trails, greenways, parks
Great Smoky Mountains regional
greenways and blueways
greenways and Townsend 5-mile bike path
Greenways and Urban Trails
find a greenway in TN
Tennessee Trails Association
or Cumberland Trail
Rivers Association TSRA
Tennessee Citizens for
Wilderness Planning TCWP
North Ridge Trail article
Save Our Cumberland
Tennessee Sierra Club
Tennessee landforms waterfalls, arches, etc.
Tennessee State Parks
national wilderness areas in Tennessee
TN watchable wildlife
Black Oak Ridge
Return to Greenways Oak Ridge home page.
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