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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
04/01/2008
CONTACTS:
Katie Test, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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katie@railstotrails.org


Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail Named
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail of the Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced today that Mississippi's Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail, located in the gulf coast counties of Harrison and Stone, has been selected as RTC's Trail of the Month. The Mississippi trail is featured on RTC's Web site—www.railstotrails.org—complete with pictures and a detailed description of the trail's remarkable history.

Although the trail's open and beautiful landscape has been its main attraction for years, the Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The rail-trail's terrain was covered with fallen hardwood trees and debris, and most of the rail-trail was closed down for months. After hard work from the local community volunteers and the De Soto Ranger District, the trail has been rebuilt.

"I have received so much positive feedback from first-time and repeated hikers," said Anthony Bond, recreation and wildlife technician for De Soto Ranger District. "You have to hike this trail to see its greatness for yourself."

The 22-mile rail-trail lies on Mississippi's gulf coast and is a great hiking trail, where wild deer can be spotted and camping is ideal. The trail follows an old rail line used for shipping timber through the Gulf Coast's bordering states. The trail offers a winding path that leads hikers through the woods and eventually brings users to open flatlands.

With some changes from the natural disaster, many hikers are excited about the prospect of new alternative paths made to accommodate the damage the Tuxachanie endured.  "The recent rejuvenation of the Tuxachanie has gotten me back interested in backpacking," said Weston Anderson, a retired U.S. Navy Commander and frequent hiker of the Tuxachanie.

RTC's Trail of the Month selection honors rail-trails from across the country. Rail-trails selected for Trail of the Month are chosen for their scenic views, landscape, adventure, and are featured on RTC's Web site for an entire month. For a complete list of Trail of the Month inductees and articles please visit RTC's Web site at www.railstotrails.org.


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.railstotrails.org.


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