Singing River Trail will fund Decatur trail with $18.4 million grant

Trail will connect Old Town to the rest of Decatur

A rendering of the Dr. Bill Sims Hike-Bike Way in Decatur. Photo courtesy of Singing River Trail.

The Singing River Trail will use an $18.4 million Reconnecting Communities grant to build a trail that will connect Old Town with the rest of Decatur.

The Dr. Bill Sims Hike-Bike Way/Singing River Trail will run nearly nine miles along Decatur’s riverfront, from Point Mallard to Old Town and will include a bike and pedestrian greenway system. The project will reconnect Old Town, a historically significant Black district, to the rest of Decatur.

“We are thrilled and committed to the vision for a more connected and accessible Decatur,” said Anna Clem, Singing River Trail associate director. “We are grateful to the City of Decatur for their collaboration throughout the grant submission process. Their support has been instrumental in advancing our mission of regional collaboration.”

The Singing River Trail is actively working on connectivity projects, with Leighton, Bridgeport, Gurley and Huntsville. The latter includes Huntsville’s $65 million skybridge and riverwalk project.

“This award marks a significant milestone in our efforts to connect the entire Tennessee Valley region,” said John Kvach, Singing River Trail executive director. “This project will not only bind Decatur together but also serve as a beacon for every town and city along the Singing River Trail.”

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