Description of Project

The proposed Thermal Belt Rail Trail is a 13.36 mile long greenway trail following the path of the current Rutherford County Railroad and begins at Forrest Hunt Elementary School south of the Alexander Mills community in Forest City and runs northward to the Gilkey Community, ending at Oak Springs Road near US 221.  The first 6.4 miles of the trail beginning at Forrest Hunt Elementary School are unimproved. A 2.4 mile section beginning in Spindale and extending to US 64 in Ruth is paved, but only the width of the railroad ties (approximately 6-feet in width)  . The remaining 4.6 mile section to Gilkey has a compacted gravel base installed above the rails and crossties.  The Thermal Belt Rail Trail project seeks to make improvements to this valuable resource and provide enhanced pedestrian connectivity between the neighboring communities of Rutherford County.  This survey requests public input as to the future usage of the trail. Overall rail trail improvements will include trailhead parking and access, wayfinding signage, and other accessible recreation amenities.

* 1. In what part of the County do you live?

* 2. What is your age group?

* 3. Ethnicity origin (or Race): Please specify your ethnicity.

* 4. In what zip code do you live?

* 5. How important is access to the rail trail for you and your family?

* 6. What other trails or greenways do you currently use?

* 7. I use the trail or anticipate using the trail for the following reasons.

* 8. How often do you anticipate using the Thermal Belt Rail Trail?

* 9. How far do you live from the Thermal Belt Rail Trail?

* 10. Indicate the activities you are most likely to participate in along the Thermal Belt Rail Trail:

* 11. Please describe the distance you anticipate using the Thermal Belt Rail Trail on a single visit.

* 12. Which of the following types of amenities and facilities are you most interest in seeing along the Thermal Belt Rail Trail?

* 13. In your opinion, what are the most important functions of the Thermal Belt Rail Trail?  (choose all that apply):

* 14. Do you anticipate that the Thermal Belt Rail Trail will benefit nearby businesses?

* 15. I would support a tax increase to pay for future trail improvements.

* 16. What type of trail surface do you prefer between Gilkey and Hwy. 64?

* 17. Generally speaking, what type of trail surface do you prefer?

* 18. Please use the space provided to share any additional ideas or concerns you may have.  Thank you for your input.

* 19. What does the term Thermal Belt mean to you?