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Study: Goat Mountain Trail Could Have $1.2M Impact

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A study has found that a planned rails-to-trails project in East Tennessee could have a $1.2 million net annual economic impact on surrounding communities.

The Mountain Goat Trail Economic Impact Analysis looked at the impact that the completed trail would have on the Mont-Eagle Mountain community and other cities along the 35-mile route.

The project seeks to turn the abandoned Mountain Goat Railroad into a smooth trail that can accommodate bicycles from Cowan in Franklin County to Palmer in Grundy County. The first piece of the trail in Sewanee is complete.

The study estimated the trail will get 100 users daily, with the most economic impact coming from out-of-town visitors who spend the night.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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