Dunlap Greenways Project, Dunlap, TN

The city is located near the center of Sequatchie Valley, a long and narrow valley stretching like a 65-mile (105 km) gash in the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama. The plateau’s western Sequatchie Valley escarpment, known locally as “Fredonia Mountain,” rises over 1,000 feet (300 m) above the valley just west of Dunlap. The Sequatchie River forms the city’s southeastern boundary.

Dunlap was founded in 1858 as a county seat for Sequatchie County, which had been created the previous year. The city was named for state legislator William Dunlap, who played a prominent role in the county’s creation. The city’s initial 40 acres (0.16 km2), which were deeded to the county commissioners by William Rankin, were chosen due to their central location within the new county. Dunlap was incorporated as a city in 1941.

Several annual festivals, including a Bluegrass festival, are held at the Dunlap Coke Ovens Park every year. Dunlap is often referred to as the “Hang Gliding Capital of the East” and is home to the East Coast Hang Gliding Championships and a hang gliding organization known as the Tennessee Tree Toppers.

The Greenways Master Plan project will provide an interconnected system of paths and walkways that will link several key destinations within the City. With over 13 continuous miles anticipated, residents and visitors alike will be able to move about the city of bicycle or on foot and experience the wealth of beauty and natural scenery that make the Valley a special place.

Location: Dunlap, Tennessee
Population: 5,600
Size: 4 linear miles
Status: Design Development
Type: Greenway Master Plan
Year: 2010

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