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Non Motorized Trail Waitsburg-Dayton- TOUCHET VALLEY TRAIL

Project Leader: Port of Columbia

Design and construct a 9.7 mile rail-with-trail project using Port of Columbia property around the current rail system. it will connect the communities of Waitsburg and Dayton promoting economic development, tourism, outdoor recreation, and healthy lifestyle activities.

A trail connecting the communities of Waitsburg and Dayton has long been a priority. The trail is included in the Blue Mountain Region Trails plan and is ready for concept design and engineering in 2019. The Port of Columbia has secured grants from the National Park Service and WSDOT that will aid in the design of the trail. The project will be led by a steering committee who will engage in public outreach to insure the final trail meets our community needs.

The Touchet Valley Trail from Dayton to Waitsburg, will be one of the first completed portions of the Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan. With the help of the National Park Service Grant, a concept plan is currently being developed. View details about the plan and the Dayton-Waitsburg portion at https;//www.bluezonetrails.org

Take a survey and tell us what YOU want on the Touchet Valley Trail: https://forms.gle/tSgzaJ5ZFf6yCCx8

CONGRATULATIONS! The Blue Mountain Regional Trails Planning Committee was recognized by Governor Jay Inslee (full article)

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Three Cheers for Blue Mountain Regional Trail: Walla Walla Union Bulletin Editorial

OTHER TRAIL INFO: Building the Craig Mountain Trail: Revamping an old trail that once circumnavigated much of the 124,000-acre area between Snake Riverin Hell’s Canyon and the lower Salmon River.

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OTHER TRAIL INFO: Bill Chipman Palouse Trail: This Rail is your Trail! The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail was officially dedicated and opened to public ue in April 1998. This 7-mile trail provides a safe recreation and commuter corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists. The trail idea was sparked in 1986 when the visionary plan “A Path for the Palouse” was created with assistance from the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the Nation Park Service (NPS).

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Connecting the Main Streets of Dayton and Waitsburg with a safe path to economic and social vitality

Facebook page link for current progress reports; please like the page

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