|Location||Piney Chapel to Veto, Alabama, Rail trail from Veto southwest of Veto Road through Elkmont to Piney Chapel Road.|
|Length||10.20 Miles / 16.42 Km||Loop Trail?||No|
|Allowed Uses||Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
|Agency||City, Town, or County|
|Entry Fee?||No||Parking Fee?||No|
Throughout construction of the Trail, the Boy Scouts of America have been involved. Eagle Scouts have done various projects to earn their badges.
Accesses outstanding natural, cultural and/or historic resources: The Richard Martin Trail has beautiful natural wetlands that have numerous wildflowers such as wild azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds, violets, passion and wild iris. A historical site on the Trial is where the bloodiest civil war battle on Alabama soil took place, the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle. There were a minimum of 200 men killed in battle on September 25, 1864. Most of the men killed were runaway slaves that had joined the Union Army.
Provides trail experiences for underserved communities: There are many events which take place all during the year that everyone, including underserved individuals, may participate in. In March we have Sassafras Tea Day. This is an early wildflower walk with a taste testing treat of fresh brewed sassafras tea from sassafras trees on the Trail. In April, the dogwoods and redbuds are in full bloom. May has Horse and Buggy Day for all area equestrians. National Trail Day is the June event. In August the jewel weed is in full bloom and attracts hundreds of hummingbirds and butterflies. This is a joy for people of all ages. October brings the beautiful fall colors. Although the Trail is a non-motorized trail, there is a Fall Walk and Ride each year at which time senior citizen (Continued...)
Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31
Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset
Along old railroad line from Veto SW of Veto Rd. through Elkmont to Piney Chapel Rd.
Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 662
Elevation High Point: 831
Year Designated: 2010
Date Last Updated: 09/10/2015
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