Citronelle Walking Trail

The Citronelle Walking Trail traverses 3 miles through the old downtown area on the rail bed of the old Ohio and Mobile railroad.

photo: Citronelle Hygeia House Type: Greenway
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Urban Trail
Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Paved rail-trail within the city limits of Citronelle in south Alabama.
States: Alabama
Counties: Mobile
Latitude: 31.09089   Longitude: -88.22723

U S Highway 45 runs north-south through Citronelle; coming into town on Highway 45, turn east on State Street and drive the few blocks to the trail entrance.

Description

In 1775, English botanist William Bartram made a trip to Citronelle to secure leaves of the collinsonia canadensis, which is a citronella plant used in tea that was believed to have curative powers over fever. English settlers came to Citronelle in 1811 and the town flourished when the Ohio and Mobile Railroad arrived in 1851. Northerners seeking cures for contagious diseases came to Citronelle's hotels built near the town's springs.
Today, the Citronelle Walking Trail takes you by the restored train depot and the adjacent Hygeia Cottage, the only survivor of the town's famous hotels.
The walk itself bears the stamp of the railroad as it follows the old railroad bed north to south through town.
The City of Citronelle, through a Recreational Trails Program grant, recently installed gas lights along the trail. The development of the trail was also assisted by a RTP grant.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Concrete

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 323
Elevation High Point: 347
Year Designated: 2011

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Citronelle Depot
Document: Citronelle Start

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
The Honorable Loretta Presnell
Mayor
19135 Main Street
Citronelle , AL 36522
(251) 866-7973
http://www.cityofcitronelle.com

 

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