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Front Page - Friday, October 28, 2022

White Oak Connector joins 92 acres of ridgeline, two cities

Red Bank City Manager Martin Granum, Blake Pierce of White Oak Bike Co-Op, Jeff Canno of Tucker Build, Red Bank Vice Mayor Stephanie Dalton, Red Bank Mayor Hollie Berry, Trust for Public Land Tennessee State Director Noel Durant and Macon Toledano of the Lyndhurst Foundation cut the ribbon on the White Oak Connector. - Photo by J. Adams and courtesy of the Small Cities Coalition of Hamilton County

The White Oak Connector trail linking Red Bank’s White Oak Park to Stringer’s Ridge Park in North Chattanooga is now open to the public.

The launch represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the City of Red Bank, the Trust for Public Land and numerous private landowners, public utilities, real estate developers and supporting organizations.

Development of the White Oak Connector kicked off in 2016 when the Tennessee River Gorge Trust donated two 16-acre parcels on Stringer’s Ridge to the City of Red Bank.

The city partnered with the TPL to complete the trail. The TPL acquired the property from private owners, worked with the Chattanooga office of RaganSmith on design and permitting and then contracted with the Southeast Conservation Corps and Tucker Build to construct the trail.

The one-mile trail corridor completes the original footprint of Stringer’s Ridge and connects Red Bank’s largest park to one of the region’s most accessible urban forests and trail networks.

Source: Small Cities Coalition of Hamilton County