Participants in the
last Ignite self assessment process identified walking and bicycling trails as one of the city's most pressing needs, after downtown development, It's hard to
imagine that an attraction similar to the Creeper Trail wouldn't at least be a
modest economic boon to the nearby area, (with the added benefit of creating a
physical link in addition to the historical link between the Birthplace Of
Country Music and The Carter Fold).
For example, Mendota doesn't have so much as a convenience
store right now . (At the turn of the century when the railroad passed through,
Mendota had a bank and the exclusive Hamilton School which is now the Mendota
Community Center). An influx of hikers and bicyclists might make such a store a
viable concern not to mention bicycle and antique shops, thus benefiting
residents of the community.