This initiative began in 1995 to explore opportunities for economic development in the area through heritage and nature-based tourism. Our goal is to strengthen rural economies by incorporating the beauty, heritage and resources that are native to an area. Our initial projects in this area, The Tennessee Wilderness Road Guide and The Three Rivers Recreation Guide were both successfully completed by 1997. We have since launched highly successful ecotourism projects that have had positive impact across state lines.
River Place on the Clinch
This is a model sustainable ecotourism initiative demonstrating that you can create jobs and healthy business without hurting the environment or destroying the heritage and culture of a community. River Place is located in the remote and poverty-ridden community of Kyles Ford, TN, in Hancock County. It includes a 20 acre ecotourism development with a café, a store and an outfitter, as well as rustic cabins for rent on the Clinch River. Clinch-Powell purchased the property in 2005 with a vision of bringing a once thriving community back to life. River Place is owned and operated by Clinch-Powell RC&D Council, Inc. Learn more at www.riverplaceontheclinch.com.
Appalachan Quilt Trail (AQT)
The AQT is a celebration of all things local. Communities everywhere are falling in love with quilts and barns, and the idea of simply hanging a wooden quilt square on a building has grown into an international movement. The AQT is a collaboration of several groups with a goal of connecting local trails to create an adventure that leads you to places you may not have discovered otherwise. Places like quaint country stores, scenic farms, antique shops, delicious dining experiences and so much more await you on the trail. Simply put, we want you to be able to find all the wonderful works of art and discover all the hidden (and not so hidden) treasures that make Appalachia special. To start your adventure on the AQT, visit www.vacationaqt.com.
Tennessee Wilderness Road
The Tennessee Wilderness Road is an interactive experience that will capture the interest of students of all ages. Originally created as a tourism promotion, it soon became clear that the guide had much more to offer. The focus on local history, heritage and natural resources led us to believe it could be a valuable learning tool in the classroom. We have made the material available here online, along with suggestions and ideas for incorporating this valuable tool into your classroom studies.