Creekline Trails of Opelika is a community-driven initiative to create hiking and biking pathways along our creeks and roadways, while cultivating interest in preserving Opelika’s natural resources. Following three major creeks (Rocky Brook, Saugahatchee, and Pepperell Branch). Creekline Trails of Opelika envisions a network that promotes an active lifestyle, provides transportation alternatives to automobiles, and promotes/protects our local watersheds. The overall vision features more than 20 miles of nature trails and ADA-friendly multiuse paths.
This specific project is the most complicated and expensive aspect of the Rocky Brook path. Your gift supports the cost of building bridges and boardwalks on the Opelika Innovation & Technology Park trail or the purchase of trail amenities!
Urban trails such as the Creekline Trails of Opelika are an increasingly common amenity in communities throughout the country. Citizens who have easy and free access to outdoor activities such as nature trails tend to enjoy greater health. Communities with urban trails benefit economically through the ability to attract and retain both businesses, workers, and tourists.
Opelika continues to grow at an amazing pace, attracting both new businesses and citizens. An urban trails system is a very attractive amenity for Opelika to offer to both groups. Equally as important is retaining current businesses and citizens who’ve already demonstrated a commitment to the city. Although there are other walking paths in the Opelika area, none have the beautiful scenic views and interesting environmental landscapes that this path promises to have.
Creekline Trails of Opelika enjoys considerable support from many citizens and organizations. In November 2020, a public hearing regarding Creekline was well attended by many citizens, and we received 130+ surveys that enthusiastically supported the project.
Further, many local organizations support Creekline Trails of Opelika, such as the City of Opelika, Envision Opelika Foundation, Inc., Lee-Russell Council of Governments, Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee, Pepperell Branch Watershed Partnership, Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University, Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, and Keep Opelika Beautiful (among several others).