2017 Tennessee Greenways & Trails Forum



Full Registration Fee: * $99.00

($125.00 after April 24, 2017)

Student Rate: $25.00 (Student ID Required)


All events will be held at or originate from Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN.

Hotel Information:

Montgomery Bell State Park Inn                                           1000 Hotel Avenue, Burns, TN 37029                               Phone Number: 615-797-3101

Room Rate: $77.00 + tax

Be sure to mention Group # 7989, TN Greenways & Trails Forum when making your reservations. Deadline to reserve rooms is Friday, April 3.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

10:00 .m - 1:00 pm Registration (Board Room)            5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration (Board Room)

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop and Field Trips

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Networking Event with Sponsors

Thursday, May 4, 2017

8:00 am - 4:30 pm Sessions

Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch - Keynote Speaker

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Park Tour

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner/Networking Event

Friday, May 5, 2017

8:00 am. - Noon Sessions

Session Topics:

Rails to Trails

Environmental Literacy/Outdoor Education


Story Map/GIS

Statewide Trail Planning

Municipal/Multi Use Trails


Historic Trails

Trail Planning and Design

Urban Cycling: From the Master Plan to Construction


Schedule and speaker topic subject to change.

Thanks to our Gold Level Sponsors:

 Gold Level Sponsorship: Lose and Associates, IN




May 3-5, 2017 ~ Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns TN

The 2017 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum (TN Trails: A Community's Pathway to Health, Happiness and Prosperity!) is a three-day educational workshop and your best opportunity to network with parks and recreation professionals and administrators in the state. Learn the latest trends in greenways and trails, make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and show your support for greenways and trails in Tennessee!


This year’s forum theme is “Tennessee Trails: A Community's Pathway to Health, Happiness and Prosperity!". Forum sessions will highlight the impact of greenways and trails in our communities and discuss their role in uniting our citizens, improving health and combating obesity, promote economic development and tourism, provide alternative transportation opportunities and connecting people to nature.

  • Admission to all forum sessions
  • Educational workshops and tours
  • Opening networking event with sponsors
  • Keynote speaker lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Networking opportunities
  • Gift bag full of surprises
  • Chance for door prizes
  • Lots of information regarding greenways, blueways and trails of all types
  • CEU's at no extra charge


This bus tour will include visiting sites along the Harpeth River Blueway with discussion about water trail planning, design, management, and marketing. The city Parks and Recreation Director will join us for a walking tour and discussion about the city's sidewalk connector and extensive park system which includes a splash pad, skate park, dog park, disc golf course, new community center, ball fields, playgrounds, trails, and other amenities. 

Pics from 2015 G&T Forum





This workshop will discuss the initiative to assess all 1,200 miles of trail across TN State Parks during 2017 and how the data collected will be used to improve our state wide trail system. After a short synopsis of this initiative, will look over the assessment data of Montgomery Bell State Park and then set out for a few hours to fix some issues that have been found during the assessment. These fixes could include: adjusting outslope, deberming, building rolling grade dips, fixing trail bed obstacles, etc. You will need clothes that are comfortable enough to work and hike in outdoors regardless of the weather, as well as sturdy shoes that you can hike and work in. Don't forget anything else you may need such as sunscreen, bug spray and water. 



Thank you to our Host:

Montgomery Bell State Park

Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsors:




Thank you to our Bronze Level Sponsors:



For more information about the TN Greenways & Trails Forum:

Jane Polansky (615-456-3843) 
Recreation Educational Services

Funded in part by Recreational Trails Program

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!