Clifton is one of fifteen Tennessee River communities that have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Tennessee RiverTowns Program, beginning its journey to become an official Tennessee RiverTown and part of the Tennessee RiverLine, North America’s next great regional trail system.
To celebrate joining the Tennessee RiverTowns Program, residents and dignitaries gathered the morning of October 22nd to officially announce their entrance, express their excitement and commitment to the program, followed by a stroll through town and a reception at the marina.
Clifton applied to be a part of the Tennessee RiverTowns Program because of its desire to tell the world of its rich heritage and welcome others to come experience the Tennessee Riverline and all the communities nestled along its banks, including Clifton.
Through participation in the program, Clifton will be joining other neighboring communities in reconnecting with their river heritage, discovering more opportunities for outdoor recreation development while sustaining the quality of river life they love.
By joining the Tennessee RiverTowns Program, Clifton is taking its first step to becoming an official Tennessee RiverTown, part of the Tennessee RiverLine, envisioned to become a continuous system of paddling, hiking and biking experiences along the Tennessee River’s 652-mile reach. This transformative initiative is led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in collaboration with the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership. River communities that are invested as part of the Tennessee RiverLine benefit from economic development and entrepreneurship opportunities, quality of life amenities and increased access to river experiences that improve public health and generations of river advocates that are active participants in its stewardship.