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Carden Farms Trails

Anderson County, Tennessee

In August 2020, Aspire Park requested to add an additional trail to the property on Melton Hill Reservoir. On November 12, 2020, TVA issued a White Paper and amended FONSI, which analyzed the impacts from the requested scope change by Aspire Park.

On February 28, 2020, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) issued a final environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) for the action of entering into a Cooperative Agreement with Aspire Park (also known as Carden Farms) to allow for the construction and maintenance of 7 to 9 miles of multi-use trails on 174.2 acres of TVA public land on Melton Hill Reservoir. The trails would be specifically designed for hiking and cycling, and would have an approximate 40 inch tread width.  Motorized and equestrian access would be prohibited.  The trail tread would be of natural surface (soil and rock), and no other materials would be added. 

The project would add new recreation opportunities for the surrounding community. In considering the project, TVA seeks the appropriate management of its reservoir lands in a manner that maintains the quality of life and other important values. Additionally, the project meets TVA’s objective to provide the public with quality, affordable outdoor recreation opportunities.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the TVA Public Land Information Center by phone at (800) 882-5263, or by mail to the following address:

Tennessee Valley Authority
c/o Clay Guerry
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Related Documents

Amended FONSI November 2020

Final White Paper November 2020

Carden Farms Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Carden Farms Trails Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA)


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Doug White
NEPA Specialist
[email protected]
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902